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100% Gasoline or 10% Ethanol?


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Old 04-10-2013, 08:16 PM
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Default 100% Gasoline or 10% Ethanol?

The dealer told me ONLY use 100% gasoline but the manufacture states:
"We recommend that you use a name brand fuel to ensure quality. Use fuel with an octane rating near 87. Higher octane fuels offer no benefit. Only fuels with an ethanol content of 10% or less may be used. E-15 is not permitted."

Of course 100% costs .30 - .50 more / gallon around here so it's tempting to get the e10 that most stations offer.

What are your opinions / experience?
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The machines are meant for 87 and its what they should be ran on.

However if you plan on not using it for more then 30 days the ethanol free gas is better.

I wish we had some ethanol free stations around me. I would use it for winter storage and machines like my skid that always have gas in them.
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I wish I could buy 100% gas.
you will have a lot less problems and most likely more power
carbs hate ethanol it gums up every thing
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Did they tell you this on a 2cycle? some of the mixes do not do well at all with ethanol. Also you will have less problems with 100% gas as it has more power and causes less damage, but your equipment will run with 10% ethanol as that is all we can buy in my area as well.

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The dealer told me ONLY use 100% gasoline but the manufacture states:
"We recommend that you use a name brand fuel to ensure quality. Use fuel with an octane rating near 87. Higher octane fuels offer no benefit. Only fuels with an ethanol content of 10% or less may be used. E-15 is not permitted."

Of course 100% costs .30 - .50 more / gallon around here so it's tempting to get the e10 that most stations offer.

What are your opinions / experience?
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I use the ethanol treatment in each 5 gallon gas can-no problems
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