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Look Before You Pump: Ethanol 15 (E15) Gas Warning | STIHL USA

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Higher ethanol blends can damage your STIHL equipment

Look Before You Pump

STIHL equipment was designed to run on fuel containing no more than 10 percent ethanol. The same fuel you put in your car may not be the same fuel meant for your chain saw, trimmer, blower, or other STIHL outdoor power equipment.

Isn’t All Gasoline Safe to Use?

No. Today, there are more fuel choices for consumers than ever before. No longer can anyone go to a gas station and assume the fuel from the pump is safe and legal for all engines. Most fuel sold today at gas stations for automobiles and outdoor power equipment contains up to 10 percent ethanol (E10). However, in the past year, more gas stations are selling ethanol fuel blends greater than 10 percent – such as E15 and E85. STIHL outdoor power equipment is not designed for ethanol blends higher than 10% ethanol or E10.

Don’t Pump the Wrong Fuel

In the past, consumers were physically kept from selecting the wrong fuel – with diesel you have to use a different pump, for example. This isn’t the case now as blender pumps, which dispense various ethanol fuel blends, become more widely available. The EPA has stated E15 and higher is not legal for use in off-road engine products, and only legal for a subset of automobiles. Yet, the only warning against “mis-fueling” is a small 3×5 pump label. Double-check the pump to make sure you put the right fuel in the right engine.

Why Are There So Many Different Fuels?

In an effort to meet federal renewable fuel standards, higher ethanol blends are being brought to market. Ethanol is an oxygenated fuel. Engines designed for up to 10% ethanol may have problems with fuel higher than 10%, including engine failure. When a small number of retail gas stations in select U.S. states began offering E15 and higher ethanol blends for sale in 2012, we at STIHL grew concerned. We want to protect our customers and future customers from inadvertently damaging their equipment by using the wrong fuel.

Most people believe any fuel sold at a gas station or other retail fuel station is likely legal and safe for any engine product. This is not true, and STIHL owners need to become aware of the fuel for which their equipment was designed, built and warranted – and use only that fuel.

For more information, visit www.LookBeforeYouPump.

To help keep your STIHL running strong

Avoid gasoline higher than 10% ethanol – STIHL equipment is not designed to use higher ethanol blends.

Use a minimum of 89-octane gasoline.

Use fresh fuel – Buy enough fuel to only last a two-month period.

STIHL recommends STIHL MotoMix® Premixed Fuel – a pure and stable fuel mixture that can be stored for up to two years in its original container.

via Look Before You Pump: Ethanol 15 (E15) Gas Warning | STIHL USA.

Yard Work Accidents are Common This Time of Year – Here are 7 Tips to Stay Safe

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Yard Work Accidents are Common This Time of Year – Here are 7 Tips to Stay Safe

(ARA) – This time of year, you can’t help but notice the chainsaws buzzing and the hum of wood chippers reducing twigs, branches and what were once towering trees into mulch. Not to mention, the noise coming from edgers, rototillers and other machines working hard to get the yard ready for winter. As long as the weather is nice, do-it-yourselfers will be out in force cleaning up yards across the country.

If you’re planning to join the ranks, be sure to take the time to study up on safety precautions before operating equipment like chainsaws, chippers and edgers. They can be dangerous if you don’t take the proper safety measures.

Since January 2000, there have been dozens of claims involving people who were injured while using rented yard equipment, according to ARA Insurance Services, an insurance company owned by the American Rental Association. Here’s the breakdown:

Wood chipper accidents — 11 claims

Chain saw accidents — 12 claims

Log splitter accidents — 11

Accidents involving rototillers — 6 claims

Stump grinder accidents — 6 claims

Don’t become the next statistic. Make sure you know how to operate the equipment before getting started.

A good place to turn for safety advice when it comes to using these machines is the very place you get the equipment — your local equipment rental store. When you arrive, tell the person behind the counter what you want to accomplish and they will help you find the equipment you need to get the job done. Rental store employees are also regularly trained on using the equipment and can provide you with plenty of tips for proper and safe use.

“Employees at equipment rental stores are an excellent source for information when it comes to figuring out how to operate equipment correctly,” said Chris Wehrman, CEO of the American Rental Association, the trade association for the rental industry. “Safety is a top priority among our member businesses, and store owners go to great lengths to ensure that employees are regularly trained on proper use of equipment and machinery.”

If, for example, you’re planning to cut down a pine tree with a trunk that’s three feet in diameter, they will help you find the proper saw and show you the right way to handle it. You’ll likely be urged to first clear away dirt, debris, small limbs and rocks from the area you’re planning to cut. Then before turning on the saw, to check controls, chain tension and all bolts and handles to ensure they are functioning properly. You’ll also be instructed to wear protective equipment when operating the saw, which includes hand, foot, leg, eye, face, hearing and head protection.

Chippers can also be dangerous when they aren’t handled in the correct way. A machine that is powerful enough to chew up tree limbs and then spit them out as little chips can easily do the same to a hand or arm, according to ARA Insurance Services.

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration put together these seven tips to keep in mind while operating a chipper:

Never reach into a chipper while it is operating.

Do not wear loose-fitting clothing around a chipper.

Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and safety instructions.

Use earplugs, safety glasses, hard hats and gloves.

Protect yourself from contacting operating chipper components by guarding the infeed and discharge ports, and preventing the opening of the access covers or doors until the drum or disc completely stops.

Maintain at least two tree or log lengths between chipper operations and other workers.

If your chipper is jammed, make sure the engine is turned off when you try and remove the shrub or branch.

via Yard Work Accidents are Common This Time of Year – Here are 7 Tips to Stay Safe.

3 Things You Need to Know About Saw Chains

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Picture Hold up a STIHL saw chain next to an aftermarket chain and you will immediately see the difference.  The STIHL chain is manufactured to a much higher standard, materials and engineering are outstanding, and it shows.  OK, this isn’t a sales article on STIHL chains, this is more of a guide to finding a replacement chain.  When determining the correct chain for your saw these are the three factors to consider: (more…)