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Old 08-27-2010, 07:21 AM   post #1 of 23 (permalink)
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I recently picked up my mower from the dealer and the mechanic there asked me if I used gas with ethanol. He said he could smell it. He told me that engines with carbruators really shouldn't be run with ethanol gas. I've just been buying whatever is cheapest, but I'm going to start paying more attention. I haven't had any problems, but for 50 cents (10 cents X 5 gallons) is it really woth taking a chance?

Anybody had any other experiences?
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Around here 10% ethanol is all you can get! I've been told that 10% is usually OK, but the Government is wanting to go to 15% (& then higher), disaster for older small engines. ~~ grnspot110
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I don't know of anywhere here where you can get anything other than 10% Ethanol either.
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my and my grandfather that I live with found a gas station on the way up to my grandmothers seasonal site that has non-ethanol gas and we fill our containers there (4gallons). When we run out of it we run the 91 octane stuff that we find here in the cities and so far my engines are still running, even the 40+ yr old Tecumseh.


ethanol= no more gaskets. ethanol eats gaskets like the fat man eats pie.
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Old 08-27-2010, 10:39 AM   post #5 of 23 (permalink)
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Around here, the higher octane (89) gas is ethanol and cheaper. The more expensive gas (87) doesn't have ethanol. At least it's not labeled on the pumps. My dealer said the ethanol eats at the rubber hoses and seals in the carburator and gas lines. He told me a common problem (at least with the older Ariens/Gravley products) is that the gas line pickup line inside the gas tank swells and falls off the nipple. He said if it ever just won't start, check those gas pickups. Apparently, they have a replacement pickup set that won't be effected. Maybe the newer models aren't effected?

Like I said, so far, I haven't noticed any adverse effects.
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87 octane. Don't know if it's ethanol or not, never gave it much thought, but it seems to do just fine in everything I have, and it has for years.
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On the Husqvarna web site, their videos recommend using 89 or better octane for their 2-cycle products. I use 91 octane for all my 2 and 4-cycle stuff. Also I recommend using Sta-Bil Marine formula which will counteract the effects of the ethanol. Not the regular red Sta-Bil, but the blue Marine formula which is now available at Wal-mart. The red Sta-Bil is around 6 bucks and treats 20 gallons, the blue Sta-Bil Marine is about 9 bucks but treats 80 gallons, so it's a better value as well.
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Here in Charleston the Exxon stations carry ethanol free gasoline and that is what I started using on my small equip. it is about .50 more a gallon than regular gas, which yesterday was $2.43 a gallon
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Sorry guys all octanes have ethanol in it's fuel.
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I just run the super unleaded in all my small engines the seen to run better and have more power its a little higher but the way i look at it you dont use as much as an automobile
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