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Do you guys use fuel stabilizers in the fuel?

Just bought a Ariens 28 Deluxe, was going for the 24 Platinum SHO or 28 Delux SHO but they ran out so I just bought one from the floor. Now do i have to run fuel stabilizers at all times due to the ethanol?
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Congrats on your new Ariens 28, it's a great machine! I use 89 octane in all my power equipment and add fuel stabilizer to my gas on the recommendation of my power equipt. dealer.

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You will find that most participants of this forum advocate the use of a fuel stabilizer when using ethanol gas; or buy premium gas that doesn't have ethanol in it and don't worry about the stabilizer.
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Or use any fuel without ethanol (regular or premium). Check this out to see if there is a source near you:

Ethanol-free gas stations in the U.S. and Canada
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or buy premium gas that doesn't have ethanol in it and don't worry about the stabilizer.
^^^This is a Canada-only thing. Not true for the USA.
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Kercha, if you have access to ethanol-free gasoline, buy it. If not, treat with Stabil Marine formula or some equivalent product.

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treat with Stabil Marine formula or some equivalent product.
This^....don't bother with the red Sta-Bil. I don't remember off the top of my head where the article is, but apparently there is testing that shows the red Stabil to be significantly inferior to the blue "marine" version.

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or buy premium gas that doesn't have ethanol in it and don't worry about the stabilizer.

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^^^This is a Canada-only thing. Not true for the USA.

Canada only ?? I have a Quick Trip that sells premium without ethanol but the regular and mid grades have it.

Fleet farm sells a mid grade without ethanol but the reg and premium have it.

It varies quite a bit.

I still add some Marine stabil to my gas each purchase as I know there are times I forget to drain a mower, blower or whatever and IMHO it's just cheap insurance.
I also toss in a bit of Lucas fuel injector cleaner once in a while too. Sea foam works too if you have it on hand.

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The vast majority of gas stations in the USA have ethanol blended with the gasoline, all grades.
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I run a blend of sea foam and star tron. I kid you not Ive had the same fuel in my generator for close to two years. Still starts and runs smoothly. Don't skimp out on stabilizer these ethanol blends really don't last long. Especially when you get into winter blend fuels.

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