Why You Should Use Ethanol-Free / Rec-90 Fuel for Small Engines

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Maintaining small equipment with engines that sit for long periods of time, such as lawnmowers, snow blowers, trimmers, and others, can be a hassle due to the carburetor getting gunked up by aging gasoline in the bowl. Ethanol additives in gasoline are usually the culprit, causing the gas in the tank or carburetor bowl to congeal into a substance that gunks up fuel systems, which can be almost as expensive to fix as buying a new piece of equipment.

To help prevent this phenomenon, using ethanol-free fuel is recommended, which is often called “recreational fuel” or “REC-90”. Many local gas stations offer a separate pump for this fuel, which is typically about 25% more expensive than regular gasoline. However, the additional cost for small equipment that is only used occasionally won’t amount to more than a few dollars a year, potentially saving hundreds of dollars in equipment repairs or replacement.

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In addition to using ethanol-free fuel, there are a few other precautions you can take to maintain your small equipment and prevent fuel-related issues:

  • Run your fuel tanks dry if they won’t be used for more than about a month.
  • When purchasing fuel for equipment that is currently being used regularly, run a splash of that fresh fuel through your out-of-season equipment to clear out the old fuel from the carburetor.
  • Add a bit of fuel stabilizer to each tank of gas you purchase for small engine equipment.

Another thing to consider is using a fogging oil prior to storage, which is a mixture usually sprayed into the intake path to help “line” your motor and prevent surface rust from forming on parts of the combustion chamber while sitting. While this isn’t always necessary, it’s worth thinking about if you want to take extra precautions when winterizing your equipment.

Using ethanol-free fuel and taking the necessary precautions can help prolong the life of your small equipment and save you money in the long run. To find a local gas station that carries ethanol-free fuel, check out rec-90 gas maps for Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach.

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In conclusion, maintaining small equipment can be a headache due to fuel-related issues, but taking the necessary precautions and using ethanol-free fuel can make all the difference. By doing so, you can ensure that your equipment stays in top condition and avoid costly repairs or replacements. Don’t forget to check out our local rec-90 gas maps to find a local gas station that offers ethanol-free fuel.

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