The Ugly Truth About Ethanol
Did you know that there is ethanol in the gas you put in your car? Most of us presume that what we are getting is pure gasoline and don't think twice to use it in our everyday lives. We believe all gas is the same and make the mistake of using gas pumped from our local station in our equipment, which is a mistake.
The thing is, ethanol fuel, a gas additive, is everywhere. Nowadays, the gas you pump from almost every gas station contains a blend of gasoline and ethanol. The E number indicates the percentage of ethanol blend. For example, E10 means the gas mixture contains 90% gas and 10% ethanol.
In automobiles, ethanol fuel won't do much harm to your car's engine. However, when you're using gas with ethanol mixture in your outdoor power equipment, you run the risk of engine damage and end up incurring costly repairs. While E10 fuels are approved for small engine equipment usage, it is not recommended, especially in handheld products.
The reason is gas with ethanol separates while being stored in your gas tank. The two-stroke oil that is needed remains bonded to the gasoline but not to ethanol. Thus, the mixture's ethanol and water parts contain no oil, leading to inadequate lubrication, performance issues, and costly repairs over time.
Another reason to avoid using gasoline containing ethanol is ethanol will start to absorb water over time, leading to poor engine performance. E10 gas absorbs up to fifty times more water than standard gasoline. It is generally recommended that you replace gas in your fuel tank every two to three weeks to avoid alcohol and water-related engine issues. Similarly, ethanol is also an excellent solvent. Simply put, it will dissolve plastic, rubber, fiberglass, and much much more, an attribute that can potentially cause severe problems to small engines.
At MEK Equipment, we advise our customers to keep their fuel fresh and never buy and store gas for more than thirty days. We suggest using pre-mixed ethanol-free fuel for their power equipment and sell Husqvarna and Aspen pre-mixed, ethanol-free fuels, which we believe are the best option for your handheld equipment.
To get the best quality fuel for your equipment, reach out to MEK Equipment. Whether you are looking at the cutting-edge Automower or just needing some oil and filters for seasonal maintenance, we have you covered. While primarily a Husqvarna dealer, we service all makes and models. Our list of brands includes Husqvarna, Briggs & Stratton, Kohler, Kawasaki, Opt-Oil, Honda, Oregon, Ground Keeper fertilizer, and the list keeps on growing. We serve the Saskatchewan valley and surrounding areas.