Watch your gas supplier

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by GroundKprs, Sep 16, 2000.

  1. cos

    cos LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,253

    I was told to use 87 octane only in 2 and 4 stoke motors (I believe by my mechanic). Because of the detergents in the high ocatane gas. Is this true or are you saying to use high octane so that you can avoid ethanol? (hmmmmmmmm) I really don't know but sure would like to find out so i can learn.

  2. greenflag

    greenflag LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92

    The guy we bought our equipment from told us to buy the cheapest gas we could find from a station that moves it the fastest because the EPA won't allow gas stabilizers in reformulated gas. So we have 29 days from the time the gas is refined to burn it. He said the higher octane gases are worse because the alcohol-based octane boosters absorb water faster, thus causing higher octane gasoline to go bad faster. We have been following his advice for three months and have not had a problem.
    The thing about RFG is, how many refineries are there? I expect that most gas is reformulated, no matter where you are. I just spent $15.95 for some gas stabilizer so I would not have to drain my mowers during the winter.
  3. cos

    cos LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,253

    Thanks greenflag

    Good advice.

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