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  1. #11
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    First off, i agree with Jack about the Ethanol. I read stories all the time on a tractor forum that i'm a member on about the problems folks have.

    Having said that, my 95 JD mower, 86 TroyBilt tiller, 2 Stihl chainsaws & one big whopping weed whacker have been running on this stuff for years without a problem. I don't add any additives to it except during the winter when the mower & tiller are stored, i'll start them once a month for the heck of it.
    I started the chainsaws over the weekend & ran them for a few minutes, they haven't been used since February, the weedeater works year round being i clear fence rows with it during the winter.
    The saws & weed whacker are over 10 years old to boot, i can't fiure out why i'm not having the problems everyone else is having, tried 100% once in the saws & they ran like crap, would have had to carried them to the dealer if i continued, went back to the "E" stuff, no problems.
    As i stated earlier, i don't like the politics of the stuff, i'm just not having the problems everyone else seems to be having.

    Grumpy

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    Maybe, based off of the advice given to Byron, and the fact that you're starting your saws and equipment once a month in Winter and not having any issues, that is the answer. It's worth a try anyway. We're running the E gas in our mowers and weed eaters and I'm sure I've never bothered to run them in the Winter time. I'll try it this year!
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    Bran

    I do add SeaFoam to the fuel tanks during the winter, even the 2 strokes & diesel farm tractor, never a problem.
    The tiller has set all year, to wet for my garden spot, started on the 2nd pull the other day so i walked it around the barn lot & put it back up. I do think the key is running the engines.
    Having said all this, none of them will probably work next time out

    Grumpy

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    Well, I hope thats not the case but a lot of times "Murphy's Law" prevails. We put Stabil in everything but have still had problems. I'll set a calendar event every month this winter to walk around and run everything. Heck, it sure won't hurt anything to warm it up a few minutes, right?
    <(((>< In tribute to Ben, Duck Hunter extraordinaire, and man's best friend.

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    I use Sta-Bil but recently had a small engine guy tell me it's worthless. 'Course you know what they say about opinions...

    steve
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    I had a guy tell me at a small engine repair shop that he only ran 100&#37; gas in his stuff. I haven't since then either. Ethanol is fine for drinking
    Last edited by flyman; 08-02-2013 at 12:07 AM. Reason: 42
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