Best power equipment environmental tips
Top environmentally friendly tips when using Outdoor Powered Equipment
To be environmentally responsible, how do I dispose of yard waste such as leaves and grass clippings? You can't eliminate garden waste, but you can dispose of it in different ways. Your walk-behind lawn mower or riding type mower, used frequently without catching the grass, can "broadcast" clippings throughout the lawn. If you use a grass catcher attachment, start a compost pile instead of placing clippings in the rubbish. Mulching mowers and mulching blade attachments are available to reduce clippings into fine particles that help to fertilize your lawn.
Chipper Shredders are a great idea for getting rid of garden waste is to purchase a Chipper/shredder. This machine will help reduce twigs, branches, leaves, and other garden waste into small pieces that create recyclable mulch and compost. This mulch can be put right back around shrubs or scattered on your gardens, and landscaped areas. This will dramatically reduce landfill volumes.
Every common power source (gasoline, coal, electric, or nuclear) has an environmental implication -- some more than others -- including the small, petrol-powered engines used in most outdoor power equipment. Petrol engines produce three types of emissions: hydrocarbons (HC), nitric oxides (NOX), and carbon monoxide (CO). Small, four-stroke, spark-ignition engines under 50 H.P. - the type generally found in outdoor power equipment - contribute a minimal amount of the total man-made HC, NOX, and CO emissions. These emissions come from the engine exhaust, spilled gasoline, evaporation, and other sources. The outdoor power equipment industry has been working with the Environmental Protection Agencies Worldwide to maximise the improvements in fuel efficiency of machinery & lowering of emissions. We recommend only choosing products that meet Clean Air requirements for USA or EU standards.
The bulk of emissions from a 4 stroke appliance is from evaporated fuel or spilt petrol. You can minimise the loss of fuel by using “no-spill” fuel containers, taking care when filling, don’t tip out waste fuel and don’t use waste petrol as weed killer.
The 2-stroke engine requires special oil to be mixed with petrol in exact quantities. This mixture is added to the engine to provide lubrication. By it’s nature the emissions will be considerably higher with a 2 stroke – if there is a choice between a standard 2 stroke & a “hybrid” clean burning 2 stroke (eg STIHL 4 MIX) then go for the cleaner burning option. The 4-stroke engines use separate compartments for petrol and oil and thus the oil and petrol are not mixed, similar to your motor car. A 4 stroke engine, with OHV configuration, is considerably cleaner burning than traditional 2 strokes.
Owing to environment concerns most lawnmower manufacturers now only fit 4-stroke engines to their machines. BUT many still use outdated “side valve” engine technology, which has been obsolete in the automotive industry since the 1950’s. We suggest only use a quality brand of OHV or OHC 4 stroke engine for your lawnmower. Significant progress has also been made on exhaust muffler design, to reduce emissions, plus with an added bonus of further noise reductions.
Clean air filters, mufflers & spark plugs all make your engine perform better, but also reduce emissions & improve fuel economy. A partially blocked air filter can increase fuel consumption by up to 50% & can double the emissions. If you haven't had your mower serviced in a while, bring your mower in to us, or your local Service Dealer for an annual tune-up to be sure it's ready when the mowing season starts. Clean the spark plug or, if necessary, replace it. Make sure the carburettor & air filter is clean.
Old mowers can be recycled for the scrap metal, especially the aluminium. Don’t take your old mowers etc to the dump – they may be not worth anything as a trade in but most mower outlets will have a scrap merchant that will collect the old ones for recycling, thus making sure they don’t end up as landfill. Rider lawnmower & old car batteries should always be returned to your battery retailer for recycling.