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All-Electric Commercial Mowers Quiet But Powerful
Despite the name, Joe Conrad’s Mean Green electric lawn mowers are more like purring cats. They are quiet. The “mean” refers to how rugged and effective they are for commercial users.
  The latest model, ReVolt electric walk-behind mower, is part of Conrad’s personal revolt against gas-powered motors. The former airplane mechanic included aeronautical design concepts in developing ReVolt and other electric mowers in his line of Mean Green Mowers built in Hamilton, Ohio.
  “We have the only commercial electric mowers that will run all day on one battery charge,” Conrad says. “We use efficient lithium batteries that are light and powerful.”
  Working with his son, Matt, “the mastermind behind the styling and design,” the mowers have other notable differences.
  “There are a lot of lightening holes in the framework where there is no structural relevance. That reduces weight (one-third of standard mowers) but keeps the strength. There are also a lot of bends, which adds extreme rigidity,” Conrad says. “We don’t use much welding. We use bolts for fasteners so it’s rigid but also flexible, like airplane wings.”
  The mowers have a suspension system similar to the landing gear of a plane to create a softer ride. An extra low center of gravity provides control when mowing on slopes.
  But the biggest difference operators notice is the mower’s low noise, zero emissions, and low maintenance. Conrad is also pleased to have the mowers made in the U.S. The work is done locally, and his wife, Chris, handles much of the marketing and office tasks.
  The family-run business offers a variety of packages for lawn mowing entrepreneurs, starting at $2,499 for a 20-in. push mower, battery and charger.
  The 24 hp., 52-in. deck ReVolt sells for $16,450 and includes two large battery packs for 6 ˝ hrs. of operation.
  Mean Green Mowers also has a 60-in. industrial, zero-turn riding mower and other equipment.
  “The initial cost is higher, but it’s economically smart,” Conrad says. “Our goal is to make electric mowers more mainstream and competitive with gas mowers in price.”
  Mowers can be purchased through the website and U.S. dealers and distributors in the UK and New Zealand.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Mean Green Products, 4404 Hamilton Cleves Rd., Hamilton, Ohio 45013 (ph 513 738-4736; www.meangreenmowers.com; sales@meangreenproducts.com).

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2018 - Volume #42, Issue #2