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noteven

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Posted: 10/31/20 09:43am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Fuel stabilizer video

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I have been using Sta-Bil Storage for years in my ATVs, weed whackers, garden tractor, Toro ZTR, chain saw, and rototiller for years.
No problems. They all run on 87 octane 10% (more or less) ethanol.
In my experience, Sta-Bil Storage works just fine, at 2 ounces plus a little in 5 gallons of gas.
It is working for me.


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Interesting test.
Fuel stabilizers work but what works better is no ethanol + stabilizer for storage, or drain fuel and run dry with carbs.

Or what I’ve been doing recent years for my small engines is I run them on Av gas and then no need to worry about them over an off season.


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seafoam has worked great for our small engines.

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mowermech wrote:

I have been using Sta-Bil Storage for years in my ATVs, weed whackers, garden tractor, Toro ZTR, chain saw, and rototiller for years.
No problems. They all run on 87 octane 10% (more or less) ethanol.
In my experience, Sta-Bil Storage works just fine, at 2 ounces plus a little in 5 gallons of gas.
It is working for me.


Same here !

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Posted: 11/01/20 04:58am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I’m not really a video watching guy. What did they conclude?

For several years now, every time I fill my gas cans, I’ve been treating them with the blue marine Sta-Bil product. Haven’t had any small engine fuel problems yet (knock on wood).

In fact, the Kawasaki engine on my 10+ year old backpack blower I’ve never done anything to other than clean and oil the air filter element. Ive never done any maintenance that involves tools on it at all. I occasionally pressure wash it when it gets too filthy, and I swear I could start that engine under water. [emoticon]

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Every drop of gas that goes into my small engines and outboard motor is ethanol free and has Seafoam in it. Before starting that regimen, I had a lot of trouble with gummed up carburetors, since, I have not had a single problem. I don't know if it is the ethanol free or the Seafoam, but I am not going to test to find out.


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Bobbo wrote:

Every drop of gas that goes into my small engines and outboard motor is ethanol free and has Seafoam in it. Before starting that regimen, I had a lot of trouble with gummed up carburetors, since, I have not had a single problem. I don't know if it is the ethanol free or the Seafoam, but I am not going to test to find out.


Ethanol-free is the way to keep a small engine happy.

I love Seafoam. It may be snake oil, but three or four times out of ten that I try it the carb straightens up quickly and it saves me the labor of tearing down the fuel system. May just be dumb luck, but I’m sticking with it.


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Sea foam isn’t snake oil and the others I’ve used aren’t either.
BUT it’s one of those, “you don’t know if it works, you only know if it doesn’t....sometimes”.

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Small engines, guys, seriously check out Av gas.
It may actually be cheaper. If going through gas quickly, non of this matters. Use E10 all you want. No problem.
But stuff that may or does sit for months at a time, by the time you buy no ethanol, generally it’s premium. Very few stations with 87 no E gas. I know where a few are but even 87 no E is ‘spensive. Then you dump in stabilizer.
Add it up and you may have paid more than buying 100LL.
Here 91 no E is usually around $4 plus stabilizer. AV was $4.56 last week when I filled up.

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