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Ethanol Warning

OPEI a prominent Lawn Mower association issues Ethanol warning.

E15 Gasoline Unlawful and Unsafe to Use in Outdoor Power Equipment

Following EPA and Department of Energy testing of E15 in outdoor power equipment and other non-road products, the government determined E15 was not suited for ANY non-road use.

This gas pump label is the only warning given to the general public on E15’s dangers.

The Issue: The Rushed Introduction of 15% Ethanol Gasoline (E15)

In a rush to introduce a gasoline with 50% more ethanol, E15 fuel is now appearing at gas pumps across the country. This introduction of E15 causes consumer confusion and significant problems, including engine failure of common products, such as lawn and garden equipment, generators, chain saws and more.

OPEI’s Position: Do Not Risk Using E1In an effort to educate and protect, OPEI warns consumers that using E15 gasoline in the following products is dangerous and, in fact, illegal. Do not use E15 fuel in

  Boats and other marine engine products


ATVs, UTVs, and snowmobiles

Outdoor power equipment, such as chain saws, snow throwers, generators, lawn mowers, lawn tractors and all other lawn & garden equipment

How To Avoid E15 – and What You Can Do

OPEI is working to protect consumers from using E15 in outdoor power equipment and other non-road equipment.

First, warn your colleagues, friends and family about E15’s dangers: email them, post on Facebook and Tweet!

Then, be advised of the following:

1. Read and follow the owner’s manual. The owner’s manual will clearly explain what fuels can be used to ensure a properly functioning product.

2. Don’t put any fuel containing more than10 percent (E10) in small engine or off-road products, unless otherwise stated.

3. Check the gas pump to be sure that it is dispensing E10 or no ethanol. Some gas pumps at local gas stations may offer both E10 and E15, or have blender pumps that dispense mid-level ethanol fuels for “flex-fuel” automobiles. Higher ethanol fuel (E15) may be less expensive than regular (E10) fuel, but putting E15 into an E10 approved product could cause product failure and void its warranty.

4. Don’t assume that the fuel they put in their vehicle can also be dispensed in their gasoline can. Be sure that the gas can is filled only with E10 or regular fuel.


See note 3 about blender pumps.  This is a major issue with me.  If I want gasoline but the guy before filled up with E85(and it’s coming) what do I get out of the hose before I get gasoline?????

The 10% ethanol can create problems.  From what I hear if it goes stale the distributor can add up to 9% and not tell anybody as can the service station.  All of a sudden you are now over 20% ethanol in gas that you think is 10%. Just don’t use it. Or come buy a can of real 2 cycle mix gas or 4 cycle gas from us.  Yeah it’s high priced but a qt of 2 cycle will last some people all year and it has a shelf life of 2 yr. and it’s cheaper than a carb overhaul or new carb. About $9 a QT vs $65 to $200 or more carb job or new carb.

Something else to think about--you have a 2 cycle trimmer.  By it’s design fuel is mixed with air in the carb, sucked into the crankcase by the compression stroke, then  fuel is pushed into the cylinder thru the ports by the power stroke compressed, burned and exhausted.  If you have ethanol in your fuel it goes through out the engine working on all rubber parts including the crankcase seals. Nothing is safe from the effects of ethanol in a 2 stroke engine. Again a can of 2 cycle mix is cheap compared to damage ethanol can do.


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