As a gasoline-powered outdoor power equipment manufacturer or a distributor delivering aftermarket replacement parts for power tool service providers, one of the biggest challenges is to make sure the ethanol blend gasoline from most gas stations does not cause damage to the fuel systems of the equipment or parts. Ensuring customers’ satisfaction with the quality of the equipment or the repair service are key to your brand promise and to build your brand equity.
One easy way may be to advise customers not to use ethanol-enriched gasoline. But this seems to be a long shot. Very few people pay attention to the gasoline they pump and just get whatever is available from their neighborhood gas station. However, most of the gasoline these days contains ethanol, either 10% or up to 85%. Therefore, fuel line tubing or hoses used in gasoline equipment, as key components of these fuel systems, must be ethanol compatible. Additionally, in order to stabilize ethanol blend gasoline, some customers may use fuel stabilizers to neutralize the impact ethanol may have on the fuel system. This further requires manufacturers or aftermarket parts distributors to select tubing or hoses that are chemically resistant to those fuel additives.