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Keeping lawncare equipment safe from stagnant ethanol

Keeping lawncare equipment safe from stagnant ethanol
Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 5:57pm

As we head into our spring months, many will be taking their lawn mowers, weed eaters, and chainsaws out of the shed after a winter hibernation.

But many will find, these and many other gas powered tools, no longer work.

It all has to do with ethanol build up.

Ethanol is now required to be put in gasoline to help reduce harmful emissions, but in many cases it's ruining people's equipment, and costing them more, on top of what they pay for fuel.

The ethanol works as a gel, jamming up your two cycle and four cycle engines.

This time of year, at places such as Higginbotham Brothers in Flint, it's the most common type of repair job.

"It won't start or it runs through, it runs, it starts, then it won't stay running, and it's generally always carburetion that is due to ethanol being left in the units for the year, over the winter months," said general manager Dave Satterwhite, "It will eat away the fuel lines cause those to deteriorate and crystallize, and it's really a major issue with the two cycle and four cycle engine products."

Due to these recent fuel related issues, it's now even more vital you take the time to keep your own equipment free of stagnant ethanol.

This damage will cost you, no matter when you bought it, or what type of warranty you have, because major retailers also know the negative effects of ethanol in your engine.

"It has no warranty when it's a fuel related item," said Satterwhite.

there are fuel stabilizers, and ethanol free gas you can buy at hardware stores.

But often your best bet is when winter rolls around, to poor out you gasoline, and crank your equipment to let it run out of gas as well, making sure they will be ready when spring rolls around again.

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