Save Steps (And Your Engine) With Canned Fuel or Fuel Stabilizer
Briggs & Stratton is often asked how to best prepare outdoor power equipment (OPE) for long-term storage. In fact, we’ve written several blogs on the subject for lawn mowers, power washers and snow blowers. You’ll notice that in each of the posts we recommend that you use a fuel stabilizer if you’re not already using Briggs & Stratton’s canned fuel.
You might be wondering why you need this for a small engine when your car or truck runs just fine on gas straight from the pump. Because most people don’t use their OPE as much as their car (especially off-season), the fuel can sit, separate and quickly go bad, leading to gummy deposits, varnishing and clogged carburetor jets. Small engines are more susceptible to the ethanol added to most gasoline. Ethanol attracts water, which separates from the fuel in the gas tank and can cause corrosion and rust – making it hard for your engine to start. And according to Popular Mechanics, alcohol in your small engine can mean “the fuel ignites at the wrong time in the combustion sequence, ruining parts in the process.” The pistons, in particular, can be severely damaged.
Even pure gasoline without ethanol will still degrade over time—it can begin in as little as 30 days. But there are ways to slow the process and keep your engine starting easily, and going stronger and longer.
Protect Against Ethanol
Start by using canned fuel. Yes, it costs more than what you find at the pump, but Briggs & Stratton’s Advanced Formula Ethanol Free Fuel can save you hassle and money in the long run. There are three blends available; two for two-cycle engines which contain ethanol-free gas, oil and fuel stabilizer and one for four-cycle engines that contain just fuel and fuel stabilizer. The mixes are optimal for your OPE; it is a one-step process so you no longer have to worry about getting the mix just right.
If you still prefer to buy your gas at the pump and mix yourself, remember whenever you fill your can, treat your fuel. Consider Briggs & Stratton’s 5-in-1 Advanced Formula Fuel Treatment & Stabilizer. One little step can help keep your OPE in good condition over the long haul. Be sure you only pump gas that is E10 or under. Not only will higher amounts of ethanol damage your engine, it can void the warranty. Find out more at the Green Industry Pros website.
Let’s face it, if you’re buying good OPE you’re paying for quality and the assurance that when you need your equipment it will work for you. Why would you not do something as easy as using canned fuel or fuel stabilizer when it will extend the life of your investment?