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Old 04-23-2024, 10:59 AM   #1
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Ethanol free gas is awesome!

About seven years ago I switched over to ethanol free gas for my pressure washer, 7000W contractor genset and 2500W Champion genset. All my lawn gear is EGO including a zero turn mower, snowblower, chainsaw and all the other stuff needed for lawn care.

I have had ethanol free gas in the contractor genset for those 7 years and everything still works great. I never drain the gas or put Stabil in it. Still starts straight away on first pull. Same with the Champion genset and pressure washer but I've only had them for 4 years.

Highly recommend it. There is a UDF 5 miles away that sells ethanal free gas so it is easy to come by.
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That's all they sell here in Alaska.
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I agree with ethanol free for small engines. We were having issues with our generator a few years back and brought to small engine repairman who got it running again. He recommended that in the future I do 2 things. First, only use ethanol free gas. Second, dont shut off the generator (shut off the fuel and let it run itself out of gas). I have not had any issues since.
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You have to drive across the river into Pennsylvania to get it around here. And it is WAY more expensive than the usual regular. I try to remember to bring gas cans when I venture out towards Allentown to keep some for my house generator.
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BTW, if you leave regular gas (normal regular) just a little too long (in my Champion inverter, about a month), it causes horrible engine surging problems.


The cure: Chevron Techron Complete works miracles in this case. I didn't think it was working after running it through for 5 minutes, but then all of a sudden, it started humming like normal. Ideally, run your gen set dry to prevent issues, or use the good no alcohol gas.
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I started a thread asking others opinions about ethanol-free gas just a few months ago.

The only thing I own that would really require it is my snow-blower. And I just drain the gas in that thing every spring. In fact, I just did that this weekend.

My lawnmower seems to run fine no matter what I do with it.

The only place near me to get it is 20 minutes away on the other side of town. Not worth the time/effort for me.
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You have to drive across the river into Pennsylvania to get it around here. And it is WAY more expensive than the usual regular. I try to remember to bring gas cans when I venture out towards Allentown to keep some for my house generator.

The only way you can get it here in "The Crookedest Little State In The Union" is to buy it canned, at ridiculously high prices. Welcome to Rhode Island!
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The only way you can get it here in "The Crookedest Little State In The Union" is to buy it canned, at ridiculously high prices. Welcome to Rhode Island!
Never heard of it.
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I use it in my snowmobiles
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I've used it for years in my weed eaters ,chain saws, mower, tiller, probably more.

Was recommended by my small engine dealers and landscaper friends years ago.....................

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Never heard of it.

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All I run in anything that is not a vehicle. We have a few stations in Erie that sell non ethanol. It is about a dollar more a gallon.
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That's all they sell here in Alaska.
Can you piggyback another line on that pipeline?
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I use it in my snowmobiles
x2. I made the mistake of leaving E10 in them one summer and had to clean the carbs.
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BTW, if you leave regular gas (normal regular) just a little too long (in my Champion inverter, about a month), it causes horrible engine surging problems.

The cure: Chevron Techron Complete works miracles in this case. I didn't think it was working after running it through for 5 minutes, but then all of a sudden, it started humming like normal. Ideally, run your gen set dry to prevent issues, or use the good no alcohol gas.
I use ethanol free in everything but my cars. Even so, if the gas sits too long in our 95% humidity when we get a cold snap, there are problems. Condensation creates water in the gas tank, which is a sludgy disaster with ethanol gas, and still some issues with ethanol free. I have to take my power boat for a full throttle run once a month even with the no ethanol gas and Stabil to keep it running well. Next door neighbor has to do the same thing with his Vette and his boat. Today's cars have fuel systems designed around ethanol gas, and gas generally doesn't sit a month in a car, so ethanol gas is not an issue with newer cars.

1st time I forgot in the Fall and boat sat through several cold spells, it took 10 minutes of hard accelerating and decelerating and full throttle running to get everything running right. But running once a month keeps that Suzuki 115hp purring.

OTOH, my Honda 5hp outboard and my Sears lawn mower with the Craftsmen plastic carb gum up no matter how careful I am. Sold the Honda outboard and replaced with an Epropulsion Spirit electric outboard. Traded my starting anxiety for range anxiety until I realized a full charge gave me 3+ hours of quiet motoring at decent speed on my sailboat.

When we moved to the land of swamp and summer 90/90 temp/humidity (Eastern NC), I figured gas chain saw and other gas yard power tools were going to be high maintenance. So I went with the EGO series of battery tools (carried at Lowe's), except for the mower. The tools have all the battery endurance this old man wants to handle. So I'm happy with the choice.

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When we moved to the land of swamp and summer 90/90 temp/humidity (Eastern NC), I figured gas chain saw and other gas yard power tools were going to be high maintenance. So I went with the EGO series of battery tools (carried at Lowe's), except for the mower. The tools have all the battery endurance this old man wants to handle. So I'm happy with the choice.

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When that krap first came out I lost two Honda fuel tanks to rust. Plus a mess in the fuel pump and carburetor on my paving machine with a Wisconsin V4 engine.
I liked the old days when I bought two barrels at a time .26c per gallon and took it to the lake for the ski boat. Now we don’t even have cent sign on the key board. That electric stuff may be ok for piddling in the yard but when you have 5 cords of oak to fill the woodshed for next season there isn’t a substitute for big gas saw. Not to mention a ski boat.
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When that krap first came out I lost two Honda fuel tanks to rust. Plus a mess in the fuel pump and carburetor on my paving machine with a Wisconsin V4 engine.
I liked the old days when I bought two barrels at a time .26c per gallon and took it to the lake for the ski boat. Now we donít even have cent sign on the key board. That electric stuff may be ok for piddling in the yard but when you have 5 cords of oak to fill the woodshed for next season there isnít a substitute for big gas saw. Not to mention a ski boat.
Growing up our house was heated by wood. We would burn a cord a week. Your piddly 5 cords would last us five weeks. I know what a gas chainsaw can do.
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Growing up our house was heated by wood. We would burn a cord a week. Your piddly 5 cords would last us five weeks. I know what a gas chainsaw can do.
I know what a gas chainsaw can do. It can outdo this old man's shoulders and arms. That's why a battery-powered chainsaw that can do 2 hours on a charge is plenty for this old man.

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I know what a gas chainsaw can do. It can outdo this old man's shoulders and arms. That's why a battery-powered chainsaw that can do 2 hours on a charge is plenty for this old man.

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Agree. I got my EGO for light yard work. I dropped a 24" oak with it. Took a lot of recharging to get it all cut up. Which was fine with me. Gave me lots of breaks.
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