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    Industry Challenges



    Commercial mowing contractors are being challenged to find innovative solutions to remain productive, competitive and safe while meeting new customer needs and increasing expectations.

    The emphasis on workplace health and safety, and the need to improve productivity, continue to apply pressure to the profession.

    Zero-turn mowers revolutionised the productivity of mowing flat open areas. But mowing on slopes has hazards that need new mowing systems. It is a trap to progressively push the use of zero-turn mowers into ever increasing slopes with the potential for disaster.

    The solution is to remove the operator from machines at risk of rollover. Remote-control technology has become the solution of choice.

    Working on slopes with cut vegetation presents a daily hazard for operators, increasing the risk of slips and falls, particularly when using manual cutting methods such as brushcutters.

    Fatigue from working in heat and on slopes with substantial manual handling is an occupational health and safety issue as well as a productivity factor.

    Fatigued operators are more likely to make poor decisions relating to traffic risks, slips and falls, diligent use of PPE, overlooking site hazards, re-fuelling and so on.

    Safety and productivity are not necessarily competing imperatives. With the right technology, they are complementary.


    • Roll-over risk
    • Slip-falls
    • Heat stress
    • Fatigue
      • Productivity
      • Poor judgement


    Mowing labour productivity is important, but so are the other support costs that apply in situations such as roadside mowing.

    Traffic management, lane calming, setup and pull-down costs can all turn a simple mowing job into a high cost activity with the need for additional labour and vehicles.

    Some high traffic roads cannot accommodate lane downtime during daylight hours so work is scheduled as night work, further increasing labour and operational costs.

    Small footprint machines, with the operator remote from the situation, bring many benefits in operational and capital costs.


    • Labour costs
      • Productivity
      • Time of day operations
      • Fatigue and injury
    • Operational costs
      • Fuel
      • Maintenance
    • Capital costs
      • Mowing equipment
      • Transport equipment
      • Support vehicles


    Climate change is creating new mowing needs and increasing the demands on infrastructure maintenance.

    Solar farms need ground-cover vegetation to manage dust and heat on the PV cells. But the low PV panel height and tight rows create new challenges for mowing equipment.

    Weather extremes of long periods of dry and heavy deluges of rain will continue to affect exposed infrastructure such as roads, dams, waterways, levee banks and so on.

    Dam walls have been the source of many disasters globally, and maintenance of the integrity of dam wall surfaces is important.

    Economic slope stabilisation can be achieved with a healthy grass cover. Mowing promotes healthy grass regrowth and reduces weeds that can shadow grass and eventually create exposed dead zones susceptible to erosion.

    Water management and storage will continue to face increasing demands and public expectations as a solution to climate change, whether for water consumption or for hydro-electric purposes.

    The demand to maintain vegetation that could ignite after prolonged dry spells, affecting nearby infrastructure or residential and commercial areas, will only increase with climate change. This includes new areas that have been uneconomical to maintain in the past.


    • Infrastructure
      • Slope maintenance and stabilisation
    • Solar farms
      • Mowing clearance
      • Vegetation management
    • Water storage, dams, levees
      • Slope maintenance and stabilisation
    • Fire hazard
      • Manage vegetation fuel