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Old 04-25-2013, 11:14 AM   #16
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I bought a 2.5 gallon fuel container. I have used about .5 of it in the mower. So you are saying if I dont use the 2 gallons in the next 2 months I should put fuel stabilizer in there? Is that the same kind that you would put in your mower for winterization? This is a first I have heard this.
It certainly wouldn't hurt. Most of them say something like an oz. per gallon. One bottle of fuel stabilizer will last quite a while.

Most years I run my engines dry on gas before storing. This year I added stabilizer to my push mower that had gas left in it. Started on the first pull last week and smoked for about 5 seconds. This mower is 16 years old.

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It certainly wouldn't hurt. Most of them say something like an oz. per gallon. One bottle of fuel stabilizer will last quite a while.

Most years I run my engines dry on gas before storing. This year I added stabilizer to my push mower that had gas left in it. Started on the first pull last week and smoked for about 5 seconds. This mower is 16 years old.
I just did some reading. Sta-Bil says to add 1oz for ever 2.5 gallons. So I can buy a 4oz or 8oz Sta-Bil and add 1oz to my 2.5 gallon gas can. Problem solved!

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I bought a 2.5 gallon fuel container. I have used about .5 of it in the mower. So you are saying if I dont use the 2 gallons in the next 2 months I should put fuel stabilizer in there? Is that the same kind that you would put in your mower for winterization? This is a first I have heard this.
I basically add Sta-Bil to my can EVERY time now. Once I bring it back from the gas station, I fill the mowers and add Sta-Bil to what's left. The 16.5 HP motor in my lawn tractor is more tolerant, but the smaller ones in the push mower and the trimmer (a 4-cycle Troy-Bilt) choke on anything that's more than two months old. The ethanol is hydrophilic, which means that over time your gasoline will collect water. The Sta-Bil goes a long way, but if you'd rather not pay for it then you can just put the stale gas in your late-model car or truck instead. As long as its tank isn't already almost empty, it will be a lot more tolerant of the stale/watery gas.
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I basically add Sta-Bil to my can EVERY time now. Once I bring it back from the gas station, I fill the mowers and add Sta-Bil to what's left. The 16.5 HP motor in my lawn tractor is more tolerant, but the smaller ones in the push mower and the trimmer (a 4-cycle Troy-Bilt) choke on anything that's more than two months old. The ethanol is hydrophilic, which means that over time your gasoline will collect water. The Sta-Bil goes a long way, but if you'd rather not pay for it then you can just put the stale gas in your late-model car or truck instead. As long as its tank isn't already almost empty, it will be a lot more tolerant of the stale/watery gas.
I picked up 8 oz from Home Depot today. I will be adding it to the gas container tomorrow Thanks!
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I bought a 2.5 gallon fuel container. I have used about .5 of it in the mower. So you are saying if I dont use the 2 gallons in the next 2 months I should put fuel stabilizer in there? Is that the same kind that you would put in your mower for winterization? This is a first I have heard this.
No, you should do the following:

Add Seafoam Fuel Stabilizer to your gas before you ever put it in your tank. If you dont have it in there now, I would recommend that you add some to your fuel tank and let it run a while to get it into your carb. You should also add it to your fuel can. The gas today is crap. I have used Stabil, and SeaFoam, and I prefer SeaFoam, Hands down.

Use only full synthetic oil in your air cooled engines, and add a little Marvel Mystery Oil (MMO) for good measure. They use so little oil that it is absolutely ridiculous to not use it due to cost. All air cooled aircraft engines use synthetic oil.

I don't know where all the hoopla about engines comes from, but I have Briggs and Stratton engines on three pieces of equipment. A 16HP V twin on my SImplicity Lawn Tractor, A 6.5HP on my Pressure washer, and a 5.5 HP on my Toro Self propelled 20 inch mower that I picked up used. All of them run like a Top. All are over 12 years old. If a Briggs dosen't run, you did not maintain it, and you will have the same problem with a Honda, a Kohler, or a yukewatza. The only engines that have given me more grief than they are worth is Tecumseh, but I was able to fix even those with new carbs.

As far as small mowers go, I dont know how you can beat a Snapper or a Toro with a Briggs Motor.
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No, you should do the following:

Add Seafoam Fuel Stabilizer to your gas before you ever put it in your tank. If you dont have it in there now, I would recommend that you add some to your fuel tank and let it run a while to get it into your carb. You should also add it to your fuel can. The gas today is crap. I have used Stabil, and SeaFoam, and I prefer SeaFoam, Hands down.

Use only full synthetic oil in your air cooled engines, and add a little Marvel Mystery Oil (MMO) for good measure. They use so little oil that it is absolutely ridiculous to not use it due to cost. All air cooled aircraft engines use synthetic oil.

I don't know where all the hoopla about engines comes from, but I have Briggs and Stratton engines on three pieces of equipment. A 16HP V twin on my SImplicity Lawn Tractor, A 6.5HP on my Pressure washer, and a 5.5 HP on my Toro Self propelled 20 inch mower that I picked up used. All of them run like a Top. All are over 12 years old. If a Briggs dosen't run, you did not maintain it, and you will have the same problem with a Honda, a Kohler, or a yukewatza. The only engines that have given me more grief than they are worth is Tecumseh, but I was able to fix even those with new carbs.

As far as small mowers go, I dont know how you can beat a Snapper or a Toro with a Briggs Motor.
Are you talking about Seafoam Fuel Stabilizer or Seafoam motor treatment? I cant find anything on a Fuel Stabilizer for Seafoam.

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