E10 Fuel in Your Lawn Mower- What to Be Aware Of
Some of you may have read the latest news regarding a change in forecourt fuel from E5 to E10. Plans are afoot for E10 fuel to become the standard grade at forecourts across the country.
It’s estimated that the greener fuel could reduce CO2 emissions by 750,000 tonnes per year, the equivalent of taking up to 350,000 cars off the road!
Currently unleaded petrol in the UK contains up to 5% bioethanol, known as E5. The proposed E10 fuel will contain 10% ethanol.
What is ethanol and why is it bad for your lawn mower engine?
Ethanol is an alcohol-based fuel produced from the fermentation of a range of plants, including sugarcane and grains, along with their by-products.
Unlike regular unleaded petrol, ethanol fuel is said to be partially atmospherically carbon-neutral. This is because as the plants that will become biofuel grow, they reportedly absorb more carbon dioxide than what will be released into the air during fuel production and combustion. Ethanol causes corrosion to fuel components and attracts water. It can block your capillaries in your carburettor causing all sorts of engine issues. It's corrosive properties can erode your engine away.
What we suggest
You can user super unleaded fuel from forecourts which contains 5% ethanol (keep an eye on this) or we recommend a fuel called Aspen. Aspen contains no ethanol, will stay fresh for up to 5 years, emits 99% less toxic emissions and ultimately prolongs machinery life.
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