Briggs & Stratton offers new ethanol additive

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Like marine engine builders, small-engine manufacturer Briggs & Stratton Co. has never liked ethanol because it attracts moisture and creates problems for engines.

Now the company says it has a solution to the problems ethanol causes in engines such as those in lawnmowers and boats, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The additive does not eliminate ethanol in gasoline, but it displaces water and keeps ethanol from gumming up the whole system, Briggs’ fuel systems group manager Scott Wesenberg told the Journal Sentinel.

In consumer research Briggs said it learned that the No. 1 problem people had with their engines was contaminated gasoline. The millions of gasoline engines it builds a year are designed to run on a 10 percent blend of ethanol, but damage from poor fuel or water is not covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.

After a gradual introduction, the additive is now available at thousands of locations where outdoor power equipment with Briggs & Stratton engines is sold, including Home Depot and Walmart. A container that treats as much as 40 gallons of gas sells for about $7.

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2 comments on “Briggs & Stratton offers new ethanol additive

  1. boatrenter

    What Ms. Kristy Moore of the Renewable fuels assoc. must not understand is that not all engines are fuel injected. Engines that use vented fuel tanks will, by the very nature of the ethanol blended fuel, absorb moisture from the air through the tank vent. As the fuel ages the ethanol evaporates and leaves the water behind. As the ethanol evaporates the fuel octane lowers and this causes detonation in the cylinders. This is overcome by modern auto engines through the electronics retarding timing and taking away economy and power.

  2. Big Bill

    I could go on and on explaining to the ethanol lovers the differences between the Automotive and Marine environments and engine loads and average time between fill ups, but it would be to no avail.

    We need to realize the Corn/Ethanol Lobby has deeper pocket and reach than we in the Marine Industry have. Until that changes we can scream and holler and butt our heads against the wall, but it will do little good.

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