E85 Flex Fuel?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by RYDER, Apr 22, 2008.

  1. RYDER

    RYDER LawnSite Member
    Posts: 30

    Has anyone tried using the new E85 flex fuel in mowers and weed-eaters?:confused:
  2. GravelyNut

    GravelyNut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,594

    Not reccomended by the makers of most equipment. E-85 does attack some rubbers and pot metal.
  3. Grass Happens

    Grass Happens LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 682

    yea, E85 eats diaphragms and aluminum carbs. In fact, Briggs blames the 10% ethanol content in fuel for a host of problems that may or may not be legit.
  4. jkason

    jkason LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 548

    Not only that, there is also a 20-25% power loss.

    At a demo I saw, a B&S classic engine would not start, and an Intek would only chug for 5-10 seconds.
  5. Lawn-Sharks

    Lawn-Sharks LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 912

    We dont have E85 where im at yet but we do have a 90% gas w/ 10% E85 and we have no choise in the matter, but ive noticed that my new line trimmer & edgers dont like it they seem to be cold blooded everytime i use them in the corse of the day.:cry:
  6. GravelyNut

    GravelyNut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,594

    The E10 is actually what we got when they took the MTBE out of the gasoline. Used to be common up north but not down here. That has now changed.
  7. tamadrummer

    tamadrummer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,102

    I don't think that Sunaco or BP have E10 in their fuels yet. I only run them since every other station has a sign on their pump saying contains 10% ethanol in it.

    I prefer to run Sunaco but BP is good too.
  8. Sharpcut 1

    Sharpcut 1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 450

    Don't run it. Problems, problems!! Don't run it. Did I say don't run it. I work on small equipment for a living. Did I say don't run it???:dizzy::dizzy:

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