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SilverStallion
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Member since Aug 2017
1999 posts

Ethanol free gas for lawn equipment?
Do y'all use ethanol free gas for your lawnmower/weed eater/blower?

Bought a new one today and guy at Ace told me it's "better". I understand the concept just not sure it makes a huge difference or not


djangochained
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Gardere
Member since Jul 2013
14271 posts

re: Ethanol free gas for lawn equipment?
Yes I do


SilverStallion
Houston Astros Fan
Member since Aug 2017
1999 posts

re: Ethanol free gas for lawn equipment?
Any particular reason? I've had a Stihl weed eater for about 9 years before it finally died today. Always used unleaded


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Ice Cream Sammich
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Apr 2010
9329 posts

re: Ethanol free gas for lawn equipment?
Yes. Some of the new Race Tracs carry it and its not much more than corn gas. Makes a huge difference.


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Cypressknee
Member since Jul 2017
174 posts

re: Ethanol free gas for lawn equipment?
Use it in every thing I can. Even my truck sometimes. Engine is supposed to run a hair cooler with non ethanol, ethanol draws moisture/water in the tank, gums up fuel system quickly.


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ktc227992
LSU Fan
Member since Nov 2011
196 posts

re: Ethanol free gas for lawn equipment?
I use Nothing but non ethanol fuel in all of my outdoor equipment . four wheelers, boat all lawn equipment and any thing that does not move every day


TBoy
Notre Dame Fan
Kalamazoo
Member since Dec 2007
8578 posts

re: Ethanol free gas for lawn equipment?
Only pure gas in small engines. Always. And I get the highest octane.


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Tigerhead
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Member since Aug 2004
681 posts

re: Ethanol free gas for lawn equipment?
Great website for finding non-ethanol.

LINK


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Spankum
LSU Fan
Miss-sippi
Member since Jan 2007
46720 posts

re: Ethanol free gas for lawn equipment?
The main problem that I find with ethanol is that it attracts water, so you eventually get contaminants in the fuel system if it sits around a lot. If I am using it in an engine that I run frequently, I run whatever is convenient...however, if it is going to sit around for a while, I always run non-ethanol.


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YipSkiddlyDooo
Member since Apr 2013
2309 posts

re: Ethanol free gas for lawn equipment?
I understand why I should, but I don't. I use a fuel stabilizer and all my lawn equipment have valves to close off fuel lines. I always turn those while running and run the engine till it dies. Haven't had the gunked up carb problems that I used to.


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Napoleon
New Orleans Saints Fan
Kenna
Member since Dec 2007
56256 posts

re: Ethanol free gas for lawn equipment?
I fill up two 5 gallon jugs of 93 octane no ethanol. I mix sta-bil in both and two stroke oil in one.
I find since doing that I have a lot less issues with long term use.
The junk in e10 gasoline is not made for carburation.


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Big_country346
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Belle Rose
Member since Jul 2013
2523 posts

re: Ethanol free gas for lawn equipment?
We've all at some point in time forgot to run our weed eater/blower over a period of time(winter) and ended up having to clean the carb due to it getting gunked up. I know I have once or twice.

I had my Stihl weed eater and blower fueled up with non ethanol and after a few months of being laid up, went to crank em up, and had no problems. The gas still smelled good too.


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CroTigerXIII
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The Cro
Member since Dec 2009
1386 posts

re: Ethanol free gas for lawn equipment?
Yes sir, always.


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HeadedToTheWoods
New Orleans Saints Fan
Sportsman's Paradise
Member since Dec 2013
534 posts

re: Ethanol free gas for lawn equipment?

I use Nothing but non ethanol fuel in all of my outdoor equipment . four wheelers, boat all lawn equipment
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baobabtiger
LSU Fan
Member since May 2009
2636 posts

re: Ethanol free gas for lawn equipment?
Always. ethanol is hard on carborators.


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rgsa
USA Fan
n/w La.
Member since May 2015
634 posts

re: Ethanol free gas for lawn equipment?
yes


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Srbtiger06
USA Fan
Buga Nation
Member since Apr 2006
26099 posts

re: Ethanol free gas for lawn equipment?
I've worked in the industry since I was about 6. It helps but it isn't necessary. Stihl (company I have most experience with) recommends it and I told most customers to do it as well. Truth is, the only time you see a major difference is when equipment sets up for a while. Ethanol fuel separates and the water eats your equipments internal up. What it doesn't eat, the thick, gelatinous, separated ethanol will him up.

Run your equipment dry when the season is over and you GREATLY reduce the chance for issues. That being said, I use 89+ octane mixed with Stihl synthetic mix oil and I JUST replaced my first carb on a 9 year old Stihl kombi power head.

TL;DR issues are usually caused by fuel setting up in equipment and breaking down. High grade helps due to extra additives to prevent breaking down of fuel. Run your shite dry when you know you won't use it for a couple months.


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Clames
LSU Fan
Member since Oct 2010
8366 posts

re: Ethanol free gas for lawn equipment?
I don't buy it for my yard equipment anymore. At the end of the season the few pieces that won't see a few months use get TruFuel before storage and everthing else get Sta-bil ethanol treated mid-grade gasoline anyway. Never have fuel-related issues running quality E10 gas. Pretty much everything made in the last decade or so has fuel system parts made with ethanol in mind and 2-stroke oils and fuel treatments have additives that condition rubber seals and gaskets so storing equipment dry isn't a great idea either unless you are storing it for a year or more.
This post was edited on 9/10 at 10:52 pm


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p0845330
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Member since Aug 2013
2587 posts

re: Ethanol free gas for lawn equipment?
Always


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NASA_ISS_Tiger
LSU Fan
Huntsville, Al via Sulphur, LA
Member since Sep 2005
6545 posts

re: Ethanol free gas for lawn equipment?
After cleaning out two carbs with carb cleaner and welding tip cleaners, yes. I only use non-ethanol gas in my small engines. In fact I hate ethanol gas as a result of that crap. Nothing worse that seeing that green film/gunk in the carb bowl or in the jets of the carb. Oh..and that gas had stabilizer in it. I've tried sta-bil as well as startron. Neither really seems to work if you keep the gas for any period of time (like over a winter).


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