Fuel conditioners

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by lawn6@bigpond, Aug 12, 2005.

  1. lawn6@bigpond

    lawn6@bigpond LawnSite Member
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    Can anyone tell me if fuel conditioners in small engines are good thing or not .

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
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    Yes we use stabil it works.
  3. MBDiagMan

    MBDiagMan LawnSite Senior Member
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    For what purpose? Winter storage? Normal operation? Moisture removal?

    For Winter storage, stabil is indeed a great product. If it's going to be stored more than about 30 days it's well worth the expense for the storage period, but it is not necessary for frequent use.

    If you have moisture in the fuel that you need to get rid of you can pour in Berrymans B12 or you can even get by with a bottle of rubbing alcohol from the drug store. Either one will immulsify the water and allow it to be burned.

    If you just want an additive for keeping the system clean under normal use it depends on where you buy your gasoline. If you live in or very near a large Metropolitan area they will be selling what is called "Reformulated Gas." This has all the additives you could possibly ever want and adding any additive other than Stabil for Winter storage is a waste of money.

    If you DON'T live where reformulated gas is sold and just want to keep the system clean, put in a very small amount of Chevron Techron every third or fourth tankful. Read the instructions and get the proportion correct because the bottle is meant for a full size car or light truck fuel tank. That means you will probably only need something like a 1/4 of a bottle or less with a tankful in your mower depending upon the tank size.

    Good luck,

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