MAINTENANCE

Regular routine maintenance is an important part of caring for your machinery. By regularly inspecting for (and repairing) wear and damage, you will improve your machines performance and extend its life.

 

Many people have trouble starting their petrol lawn mowers, strimmers and other petrol powered garden tools in the spring. Nine times out of ten this is due to bad fuel. Modern petrol in the UK can contain up to 10% ethanol (known as E-10 at the pumps), a plant based bio-fuel. This is done in order to reduce the carbon footprint and our reliance on fossil fuels.

However ethanol is hygroscopic, meaning it draws in water. This water and ethanol mix then corrodes the rubber and metal components inside the engine, and even breaks down the petrol itself. Fuel can go off in as little as 30 days given adequate conditions, so storing your lawn mower for the winter with petrol in it can cause numerous problems.

Here are some tips  to help keep your engines in good working order.

  • Avoid storing petrol for longer than 3 months, even in a sealed fuel can.
  • Have your lawn mower serviced in January or February before spring starts.
  • Buy non ethanol blended petrol.
  • Use fuel stabilisers to stop fuel from going off and prevent problems caused by ethanol blended petrol.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

 

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Aspen 2 is alkylate petrol premixed at 50:1 with a premium quality biodegradable 2-stroke oil. Suitable for chainsaws, clearing saws, hedge trimmers, power cutters and other land-based 2-stroke engines.

Aspen 2 is virtually free from harmful substances such as benzene, aromatic hydrocarbons or olefins; substances that can cause serious health problems. Aspen Alkylate Petrol also keeps the spark plugs and combustion chamber of your machine cleaner.  Aspen Alkylate Petrol contains no ethanol, meaning it can be stored for a long time without any deterioration in quality, which makes your engine easy to start even after long standstill periods. There are numerous environmental benefits, such as reducing the formation of ground-level ozone (smog) by about 40%.

The oil in Aspen 2 has been selected and developed for the future. It is fully synthetic with as much as 60% renewable content. It is biodegradable and free from ash and solvents. The oil gives an extremely clean engine and has optimum lubrication characteristics at all engine temperatures.

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Aspen 4 is alkylate petrol without oil – suitable for lawnmowers, rotary cultivators, snow blowers, boats and other 4-stroke engines. Ordinary petrol contains ethanol which attracts moisture and can cause engine failures. Aspen Alkylate Petrol contains no ethanol, making it ideal for use in marine environments. To use Aspen Alkylate Petrol in your 2-stroke outboard motor, simply mix Aspen 4 with outboard oil. To minimise the environmental impact, choose a biodegradable oil.

Aspen 4 is virtually free from harmful substances such as benzene, aromatic hydrocarbons or olefins; substances that can cause serious health problems. Aspen Alkylate Petrol also keeps the spark plugs and combustion chamber of your machine cleaner. Aspen can be stored for a long time without any deterioration in quality, which makes your engine easy to start – even after long standstill periods. There are numerous environmental benefits, such as reducing the formation of ground-level ozone (smog) by about 40%.