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As grounds managers attempt to balance the needs for equipment versatility, safety, performance, and sustainability, manufacturers continue to roll out new and redesigned products designed to meet these demands. One issue stands out in this process.

“With all of these things, the fuel technology has changed,” says Mike Fitzpatrick, vice president of U.S. Lawns, a grounds management franchise company. “Most mower manufacturers now have high-efficiency engines with the electronic ignition, and they tout a 20-30 percent gain in fuel efficiency. You have more and more propane-ready equipment now than you’ve ever had before. People are paying attention to emissions and noise-pollution standards, so you’re getting products with lower emissions that also run more quietly.”

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