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Guidelines for Outdoor Power Equipment brought to you by Stihl
Not all gasoline is the same. Knowing a few facts about
your fuel can keep the engines in your equipment running strong.
|What you need to know about Ethanol:
Much of the gasoline sold throughout the United States contains
ethanol. The maximum ethanol content allowed by law for use in outdoor
power equipment is limited to 10% (E10). Make sure the gasoline you purchase
for your outdoor power equipment contains no more than 10% ethanol. If
the filling station pump is not labeled with the ethanol content, ask the
station attendant what percentage of ethanol is in the gasoline.
Ethanol can dissolve varnish and gum deposits that have previously
formed inside fuel storage cans or the equipment's engine. When these deposits
become dislodged, they can mix with the fuel and plug small openings and
filters within the fuel system.
Ethanol attracts and mixes with moisture in the air, causing
corrosion to metal components in the fuel system. If enough water is absorbed,
the ethanol and water will settle out of the gasoline blend and settle
to the bottom of the equipment's tank. The layer of gasoline left floating
on top has a lower octane level than the original ethanol gasoline blend,
which can result in unstable engine operation, power loss and major engine
Since the fuel is often drawn from the bottom of the fuel
tank, the engine is drawing in a mixture of ethanol and water with no gasoline
and no lubricating oil. This ethanol/water mix is thicker than gasoline
and cannot easily pass through the fuel system. This can result in hard
starting, unsafe high idle speeds, stalling, and can ultimately lead to
engine damage or fuel system failure.
Guidelines for using E10 gasoline in power equipment:
If the proper precautions are taken, gasoline containing
a 10% quantity of ethanol can safely be used in your products.
Use a minimum of 89 octane gasoline and always use fresh
fuel. Only buy enough gasoline that you can easily use up within a two-month
period or use a specially formulated fuel like VP 2 and 4 cycle small engine
fuel, or Stihl MotoMix® premixed fuel. Stihl MotoMix® is a high-grade,
high-octane, ethanol-free premixed fuel containing Stihl HP Ultra synthetic
oil. It is a pure and stable fuel mixture that can be stored for up to
two years in the original container and is ideal for machines that are
For air-cooled, two-cycle engines, use a quality mix oil
that meets the engine manufacturer's recommendations. All Stihl oils are
designed to readily mix with gasoline containing 10% ethanol.
Properly store your equipment. If your equipment is not going
to be used for a couple of months, the remaining gasoline in the machine
should be drained from the tank and disposed of properly. To ensure that
any remaining ethanol is removed from your equipment, it is recommended
adding a small amount of Stihl MotoMix® Premixed Fuel or VP Small Engine
Fuel to the tank and running the engine for a few minutes to circulate
the fuel through the carburetor.
Equipment should be serviced regularly by your dealer. Items
such as fuel filters, fuel lines, carburetor diaphragms and spark plugs
should be checked and replaced if necessary as part of a normal engine
Stihl has a brochure called gasoline guidelines,
CLICK HERE to view
or print it out.
Watch the pump where your getting
your fuel, we have seen ethanol as high as 28% in Connecticut.
Storing Your Equipment:
Whenever you store power equipment
for thirty days or more, there are certain steps that should be taken to
make sure it starts and runs properly when it is taken out of storage.
There are three schools of thought when it comes to equipment storage.
All are acceptable, depending on the application.
1. Storage fuel: This is Gano's
preferred way of proper storage. There are several types of storage
fuels on the market today (we offer Stihl Motomix, and VP Fuel).
Storage fuel is a gasoline of 92 to 95 octane with no ethanol in it.
To use this fuel, you should completely run the piece of equipment out
of the regular gas that is in it. Put in some of the storage fuel,
start the machine and let run for ten minutes to make sure the storage
fuel is in the carburetor. Leave this fuel in the machine and store
for the entire off season. (Use in lawnmowers, riders, generators,
string trimmers, chainsaws, leaf blowers, snow throwers, any equipment)
2. Stabilize the fuel: This
method is what most engine manufacturers are suggesting. Start
off with a good quality gasoline. Make sure it is 89 octane or better.
Mix the proper ratio of fuel stabilizer (such as Ethanol Shield or Startron)
to the gas and pour into the tank. Run the machine for at least ten
minutes to make sure the stabilizer gets into the carburetor. When
using a fuel stabilizer make sure it is for ethanol based fuels, old school
stabilizers are not for ethanol fuels, and won't do any good.
Doing nothing and leaving untreated gas in an engine is a guarantee have
problems later on.
3. Drain the system: This
method is good if the equipment is going to be stored in a regulated environment,
such as a heated or attached garage. The idea here is to get all
of the fuel and fuel vapors out of the machine so there are no remnants
to turn stale and varnish the inside of the carburetor. This does,
however, create the possibility of other problems. The fuel system
is now exposed to the atmosphere of the storage facility. If
it becomes humid or a place of rapid and frequent temperature changes,
water vapors can get inside the fuel system and cause more problems.
A metal tank might start to rust which will get into the fuel and carburetor,
causing the motor not to run. Water vapor might get into the carburetor
and cause the internal parts to seize. Severe dryness might cause
the rubber seals and diaphragms to crack and rot. In a heated garage,
this method should work fine. The best way to make sure all of the
gas gets out of the system is to empty the fuel tank by draining or running
dry. Once there is no gas in the tank, turn the choke on and try
to start the machine. It might pop over but won’t stay running.
Do this until there are no more signs of starting. Many carburetor's
have drain screws on the bottom, also make sure to drain any remaining
fuel to be sure no fuel is being left behind. This way, you can be sure
there is no gas left in the carb.
Some simple service links for your convienence
Ever try to figure out how many
acres you can mow a day?
Riding mowers based on 6mph
average cutting speed.
Walk-Behinds based on 4mph average
The dictionary defines "productivity" as " producing abundantly
" and " yielding favorable or useful results ". We see it like you do;
it's all about doing more in less time. In short, increasing your bottom
line and strengthening your business. We build productivity
into every mower that leaves our factory. For example:
the Velocity Plus cutter deck that allows you to mow taller grass faster,
with a beautiful finished cut. The special baffling,
airflow and ultra-high blade tip speeds get the grass cut and discharged
out of the deck in a big hurry. Engines with high horsepower and torque
ratings keep everything up to speed, even in heavy conditions. High output
hydraulic systems enable our mowers to cover a lot of ground quickly, getting
the job done faster. Comfort items such as high back adjustable seats,
large foot plates, steering control dampers, and EZ-Grip hand controls
keep fatigue to a minimum, ensuring that the operator is able to perform
safely and at their best, all day long. Let's not forget about reliability
and dependability. These are two very important elements in the productivity
formula. If your mower goes down, your productivity goes down! Using
anything other than the best quality parts and manufacturing
procedures can increase the likelihood of downtime. That's why
we use nothing but the best when creating a Scag mower.
Anything less would be unproductive.
ACRES PER DAY FORMULA
A realistic calculation of productivity should include
a 20% allowance for overlap and turns.
Here is an explanation of the formula for calculating
the number of acres per day that a mower
will cut: Acres per day = Miles per Hour x 5280
Feet per Mile x Width of Cutter Deck (in inches)
x 8 hours per day divided by 43,560 Square Feet
per Acre divided by 12 Inches per Foot.