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rjordan393 12-02-2018 02:26 PM

Ethanol Free Gas
I recently had a carburator replaced on my leaf blower because it had gummed up. The mechanic tells me to use ethanol free gas only. So now that is what I use. So my question is: Do I still need to use the recommended Fuel Stabilizer when storing it for next season?

CodeMatters 12-02-2018 02:41 PM

Re: Ethanol Free Gas
Not a direct answer to question but:
I used fuel stabilizers along with other storage methods for years and they
worked fine. Even so, 5-10 yrs ago I stopped doing any of that and switched
to running every engine for at least 5 minutes a few times during the off
season. This method has worked fine also. And I use ethanol free gases in
all these machines.

rjordan393 12-02-2018 03:01 PM

Re: Ethanol Free Gas
I think ethanol free gas must be something new in my area of Pennsylvania. The first time I seen it was at a WaWA store.

BayouRunner 12-02-2018 03:38 PM

Re: Ethanol Free Gas
In my opinion yes you need the stabilizer

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joecaption 12-02-2018 03:48 PM

Re: Ethanol Free Gas
This is coming from someone that uses gas powered tools to make a living.
In the off season all my mowers, trimmers, post hole diggers, Ect.
I dump all the fuel I can and just let them run until there out of fuel.
Every single one of them start with no trouble in the spring.

Johnny_inFL 12-02-2018 03:49 PM

Re: Ethanol Free Gas
using ethanol free gas, you will experience less fuel delivery
issues. stabilizers is your choice, depending on your weather conditions.
keeping the gas tank in any machine either completely full or completely
empty during long periods of inactivity reduces the likelihood of moisture buildup
in the gas tank. whether it be a lawn mower, boat or an old Ford 8N tractor.

why not call the shop that replaced the carb on your leaf blower
and see what they recommend for your area.



de-nagorg 12-02-2018 04:09 PM

Re: Ethanol Free Gas
I too run the tool until it is out of gas, store it, and in spring, refill the tank and fire up, no gumming up, no mess to clean.


rjordan393 12-02-2018 04:29 PM

Re: Ethanol Free Gas
Thanks All,
I'll keep the advice in mind depending on whether the fuel tank is near empty or still has a considerable amount left. Trying to siphon it when there is plenty left would be too troublesome and I would prefer to top it off.
But if near empty, I would run the tool as suggested.

rjniles 12-02-2018 04:44 PM

Re: Ethanol Free Gas
Go to "" to find ethanol free in your area.

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CaptTom 12-02-2018 06:36 PM

Re: Ethanol Free Gas
A lot of small-engine tools have a fuel shutoff in the line. You can also buy one pretty cheaply for those which don't. Then you can keep the tank full, shut off the valve while it's running, and let the carb run out of fuel. Stay close by and slowly close the choke as it starts to die, to be sure you've got every last drop.

ChuckTin 03-02-2019 07:31 PM

Re: Ethanol Free Gas
Wawa sells ethanol free gas around here.

mark sr 03-03-2019 05:30 AM

Re: Ethanol Free Gas
I'll run my lawnmower and weedeater out of gas every fall and store it that way. I've used that method for 40+ yrs. My chainsaw gets used all year but might not get fired up for a month or two so I always add Stabil to the gas [non ethanol] unless I know I'm going to do a lot of cutting. Same thing for my leaf blower.

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