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My Craftsman bailed me out today....

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ShooterK2, Jun 3, 2010.

  1. ShooterK2

    ShooterK2 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 816

    Ok, here's the story: I was getting ready to blow clippings at lawn number 5 today. I grab the BR600 and head across the front. I get about as far away from the truck as I can get (it's a big lawn).....and........you guessed it.......ran out of gas. So I walk back to the truck, grab the gas container and fill it up. As I'm putting the container back, I couldn't help but notice.......it's the mower fuel. Not pre-mix. DANG IT! So, rather than finding a bottle of oil and figuring out how much to add to the already-poured fuel in the tank, I just grabbed my trusty CRAFTSMAN handheld blower and got the job done.

    I guess that's what back-up equipment is for. Just seemed really weird, since I never use it.

    Anyone else ever pour the wrong fuel? Did you go ahead and use the equipment, or find something else?
  2. ACA L&L

    ACA L&L LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,108

    had a guy blow up a brand new br 550, same guy put 2cycle oil in the mowers, not the gas, the mower, also blew up a snapper mower we use to clean up the lawns real nice in the fall, had it for years, straight up blew that thing up, just got it back from shop new engine, took 3 months........this guy is one dent on my truck from getting the boot, was watching him work the other day, pulled the blower outta the new ford and smack, less than 500 miles on her and she has 3 dents on the drivers side. I had the same equipment for 5 seasons when i was solo, now stuff only lasts 2-3 seasons.....

    NEW CITY LAWN CARE LLC LawnSite Bronze Member
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  4. justanotherlawnguy

    justanotherlawnguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,251

    on my stihl ms192, I put gas in the bar oil tank one time:laugh::laugh::laugh:
  5. ShooterK2

    ShooterK2 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 816

    You'd think you'd ask if I do or not before you assume I don't. I only carry two fuel containers: one small 2 1/2 gallon container with pre-mix, and one 5 gallon container for straight gas. Small can for small equipment, big can for big equipment. But when you brain-fade like I did, it doesn't matter if they're labeled or not......

    If I'd been on top of things, I wouldn't have run out of gas in the first place. Some days, my mind just refuses to function properly.
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    I don't carry straight fuel with me, no need.
  7. ShooterK2

    ShooterK2 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 816

    I use my Honda 21" a lot on nice yards (no worries about tearing turf, etc), so I have to carry straight fuel. One tank will usually mow one yard or so, depending on size.

    Like I said, it was totally my fault. My mind was a thousand miles away today for some reason. But, in spite of my witless actions, I actually got more accomplished today than I expected. It was a good day. Just wanted to tell about my blunder and see if anyone else can relate.
  8. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,538

    you must have a hard time geting dressed in the morning too. How can you mistake a 5 gal for a 2? Thsts what i do as well. I could never grab the big tank. I could never run out of fuel either. You should stay home on those days haha.

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