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November 12, 2014

According to the Farmers’ Almanac, the winter of 2014–15 will see below-normal temperatures for about three-quarters of the nation. That means snow blowers could be getting a workout this winter. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) offers the following safety tips to assist homeowners, contractors and business owners as they power up their snow removal equipment. Make sure your snow blower is in good working order, before the first flakes fall. Change the oil. Install a new spark plug and inspect the belts to be sure they are in good working order. If you forgot to drain the fuel last winter before [.....]

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October 1, 2014

That the Environmental Protection Agency takes its job seriously has never been called into question. Its mission “to protect human health and the environment” broadly covers all of its regulatory and enforcement activities from the protection of water resources to the reduction of carbon emissions. But the agency’s latest warning about dangerous refrigerants points to the EPA’s uneven — and politically motivated — enforcement. On July 22, the EPA issued a news release saying that homeowners and refrigeration technicians should not use refrigerants labeled “22-a” or “R-22a” in existing home or auto air conditioning systems. The agency explained that it [.....]

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September 15, 2014

Gasoline containing more than 10 percent ethanol and small engines are a lot like oil and water—they just don’t mix. Outdoor power equipment commonly found on a construction site, such as portable generators and concrete saws, are designed and certified to operate using fuels containing 10 percent ethanol or less. This blended fuel is commonly referred to as E10. But as biofuels containing an ethanol ratio higher than 10 percent become more widely available for passenger vehicles on the roadways, gas stations are making these fuel options available at more pumps across the nation. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has [.....]

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September 2, 2014

Keeping outdoor power- and small-engine equipment running and reliable is important for park rangers and staff at national parks. Maintenance staff relies on chainsaws to clear roads and trails so campers and hikers can reach their destinations. Utility task vehicles (UTVs) are used to haul debris and supplies, and generators provide electricity for lights and other equipment when the power fails. The staff relies on trimmers and leaf blowers to help remove debris from walkways and signage. Fueling outdoor power equipment is especially important in ensuring it is reliable and lasts for a long time. OPEI’s Kris Kiser offers several [.....]

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September 1, 2014

Hurricane season is in full swing, and if you’re in a coastal area, your property could be at risk. In the face of a storm, it’s important to prepare as best you can. Taking precautions beforehand may save you time and money after the storm makes a mess of your property. Consider these six tips to help you prepare, including advice from OPEI. Read more from the article here.

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August 21, 2014

How well your outdoor power equipment works the next time you need it could depend on how you winterize and store it. OPEI offers advice to help homeowners and business owners.  Read more from the article here.

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July 25, 2014

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Officers for the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) for the 2014-2015 year include: OPEI Chairman Paul Mullet, President, Excel Industries; OPEI Vice Chair Lee Sowell, President, Outdoor Products at Techtronic Industries, N.A., Incorporated; and OPEI Secretary/Treasurer Tim Merrett, Vice President of A & T Global Platform and Turf & Utility, Deere & Company. Immediate past chair is Todd Teske, Chairman, President& CEO at Briggs & Stratton Corporation.   Read more from the article here.

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June 10, 2014

OPEI’s campaign continues to warn users of boats, motorcycles, snowmobiles, small engine and outdoor power equipment to use correct fuel   Alexandria, Va., June 10, 2014—Protecting your boat, outdoor power equipment, snow mobile, motorcycle and small engine equipment just got easier – thanks to a new partnership that reminds consumers to avoid using greater than 10 percent ethanol gas in any outdoor power equipment or other non-road product, such as boats, snowmobiles and motorcycles, with the exception of “flex-fuel” engine products. The National Marine Manufacturers Association, the leading association for the North American recreational boating industry, will distribute ‘Look Before [.....]

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April 14, 2014

Spring is arriving (however belatedly in some parts of the country this year!) and it’s time for gardeners to get their tools and equipment ready for the season ahead. As you get mowers, trimmers, blowers, chain saws, and similar small engine equipment fueled up, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) reminds you to Look Before You Pump. This caution comes because at some gas stations, consumers can dispense fuel with higher than 10 percent ethanol. If this higher-ethanol fuel is put into any outdoor or garden power equipment or other non-road product, such as boats, snowmobiles, and motorcycles (with the exception of [.....]

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March 24, 2014

The gasoline most of us put into our cars and outdoor gear, with 10-percent ethanol, is available nationwide, and we pump E10 without a second thought. But a newer form of gas is good for only some cars—and a nightmare for outdoor power equipment. Nothing, in fact, warns you against filling up your mower, string trimmer, or gas can other than a little 3×3-inch warning label that competes for your attention with larger, bolder ads on the gas pump. So the outdoor power equipment trade group is waving the warning flag in Lowe’s, Walmart, and other stores. That newer form [.....]

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