Residue from ethanol fuel can damage lawn equipment

03/27/2013 | WGHP-TV (High Point, N.C.)

The presence of ethanol in gasoline can damage small engines inside lawn equipment, according to Keith Beasley, owner of Thomasville Lawn and Garden in Thomasville, N.C. Because ethanol has a corn base, it is "gritty," Beasley said. "Inside of a carburetor, there's a lot of small, tiny passages that the grit will actually just get stopped and can't go through." However, ethanol-free fuel can be hard to find, and it increases costs for lawn-care businesses, said Ron Stanley from Simply Green Lawn Maintenance.

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