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    Ethanol from corn is insane. The people who farm next to my farm are now growing dry land corn in what amounts to a desert. All it takes is lots of herbicides, insecticides, and fertilizer to make the stuff grow anywhere I guess. It bugs me as you can tell :-)

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    American should be oppose to the current policies on ethanol regardless of it's effect on engines. Perhaps the people that don't use it have taken the high ground :-)

    That said I suspect whatever it's negative effect on engines may be those effects do not reduce engine life below normal obsolescence. Since water mixes with alcohol and not gas it probably is good for the fuel system in some cases offsetting whatever negatives there may be.

    I use it in everything and only think about it when I'm buying it which again causes me old man apoplexity for the reasons mentioned above.


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    I don't use ethanol in any small engine. But the man that owned my boat before me did. I know this because i was having problems with my boat starving for fuel. Took my fuel line off of my tank and tried to run varsol through the line. It come out as a slow stream. Nothing like what i was putting into it. Pulled off the primer bulb and looked through the hose and it had what appeared another hose inside it. It was tan in color and like a lining on the inside of that hose. Bulb would barely let anything through. Replace all the fuel lines, fuel filter, fuel bowl and now she's running right.

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    I had $500.00 worth of problems with an outboard about 8 years ago. It had set up 2 months over the winter. I went to non ethanol and added Sea Foam and
    have had no problems. I use the non ethanol in all my small engines. Had to put carb kits in the outboard. Not only was it gummed up but there was a lot of
    corrosion present.
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    I run it in both my boats, two and four stroke, but put in marine stabil everytime I fuel up. I run the premix fuel in my small engine's (chainsaw and weedeater)

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    No Ethanol in my boat, mowers or weed eaters. Most boat mechanics will tell you they love ethanol because it keeps them employed. America is the only country dumb enough to take their number one food crop and make fuel out of it. Go figure
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    Quote Originally Posted by footballcoach View Post
    No Ethanol in my boat, mowers or weed eaters. Most boat mechanics will tell you they love ethanol because it keeps them employed. America is the only country dumb enough to take their number one food crop and make fuel out of it. Go figure
    No ethanol in my boats or any small engines. I've heard the same thing from boat mechanics, one attributed 95% of his repair business to gas containing ethanol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CatchumDeep View Post
    No ethanol in my boats or any small engines. I've heard the same thing from boat mechanics, one attributed 95% of his repair business to gas containing ethanol.
    Thatís not the whole story. I own a lawn maintenance company and we use approximately 25 gallons of ethanol mixed fuel per week in string trimmers and blowers. We NEVER have fuel related issues. Bottom line is no matter what fuel you choose to use, if it sits up, you are absolutely going to have fuel issues. Even non ethanol fuel will go bad in a couple of months and lose its kick. The biggest issue with ethanol fuel is the gum, varnish and moisture that builds up as it ages. Use a quality fuel stabilizer and wash your hands forever with fuel troubles.


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    I am running a 99 Yamaha that has only run non ethanol/quicksilver. Other than maintaining it, no repairs made .


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    My 2016 Suzuki 140 Owners Manual calls for 87 octane ethanol fuel as long as it is no more than 10 % ethanol. I still put Stabil Ethanol Treatment in mine. I've honestly never seen any difference in performance when I was running ethanol or non-ethanol fuel.

    My new Excel Bay Pro 220 will have a Suzuki 200SS on it. I know it calls for 91 octane but no idea on ethanol or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by M R Dux View Post
    My 2016 Suzuki 140 Owners Manual calls for 87 octane ethanol fuel as long as it is no more than 10 % ethanol. I still put Stabil Ethanol Treatment in mine. I've honestly never seen any difference in performance when I was running ethanol or non-ethanol fuel.

    My new Excel Bay Pro 220 will have a Suzuki 200SS on it. I know it calls for 91 octane but no idea on ethanol or not.
    Canít hide money!! You are gonna love that Suzuki.


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