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Tagged: engines ethanol

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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December 9, 2013

Soon enough, you won’t just be eyeing that snowblower – you’ll need to fill it up and use it. But there’s a wrinkle users of equipment powered by small gasoline engines need to keep in mind, according to the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute. More gas stations are carrying ethanol blends, and more people are putting the fuels into their cars. But many don’t know those fuels should not be used in the equipment they turn to in winter weather. “Don’t assume that the same ‘gas’ you put in your car can still go in your mower, snowblower, chain saw or [.....]

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October 29, 2013

NEW YORK (CNN) – Options at the gas pump are expanding, and while you’re probably mindful of what goes in your car’s tank, here’s a heads up for those filling up leaf blowers, snow blowers and more. By now, many have put away the lawn mower, moved on to the leaf blower, and may soon tune up the snow blower. No matter which tool you’re powering up, be aware of more options at the gas station, as more ethanol gets pumped into the mix. The key to remember is the fuels marketplace is changing. We are no longer in a [.....]

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October 24, 2013

–Industry’s consumer protection campaign prepares consumers for changing gas pumps and higher ethanol fuel blends– Alexandria, Va., October 23, 2013—The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an international trade association representing 100 small engine, utility vehicle and outdoor power equipment manufacturers and suppliers, today announced a national ethanol education and consumer protection campaign, called ‘Look Before You Pump.’ The ‘Look Before You Pump’ education campaign cautions consumers that it is harmful and illegal to use higher than 10 percent ethanol gas in any outdoor power equipment, such as mowers, chain saws, snow throwers, UTVs, generators and other small engine products.  The [.....]

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September 16, 2013

E15, which is a blend of 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline, is only compatible with cars newer than the 2001 model year, although some automobile manufacturers state that E15 does not comply with the fuel requirements specified in their owner’s manuals. Additionally, E15 is not safe for small-engine powered lawn equipment. Nonetheless, E15 is coming. “As of right now (September 1, 2013) there are more than 30 stations offering E15 in nine states,” says Robert White, director of market development for the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). Those states are Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan and North [.....]

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July 18, 2013

Dallas is a city of lawns in a nation of lawns. Americans maintain more than 40 million acres of turf, according to Duke University’s dean of the Nicolas School of the Environment. The vast majority of us maintain lawns and shrubs with outdoor power equipment, maybe without realizing that we are dealing with dangerous machinery. For one thing, gasoline-fueled power equipment emits carbon monoxide and should never be used in a closed-in area. For another, safe repair and maintenance on power equipment depends on letting the equipment completely cool first. Jeff Linderman, RepairClinic.com’s on-staff landscaping expert, warns: “Check the oil [.....]

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March 20, 2013

–Outdoor Power Equipment Institute cautions consumers to avoid putting 15 percent ethanol fuel in any lawn and garden equipment– Alexandria, VA – March 20, 2013 – Spring has sprung, and that means the annual cleaning and preparation of lawn and garden equipment.  Whether it’s a mower, trimmer, blower, chainsaw or pruner, if it runs on gasoline, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) recommends a series of steps to avoid fuel-related problems and ensure a smooth-running engine. “Many are so eager to pull out lawn and garden equipment once spring arrives that they sometimes forget basic steps to ensure the powerhouse [.....]

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February 14, 2013

E15 fuel has been certified for sale in the United States and is slowly beginning to show up at filling stations. Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know about this new fuel option. What is E15 and why should I care? E15 is shorthand for gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol. The reason it’s a big deal is that ethanol is fairly corrosive to rubber and certain metals, so it can cause damage to vital components. Ethanol also attracts and bonds with water from the air, and that water can separate out inside the tank due to phase separation. If [.....]

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February 14, 2013

Leading engine manufacturers, including Kohler Engines, are warning users of all gasoline-powered lawn mowers and other outdoor power equipment to be vigilant when fueling their equipment. Gasoline blends containing more than 10-percent ethanol — such as E15 and E85 –should not be used. These blends, which are already available in several states, can cause permanent and irreversible damage that is not covered under warranty. Situation overview: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently gave approval for gas stations to start selling 15-percent ethanol-blended fuel (E15). E15 gas is now legal for use in cars, pickups and SUVs manufactured since 2001. However, [.....]

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February 11, 2013

Many in the small-business community fear that the next four years will usher in an onslaught of new regulations, several of which could have a negative impact on small businesses. Case in point: Small Businesses for Sensible Regulations, sponsored by the National Federation of Independent Businesses, predicts that some 4,128 new regulations are “in the pipeline” and could be enacted over the next four years. These potential new regulations apply to a wide range of activities, many of which would either directly or indirectly affect the Green Industry. Examples include: Read more from the article here.

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