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Old 05-21-2010, 01:12 PM   #16
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See if you can find a propane mower rather than a gas one, if you're in the market for a new mower. There are several manufacturers that offer them now.

The mowers might be a little more expensive for propane, but it'll save you cash in the long run. Those camping stove propane cylinders are less than 3 bucks each, and give you more runtime than 3 bucks worth of gasoline. Plus, you'll never have fouled plugs and you don't have to change the oil as often. You'll never have a gummed up carburetor, and the engine will last longer.

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I thought we are talking about push mowers---I didn't know there was a manufacturer for propane push mowers Where can I find one?
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Those camping stove propane cylinders are less than 3 bucks each, and give you more runtime than 3 bucks worth of gasoline.
Propane and gasoline are about equal in energy content, per pound
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heat_of_combustion
Gasoline density is 6# per gallon; dunno' about propane.

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Propane and gasoline are about equal in energy content, per pound
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heat_of_combustion
Gasoline density is 6# per gallon; dunno' about propane.
Correct. Actually, propane has slightly less "energy content".

But, the price of propane is less than gasoline, enough to make up for the lack of energy content.

When you look at "dollars per hour", you're spending less with propane. Especially when you buy in bulk. (There's no bulk discount with gas).

You can buy a 9 pack of 14 oz propane bottles at, say, costco, for 12 bucks. You can get about 3 hours of runtime from each bottle, so you're getting 27 hours of runtime for 12 bucks. That's about $0.44 cents per hour to operate with propane.

The average run of the mill 5 hp mower uses about .45 gallons of gas per hour. A gallon of regular unleaded costs about $2.65 in my area. Using gas costs about $1.19 an hour to operate. ($2.65 x .45 gallons per hour)

So, there you have it. Of course, those figures will vary depending on gas prices, the type of mower you buy, whether or not you buy propane in bulk, but it's still cheap to buy individual bottles. Etc. etc.

Also keep in mind that you're not going to spill any propane when you fill the tank (all those splashes add up), and propane never goes bad like gasoline does. Nevertheless, no matter how you look at it, you'll be saving money in the long run with propane. Plus, you'll be polluting the environment a little bit less.

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Anything Honda and you can't go wrong.
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Anything Honda and you can't go wrong.
Agreed.

Honda makes really nice, high quality lawn equipment.

Ever seen that GM commercial, comparing the Honda Accord to the Chevy Malibu?

Howie Long says "Honda has one thing we just can't compete with", and then they show a lawnmower! haha
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Thanks for all of the comments. The one comment that I zoomed in on is that Lawnboys are still made. I bought one at Home Depot and have been happy with it so far. If a brand has worked out for me in the past, I stay loyal to it, and Lawnboys have always done well in my family. I agree, however, that unfortunately, no mower I buy today is going to last me another 22 years.
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Honda. Had mine 15 years, starts every time

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