Learn About Ethanol

Avoid costly repairs not covered under warranty and extend the life of your ECHO equipment.

ECHO equipment is professional-grade and comes at a premium price. You just invested a lot of money in your ECHO product and you want it to run at its highest capability year in and year out. The best way to do that, and avoid a costly repair that is not covered by warranty, is to properly maintain the equipment and use the right fuel every time. Did you know that using alternative fuels in ECHO 2-stroke engines will void your engine warranty over time? And that engine and carburetor problems can still occur when running your equipment on approved 10% or less ethanol content, depending on how your fuel is stored and if the fuel in use is older than 30 days?

ECHO handheld outdoor power equipment is designed to tolerate up to 10% ethanol blended fuel and cannot compensate for higher concentrations of ethanol like today's cars. Most blended fuel on the market today is E10, which contains 90% gasoline and 10% ethanol. But E85, which is readily available for flex-fuel automobiles, will cause havoc on 2-stroke handheld equipment and E15 & E20 are also on the horizon.

Check out our "InfoGraphic" to learn even more about ethanol!

Here are steps you can take to help protect your investment:

Purchase only recommended fuel

Purchase only recommended fuel

Use 89 Octane [R+M/2] (mid grade or higher) gasoline known to be good quality and containing no more than 10% ethanol. Gas with NO ETHANOL is ideal.

Look before you pump!

Look before you pump!

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute is alerting end users that using any fuel that contains more than 10 percent ethanol is harmful and illegal to use in outdoor power equipment. Look for this logo in your operator's manual to help you with the proper fuel choice for your ECHO product. For more info, visit www.LookBeforeYouPump.com

Only purchase enough fuel for 30 days of use

Only purchase enough fuel for 30 days of use

This is the best way to prevent using stale fuel. Only purchase from name brand high volume stations to ensure you get the freshest gas possible.

Add a name brand fuel stabilizer and mix at the pump

Add a name brand fuel stabilizer and mix at the pump

Fuel stabilizers are only effective if mixed with fresh fuel and then properly stored. Remember that nothing will properly rejuvenate old, stale fuel.

Use only modern self venting fuel storage containers with "no spill" self sealing spouts

Use only modern self venting fuel storage containers with "no spill" self sealing spouts

Ethanol in blended fuel attracts moisture as soon as it's exposed to air. High humidity and fuel containers with poor sealing or missing spout covers or vents accelerate the problem.

Use ECHO Power Blend X or ECHO Red Armor 2-Stroke Oil

Use ECHO Power Blend X or ECHO Red Armor 2-Stroke Oil

These oils contain a small amount of fuel stabilizer which helps extend the life of the gasoline mixture.

Shake the fuel container before each use

Shake the fuel container before each use

Shaking the container for 30 seconds prior to filling your equipment ensures the fuel is mixed and helps to suspend any small amounts of moisture in the mixture.

Store fuel in a cool dry area

Store fuel in a cool dry area

Cool controlled temperatures extend fuel life as it slows the aging process. Keep the can in a dry area to reduce the formation of condensation inside the fuel container. Fuel should never be stored in your house or by a flame or ignition source.

Drain fuel completely for storage

Drain fuel completely for storage

If you do not intend to use your ECHO product within a 30 day period, drain the fuel completely from the carburetor and the fuel tank.



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