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Is fuel stabilizer necessary?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by tlc1994, Feb 19, 2011.

  1. Bajany

    Bajany LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    I am relatively new to the business and have 3 handhelds, 2 WB's and a ZTR. After reading about the potential effects of ethanol on small engines I started using ethanol free gas from a station in town. On one visit I noticed that he sold Startron, he said that folks had good luck using it so I tried a bottle for when I needed fuel and it was not convenient to get E-free fuel. I have to say that I have had no fuel related issues since using the E-free gas or the Startron in the E-gas.

    I will continue to use the Startron as it is considerably less expensive to treat E-fuel than to purchase the E-free gas. Especially since on my last trip to my dealer I noticed that a more concentrated version was available which brings the price per gallon even lower.

    Not a very scientific analysis, but, being a small one man gang, I will stick with what works for me.
  2. SouthSide Cutter

    SouthSide Cutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,331

    The reason I use SeaFoam is on my 250Hp Yamaha outboard the inside of the prop had some black residue in it. After using SeaFoam that was gone, nothing but shiny stainless now. So I just started using it in everything. I mix 5gal a week for the handhelds. 93 oct. a can of SeaFoam, 50-1 Amsoil Syn. and a little StarTron.
  3. Thiggy

    Thiggy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    I am certainly not an expert but I was told that a stabilizer can reduce the problems that are created from the water build up due to ethanol. From what I here there are some new laws coming in the next couple of years that is going to increase the ethanol percentage in fuel greatly. I haven't used a stabilizer but I suppose what would be the harm in it.
  4. tlc1994

    tlc1994 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 290

    Looks like I should get used to using it.^
  5. aarons lawn

    aarons lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 107

    never used anything noproblems
  6. tlc1994

    tlc1994 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 290

    Just a quick question, who empties out their tanks at the end of the season? I'm not saying it's wrong for guys who leave their oil and gas+stabilizer in their mower, but I always thought it was logical just to keep it dry in the offseason.
  7. LCPullman

    LCPullman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 589

    As the season nears its end, I stabilize everything. I haven't tended to use stabilizer all the time, but I'm starting to use anti-ethanol treatment which generally speaking is also a stabilizer, so pretty much everything is going to wind up stabilized all the time.
    Most of my equipment is not drained over the winter.
  8. borwicks

    borwicks LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 615

    I have never used any type of fuel additive in any equipment or personnel stuff unless it was going to sit for over a year. I have never had any fuel related issues.

    I worked for a oil company for over 15 years. Its a big scam. Use quality fuel and synthetic oils you will be fine. Check out the "oil guy" as well.
  9. aarons lawn

    aarons lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 107

    empty tanks will scum before full ones do i thought that is what you were suposed to do as well its a myth
  10. SouthSide Cutter

    SouthSide Cutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,331

    Tell the people who have had trouble and use the stuff to get out of trouble its a SCAM!!! And who says the gas and oil is quality!! There are a lot of good products out there. Heet, SeaFoam, Star Tron and others don't let anyone tell you they are a scam.

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