Fuel Issues? Solved.

With owning outdoor power equipment comes responsibility ' storing it correctly, keeping it clean, and maintaining it so it runs properly. However, sometimes you may run into starting issues that are related to fuel, which can cause engine damage or ruin a piece of equipment altogether. 

Being aware of how fuel effects your equipment's performance is critical to keeping it in good working condition from season to season. Consider these fuel tips to ensure your equipment will run smoothly and last longer.  

 

Why ethanol fuel is bad for your equipment

Most fuel contains ethanol, which is a grain alcohol distilled from corn and sugar. Fuels with ethanol work well in larger engines, like cars, but can be very harmful to your outdoor power equipment ' as it burns hotter in smaller engines and can cause damage. Ethanol attracts moisture from the air, and when the two substances bond together, phase separation occurs. This means water separates from the gasoline and settles at the bottom of the gas tank. The bottom of the tank is then lined with raw ethanol and water which becomes the first layer to enter your engine when it's turned on, leaving no lubrication. With no lubrication, corrosion to the rubber, plastic and metal components of the system is inevitable. 

 

 

What fuel should be used?

To minimize issues, use fuel that has the least amount of ethanol content as possible. If you're picking up fuel from a gas station, most sell 'E-10' gas which contains 10% ethanol; this can be used for your equipment. Make sure to avoid any gas with 'E-15,' as 15% ethanol gases will damage smaller engines. 

There are many synthetic gases on the market that don't contain any ethanol. These are great options for smaller engines like string trimmers, walk-behind mowers, leaf blowers and snow throwers. TruFuel® is a good option for items that are higher-revving, hotter-running, and have 2-cycle and small 4-cycle engines.