EarthWorks Inc., a commercial landscaping company based in Dallas, converted its lawn equipment fleet to propane autogas and expects to save between 30-35% on annual maintenance costs and $41,600 in annual fuel cost savings running on the alternative fuel.
“We have been thrilled with converting our lawn equipment fleet to propane autogas,” said Chris Lee, president of EarthWorks. “The biggest benefit isn’t even the more affordable fuel; it’s that our maintenance and repair costs have decreased dramatically. Propane is so much cleaner and so much easier on our machines that I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t seen it myself.”
EarthWorks’ fleet includes 20 36-inch mowers from Toro and Scag, and 24 52-inch mowers from Toro , Scag and Exmark. The company uses an estimated 40,000 gallons of propane per year and mows 31.5 million square feet of turf during the growing season.
Incentives & Rebates
“In some cases initially the rebates offset the full cost of conversion so we were able to try propane on several of our units with very minimal investment on our part,” Lee explains.
EarthWorks saved $15,000 in incentives through a state and national program administered by the Propane Council of Texas that’s available to landscapers switching to autogas. Lee says that “working with Metro Lawn helped us with the entire process, including the rebates.”