I was just at the local Tractor Supply this morning and the MTD rep was there doing some repairs on new mowers that have been sitting all summer unsold. Fuel had went bad in them.
The store manager used Gumout stuff in the gas and it did nothing to prevent the problems from a April issue machine in september.
She told me she used to be a distributor for Startron fuel additives but when she got a new job she could no longer sell that and the folks she works for now push Stabil. She said it is not as good.And she did confirm 6 months is max on Stabil. Just passing it along best I can as I heard it. Deduct what you will.
When I worked at a small engine shop years back we used to put stabil in the fuel can used to fill repaired equipment because the customers would on occasion ask if we did. That was the only reason. Even though we advised they drain any repaired item that wasn't going to be used soon if they asked we knew they weren't going to do it. I've seen/repaired literally hundreds of units with fuel left to rot in the tanks. Especially snow blowers which can be parked and forgotten if the winter is mild. I've seen this more than any homeowner will ever see in his lifetime. Believe me this stuff does nothing besides tint the fuel a different color.
I think that woman is still trying to push "her" product.
I had an Avery tractor I didn't run for two years but had STA-BIL in the gas.
When I got around to wanting to run it again the first thing I did was smell the gas........and it smelled pretty good considering how long it had been in the tank.
I, naturally, used FRESH gas for priming so it started on the second compression but never skipped a beat.
Don't be like my Dad was who was from the "If a little is good more is better" school.......(damn I miss him)........follow the directions.
When I worked for Fred Tycher he had me put Stabil in the gas in all his (more than 20) Pierce Arrows and other (at least ten others) collector cars one winter. About 90 days later the gas went bad in every car. I spent most of a year pulling gas tanks and rebuilding carburetors.
After that incident we drained the gas any time he was not planning on driving a car soon. Saved a LOT of trouble.
Looks like MMO would have saved the day Royce. It sure would have been easier on your back. Scott
That was perhaps 25 years ago. It was good money for me, and a lesson learned for Fred.
If the same thing happened today it would be a bigger problem. I used to take gas tanks to Redi Strip in Dallas. They got shut down by the EPA and no one else that I know of will strip or repair old gas tanks. All the radiator shops are gone too, since the plastic and aluminum radiators replaced brass.
Royce you hit on a hot topic for us around here.There is only 1 shop that does radiators and gas tanks and he is getting in poor health. tractor collectors and folks like myself are already trying to figure out what to do when he quits.