Picture of the neww electric mowers with their operators at Thanet District Council

Thanet DC first council to buy electric mowers

Published:  05 March, 2018

In a local authority first, Thanet District Council is introducing six new electric lawn-mowers to its open spaces fleet.

The mowers are all produced by Mean Green Products in USA. They are two WBX-33HD walk-behind mowers with 33” cut, two SK-48 stand-on mowers with 48” rear discharge decks and two CXR-60 zero-turn mowers with 60” rear discharge cutting decks.

Run on lithium-ion batteries rather than diesel, they are greener, quieter and cheaper to run. They will be used at Ramsgate Cemetery and Margate Crematorium and are all part of the council’s commitment to creating a clean and welcoming environment in Thanet, to be used equally across the two sites.

Councillor Fairbrass, deputy leader of Thanet District Council, said: ‘Electric mowers, which last for seven hours of constant work, are vastly preferable to diesel models because they generate no carbon monoxide emissions and are low noise.

‘The mowers don’t just offer public health and environmental benefits, they also reduce risk to our staff. What’s more, they enjoy low running and maintenance costs which is part of the council’s ongoing efficiency drive.’

The benefits include:

  • Significantly less hand, arm and whole body vibration levels
  • Significantly less noise which means no need for ear defenders
  • All-day mowing with horsepower exceeding most commercial diesel mowers
  • Carbon neutral as zero emissions and exhaust fumes
  • Lower operating costs – only 6p an hour to charge up overnight
  • Low maintenance costs as no belts, filters, hydraulics, cables or engine
  • Minimal background disruption for nearby homes, businesses and schools
  • Quiet enough for use at crematoriums and cemeteries

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