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post #1 of 50 Old 02-11-2015, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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High Test Gas?

While chatting with my friend about my problem with my Ariens, he said his two dealers (snowblower and lawn mower) said he should use premium gas in his equipment. I never heard this before; I had always thought the only difference between premium and regular is the octane rating, but my buddy said premium has more additives.

Anybody hear of this? Searched for a thread on this subject here but didn't find any. I'd be willing to pay the extra $$ if it insured a better-running, less-fouling machine.
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I have heard of it...it is a myth. Small engines are designed to run on 87 octane gas. MH

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I use 89 octane along with STA-BIL in all of my power equipment on the advise of my power equipment dealer. Have been doing this for years with no problems.

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87 octane is all you need. I use a marine stabilizer to treat the ethanol and extend shelf life.

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I use the premium because I have a gas station nearby that sells it without ethanol.

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The key is to look for gas without ethanol. Here's a start for you:

Ethanol-free gas stations in the U.S. and Canada
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Not cheap but nothing good typically is......


I used VP in the race car for a while and now its in all the motors on the property.... Deere, Ariens mower, Stihl chain saw and Husqvarna Weed wacker....


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Look for the closest airfield near you and fill up your jerry jug with the 91-no ethanol and add a light dose of stabil.

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Thanks for the info!! I found a dealer VP in a nearby town and there is a medium size airport near me. I'll try both of those!

Thanks again....
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I use the premium because I have a gas station nearby that sells it without ethanol.
This is the only good reason to use Premium in a small engine.

Some people think you can get more power by using 94 octane or even higher. These are simple engines and the timing is fixed. If anything you may get less power or even burn out your exhaust valve.

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