1. Old Mike

    Old Mike Active Member

    Messages:
    200
    Likes Received:
    246
    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2018
    Location:
    Overbythere
    I don’t know if this topic has come up before. Has anyone had problems with carburetors gumming up on small 2 cycle engines (leaf blowers, trimmers, etc.)? A couple of guys around here were saying that the ethanol content in today’s gas when mixed with the 2 cycle oil was causing carburetor problems. I will say the one guy runs a lawn service, so his equipment sees heavy usage.
     
  2. cbarge

    cbarge Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

    Messages:
    1,820
    Likes Received:
    2116
    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2010
    Location:
    Kingston Ontario Eh?
    No ethanol. Period.
    It will wreak havoc on small engines and classic cars too.
    Shell v power does not contain ehtanol.
    Other compNies you can check pump gas dot org
     
    • Agree Agree x 2
  3. Polara_500

    Polara_500 Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

    Messages:
    2,267
    Likes Received:
    933
    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2011
    Location:
    Up North, you betcha!
    All my small engine gas gets sta-bil since I had to replace two carbs a few years back. No issues with anything since I started that. My old chain saw just started for the first time this year on the third pull.
     
  4. Old Mike

    Old Mike Active Member

    Messages:
    200
    Likes Received:
    246
    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2018
    Location:
    Overbythere
    Thanks
     
  5. Davea Lux

    Davea Lux Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

    Messages:
    3,807
    Likes Received:
    943
    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2017
    Location:
    Cornelius Or
    I have had good luck running the moonshine free "real gas" in all the small engines. It is more expensive than the blended fuels but more than pays for itself since the carbs do not gum up or corrode. On any two cycle engine it is a good idea to run it out of fuel before putting the tool away for the winter. This prevents the 2 cycle oil from seperating out of the fuel and causing hard starts. I usually take the spark plug out and give the cylinder a shot of oil to keep things free over winter.

    Dave
     
    • Agree Agree x 3
  6. jct

    jct Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

    Messages:
    2,936
    Likes Received:
    1676
    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2015
    Location:
    indianapolis
    The mower i use at work accumulated a ball of gummy goo on the fuel float, dumped a loads of gas down the intake. Got it fixed with a new oil change...
     
  7. Davea Lux

    Davea Lux Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

    Messages:
    3,807
    Likes Received:
    943
    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2017
    Location:
    Cornelius Or
    That white, brown or gray goo is the result of the ethanol picking up moisture and degrading. It is also corrosive and will eat up the lead seams on floats, the brass material of the floats and the pot metal bowl of the carb.

    Dave
     
    • Agree Agree x 2
  8. Triple Pickle

    Triple Pickle Well-Known Member FCBO Gold Member

    Messages:
    778
    Likes Received:
    949
    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2019
    Location:
    USA
    Absolutely.
     
  9. thrashingcows

    thrashingcows Senior Member

    Messages:
    2,518
    Likes Received:
    951
    Joined:
    May 15, 2012
    Location:
    British Columbia
    I run marine Sta-bil....even better then the regular sta-bil. I use it in anything that I have that runs gasoline. No major issues at all with my equipment.
     
    • Agree Agree x 2
  10. Walter Joy

    Walter Joy Member

    Messages:
    68
    Likes Received:
    63
    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2017
    Location:
    Maryland
    Dad runs this stuff he calls “Rocket Fuel”. It’s $50 for 5 gallons, no ethanol, and no problems
     
    • Like Like x 1
  11. live4theking

    live4theking Old Man with a Hat

    Messages:
    7,462
    Likes Received:
    1603
    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2014
    Location:
    Rockland; Venango County Pennsylvania
    Non ethanol fuel in my small engines and old car. Startron Enzyme treatment seems to have a good reputation also, available at NAPA and Tractor Supply.
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
  12. jct

    jct Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

    Messages:
    2,936
    Likes Received:
    1676
    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2015
    Location:
    indianapolis
    I get mine at Lowe's
     
  13. Old Mike

    Old Mike Active Member

    Messages:
    200
    Likes Received:
    246
    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2018
    Location:
    Overbythere
    Thanks. I’ll be heading over to Napa fo sure
     
  14. mrfury68

    mrfury68 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    788
    Likes Received:
    263
    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2015
    Location:
    Bethel Park PA
    Ethanol is public enemy #1 when it comes to small engines and our beloved classics. I only use 93 octane gas, Sea Foam & Sta-Bil marine. No issues and my small engines are all older and I like to think, well maintained.
     
  15. shooter65

    shooter65 Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

    Messages:
    1,695
    Likes Received:
    1222
    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2013
    Location:
    PA
    I also mix Sta-Bil in my gas cans for all my small engines. I also only use mid grade gas and I use the Sta-Bil mixed mid-grade to mix my 2-cycle gas. I've never had a problem since doing this.
     
  16. sixpkrt

    sixpkrt Well-Known Member FCBO Gold Member

    Messages:
    920
    Likes Received:
    1191
    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2013
    You can do a seach on the web that will allow you to find gas stations near you that sell non-ethanol fuel.
    I alway use the highest octane available when at the one near me.
     
  17. Rapidtrans777

    Rapidtrans777 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    566
    Likes Received:
    346
    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2013
    Location:
    Redneck Riviera
    Whether 2 or 4 stroke use ethanol free gas and you wont need to use or keep up with additives.
     
  18. Polara_500

    Polara_500 Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

    Messages:
    2,267
    Likes Received:
    933
    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2011
    Location:
    Up North, you betcha!
    Yeah, but if you go through as much as I do, (around 8-9 gal/wk summer), and the nearest non-ethanol gas is 30 miles away it just ain't worth the trouble.
     
  19. BLUPORT

    BLUPORT Carpe Diem Cras FCBO Gold Member

    Messages:
    1,105
    Likes Received:
    869
    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2018
    Location:
    Eastern NC
    I have been pouring Naphtha in my tanks, and it seems to help a lot. YMMY, purely anecdotal.
     
  20. Jon O.

    Jon O. Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    581
    Likes Received:
    314
    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2017
    Location:
    Indianapolis indiana
    A half glass of water slowly poured down the carb while it is running will have the same effect as sea foam.