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I put diesel in my mower!

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Soupy, Jul 2, 2014.

  1. alexschultz1

    alexschultz1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,579

    Syphon it into a gas can then just dump it all down the sewer drain. Diesel isn't bad for the environment.
  2. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,987

    I used to think this was the case too. It is wrong, at least in Kubota diesels.
  3. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,139

    I am going to assume you are joking and that was simply a bad choice of words, because I had a customer the other day telling his son to just dump dirty oil out in the woods, too... Seriously speaking I won't waste much time here, it really fires me up to think anyone would believe what you just said but I do know these people exist, so I hope again that my assumption (that you were only joking) is correct.

    I would probably use it as a cleaning agent, granted several gallons of diesel would last years...
    But mixed 50/50 with wd-40 it would most likely work really good, I usually mix my used motor oil that way.
    Works great to clean up dirty engines and things, as a parts cleaner as well.

    If you have a hot oil burner, diesel might work as a heating oil, some burners can and do use it.

    If you don't have tons of it... I have mixed one gallon of diesel to 20 gallons of premium and gone on my way.

    Another option would be to ask the people at the gas station where you bought it, explain to them the situation and whether it would be all right for you to dump the syphoned diesel back into their underground diesel storage container... It's a bit of a long shot and small chance they may get bent out of shape, fair chance they'll say no as well, on the other hand they may let you do it, just another possibility.
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2014
  4. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,287

    I was taught the same thing as him. But one guy I worked with used to pour gas in a diesel filter when changing it. So idk
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  5. GoPappy

    GoPappy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,102

    I agree. When I bought my used BX23 Kubota backhoe, the seller gave me a 5 gallon jug of diesel with it. But I could see dirt in the bottom of the jug, so I didn't want to use it in the tractor. I've been using it for cleaning parts, etc. It's handy and will last a long time.

    Another solution is to place an ad on craigslist. Explain the situation and offer it for free to anyone that shows up with a jug to put it in. You wouldn't own it long after that.
  6. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    Wow. Two pages of responses. Just drain the tank, put new gas, go cut.

    If you can't figure that out on your own, you have bigger issues.
    In the time it took for you to post this thread, could have already drained the tank.

    Sorry for being harsh, rough start to the morning.
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  7. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,987

    If I was closer, I'd take it off your hands. I'd be happy to use it in my mower, trucks, etc.
  8. Soupy

    Soupy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,125

    Sorry for the late response. Wasn't being notified of new post. Anyway, my question was about disposal. Not on how to drain the tank. Lol
  9. Bashby

    Bashby LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 445

    The fuel should be fine to run in any diesl engine, put an add on craigslist to give it away. Id put a couple gallons in each tankfull
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  10. Soupy

    Soupy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,125

    It's about 50/50 gas/diesel. I heard gas is bad for diesel, but do have a old 3/4 ton with 6.2L diesel in it. Would it still be safe with some gas mixed in?

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