Fuel: is what makes your power equipment run — there are differences and using the wrong one can ruin your equipment.
Gasoline: the gasoline you buy for your car is not good for your lawnmower because it contains ethanol. Either use ethanol free fuel or treat your gas with a stabilizer . Read the story on ethanol below.*
Oil: Gas Mix: Two Cycle engines like those in chainsaws and trimmers require a mix of gas and oil to run. 50 to 1 means 50 parts gas to 1 part oil.
Ethanol Free Fuel: We offer this for sale at the shop. Must be used in small engines. Also used by the marine industry as they know the costly damage — ethanol fuels will cause.
*Is Your Small Engine at Risk from Ethanol Damage?
Back during the Clinton/Gore Administration, to comply with the Clean Air Act, the use of ethanol in fuels was mandated to protect the environment, help farmers, and reduce dependence on foreign oil.
Ethanol blended gasoline has been used for over 15 years in the United States. Ethanol is added to gasoline to help reduce exhaust emissions and as a U.S. policy, to help decrease the dependence on imported oil. The majority of ethanol sold in the United States is made from corn.
Outdoor power equipment engines, including those found in lawnmowers, chainsaws, and string trimmers, are susceptible to corrosion damage caused by E10, or gasoline that contains 10 percent ethanol. E10 is common in most U.S. gas stations. While ethanol has been shown to cause damage to all engines, small engines found in outdoor power equipment run a higher risk of being damaged by ethanol due to less frequent use.
To protect your investment, use a fuel stabilizer containing an ethanol treatment with each fill-up. This is an easy and inexpensive way you can protect your small engine from corrosive damage caused from ethanol.
We carry an assortment of fuel stabilizers and engine treatments designed to protect your small engine from pre-mature aging.
Why is Ethanol Harmful to Small Engines?
When gasoline sits still inside a small engine, the ethanol has a chance to cause corrosion to the engine components. Ethanol blended fuels have been shown to cause damage to small engines like lawn tractors, riding mowers, chainsaws, string trimmers, and other gasoline-powered outdoor power equipment due to less frequent use. According to small engine repairmen interviewed by Popular Mechanics Magazine, there is a rise in small engine repair work, and fewer of the small engine repairs being made are caused by normal wear and tear, these mechanics say. This may be good for small engine mechanics, but it doesn’t bode well for you, the consumer.
To make matters worse, E15, or gasoline containing up to 15 percent ethanol, has been approved by the EPA and could become available in gas stations nation-wide by summer of 2012-2014.
Ethanol makes up about 45% of most gasoline in the U.S., and this percentage is expected to continue to rise. While ethanol may not cause damage to your car or pick-up truck, it has been shown to damage small engines that get less use due to winter storage.
How to Prevent Ethanol Damage in a Small Engine
There are easy and inexpensive ways you can prevent damage caused by ethanol blended gas. It is a good idea to use a fuel stabilizer on your small engine every time you fill up. This is especially true when you are winterizing your power equipment in the fall and in the spring when you replace the old fuel for that first start of the season.
What are Fuel Stabilizers?
Fuel stabilizers are fuel additives that can be used with any gasoline engine, including engines that use gasoline/oil mixtures and ethanol blends. Sta-bil brand fuel stabilizer with ethanol treatment formula helps your small engine in the following ways:
* Prevents corrosion caused by ethanol damage
* Helps clean fuel injectors and intake valves
* Improves engine performance and efficiency
Use a fuel stabilizer ethanol treatment formula as often as every fill-up to prevent further damage caused by the use of ethanol fuel blends.