You've probably heard the line about modern engines being cleaner than most lawn equipment, but chances are you can't put a source with that little tidbit. Inside Line recently took it upon itself to put that piece of common wisdom to the test by enlisting the help of an emissions lab in a little internal combustion show down.

Jason Kavanagh and Dan Edmunds pitted the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor against a Fiat 500, a two-stroke leaf blower and a four-stroke leaf blower. Who was left standing as the cleanest of them all when the smoke settled?

Believe it or not, the big-bad Ford took the honor of being the cleanest belle at this ball. Inside Line found that there were fewer hydrocarbons in the vehicle's exhaust than were present in the ambient air in the emissions lab, meaning the truck was actually cleaning the air as it ran.

That trick actually made the Raptor cleaner than the 1.4-liter four-cylinder in the Fiat, unless you're only measuring carbon dioxide, which is direct result of the amount of fuel burned. That left third place to the four-stroke leaf blower and dead last to the big two-stroke. Hit the jump to check out the video for yourself.



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      WillieD
      • 3 Years Ago
      Before anyone condemns users of gas powered leaf blowers, understand that they're a necessity. Lawn maintenance companies can't use electric blowers (plug-ins aren't portable and I don't even need to explain battery powered ones), and they need blowers because there are jobs that no other tool will do. Maybe there should be some kind of emissions control, but unless it costs less than $10 on each blower, it's probably not worth it. Also consider how many people use blowers versus people driving cars and the frequency of use. It is good, though, to see how clean the Raptor runs.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Autoblogist
      • 3 Years Ago
      So what's the point of this, more regulation for leaf blowers?
        LBFTPSEC
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Autoblogist
        The point is that what you think should be logical, is not the actual truth.
      Jim R
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hops desert dunes, blasts down washboard roads, and even cleans the air? Is there anything the F-150 Raptor can't do?
      ideastudio
      • 3 Years Ago
      OMG!!!!! I feel so much better driving my 2010 Raptor knowing this! At times I feel a little guilty driving this three ton 14 mpg beast. I will say one thing this truck is good for: a laugh. While backing out of a parking space at the local Carl's Jr. I backed into and partially over a Mini Cooper. That's right, up and partially over the front of the Mini. No damage to the truck save for a 1/4 inch dent in the outer tail pipe (of the pair of pipes). The Mini had some tire marks on the bumper and two very large oval holes to the right of the passenger side headlight where my tail pipes penetrated. So now, I can clean the environment and perform cosmetic surgery on a Mini.
        Evan McMiller
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ideastudio
        Are you a moron? Holy god who reads this site now...
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ideastudio
        Thanks for making Raptor drivers look like massive douches.
          ideastudio
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Krishan Mistry
          This was not done intentionally; it was an accident. Turns out the height of a Mini is about 3 inches lower than the bed height of an unmodified Raptor. Considering the blind spots that the Raptor has due to it's height, mistakes will happen. This was not meant to highlight any shortcomings you might already have.
        Making11s
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ideastudio
        Based on your story, I recommend you start by purifying the air in your garage with you in it.
      hp
      • 3 Years Ago
      lol the 500 is getting killed in every article! (except the one with the model mmm)
      mechimike
      • 3 Years Ago
      CO2 does matter though- in places other than the US, it's a big thing. And honestly, unless you're in a major metropolitan area where you have to worry about smogs and things, CO2 is the most important controllable portion of vehicle exhaust. And its completely dependent upon how much fuel you are burning. Cars that use less fuel per mile traveled produce less CO2. Period.
      karlInSanDiego
      • 3 Years Ago
      BS. Those numbers were all PPM. If the Raptor displaces 4 times the air, you have to multiply the CO and hydrocarbons by 4 to compare with the 1.4 L Fiat. Same issue with the 50cc leaf blowers. Did they use same rev range on all motors or bother showing with a graph where this mythical cleaning the air moment occurs. No. "Actually cleans the air during PART of the test". What does that even mean? They're saying that their lab was full of exhaust, and that when the truck rebreathed it off throttle, the air moved slowly enough past the cats for them to start doing the job they were supposed to do in the first place. This is the Hummer vs. Prius story all over again.
        thrutheeyesofbry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @karlInSanDiego
        You don't need to do any multiplying first off. The math is done when it is measure. Its not like the Raptor got measures in parts per million and the Fiat was thousand. The same unit of measurement was used. catalytic converter work best when they get to 1600 degrees F if I am not mistaken. Running a car at idle will not get the cats warm enough to do their job properly. And I suspect part of the exhaust test was done at idle not just at wide open throttle. Two, it takes a second when accelerating for the O2 sensors to pickup the rich fuel mixture and subtract fuel to compensate. Stepping on the gas will for a brief moment create a dirtier exhaust that any other time period. In your theory, how does the exhaust escape the testing, come out the tubing, dirty the air, then go back into the car to get redigested? The name San Diego is in your name. Are you from California? Do you know how toxic the air is in parts of your state? The air we all breath isn't clean by a large margin. There were studies done by over a handful of large auto manufacturers in California. They proved that their cars were putting out cleaner air than what they were breathing in.
      johnb
      • 3 Years Ago
      LOL!!! I loved this. The Ford Raptor is just so full of Win even Charlie Sheen was afraid to do the emissions test against it.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Rotation
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's only wasteful if you use it for the wrong things. Like carrying around one person. But on the other hand, it's a lot more efficient at moving people than a leaf blower is.
        Tommy
        • 3 Years Ago
        There won't be an oil crisis anytime soon but there will be a dollar crisis. Right now gas is cheap, I can buy a gallon and half with a pre-1965 silver quarter. It's just our dollars becoming more worthless. You're in luck because we're coming up fast on this. There might be an oil crisis from it if OPEC stops accepting our dollars but other than that I see no oil crisis. We're exporting more than we import this year
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Tommy
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      Modstyle
      • 3 Years Ago
      great argument for battery powered lawn equipment. gas powered is such a bother, it's messy, smelly and noisy and selling my gas powered equipment was a great decision. They were replaced with several products by Neuton, which made my lawn care so much less of a chore.
      • 3 Years Ago
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