Lawn mowers, chainsaws, weed trimmers and leaf blowers operate more cleanly and efficiently than they did even 10 years ago, and that’s a good thing.
If you’re like a lot of people these days, you might be feeling a little guilty about the environmental impact of these tools, but there’s more here than meets the eye. For what it’s worth, modern, gas-powered outdoor power products have come a long way environmentally.
I know because I’ve seen the difference in unmistakable ways.
I still own the same gas-powered weed trimmer I bought in the mid-1990s, and when it runs next to the new trimmer I bought last year, the difference tells quite a story. Operating on the same gas-and-oil mixture from the same gas can, the exhaust from the new trimmer is odourless and invisible.
Exhaust from old faithful, by contrast, is a pungent blue, just like it always was. So why the difference? After all, both these engines are small, simple and in good working order.
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By Steve Maxwell