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One-third of landscapers consider propane: survey


January 31, 2017
By Mike Jiggens

More than a third of landscape contractors will consider using propane-powered mowers on the job over the next few years, the Propane Education and Research Council has speculated. A recent U.S.-conducted survey found commercial landscapers understand the financial and environmental benefits of operating propane-powered equipment.

“We’ve seen solid growth of propane equipment in the commercial landscape market over the past four years, and this survey only reinforces our belief that the growth will continue its trend upwards as more commercial landscapers understand the financial and environmental benefits of operating a propane mower fleet,” said Jeremy Wishart, deputy director of business development for PERC.
 
Commissioned by PERC and conducted by Wiese Research Associates, the survey results consisted of 150 landscape contractors’ answers to questions that sought to learn more about their existing perceptions and purchase habits, with regards to commercial propane equipment. Survey participants were screened to ensure relevance and maintain proportional representation across the United States.
 
The survey found there is still some misinformation in the industry with regards to propane.
 
“While we’re pleased to see so many contractors taking propane equipment into consideration, there were some responses in the survey that show we still have work to do,” Wishart said. “Fortunately, PERC has already created resources to help solve some of the existing barriers respondents said they have before transitioning a fleet to propane.”
 
For example, 38 per cent of contractors who responded that they were less favourable to propane equipment said that was because they did not know where to find propane.