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Tagged: ethanol pumps

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 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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September 11, 2013

Below is the executive summary report for the market size study, conducted by Harris Interactive® via its QuickQuerySM online omnibus service from July 31-August 2, 2013.   Survey Methodology This survey was conducted online within the United States between from July 31-August 2, 2013 among 2,040 adults ages 18 and older by Harris Interactive on behalf of OPEI via its Quick Query omnibus product. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.   Background/Objectives Specifically, OPEI sought to learn:   What are the first things people notice [.....]

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September 11, 2013

–OPEI set to launch ethanol education and consumer protection campaign on October 23 at GIE+EXPO 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky – Alexandria, Va., September 11, 2013—A new online survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), the international trade association representing 100 small engine, utility vehicle and outdoor power equipment manufacturers and suppliers, finds that U.S. consumers are ill-prepared for the introduction of higher ethanol fuel blends. EPA has approved the introduction of some mid-level ethanol blends (E15, E30, E85) for use in a small, subset of automobiles in an effort to comply with the [.....]

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May 8, 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. Read more from the article here.

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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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October 17, 2012

Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) President Kris Kiser talks about the business of equipment and how government regulations may affect their future. OPEI is an international trade association representing 84 manufacturers and their suppliers of consumer and commercial outdoor power equipment, such as lawnmowers, utility vehicles, trimmers, chainsaws, snow throwers, and other related products. The institute was founded in 1952, and is dedicated to promoting the outdoor power equipment industry by undertaking activities that can be pursued more effectively by an association than by individual companies. OPEI is also a managing partner of GIE+EXPO, the industry’s annual international trade show [.....]

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