A Propane-Powered Lawnmower Cuts Cleaner

Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 15:08 in Physics & Chemistry

Barbecue-grill gas creates a better mower Propane fuels your camp stove and patio grill because it burns efficiently and is easy to store safely. Now the same canisters are making lawn mowers more eco- and user-friendly, too. The propane-powered Eco Mower spews 26 percent less greenhouse gases and 60 percent less carbon monoxide than a gasoline model, plus you can replace its fuel conveniently and inexpensively. Twist a store-bought 16-ounce can into Lehr's engine (similar to those in some eco-cars) and mow for up to 90 minutes, 20 to 40 percent longer than the same amount of fuel lasts in a standard mower. Propane is a gas, not a liquid like gasoline, so you'll avoid greasy buildup, spills and flooded engines. And since it produces almost no carcinogens or particulates, you'll escape the smoggy exhaust that makes mowing even more of a chore. The Eco Mower burns propane with an ordinary internal combustion...

Read the whole article on PopSci

More from PopSci

Latest Science Newsletter

Get the latest and most popular science news articles of the week in your Inbox! It's free!

Check out our next project, Biology.Net