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Gas Vs. Electric

A big question to consider nowadays is whether gas-powered equipment or battery-powered equipment is better for your landscapes needs. Alterra Landscape Design is here to help you with this decision. 

There are three reasons people like to buy battery-powered lawn equipment.  These reasons include noise, emissions, and convenience.  Battery-powered equipment tends to be quieter and does not release any emissions.  It is also very convenient with no cords or gasoline to pour.  Although these reasons sound appealing, there is one main flaw. Most battery-powered equipment has a maximum usage that lasts between 30 and 60 minutes on one charge.  If your landscape is small this might work, but for larger yards and landscape you run the risk of running out of power while working.   If big breaks while working on your landscape are your thing, then this might work as you wait for the battery pack to be recharged. 

  Equipment that runs on gas or diesel is appealing to some because you can refill as needed instead of waiting for batteries to charge.  Another advantage is long-term durability. Cordless equipment needs battery replacements every 3 to 5 years, and many won’t live longer than 5 years thanks to their more complex electronics.

Price is also a big consideration. You can buy a gas-powered lawn mower for around $300 and a really good residential model with a Honda engine starting around $400. To get a battery mower with comparable power, features, and runtime, you can spend hundreds more. A gas mower can last 5 years with little maintenance (occasional oil changes and cleaning up) and good ones can keep working 10 years or more with some basic care.

Overall battery powered equipment is a good choice for those that want emission friendly convenience.  Though pricey, battery operated equipment can be replaced and fixed as needed.  As time advances, so does the technology of battery-powered equipment and hopefully, the pricing will be reflective of its advances. 

Feel free to contact Alterra Landscape Design to discuss your landscaping needs in North Texas, including Dallas, Plano, Frisco, Prosper, Mckinney, Richardson, and Garland to name a few.

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