Tips and Tricks

We hope that you find the following Tips and Tricks helpful. Check back often as we will like to add helpful items from time to time. Just click on a subject below:

Ethanol and small engines

Click the links below to learn about Ethanol fuel and why it is not recommended for small engines:

     Consumer reports

     Chicago Tribune

     Rental Management Magazine

     Where to buy Ethanol Free gas

Pre-mix / Two-Stroke Fuel

Properly making the correct fuel and oil mixture for your two-stroke engine is very important. Reference your equipment's manual for the recommended premix ratio. Use the link below to open the two-stroke fuel chart to see how much oil you will need to add to your fuel to make the proper ratio.

   Two-stroke fuel chart

Proper Equipment and Fuel Storage

When preparing your equipment for seasonal storage the procedures are the same whether it be storage for summer or winter.  Proper storage procedures are VERY important if you want your equipment to be ready for the next season without any troubles!

Clean and thoroughly dry your equipment.  This will wash any external dirt and debris off and keep your equipment looking good.

Change the oil, this keeps acids and contaminants from normal combustion from corroding the inside of your engine and causing damage during storage.

Lubricate.  This will ensure any controls will function smoothly and do their job.

Complete any repairs that you have been putting off during the season.  This is a perfect time to take your equipment in for a complete checkup, instead of trying to do it when you need it at the start of the next season.

If you have a plastic fuel tank, drain completely and run unit until it quits to ensure all fuel has been removed.  This will keep the ethanol in the fuel from absorbing moisture which causes corrosion and clogging of your fuel system. This has become a common problem in today’s equipment. 

If you have a metal fuel tank, fill it completely with FRESH fuel and treat the fuel with a fuel stabilizer.  This will keep condensation from forming and corroding the fuel system. Fuel stabilizers have corrosion inhibitors and control moisture in the fuel.  This procedure can also be used as an alternative for equipment with plastic tanks. 

The most important thing is KEEP IT INSIDE!  A cover helps but nothing is better than a shed or garage for storage to protect your equipment from the elements.  All the prevention in the world is useless if you store your equipment outside unprotected.