Why Propane Could Be a Solution for Concrete Contractors


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For concrete contractors, choosing the best jobsite equipment and energy sources is essential to help them get the job done and maximize productivity. A growing number of professionals are finding that propane helps tick all the boxes important to them in a power source. Propane-powered equipment is distinguished by its safe, reliable and clean operation. These operational advantages make it an ideal source of energy for a wide variety of construction projects and largely explain its growing popularity.

Steve Dodson, service manager at Refuse Materials Inc., an Ocilla, Georgia-based contractor, started the switch to propane about 10 years ago. In recent years, it seems that the concept has started to gain traction with more companies in the concrete industry, with a noticeable change in the last five years.

Three Propane-Powered Machines That Might Surprise You

1. Electric strollers. The low propane emissions profile is a major advantage on job sites that include work indoors or in semi-enclosed spaces where gasoline or diesel emissions would be hazardous to crews.

2. Electric concrete trowels. Some manufacturers have even added dual fuel options with propane and gasoline to allow for longer run time between refueling in addition to flexible use on projects with indoor and outdoor concrete work.

3. Concrete grinders and polishers. Propane-powered concrete grinders and polishers also allow for cordless operation, which can be an advantage for larger projects where there may be hundreds of feet between a machine and an electrical outlet, or in high traffic areas. where a cord can easily become a tripping hazard.

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Convenience and ease of use for crews

Propane is a highly portable source of energy, allowing contractors to complete jobs without relying on an alternate power source for electrical equipment. Propane grid independence is especially beneficial for job sites that are not yet connected to utility services or are entirely off-grid.

Not only does propane allow crews to work off the grid or away from an electrical outlet, it also eliminates restrictions and safety hazards caused by electrical cords. Propane-powered equipment gives contractors greater freedom of movement and ultimately gets the job done faster and more efficiently.

Ease of use of propane equipment is essential. “Time is money in the construction world,” says dose. IIt’s one of the main reasons his team of commercial flooring contractors prefer to use propane equipment.

“Electric [can be] between the length of power cords and having to wait for an electrician to turn off the power in our work area,” he says. “Every time we have guys waiting for someone else, it costs us a lot of money. Propane makes it easy for our team to mobilize and start working immediately when they enter a job site.

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The use of clean, low-emission equipment is important for crews working on job sites located in areas with strict emissions regulations or in air quality-conscious residential areas. According to Brian Delehaut, vice president at MK Diamond Products, one of the reasons customers appreciate having propane engines in their fleet has to do with the low environmental impact of the power source.

“Customers like propane because they feel it offers a greener solution, compared to using diesel or gas-powered equipment,” says Delehaut.

Considered a clean alternative fuel approved by the Clean Air Act, propane produces far fewer emissions than other options, allowing it to be used both indoors (with proper ventilation) and outdoors. outboard, ultimately delivering huge productivity gains for the crew. Additionally, the clean, low-emissions profile of propane is one of the reasons that more and more brands that were once exclusively electric are now offering propane-powered engine solutions.

About the Author

Matt McDonald is the Director of Off-Road Business Development for the Propane Education & Research Council. He can be reached at [email protected] To learn more about the benefits of propane-powered equipment, visit Propane.com.


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