We all want gas powered equipment to last as long as possible, but with any mower, weed trimmer, generator, or the like, the fuel you use can take a toll, especially ethanol-blended street gas that sat in storage during the off-season. Despite your best intentions, you'll likely use last years gas because the stuff is too expensive to waste otherwise.
But the cost of discarding old gas pales in comparison with the cost of the damage it can do. Because of the ethanol in it, gasoline from the pump can break down in just a matter of weeks and do a number on small engines. The ethanol attracts moisture so you get water in your gas, not to mention varnish and gums. This leads to clogged up carburetors, or worse, worn out cylinder valves, & exhaust systems. Then you get to deal with the grief of equipment that won’t start and the cost of repairs.
But what if you can count on fuel you used last August, to run just as clean & clear the following May? How about a stockpile of fuel to be perfectly usable FIVE YEARS down the road? Too fantastic? Well, that's EXACTLY what you can count on in VP Small Engine Fuels. They are indeed, in for the long haul.
VP Racing Fuel is top notch quality fuel... pure, powerful fuel. Now they offer a line of consumer grade gas products, including a line of fuels specifically made for small engines.
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Gas at most convenience stores contains ethanol to reduce the cost of gas at the pump, but that's bad news from a Prepping standpoint, especially in relying on gas engines in the event of an interruption of gas supplies. The relatively short shelf life of ethanol mixed fuel is significant enough to consider alternatives to gas combustion engines in most long term Prepping plans.
That's where VP Small Engine Fuel offers the advantage of pure, high octane fuel, and in doing so, offers a great benefit for those seeking to stockpile gas for far longer than normal... for years, without need of conditioning.
|VP Racing introduces it's Small Engine Fuel products.|
VP Racing Fuels sent a sampler of their Small Engine Fuel to try out. Very fortunate too, since I'm nursing along a 30 year old garden tractor, and anything that keeps it in service has got my full attention. It's a perfect test bed to try out their fuel too. While I can't attest to shelf life claims yet, I've stowed away one can of 4-stroke fuel & in five years I'll give it a try to see how well (or how little) it's aged. From first glance though, I see it ready for use even longer because it's about as pure a fuel as you can buy. No additives, no ethanol, & with a 94 octane rating, it's premium gas.
Getting the tired motor on the tractor running for another season is always a hit or miss affair... literally. The engine coughs & sputters at first. Even with fresh gas, it blows out deposits that's accumulated over winter. But this time, I ran it with a can of VP Small Engine Fix-It Fuel. Designed as a single use treatment, Fix-It Fuel is an ETHANOL-FREE 89 Octane gas + oil blend. Fix-it fuel cleans and repairs the fuel system, without having to remove the carburetor or injectors.
Other than needing to adjust low speed & high speed idle, the engine roared to life just fine. I only needed half a can as directed, so I'll have a second treatment if necessary.
I'm not a EOTW type, but I fully understand the desire to stockpile supplies for any eventuality. While I have gas powered generators on hand "just in case", I've always feared they're not a long term solution, due to fuel aging over time. So it's obvious, stocking up on VP Small Engine Fuel is not just smart, it's CRITICAL if you want to see the life of your small engines and their use extended for a long, LONG time.