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Storing 2 stroke gas equipment in tool shed - Fuel line deterioration possible?


Some folks say keeping 2-stroke garden equipment like trimmer, blower, etc. in a tool shed will eventually cause the weak plastic fuel lines to deteriorate over time due to high heat accumulated in the tool shed.

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It isn't from storing them in a shed. It is from the inherent properties of the fuel (eg. ethanol, oil, gas, etc.) Fuel line changes in 2 cycle items happens every few years, and more often if you use ethanol gas. Luckily there are kits that help with the threading of the tubing.
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I don't know the science behind it. It's possible I guess. Depends on who you ask.

I've kept mine in the shed for years, never had any problems with fuel line deterioration. However, you are located in sunny ca., I'm located in upstate NY. So I don't have the constant heat you do. Just my thoughts on the subject.
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Ayuh,..... Nothin' lasts forever,....

Plastic gas lines seem to last up to 10 years, no matter what ya do,.....
The little primer bulbs, some what less time,....
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Ayuh,..... Nothin' lasts forever,....

Plastic gas lines seem to last up to 10 years, no matter what ya do,.....
The little primer bulbs, some what less time,....

Rubber fuel lines in a car can deteriorate and harden over time with heat. Not sure about the plastic fuel lines. Although would be plenty enough if can get 8-10 years.

Ya guess the primer bulb is what would wear out sooner... .

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It isn't from storing them in a shed. It is from the inherent properties of the fuel (eg. ethanol, oil, gas, etc.) Fuel line changes in 2 cycle items happens every few years, and more often if you use ethanol gas. Luckily there are kits that help with the threading of the tubing.
Yeah fuel itself is another factor. And hearing fuel line issues from this more than any other reasons.


Btw, which is a good reliable source for better fuel line like the Tygon fuel line?

And why won't manufacturers put better fuel line, etc. in the equipment to work with fuel that has ethanol? How much more would this cost them?



BTW, I'm sort of storing the garden equipment in upright positions with the engine at the bottom (trimmer/blower/chainsaw). The orientation shouldn't really matter?

There's slow oil leak from the chainsaw, and I don't see anyway to stop that. Or there's a way?

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A lot also depends on the type of shed and/or how it's constructed. Metal sheds with no ventilation heat up the most.
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Btw, which is a good reliable source for better fuel line like the Tygon fuel line?
Ayuh,.... I buy a couple feet at a time, in whatever diameter I need from a local small engine repair shop,.....
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There's slow oil leak from the chainsaw, and I don't see anyway to stop that. Or there's a way?
Nope,.... The bar oil seeps out through the oil pump, 'n feed path,.....
Quite normal,....
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Most if not all chain says seep chain oil (Stihl certainly does). I keep mine in the plastic case it came with. We have some puppy training pads (to absorb 'moisture' from bedding) left over and I cut up some pieces and line the bottom of the case. It helps when I clean out the bottom of the case.
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I stopped using blended fuels in my 2-stroke equipment.

I now use a pre-blended mixture called Trufuel. It uses enthanol-free gasoline and is already precisely blended with the oil.

Since switching to Trufuel, I have noticed a significant improvement in the performance of the trimmer and blower and smoother operation.
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I mix my own 2 cycle fuel BUT I do seek out one of the stations that sell ethanol free gas for my small engines.
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Ayuh,..... Ethanol free is fairly common 'round here now a days,......

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Can't find any gas stations with ethanol-free gas within the nearest 300 miles. Have to get to HD to get the Trufuel at a high price I don't prefer... .

I use premium brand gas from gas station plus Marine Stab-Bil. So far works out ok but the equipment has been around for just 3 years.


Looking for stations that sell aircraft fuel... .
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I use Stabil in my 4 and 2 stroke fuel and have good performance from it. I have a 2 stroke Echo ES 2100 blower/shredder that is 12 years old and never replaced the fuel lines on it to date. I am putting a new primer bulb on it this week finally as the OEM finally split open.

My experience has been if trying to keep oil mixed fuel to use over a couple of months old treated or not, you will be risking poor performance. So I keep fresh 89 octane fuel in a five gallon can with Stabil in it, and use it to mix my 2 stroke fuel in a one gallon can only. It never sits over a month before it gets used up.
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Can't find any gas stations with ethanol-free gas within the nearest 300 miles. Have to get to HD to get the Trufuel at a high price I don't prefer... .

I use premium brand gas from gas station plus Marine Stab-Bil. So far works out ok but the equipment has been around for just 3 years.


Looking for stations that sell aircraft fuel... .
Same problem here. However, I rather pay the higher price for Trufuel than the cost of repairing or replacing equipment damaged by ethanol.

If you have a marina nearby you might want to check them out. It is my understanding that marinas sell non-ethanol fuel.
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