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Old 10-09-2013, 02:11 PM
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Exclamation stations selling exclusively ethanol

In Iowa, the gas stations are phasing out 87 octane unleaded. They are replacing it with 84 octane with ethanol to get the 87 octane rating. My problem is that a lot of my equipment isn't suited to ethanol. How do I handle a situation where the fuel I need will not be available at all anymore? If I could I would buy all new fuel injected mowers but right now that isn't going to happen right now. Is there anything I can do to reduce the effects of the ethanol on my carbureted mowers?
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Old 10-09-2013, 02:22 PM
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See if it is possible to Co-Op with other people in the business to buy direct from another supplier. There must be other folks in the business in the same boat?
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Old 10-09-2013, 02:30 PM
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In Iowa, the gas stations are phasing out 87 octane unleaded. They are replacing it with 84 octane with ethanol to get the 87 octane rating. My problem is that a lot of my equipment isn't suited to ethanol. How do I handle a situation where the fuel I need will not be available at all anymore? If I could I would buy all new fuel injected mowers but right now that isn't going to happen right now. Is there anything I can do to reduce the effects of the ethanol on my carbureted mowers?
Must just be a difference in labeling.

87 octane gas with ethanol is something like 83 or 84 octane when you pull the ethanol out. Nothing is changing but the sign.
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