|Lawnmower Exchange Offers Chance To Go Green While Cutting Grass|
|Written by Tamara H. Sone, The Desert Sun|
|Thursday, 24 May 2012 07:24|
INDIO - More than 100 people looking to save a little green while going green turned out on Saturday for the South Coast Air Quality Management District Lawn Mower Exchange event.|
Held in the parking lot of the Riverside County Fairgrounds, the event offered attendees the opportunity to exchange their old gas-powered lawn-mowers for new battery-powered mowers at deeply discounted prices.
Prices for the battery-powered mowers ranged from $100 up to $280 and attendees could choose from six different models.
Depending on the model of mower purchased, participants saved anywhere from $229 to $280 off retail prices.
“I am tired of hassling with gas mowers; they are so maintenance-consuming. And more cities are starting to ban gas-powered mowers,” Banning resident Jim Alves said.
“With the deals they have going here today, it's worth looking into a battery-powered mower.”
In addition to saving money, the battery-powered mowers help the environment by eliminating pollution.
“Operating a gas lawn mower produces the same amount of pollution a year as driving a car 22,000 miles,” AQMD Air Quality Specialist Shashi Singeetham said.
“Worse than that, the person using the mower is breathing in all of that pollution. So not only do battery mowers protect the environment, they protect peoples' health as well.”
And unlike battery-powered mowers, gas mowers leak fluids that seep into the ground, contaminating soil, Singeetham said.
The quality of battery-powered motors has greatly improved over the years, said Dan Mabe, a representative from The Greenstation Products.
“The electric mower will give you the same cutting performance as a gas mower. They can rival and even outperform gas mowers in the residential setting,” he said.
Battery-powered mowers operate for a little over an hour. Once completely drained of power, batteries take between 10 to 12 hours to recharge.
With proper maintenance, battery-powered mowers can last as long as 10 years, Mabe said.
Attendees could also purchase battery-powered weed-whackers, hedge trimmers and other landscaping equipment.
This is the tenth year the event has been offered in the valley. Organizers plan to host the next valley lawn mower exchange event in March or April 2013, Singeetham said.
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