This lawnmower with the new Eco Torque two-stroke engine is the first attempt by Victa to address engine emissions in the design and marketing of their mowers. With this mower the company has made a small change to the existing engine technology to achieve emission reductions while maintaining its cultural meaning as a robust and reliable mower.
The new engine is the result of several years research and technical development by Victa and UTS in response to government pressure to reduce small engine emissions and improve urban air quality. It represents the complex relationships between government, industry, technology and culture in achieving environmental outcomes.
Through simple modifications to the engine block, carburettor and muffler, harmful emissions (carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and oxides of nitrogen) have been reduced by 30% and fuel consumption by 20%. While this engine does not yet meet strict US regulations Victa is continuing its research and development to further reduce emissions and meet equivalent regulations which may be introduced in Australia in the future. This Eco Torque two-stroke engine and mower will potentially become rare once these regulations are introduced in Australia.
The Victa lawnmower and the system of lawns and horticulture of which it is part are facing some social and environmental challenges. Restrictions on water use and government policies of urban consolidation are putting pressure on the very survival of lawns. This mower with Eco Torque engine is an example of design to address environmental concerns in the lawn care industry.