When you stop off at the local gas station, what do you look for in your gas? For most Americans, we choose the cheapest we can get. And while that may work for our cars, gas with an ethanol level higher than 10 percent can cause serious damage to utility vehicles and outdoor power equipment. This includes equipment with small engines like lawn mowers, garden tractors, chain saws, trimmers, blowers, chippers, grinders and others.
Why is the gas you put in your car unsuitable for small engines? Typically, power equipment is not made for ethanol gas blends higher than 10 percent. Gasoline greater than E10 in small equipment can corrode metals and rubber causing engines to break down more quickly. Higher ethanol blends also burn hotter causing engines to overheat. While higher ethanol fuel may be cheaper, the results are more dangerous and destructive to your equipment.
Don’t believe us? If you check on your outdoor power equipment, you are likely to find a warning sticker against the use of ethanol higher than 10 percent. This precaution is taken so seriously it is a Federal Law because most outdoor power equipment is not built and designed to run above E10 gasoline. Luckily, all fuel pumps
are required by law to display a label that tells you the percentage of ethanol. Therefore, you will know what you are purchasing when you check the display label on gas station pumps.
At Buehrer Power Equipment, we’re serious about lawn and garden. We make it a goal to keep each and every small engine at its highest quality! One of the ways we do this is by adhering to a strict under E15 rule for our power equipment. We also support the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) in their efforts to increase awareness of the damaging effects of ethanol-based fuels on small-engine equipment.
Whether you’re looking for lawn mowers, chain saws, or snow blowers, Buehrer is here to provide you with the very best power equipment powered with quality fuel. Browse our website to learn more about the equipment and services we have to offer!