The term “CARB Compliant” is probably familiar to residents of California. That’s because “CARB” stands for California Air Resource Board, whose purpose is to “attain and maintain healthy air quality”. To that end, CARB has come up with strict air quality standards that equipment manufacturers must meet in order to sell their products in the state of California. Other states have also begun to adopt similar air quality standards.
So, if you are living in California and wish to purchase a lawn mower online, you must look for a “CARB Compliant” model since non-CARB compliant lawn mowers cannot be sold in California.
Even if you are not in California, you might wish to buy CARB Compliant lawn mowers or CARB Compliant trimmers because they’re more environmentally-friendly. Keep in mind that even though CARB compliant engines on lawn mowers and grass trimmers run cleaner than the non-CARB compliant engines, they still emit pollutants.
If you’re in the market for a CARB compliant lawn mower, check out the highly-rated Lawn Boy 10645 or the Husqvarna 7021P (the CARB compliant version of the Husqvarna 6021P, one of the top gas push mowers recommended by Consumer Reports in its May 2011 issue.
I’ve written a comprehensive review on the Lawn Boy 10640, the Non-CARB compliant counterpart to the Lawn Boy 10645. Because they have pretty much the same features, other than the CARB compliant element, reading this review will help you decide whether a Lawn Boy mower is a good choice for you.
For the top-rated CARB compliant grass trimmer, take a look at the Hitachi CG22EASSLP 21.1cc 2 Stroke Gas Powered Straight Shaft Grass Trimmer (CARB Compliant).
As mentioned earlier, other states are adopting more stringent air quality standards like California has and taking measures to insure that lawn equipment manufacturers do their part to control the pollution caused by their products. We can do OUR part by purchasing more eco-friendly lawn equipment. In the case of the Lawn Boy lawn mowers, the 10645 model is only $20 more than the 10640 model. I think $20 is a small price to pay for a less-polluting lawn mower, wouldn’t you agree?