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Energetic Aspects of Turfgrass Mowing: Comparison of Different Rotary Mowing Systems

Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Pisa, 56124 Pisa, Italy
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Agriculture 2019, 9(8), 178; https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture9080178
Received: 16 July 2019 / Revised: 8 August 2019 / Accepted: 9 August 2019 / Published: 11 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Energy Efficiency in Agriculture)
Turfgrass mowing is one of the most important operations concerning turfgrass maintenance. Over time, different mowing machines have been developed, such as reel mowers, rotary mowers, and flail mowers. Rotary mowers have become the most widespread mowers for their great versatility and easy maintenance. Modern rotary mowers can be equipped with battery-powered electric motors and precise settings, such as blade rpm. The aim of this trial was to evaluate the differences in power consumption of a gasoline-powered rotary mower and a battery-powered rotary mower. Each mower worked on two different turfgrass species (bermudagrass and tall fescue) fertilized with two different nitrogen rates (100 and 200 kg ha−1). The battery-powered mower was set at its lowest and highest blade rpm value, while the gasoline-powered mower was set at full throttle. From the data acquired, it was possible to see that the gasoline-powered mower had a much higher primary energy requirement, independent of the turf species. Moreover, comparing the electricity consumption of the battery-powered mower over time, it was possible to see that the power consumption varied according to the growth rate of both turf species. These results show that there is a partial waste of energy when using a gasoline-powered mower compared to a battery-powered mower. View Full-Text
Keywords: rotary mowing; mower comparison; energy saving rotary mowing; mower comparison; energy saving
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Pirchio, M.; Fontanelli, M.; Labanca, F.; Sportelli, M.; Frasconi, C.; Martelloni, L.; Raffaelli, M.; Peruzzi, A.; Gaetani, M.; Magni, S.; Caturegli, L.; Volterrani, M.; Grossi, N. Energetic Aspects of Turfgrass Mowing: Comparison of Different Rotary Mowing Systems. Agriculture 2019, 9, 178.

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