Curious About Battery-Powered Equipment? These Tips Can Help You Make the Switch
Battery-Powered Lawn Equipment is Entering the Professional Market
Gas-powered lawn equipment has been the industry standard since the industry was invented. This makes sense when you consider that gas mowers, trimmers, and other lawn care machines are incredibly reliable. They are generally built tougher, easier to maintain, and have more readily available replacement parts. However, their battery-operated counterparts are rapidly catching up to professional quality.
While gas-powered lawn equipment is the tried and true option, there are a number of advantages to using battery equipment, namely:
Significantly reduced need for maintenance
Reduced noise pollution
Transition is difficult, even if the transition is to the overall benefit of the operation. If you’re curious about switching your professional lawn care team to battery-powered equipment, here are a few tips to help make the transition smooth and seamless.
Start Small and Scale Up
One massive advantage of purchasing all of your battery-operated lawn equipment from the same manufacturer is that you’ll be able to use the same type of battery for all of your tools. For example, ECHO’s EForce line lets you use the same battery pack for chainsaws, string trimmers, hedge trimmers, and more. However, this means that once you buy more than a few pieces of equipment from the same brand, you’re pretty much locked in for the long haul.
As you begin the switch to battery, start with just one or two pieces of equipment to make sure your team members like the way they operate. Allow them to get comfortable with the battery runtimes, the weight of equipment, and so on.
Readjust Schedules to Account for Run Times
The biggest difference between gas and electric mowers is the running time. While a full tank of gas should be able to knock out at least one lawn, you may need to switch out batteries a couple of times to mow all parts of a large piece of property. While this may mean a little more stopping and starting during the job, the lost time is easily made up when you consider that you don’t need to stop at a gas station to fuel up, don’t need to check liquids, and so on.
Your mower manufacturer will probably list an estimated maximum run time per battery, but it’s important to see for yourself how long they last in the field. Always have a few backup batteries charged. For the first few runs, you may want to keep your gas equipment nearby just in case you have overestimated the battery life.
Offer Educational Opportunities
Understanding is a pathway to acceptance. Give your team members plenty of opportunities to learn about what their new battery-powered equipment can do. Many prominent mower manufacturers have plenty of resources, from videos to in-person experts, who can give you deep insight into all the capabilities of battery-operated equipment. Once your team is more knowledgeable about the equipment, they’re more likely to want to see what else it can do!
Consult Your Trusted Mower Maintenance Team
Your mower maintenance and repair partners are critical to your success in the field, as they help you keep your machinery in proper working order. Before you go in on a huge order of new equipment, make sure they have the capability to repair it in the case of an emergency. It’s always a good idea to consult with people you trust in the field anyway, as they can make recommendations for new equipment based on their own experiences.
Every professional landscaping team is unique–from service areas to clientele, every team of professionals has a different set of needs to service. Before you make a massive overhaul, do your research and make sure it’s suitable for your workload. To learn more, call the Longwood mower maintenance professionals at Gator Mower at 407-260-1292.