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  1. z445guy

    z445guy Active Member

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    Mar 10, 2017
    Just want to talk about gas ,ethanol is not good for small equipment , you can either use ethanol treatment by Lucas or buy the true fuel or other fuel that's ethanol free for your two strokes I had good luck with them at the end of the year or treat it with ethonal treatment just don't run your tank empty that's not good


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  2. Thomas

    Thomas Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2006
    Ethanol free not offer in our area....yet.
    When it comes to chainsaw,trimmers etc. if I don't use them in 30+ days I run the tank dry...never had problem yet.
     

  3. tractor beam

    tractor beam ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIELS Staff Member

    Jan 25, 2010
    Priest River, Idaho
    We have ethanol free gas (that's gas without ethanol) but Ive never had an issue with the ethanol since I switch off the fuel in my generators and run the carbs dry, and in my husky chain saw, I've never had an issue perhaps because it has oil mixed with it?
     
  4. marc_hanna

    marc_hanna Registered User

    I've never had any issues with ethanol blends. They tend to be about 10% around here. There's a little less energy content, and the older machines might have some issues with the seals and fuel lines.

    Also, I don't it's quite as stable.
     
  5. z445guy

    z445guy Active Member

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    Mar 10, 2017
    Thomas you got a home depot or lowes in your area if so you can buy tru fuel whish is ethanol free

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  6. geoff l

    geoff l Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    Oct 10, 2017
    Essex uk
    Here in the UK we can get an ethanol and benzine free alkylate petrol.
    I use it in my chainsaws exclusively, and find it to be worthwhile for various reasons, from personal health to a cleaner running saw, no soot buildup,and the fact it has a five year shelf life.
    My husky 3120, with a six foot bar and skip tooth chain only gets fired up a couple of times a year, it's a beast to handle but I know it will fire up and run well after a long layup.
    In my top handle climbers saws, which I use most days, I know I'm not breathing in the benzine fumes, which can have serious health implications long term when used on a regular basis.
    Admittedly it is a personal choice that I made, as a pro tree climber and cutter, and the cost of the fuel gives my accountant palpitations, mind you, he does not have to breath in the fumes!
     
  7. pogobill

    pogobill Registered User Staff Member

    Jan 31, 2012
    I try not to use Ethanol fuel blends at all in any of my tractors or small engines. I think this stuff is hard on the old gear such as carburetor gaskets and seats, metal fuel tanks etc. Ethanol has a tendency to absorb water and from what I've read, it will separate in the tank, with the ethanol and water going to the bottom of the tank, with the gas floating on top. When buying ethanol fuel stabilizer, be sure that it is ethanol and alcohol free.
     
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  8. wjjones

    wjjones Moderator Staff Member

    May 27, 2010
    I use stabil, and red armor we do also have 2 places in town that sell non ethanol regular unleaded fuel.
     
  9. z445guy

    z445guy Active Member

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    Mar 10, 2017
    Wjjones where you from that they sell ethanol free gas in town


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  10. jhngardner367

    jhngardner367 Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 4, 2011
    Lonoke,Arkansas
    We have it in several places,here,in Arkasas .
    It's about 20cents/gallon higher,but worth it.
    If you can't get it,then dump in some rubbing alcohol,(about 4 oz/gallon),to keep it from freezing ,and help get the water out.
     
  11. HarveyW

    HarveyW Member

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    Sep 15, 2014
    QUOTE from tractor beam: "We have ethanol free gas (that's gas without ethanol) but Ive never had an issue with the ethanol since I switch off the fuel in my generators and run the carbs dry, and in my husky chain saw, I've never had an issue perhaps because it has oil mixed with it?"

    Running an engine out of fuel when you know that it will sit idle for an extended period is a very good practice. I do this with my small generator, and with my Troy Bilt tiller. I have noticed also that my chainsaws do not have an issue with ethanol fuel, and I think this is due to the oil blended in the mix fuel?? However, my buddy let his Stihl chainsaw sit dormant for many years, and it required a new carburetor.
     
  12. jhngardner367

    jhngardner367 Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 4, 2011
    Lonoke,Arkansas
    It is a good practice to use a stabilizer,and run it until it stops,when storing for long periods,
    Ethanol fuels only have a shelf life of about 100 days,after which they lose potency,quickly.
    Ethanol,over time will cause problems with the fuel lines,diaphragms,etc.
    If the stabilizer isn't used,when it s run dry,for storage,the film of the ethanol fuel,combined with moisture,will cause corrosion,or a gel formation,and as you stated, replacement .
    I have a chainsaw,here,that they left the mixed fuel in for a year,...the fuel looks like molasses !
     
  13. wjjones

    wjjones Moderator Staff Member

    May 27, 2010
    Yes we have 2 locations tn farners co-op, and a bp station they both sell non ethanol fuel. Lebanon Tn.
     
  14. z445guy

    z445guy Active Member

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    Mar 10, 2017
    Yup i was a dumb ass end of last winter didnt stabilize my snow blower fuel and gave me a hard start already this winter, had to drain the carb , clean the carb and drain out half of what was in my gas tank go get high test treated with startron and got ir running fml for being a dumbass on wasteing three hours of my time .now just have to change the oil have get it warmex up to change oil

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  15. z445guy

    z445guy Active Member

    274
    Mar 10, 2017
    Snowblower was running like crap till rest of old atuff was out of fuel tank

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  16. wjjones

    wjjones Moderator Staff Member

    May 27, 2010
    Anyone ever tried one those buckets of stuff with the basket in it that you soak carbs, etc in?
     
  17. z445guy

    z445guy Active Member

    274
    Mar 10, 2017
    I did works pretty good just have to break the whole carb down to get the plastic parts out of it ,then you can place it in the can


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