Fall Yard Maintenance with TruFuel
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The content and opinions expressed below are that of Gunaxin.
Fall is our favorite season here at Gunaxin, but as the weather turns cooler, there are some yard maintenance tasks that must be taken care of before the winter snow comes. Primary among those are gathering leaves and chopping firewood. Sure, our fathers did those tasks with a rake and an axe, but we’re modern men with modern tools; a leaf blower and chainsaw. Those tools are two-stroke engines though, so they require the proper mix of gas to oil.
We absolutely despise mixing oil with gas and hoping that we have the ratio exactly right, but there is a bigger issue plaguing the small engines used in your yard tools; ethanol. Using gas straight from the pump means you are essentially putting alcohol into your tools, which can wreak havoc with the plastic, rubber, and even metal parts of your yard equipment. This is especially true if you are about to store those tools for winter.
Thankfully there is now a smarter way to keep your equipment running at peak performance. It may cost a little more up front, but in the long run it definitely pays for itself when you can keep your tools working properly.
TRUFUEL® is precision-engineered premixed fuel with synthetic lubricants and advanced stabilizers that are specially made for your 2-cycle and 4-cycle outdoor power equipment. The high-octane ethanol-free fuel protects your investment, saves you time, and helps your equipment run the way you need it to. It is premixed, so there is no need to bother with the measuring and mixing of fuel and oil. Not to mention, TRUFUEL® has a shelf life of 5 years and will not separate and damage your equipment during off seasons.
We found TRUFUEL® at our local hardware store, and noticed it came in three varieties, clearly labeled. Consult the documentation for your equipment to figure out which fuel you need. Better yet, when you buy your yard tools, we recommend trying to stick with one ratio, so you never get confused. In our case we were working with a chainsaw and blower which both required the 50:1 mix of fuel to oil. We grabbed a couple of cans and were ready to go, but you can also pickup a six-pack at a discount. It’s perfect for those “Last Fill” projects of the season.
In the past this is about the time we’d take a trip to the gas station and try not to spill while filling up that red container from the pump. Then we’d get home and have to break out the funnel, and start mixing up a magical concoction to fill up our tools. Sure, it was relatively cheap, and it mostly got the job done, assuming we did it properly. However it was also a pain in the ass, and our time is worth more than fuel. It’s not just time we saved by using TRUFUEL® this year, it’s our equipment too.
So now when it’s time to cut some firewood, we know our chainsaw will be performing optimally. We’re also not worried about leaving it full of fuel during the long winter, because we know that TRUFUEL® won’t break down and damage the engine. We can even use the same can for our snowblower when the white stuff falls later this year. If you want to start working smarter instead of harder with your power tools, Find out more at TruFuel50.com, Find TRUFUEL on Facebook, and Find TRUFUEL on Twitter.
Additionally, Philip has served as Rally Director for the Washington Automotive Press Association, Speaker at IMPAcon and Blogs with Balls, Chairman of the Relay For Life of North Anne Arundel County, Examiner Team Leader for the Maryland Performance Excellence Awards, and Credentialed Founder of Capitals Outsider.