Keeping systems clean with the proper fuel is a popular topic among companies these days, including Toro.
The company has announced the availability of its Premium Fuel Treatment and has offered a few fuel facts.
The Premium Fuel Treatment is designed for two- and four-cycle small engines and helps keep fuel fresh, systems clean and prevents corrosion.
At one ounce per two gallons of fuel, the treatment can keep fuel fresh for up to two years and is designed to protect fuel against water absorption.
The treatment formula has detergents that dissolve particulate deposits within the fuel system, keeps the intake valves clean, and coats and protects the carburetor.
A metal deactivator in the treatment protects components against rust, oxidation and other corrosion ethanol is known to accelerate.
When trying to pick the correct fuel to put in equipment, landscapers should know all of the facts.
Fuel should have no more than E10 (10 percent ethanol), and using gasoline containing more than E10, such as E15 (15 percent ethanol), E20 (20 percent ethanol) or E85 (up to 85 percent ethanol), could affect performance, damage the engine and cause a variety of problems not covered by the engine warranty.
It’s important for operators to read the Engine Operator’s Manual and Equipment Operator’s Manual to see what fuel can and cannot be used in the machine.
Using fresh fuel (less than 30 days old) also prevents issues, according to Toro. The company says most carburetors and the gas tank are vented, preventing fuel from absorbing moisture over time.
- Purchase only the amount of fuel that will be used in 30 days.
- Add fuel stabilizer to the fuel the day you buy it
- Purchase unleaded gasoline with an octane rating of at least 87 when possible.
- Consider using gasoline without any ethanol (E0).
- Gasoline with up to 10 percent ethanol (gasohol) or 15 percent MTBE (methyl tertiary butyl ether) by volume is acceptable. Ethanol and MTBE are not the same. Gasoline with 15 percent ethanol (E15) by volume is not approved for use.
- Never use gasoline that contains more than 10 percent ethanol by volume ethanol, such as E15 (contains 15 percent ethanol), E20 (contains 20 percent ethanol), or E85 (contains up to 85 percent ethanol). Using unapproved gasoline may cause performance problems and/or engine damage, which may not be covered under warranty.