In his column “Tanks for nothing, ethanol advocates,” Frank Cerabino tries to fuel the flames against ethanol by stoking a fight with small engines, but the reality is that small engines have adapted to the current 10 percent ethanol fuel mix and will do so for the new 15 percent blend.
The process takes time, as can be seen in the collection of recommendations from owners’ manuals over the years. It should be noted that all gasoline is designed for its primary use, as automobile fuel. Little consideration is given to the needs of small-engine manufacturers, and thus they find themselves designing around whatever fuels are made for automotive use.
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