Overton are right at the forefront of battery powered grounds maintenance machinery in the UK having imported the Mean Green range of electric mowers for over seven years and have recently complemented that brand with the RINO and CaRINO models which can offer both flail and rotary cutting decks, a first for the UK.
Seven years ago that market was very different to today with many users being put off by unreliable hand held equipment and a general disbelief in electric power, indeed the Mean Green mowers have evolved from those original machines to cope with the conditions both here and in Europe and to become ever more efficient.
The biggest hurdle to get over was to prove to countless customers that the mowers really would cut grass for seven hours, a claim that has still not been bettered by any of the current competition. The choice of mowers has also evolved with the availability of Rival and EVO zero turns in 52”, 60” and 74” deck sizes and Vanquish stand on mowers from 52” to 60” and the soon to be introduced Fury 32” and 36” standers ensuring there really is an electric Mean Green mower for every occasion. The advantages of these mowers are huge in both efficiency and also to the environment in which they are being used as well as a much healthier option for the operator with low HAV’s, WBV’s and low noise as well as zero emissions which means neither the operator or the public in the immediate area are ingesting carcinogenic fumes.
In 2012 Del Morino in Italy began to develop hybrid mowers however by 2018 they had realised that the market was moving quicker than they were and only a fully electric machine would suffice and this was the beginning of both the RINO and CaRINO ranges. The RINO is a fully Road homologated electric power unit capable of 18km/h and can be fitted with easily interchangeable implements including rotary and flail cutting decks, weedripper and sweeper collector options using plug and play technology while the CaRINO is a compact unit that has either a mid mounted flail or rotary mower deck. Overton UK have recently introduced these machines to complement the Mean Green to ensure there is a battery solution for every task.
The grounds maintenance industry at present is full of the problem of the reliability and disposal of sealed batteries as they are a huge problem, once a battery fails there is no option but to discard this and mostly they are ending up in landfill sites either here or overseas. Both the Mean Green and Del Morino companies manufacture their own battery cells and as such they are fully serviceable and have a much less volatile mix than most sealed batteries. Due to this they are much longer lasting the Mean Green quoting up to 10,000 cutting hours use before reducing efficiency and Del Morino quoting up to 15,000 cutting hours. Both ranges can then be reenergised to increase the life of these machines. Mean Green especially are so confident of their latest technology that they have recently introduced a 5 year warranty for their batteries.
The main problem with all battery powered equipment is the price however when you take into account you are buying all of your fuel up front, your servicing costs are negligible, you can replace and recycle individual battery cells and your employees have a safer, healthier working environment the odds tend to stack up in favour of the electric mower. Another point with battery powered machines is the limited number of components and in a time when both petrol and diesel engines have been hard to come by, stock supply has remained good throughout the difficult times most have faced.
With such a range of battery powered mowers now available from Overton UK and their growing Dealer Network to cover almost all eventualities it is easy to see that the future really is electric.
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