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Friday, September 11, 2015

Fuel Tips from OPEI

Keep Your Lawn & Garden Equipment Running Strong with These Tips from OPEI

You rely on your lawn and garden equipment to work when you need it. So it’s important to keep 
your lawn mower, string trimmer, chainsaw and other outdoor power equipment in good working order. These tips from the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, can help you keep your equipment running strong.

Check the fuel tank. If fuel sits in the tank for more than a month and has been unused, replace the fuel. Most fuel today contains ethanol, which degrades over time and may damage your equipment. You need to drain old fuel and put in E10 or less gasoline. Remember to dispose of this fuel properly.

Use only E10 or less fuel in your outdoor power equipment. Do not use gas with more than 10 percent ethanol (E10) in outdoor power equipment.  Some gas stations may offer 15 percent ethanol (E15) gas or even higher fuel blends. But this higher ethanol fuel is dangerous – and is in fact illegal – to use in any small engine equipment, such as lawn mowers, chain saws, generators, and all other lawn and garden equipment. It’s important to look before you pump!

Inspect your equipment. Check for loose belts and missing or damaged parts. If you find anything concerning, replace the parts or take your equipment to a qualified service representative.

Don’t let fuel sit in the tank for more than 30 days. Untreated gasoline (without a fuel stabilizer) left in the system will deteriorate, which may cause starting or running problems and, in some cases, damage to the fuel system.

Sharpen your cutting blade. Have your lawn mower’s cutting blade sharpened at the beginning of the cutting season so you can get a clean cut on your lawn. Your lawn will be healthier and your lawn mower will operate more efficiently too.

Clean your equipment. Clean dirt, oil or grass that gets stuck to your equipment. A cleaner machine will run more efficiently and last longer.

Review your manual. Read the operator's instruction manual and re-familiarize yourself with the controls and what they do.  Make sure you know how to stop the machine quickly if needed.  Always follow your manufacturer’s instructions when caring for your equipment.

Get more safety tips at www.opei.org and information on safe fueling at www.LookBeforeYouPump.com.

Information provided by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute.