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Good afternoon gang. I was cleaning my garage and moving my blower around today. I noticed on the gas tank that the dealer placed a sticker that states to us 91octane, non ethanol fuel only.

I use non ethanol 87 octane, not 91. Is this just a suggestion or does the manufacturer recommend this? I can't find it in the book anywhere. I will need to either empty the tank or buy an octane booster.

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87 octane is fine for small engines, 91 is totally unnecessary.
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I agree with kimber.
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I can't say I know what the manufacturer recommends but until you get into a high performance engine (turbocharged, Supercharged, high compression) there isn't a need for the higher octane. It might be in that area non ethanol is only available in the higher octane ? 91 won't hurt, there just isn't any benefit on a stock small engine.

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FWIW …. I have never used non ethanol, but I have always used Stabil and half the rate of Seafoam in all my 5 gal. cans as soon as I fill them. Never had a gas issue in all my years, and I never run them out after each use.

I have found it always beneficial to periodically run all my equipment, even out of season stuff. I never feel it iis good to let a piece of equipment or car to just sit idle for any great length of time.


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Non-ethanol is good, if available. But I'm skeptical of the 91 octane requirement. I'd check your owner's manual, I'd expect that it will show that 87 is OK. Like K4aF said, 91 octane is typically required for high-compression engines, but snowblower engines usually don't fall into that category.

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I'd rather pay the small premium for non-ethanol gas(which is readily available in my area) then buy gas with ethanol and rely on extra cost additives to offset the negative effects of ethanol laced gas.
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It's not that you don't want to run 91 it's that you WANT to run whatever is non-ethanol whenever possible.

Even with non-ethanol, like oneacer I add some sta-bil (measured that is) and some Lucas FI cleaner to each 5 gal can. I just have too many machines to keep track. I always try to run them dry before storage but .......
The sta-bil and Lucas are cheap insurance IMHO.

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I'd rather pay the small premium for non-ethanol gas(which is readily available in my area) then buy gas with ethanol and rely on extra cost additives to offset the negative effects of ethanol laced gas.
I agree. If you re read my post I was referring to the benefit of 91 octane over 87, both of which would be non ethanol. I understand the benefit of non ethanol, and use it in all my machines. Also, I still use Seafoam and Stabil. I have never had any issues but was a little thrown off by the 91 Octane requirement.

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I agree, always non ethanol for me in every machine, everytime. It's easy to get around here. However, there is only one station in the area that I know of with higher octane, non ethanol stuff.

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