To answer your question, as it should now be obvious, all small engines, left unused for more than a few days, with or without ethanol, always run the carb dry.
As this has also turned into a well needed forum on ethanol in gasoline, here's my two cents. I hope it is worth the price
It doesn't take a rocket scientist, or maybe it does, to realize that with 10% ethanol in gasoline, we get approximately 10% less fuel
economy (in our automobiles). So, what good is it? We are importing or burning as much oil
as before, paying more for it at the pump, and subsidizing the making of ethanol, and giving billions of tax dollars more to the oil
companies to add the damn stuff to our gas. In a rational national policy we would do away with ethanol gasoline as a well intended mistake.
WARNING Ethanol is often added manually to the gasoline in the tanker truck. Mistakes
happen. Sometimes twice the ethanol. So, E20, not E10. This is certainly what happened to me and others three years ago at Annapolis
, MD. No sooner did I put that gas in my three year old Mercury
and three year old Honda
, that both began to fail. Fuel
lines melted, gas can delaminates, carbs got fouled. Two years later, the generator
is trash, and the outboard
required a new carb, fuel pump
, fuel tank
, and fuel line. Works fine now.
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