e85

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by BLC1, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. BLC1

    BLC1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 714

    Does anybody run e85 in their trucks? How about running it in your trucks that aren't flex fuel. I was reading that is does not harm vehicles not set up to run flex fuel.

    What are you thoughts on this?
     
  2. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    BLC - if you have a flex fuel truck - RUN IT. Fuel economy is slightly less than regular crud gas, but (at least here) at 60 cents per gallon less than crud gas, is very much worth it.

    If you don't have a flex fuel truck - perhaps, at your own risk, try a 50/50 blend with crud gas. I did this with my Grand Am last summer and hasn't slowed down since - no ill effects.
    In fact, I am not sure why we can't have like a E50 or E40 - dang oil companies....
     
  3. KTM

    KTM LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 492

    My brother has ran E85 in his Tahoe a few times and reported that he was still better off using regular gas. I really don't know how they can still be making ethanol with corn prices so high.
     
  4. newz7151

    newz7151 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Tejas
    Posts: 2,419

    I'd love to see you running that in your homeowner grade trimmer and other stuff. Even the commercially intended 2 cycle stuff (and 4 cycle) isn't going to be able to hold up against it, and you want it out already.
     
  5. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    newz - we are mandate E20 up here in MN within a couple years. Won't have any trouble burning that in my vehicles. Would there be a big difference from E20 to E40? I don't think so....

    Yes, MN is in the corn belt and I am standing up for locally grown products.
     
  6. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I have ran e-85 in my wifes Tahoe about 2 years ago. Average about 2-4 miles less per gallon but back then e-85 was a 1.00 less per gallon than regular so it was a wash. Now its about .40 less than regular so you lose money running e-85. You can get by for a while running e-85 in a non flex fuel vehicle but corrosion while get the best of the fuel system after prolong use. In a flex fuel vehicle they use stainless fuel lines and fittings, nothing to corrode.
     
  7. BLC1

    BLC1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 714

    Yesterday I saw ethanol was 30 cents more than reg. gas. How do they except that to work out?
     
  8. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 6,462

    yeh e85 is poitless. anyone who says its good is wrong.
     
  9. Lawn-Sharks

    Lawn-Sharks LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have ot even seen a gas station anywhere near me selling E85. we have gas here in florida that has a 10% mix of E85 in it but 90% is still reg gas still the same freakin price thou...I seen a show on history channel talking about moonshine and they said thats all E85 was.(Moonshine) is nothing more than ( Korn Squeezins 85% & Gasoline mixed 15% ) gets me to thinking about making moonshine and using it in my truck & Equipment......Lol.... ATF would be on my like a Hobo on a Ham sandwhich.
     
  10. tamadrummer

    tamadrummer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The dumb thing here in FL is that the gas with 10% ethanol in it is just as expensive as the gas without it in it.

    I won't buy it with ethanol in it! Why do I want to go less distance per gallon for the same price? :hammerhead: I also don't want to be running it in my 2 cycle or mowers but especially not in my 2 cycle stuff!

    Hess, Race Trac, and Murphy are all running 10% ethanol and BP, Sunoco, Shell, and Texxaco are clear of the stuff so far. I try to stick to Sunoco and BP exclusively and really only Sunoco if possible.
     

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