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Troy Allen, CSULA's Director of Strategic Planning and Quality Improvement, rallies the groundskeeping troops to a hands-on equipment demo on the campus' North Field.

AGZA's Founder and President Dan Mabe gives the CSULA Groundskeeping Crew our most rigorous hands-on equipment demo to date.

As the crew gathered around, Dan popped the hoods on the 48-inch and 60-inch commercial mowers from Mean Green Machines. He explained the technology and advantages of the proprietary Lithium-ion batteries, the cutting-edge controllers and electronics, and industrial strength frame and electronic motors. Dan covered the deck options: mulching, side- and rear-discharge, and an aluminum side catch basket.

Then Dan moved on to the all-electic suite of hand tools — blowers, trimmers, edgers, and hedgers — from Greenworks and Mean Green Machines.

GREENWORKS

  • 80v backpack and commercial hand-held blower
  • 80v backpack and commercial hand-held string trimmer
  • 80v hand-held commercial hedger
  • 80v fast charger

MEAN GREEN MACHINES

  • 60-inch ride-on commercial mower
  • 48-inch self-propelled walk-behind mower
  • 40v backpack Blast commercial blower
  • 40v backpack battery system with interchangeable commercial blower, trimmer, edgers and hedgers

The CSULA Crew had excellent, thoughtful questions about charging requirements, power, run-times, safety, and maintenance — and then had the opportunity to give the equipment a run through the paces.

After mowing a large portion of the soccer field on the riding equipment, the CSULA crew raised specific questions about the run-time capacity of the 60-inch. Since the school doesn't have trailer rigs for transporting the heavy-duty riding mowers around campus, it would be critical for AGZA to design an equipment package and charging infrastructure that would provide all-day run time AND have enough juice to let the operator drive across campus on batter power. It was proposed that for CSULA's North Field and other remote locations, a bonus swappable battery unit or two could be stored on a charge block in a powered shed. That shed could be powered from the electric line that came to the North Field's irrigation system — or possibly even be solar powered!

Stay tuned as AGZA and CSULA take the discussion to the next level. We're hoping CSULA can distinguish itself as the first zero-emission university campus in the United States!

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