The Propane Education and Research Council, Washington, D.C., has added a new video to its Straight Talk video series highlighting Barnes Inc., a Madison, Wisconsin-based landscape company that operates 75 propane-powered mowers.
The video, which can be viewed on PERC’s website, provides an updated look at Barnes’ experiences using propane mowers five years after being initially featured in a 2014 Straight Talk video discussing its initial foray into operating with propane.
“Barnes is a textbook example of a contractor who starts by integrating just a few propane mowers into its fleet and then ultimately expands its propane use into much more of the fleet after experiencing the fuel’s numerous benefits,” says Jeremy Wishart, director of off-road business development at PERC. “In just five years, Barnes has saved hundreds of thousands of dollars in overall fuel and maintenance costs from using propane mowers. We hope this new Straight Talk video can help show how a commitment to using propane can really make a difference for landscape contractors in both the short and long term.”
PERC’s Straight Talk series is a free online library of video testimonials that let viewers learn about propane mowers directly from landscape contractors, outdoor power equipment dealers, municipal fleet directors and golf course managers who use the equipment daily. The testimonials give first-hand accounts about how propane saves on fuel costs, lowers emissions and what it’s like to operate and service equipment powered by the alternative fuel.
Barnes has replaced all but its largest mowers with propane. Over five years of using the fuel, the company has paid as little as $1 per gallon of propane. Barnes has saved even more by using PERC’s Propane Mower Incentive Program, which offers contractors up to $1,000 for each new, dedicated propane mower purchase or $500 for each new qualified propane conversion kit.
In addition to using propane mowers, Barnes also began incorporating propane autogas into its vehicle fleet in 2016. The company currently uses five propane autogas bi-fuel trucks.