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Regular Gasoline ?

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I was wondering which gasoline did you use in your snowblower, regular or higher octane? the dealer told me to use high octane gasoline to avoid engine pinging. yet, I use in my lawn mower john deere regular gas to which I add stabilizer. I never had a problemwith any engines I own. I always empty tanks and carburettors at the end of the season and everything starts without problems with a minimum of maintenance. what do you think?
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Seems like you answered your own question. You know how to take care of your equipment. I don't subscribe to super unleaded in OPE. We are not dealing with high compression turbo charged engines here. As you said regular 87 octane gasoline with a good stabilizer like Star Tron or Marine Stabil, you should be fine.

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What does the owners manual say about fuel ?
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If it's not a high compression engine and the manual doesn't state to only use premium, then stick with regular. In my area however, I cannot get regular gasoline without ethanol anymore, so I do use premium.
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Like Cardo111 said, these are not high-compression, high-performance engines. There is no reason for the engine to be pinging. Regular 87-octane is fine.

Using stabilizer, and emptying the carbs at the end of the season, is an excellent idea, however, and is a simple investment in keeping your machines happy.

Edit- As drmerdp said below, I'm assuming we're talking about 4-stroke blower engines. I do use 91 octane in my 2-stroke chainsaw, per its manual (which calls for at least 89, maybe 91).

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Seems like you answered your own question. You know how to take care of your equipment. I don't subscribe to super unleaded in OPE. We are not dealing with high compression turbo charged engines here. As you said regular 87 octane gasoline with a good stabilizer like Star Tron or Marine Stabil, you should be fine.
Only exception are 2 cycle engines. I would use 91 or 93oct.

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Only exception are 2 cycle engines. I would use 91 or 93oct.
That is so true.

Most 2 cycles are high compression and require at least mid-grade.
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I use 89 octane ethanol free gas. Ethanol is corrosive to carb parts.
Download the Pure Gas app. You can find where to buy it. Usually near/at marinas.
I use it it all my yard equipment. I will use stabil towards the end of the season.
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I agree with Mike above. Here in the Buffalo, N.Y. area, I have access only to 91 octane ethanol free gas - which I use, thanks to wise folks here at Snowblower forum. Absolutely no regrets!

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