The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) expanded its popular Propane Mower Incentive Program, which offers a $1,000 incentive for the purchase of qualified new propane-fueled mowers, to include a $500 incentive for qualified mowers that have been converted to run on propane, PERC President and CEO Roy Willis announced today.
To qualify for the $500 incentive, a conversion mower must be a commercial, heavy-duty mower that has been operated for less than 10 hours, and it must be a dedicated propane-fueled mower, not a dual-fueled model. The mower conversion kit must meet Environmental Protection Agency or California Air Resources Board requirements, and it cannot void the original equipment manufacturer’s warranty on the engine.
Propane-fueled mowers cost less to operate than gasoline-fueled mowers owing to greater usage during ozone action days, convenient on-site fuel delivery, and the virtual elimination of fuel spillage and loss. Propane mowers reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly half compared with gasoline mowers and meet or exceed Environmental Protection Agency emissions requirements. Propane is made here in the United States, and using it instead of imported fuel can help increase the nation’s energy security.
PERC launched its Propane Mower Incentive Program with a $1,000 incentive for mower operators that purchase a new propane-fueled mower equipped with a 60- to 72- inch cutting deck. That incentive program is still open to applicants.
A single applicant company can get incentives for up to 10 mowers, including both new and conversion mowers. Program participants of new and conversion mowers must report to PERC on the usage and operation of the equipment for one mowing season.
“The strong response to our original mower incentive convinced us to expand the program to include conversion mowers,” Willis says. “Propane-fueled mowers help lawn and landscape professionals save money and cut emissions. The program rewards them for choosing a propane-fueled mower while helping PERC to meet its research goals.”
The $1,000 incentive for a new mower can be combined with any manufacturer rebates and state propane gas association rebates for which the customer is eligible.
Major manufacturers offering propane-fueled mowers include Ariens/Gravely, Bobcat, Briggs and Stratton (including Snapper Pro and Ferris brands), Cub Cadet, Dixie Chopper, Exmark, Husqvarna, Kubota, Scag, Toro, and Zipper.
For a list of eligible mowers under the incentive program and requirements for conversion mowers visit http://www.autogasusa.org/mip/eligible-equipment/