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10% Ethanol!!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by grouselab, Apr 5, 2008.

  1. grouselab

    grouselab LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    Well, Bad news in State of Washington.. By law starting April 7th that all Gas stations will contains up to 10% Ethanol.. And it will be nationwide too someday.. I Know that it give worst gas mileages and clogged up the fuel filters more often... What about 2 Cycles engines? I heard it can burn it up the machines.. What can we do to prevent that? add more oil to the gas tanks?

  2. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,993

    the only reason it clogs filters is because it loosens up all the contaminents that regular gas leaves in your filter.

    Its as simple as getting a new filter.

    It does lower gas mileage slightly but it increases octane and burns cleaner.

    From what I have read if a machine is running a carb it will be fine as long as some slight "tweaking" is done to the carb.

    It's going to take a while to show the benefits but in the long run its better for the country.

    BTW, plan on seeing lots of disagreements in this thread.
  3. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,280

    10% ethanol blend (E10) has been mandate here in MN for years. Absolutely no problems running this fuel and I highly doubt you would see more than a couple percent mileage difference. We are going to 20% mandate within a couple more years.

    Ethanol tech. is constantly evolving, we've only begun and the process and product will continue to be refined. It is a good thing for this country, homegrown, whatever the feed source. What I am against, however, is foreign oil and people who hate us that we buy it from.
  4. Lawn Enforcer

    Lawn Enforcer LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,381

    Yeah, exactly what he said. Minnesota has been like this for years. I just put SeaFoam in all my gas and it works great.
  5. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 27,008

    ethenol took the place of MTBE here about 5 yrs ago.
  6. jaybird24

    jaybird24 LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 623

    Yep you can't stop it. If you don't like it buy diesel equipment and trucks.
  7. grouselab

    grouselab LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    Never heard of Sea Foam.. What is that? and where can u buy that at?

  8. Bustus

    Bustus LawnSite Member
    Messages: 181

    Ever since I can remember we have had that amount in our gas here. It shouldn't affect you too much.
  9. mverick

    mverick LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 307

    Here is the deal with ethanol.

    Here in Illinois you have to have it. At least in large populated area's. I know last year I think or 2 years ago. I could still get gas without it in a small town about 60 miles away.

    Gas with ethanol burns cleaner.

    My truck with regular gas get's 320miles on a tank. With 10% ethanol it gets 280 miles per tank. So, your mileage loss is signifigant. You'll notice it.

    So, you safe your emmisions. But, you have to burn more fuel to get the same distance.

    How is that helping the enviroment? I don't know.

    You have to burn almost double the amount of alcohol to get the same energy as gas. So, with 10 gallons of gas you get 1 gallon of ethanol. And lose half of the mileage on that one gallon.

    But on my truck, it don't work out that way. It's a fuel injected 97 350. Filled it and ran it a week on both mixes. I was doing a lot of running there. And, that's what my mileage change was.

    And, it's subsidized. It costs more to make but the government pay's for it. Ding, Ding.....
  10. Lawn Enforcer

    Lawn Enforcer LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,381

    Advance Auto Parts has it, just Google it, you'll find more info there.

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