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Global Small Engine Carburetor Market Impact & Outlook
Friday, 28 Aug, 2020
Carburetor is the device inside an internal combustion engine that provides the area for air and gasoline to mix them together so that the engine runs properly. If there is not enough fuel mixed with the air, the engine "runs lean" and either will not run or potentially damages the engine. If there is too much fuel mixed with the air, the engine "runs rich" and either will not run (it floods), runs very smoky, runs poorly (bogs down, stalls easily), or at the very least wastes fuel.

Carburetors were used in cars in earlier days, but presently, they have been replaced by the electronic fuel injection technology and are being used in smaller machinery like lawn mowers, chain saws, leaf blowers, small boats, and etc.

The consumption volume of carburetor is related to downstream industries and global economy. Due to stricter exhaust emissions regulations, government policy and the emergency of new technology, like electronic fuel injection systems (FI Systems), the carburetor industry is a sunset industry for lawn & garden equipment.

For a long time, electric lawn & garden equipment sales remained inhibited, as limited battery life created challenges for end-users. The issues were especially taxing for bigger yards, however, the new range of products launched in the past couple of years have mitigated these issues to an extent. Sensing the paradigm shift in demand, it is highly likely that mower manufacturer focus will invest in lithium-ion technology in the near future.

Although the concerns related to higher price and actual power are genuine, there is a conscientious incentive that is fuelling uptake among end-users. According to the EPA, gas mowers account for nearly 5% of the total U.S. air pollution. The environmental pollution is not only on account of air pollutants – the EPA study also finds that over 17 million gallons of gasoline are spilled each year while refueling lawn equipment. The lawnmower emissions continued to be unregulated till 1995, however, today; there is a greater realization about the importance of cutting down these emissions. Electric lawn & garden equipment have emerged as a pragmatic solution, and it is highly likely that concerns about reducing the impact on the environment will fuel uptake during the assessment period.

In addition to concerns about the environment, another disadvantage about gas lawn & garden equipment has worked to the advantage of electric lawn & garden equipment. The fumes and smell of gasoline and engine oil can exacerbate existing respiratory conditions. Patients with asthma can also face difficulties in breathing, especially during ozone alert days. Although electric lawn & garden equipment do not guarantee zero emissions, the risk of respiratory ailments due to them is significantly lower.

The electric lawn & garden industry is moving towards a phase of electrification, with a range of handheld products being replaced by power and electrical variants. The proliferation of electric and power variants is likely to positively influence demand during the assessment period.