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post #1 of 22 Old 01-15-2017, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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Replace Portable Gas Can?

Last summer I made a 50:1 high octane mix for my new blower and trimmer. I had a 2 gallon gas tank and the blower and trimmer came with the small bottle of oil to make one gallon so I dumped each bottle into my 2 gallon tank and filled it up with high octane gas and Stabil 360 Marine. No issues at all all summer and fall.

In the fall I emptied the last of that batch of fuel into my blower but this time I used the bigger bottle of oil that you squeeze to fill up the little cup on top before dumping into the gas can. I put enough for two gallons and again added the Stabil 360 and high octane gas.

My blower eventually ran out of gas from my original batch so I had to use the new mix and a few minutes later my blower began acting up and there was far less power. In fact, even if you pulled the trigger the engine wanted to die. I guess I made a bad batch. Keep in mind, the original batch was a few months old and worked great and the new batch was just made a few days prior.

So a few days ago I purchased the premixed 50:1 fuel that Home Depot sells. I took the bad gas out of the blower and added the stuff from Home Depot and my machine was back to it's powerful self.

I still have about 1.5 gallons of the bad gas left in my 2 gallon can but I also have a couple of older 1 gallon tanks laying around. Should I just dump the bad gas into the empty 1 gallon tanks I don't use and make up a new batch into the 2 gallon can? Should I just get a new can for my new gas?

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Just dispose of bad gas, i dont see the need for a new can. What oil brand do u use? Ive had experiences of bad running equipment on less then well known oil brands


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Just dispose of bad gas, i dont see the need for a new can. What oil brand do u use? Ive had experiences of bad running equipment on less then well known oil brands


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My blower and trimmer are ECHO and came with ECHO oil in the 2.6 oz bottles so when I ran out I got the larger squeeze bottle of ECHO oil with the measuring cup on top and I filled it to 2.6 twice and dumped it in my gas can along with the high octane gas and stabilizer.

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I dispose of old 2 cycle gas by putting in my truck gas tank.
I take the 2cycle can with me to the gas station. Pour the 2 cycle gas into the truck tank then fill it up. I use my truck because IT HAS A 26 GALLON TANK. This dilutes the 2 cycle gas more than the wife's car 12 gallon tank.
We also refill our vehicle gas tanks at 1/2 a tank to prolong fuel pump life so this dilutes the 2 cycle in my truck more.
Never had a problem.


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High octane maybe getting the eng too hot. Most equiment is rated for reg gas. Thats just what i hear, not my opinion. I use regular


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High octane maybe getting the eng too hot. Most equiment is rated for reg gas. Thats just what i hear, not my opinion. I use regular


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I believe the store bought 50:1 fuel was the same rating as what I got at the pump and it worked flawlessly.

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High octane maybe getting the eng too hot. Most equiment is rated for reg gas. Thats just what i hear, not my opinion. I use regular


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most of the puregas/trufuel products are rated at 93-95 octane. other than being expensive, would likely never have an issue with them. awesome shelf life too.
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I use canned all the time for storing equipment. Reg gas and husky oil for everyday use.


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I would take the bad gas to a recycling center. I've used the Echo semi Syn in that squeeze bottle for my 3 Echo machines for years with no issues and they don't smoke much either.
On the Toro blower which calls for TCW3 oil I use a separate gas can with Pennzoil Marine TCW3 full Syn.

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Go with fresh 87 octane gas where you live I bet it will run better.
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