Increased ethanol in UK fuel by September 2021, how does this effect your garden machinery?
Increased Ethanol in Unleaded Fuel, what does this mean for your petrol-powered garden machinery?
By September this year 2021, the UK will be increasing the ethanol content in unleaded petrol from 5% to 10% as part of a move toward cutting greenhouse gas emissions in the country. For your car, this could mean decreased miles to the gallon due to ethanol's lower energy content, but what could it mean for petrol-powered garden tools? It could lead to an increase in customers with carburettor issues as storing petrol with higher ethanol content over extended periods can cause increased corrosion because ethanol tends to absorb moisture. Regardless of this ethanol increase, we always recommend that our customers drain the fuel from their garden equipment if it will not be used for two weeks or longer, as this could lead to stale fuel issues. It is good to note that the more expensive, premium quality super unleaded fuel will continue to contain 5% or less ethanol moving forwards, so customers will still have the choice of using petrol with lower ethanol content. We would advise using the more premium or super unleaded moving forward.
If you want advice on how to empty your carb when storing your machine to save you from getting any unwanted issues, please get in touch for advice for your machine.