backpack blowers and ethanol

Discussion in 'Alternative Fuel Forum' started by A+Grounds, Nov 13, 2011.

  1. A+Grounds

    A+Grounds LawnSite Member
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    every time at about this year the gas stations crank up the ethanol and one of my redmax ebz8001s suffer from it. throughout the year this backpack does not have the same power as my other 8001 and am looking to replace it. yes i have checked pure gas.com and there is no stations around me. i have tried shell, bp and mobil (local gas stations) 93 or higher octane and all of them make this 8001 run like crap. it has had a carb rebuild on it so the blower itself is fine.what is the most powerful backpack blower out there that is the least susceptible to reacting to ethanol.
     
  2. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Have you tried Ethanol Shield or one of the additives on the market?
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  3. A+Grounds

    A+Grounds LawnSite Member
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    i have tried sta-bil it had no effect on the troublesome 8001 and made the good 8001 run bad. these damn 8001s are temperamental if they weren't so powerful i wouldn't own them
     
  4. Ridin' Green

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    I have yet to have a problem from ethanol in any of my machines, whether it be the riders or handhelds, and that covers my entire lifetime, not just recently.

    As far as your question, maybe you need to try a different oil in your mix.

    I know there are other types of oils on the market, and like everything else brought up on this site, everyone has their favorite that they swear is the best. I can't say that mine is best, but since I have been using Stihl HP Ultra full synthetic oil in my machines, I have never had any problems, and the ones that were a little harder to start (as in new from the dealer) before I switched over are now easier to start as well. I run 93 octane minimum always, and about every fourth tankful run either Seafoam, or Star-Tron through them. Those additives really seemed to make a difference in how easy my old Stihl SH85 starts when compared to before.

    Both my BR600M and my Husky 570 BTS (same exact blower as a RM EBZ7500) are more poweful than your 8001, and both start and run great. In fact, though the numbers favor the Husky, the Stihl is fully equal in top end performance, and actually a bit better all around, and it scoures the ground a bit better.
     
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  5. Patriot Services

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    Ridin does make a valid point. It might be the way ethanol effects the oil you use. Being a solvent it can wreak havoc with the mix. I just hate to see you spend big money on a new blower to solve a fuel problem.
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  6. A+Grounds

    A+Grounds LawnSite Member
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    riding now that you mention it ever since i switched from stihls standard oil to amsoil problems have started, ill try some synthetic stihl oil and pray it works.
     
  7. Ridin' Green

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    It may take a tank ot two, but it may actually solve your problem, and like Patriot Services mentioned, it'd be a shame to get rid of a good BP just because of a fuel problem.
     
  8. A+Grounds

    A+Grounds LawnSite Member
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    true id hate to get rid of a good 8001
     
  9. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    I had probems with my stihl Blower until I switched to the stihl premium synthetic oil and 93 gas.
     
  10. jetta

    jetta LawnSite Member
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    amsoil is also synthetic
     

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