"There is an average of 5.5 to 6 gallons of propane a day used per mower," said Casey Vickrey of Benchmark Landscapes, which services Austin, San Antonio, and other surrounding cities and will soon expand to Houston.
spoke to BPN in early August and noted every time of year is a little different when it comes to cost savings.
Usually this time of year he
sees about $1 per gallon savings.
Vickrey of Benchmark Landscapes has seen no difference in efficiency between the propane and gasoline engines.
noted the propane engines run cleaner, have fewer maintenance problems than gasoline models, and his
equipment has averaged about one extra year of service time over gasoline models.
"We don't have to change the oil as often, so you have some service benefits from it," Vickrey
"Once we open a new location or new branch or move to a new city, Pinnacle goes to the city, gets all the appropriate permits, installs the new fueling station, and Benchmark
puts in all the crash barriers and gets the electrical work completed," Vickrey
Moving to propane has also eliminated employee theft of gasoline for use in their personal vehicles.
likes that his
company is contributing to a cleaner environment by using propane, but he
says that is just an added perk.