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Can I use E10 gasoline in my garden tools?

Euro 95 is no longer available in Belgium. You can only get Euro 95 E10 there. Can you use E10 in your gas-powered garden tools? Are there pros and cons? I'll answer these questions in this article.

Can I use Euro 95 E10 in my garden tools?

Two-stroke engine

We recommend not using Euro 95 E10 in tools with two-stroke engines. Two-stroke engines don't handle aggressive ingredients as well. In addition, two-stroke engines run smoother if you use an oil mixture. Your tool's manual will tell you exactly which oil-to-gasoline ratio you need. You can buy these mixtures ready made or mix them your self. If you need a 1:50 mixture for instance, you use 1 part oil and 50 parts gasoline. Fist mix the oil and gasoline in a jerrycan before pouring them into your tool's gas tank.

Four-stroke engine

Do you use tools with a four-stroke engine from before 2012? In that case, we don't recommend using Euro 95 E10. For tools purchased after 2012, first check the manual or the product information on the Coolblue website. Lost your manual and we don't offer the product (anymore)? Try to find the manual online or call the manufacturer.

Maintenance when using Euro 95 E10

Because E10 doesn't keep as long, you can't leave the fuel in your tool's tank for longer periods of time. If you plan not to use the tool for 3 weeks or longer, you'll need to drain the gasoline. After 3 weeks, the gasoline will become thick, which could damage the engine. The shelf life of Euro 95 or 98 is about 3 months.

Used E10 by accident?

Did you use E10, even though the manual says your garden tool isn't suitable for it? Don't worry. You won't have to buy a new lawn mower or hedge trimmer right away. Your tool won't break from using E10 a few times. Drain the rest of the E10 from the tank and run the tool until it's empty. In the future, simply use the correct gasoline.

What are the pros and cons of E10?

E10 is a mixture that consists of 90% fossil fuel and 10% bioethanol. Bioethanol is made from fermented sugar, corn, or wheat. That makes E10 a lot better for the environment than standard Euro 95. The downside of bioethanol is that it's more aggressive than regular gasoline and doesn't keep as long. If you leave E10 to settle in a tank for 3 weeks, it becomes thick.

What are the alternatives?

Can't or don't want to use Euro 95 E10? No problem. In that case, you can choose to use Euro 98 or alkylate gasoline. Alkylate gasoline is a clean fuel that won't damage your tools. You can get it at larger gas stations.

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