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Is Your Landscaping Company Losing Out on Bids? Time to Say Goodbye to Your Gasoline and Diesel-Powered Equipment

Jul
19
2017

65% of consumers would choose a landscaper who used eco-friendly outdoor power equipment over one who didn’t       

Getting less business might have little to do with how well you do your job, and more about what you’re doing it with. It turns out that we are all starting to be far more critical about our impact on the environment—and that may include how your company contributes to that impact.

People paying the bills aren’t so thrilled about the use of gas- and diesel-powered outdoor construction equipment. It’s not just the big earth movers you see on highway projects and commercial towers. This preference for environmentally-sensitive equipment is moving all the way down to the tools used by the average landscaping company.

More than you realize

We’re using batteries more than you might think in our day-to-day lives. It’s likely you’re reading this on your mobile device. Or at least your laptop. Both are kept going by lithium-type batteries. Breakthroughs in energy storage technology have made batteries an inexpensive and long-lasting way to power a growing list of things.

There’s the obvious stuff—like our phone and now even our car—and the newer things that make sense as soon as we consider the benefits, like construction equipment, and especially the collection of outdoor power equipment used by landscapers.

Kicking preconceived notions to the curb

It’s an interesting time for battery-power. Consumers like the idea but some construction and landscaping companies are unaware of the technology or they have a preconceived (yet incorrect) notion that there’s no way a battery-powered piece can perform as well as a gas- or diesel-powered model.

The Farnsworth Group recently released a study that puts some numbers behind this. They asked a group of professionals if they had considered a battery-powered version of the gasoline-powered equipment they’d just purchased. Only about 19% gave it any serious consideration.

Meanwhile, over half of all homeowners said they’d prefer a battery-powered version of the equipment as long as the performance was the same.

Consumer preference: driving the change

Homeowners and multi-unit property managers alike are making their preference for battery-powered landscaping equipment known with their wallets. They want their yards, public areas, and greenspaces tended by professionals using quieter, eco-friendly equipment.

Outdoor power equipment manufacturer Husqvarna conducted a survey asking consumers their opinions about commercial landscaping companies:

  • 65% said they’d choose a landscaper who used eco-friendly outdoor power equipment over one who didn’t.
  • 72% said they’d support companies using eco-friendly equipment.
  • 57% said they’d pay more for a landscaper who used battery-powered equipment because it’s quieter than gas-powered models.

Friendlier to more than just the environment

So, we see that potential customers for landscapers are changing their minds—and perhaps changing your preference for the next round of equipment you’ll buy. But do all the benefits go to the consumer and the environment?

Actually, you may benefit more than anyone else. Take the PowerPac series of battery-powered wheelbarrows, for example. It doesn’t matter if you go with the entry-level ED120 or spring for a fully-loaded MCE400. You will dramatically reduce your labor cost for indoor and outdoor landscaping projects.

The ED120 can easily move up to 265 pounds of soil, sod, or any other type landscaping material with a light touch of the handlebar controls. It may look like most wheelbarrows, but it can power itself forward or in reverse – and stops without hesitation using a handbrake. What about power? It’s rated to move that 265 pounds around for up to 5 hours.

Consider moving up to the MCE400 if your landscaping company goes beyond the standard services. It holds 880 pounds and runs for 10 hours. If you handle concrete demolition, or you work on retaining walls and pavers, the additional power and capacity of this model will save you considerably on labor costs.

How much might those savings be? Use this cost savings calculator. It’ll help you figure out how fast your MCE400 can not only pay for itself – but also start adding profit to your business. That’s in addition to all of the contracts that may otherwise be lost to your battery-powered competitors.

July 19, 2017 By Alex Berg in Blog