Incommunities’ gardeners have been trialling a range of electric mowers and cutters in an effort to boost environmental performance and trim costs.
Over a week-long trial, grounds maintenance teams tried out different battery-powered mowers, including ride-on and stand-on models, to cut communal grassed areas around the group’s flats and houses.
The initial trial of the equipment has been very positive according to Incommunities, with operatives impressed by the standard of cutting and the flexibility of the machines.
Managers will also be assessing the health and safety benefits for staff, such as no exhaust emissions, lower noise levels, and reduced vibration.
The group already uses some battery-powered spraying and electric chainsaw equipment and says it is delighted with the performance from the trials.
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Harry Whittle, Incommunities’ director of Building and Estate Services, said: “In Estate Services, we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint, improve our environmental performance, and give good value for money to our customers.
“We are arranging a large-scale trial using more machines over the 2021 grass-cutting season to test performance levels on our sites.
“Hopefully, if they do the job for us, we will look at rolling out more electric and hybrid equipment.”
Image: An Incommunities ride-on battery-powered mower in action
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