Rick 386 wrote:Now Dann, with the track record of JCP & L why don't you have a generator gassed and ready to go ????
Just because I don't trust Sta-Bil to stop 10% ethanol gas from absorbing water and deteriorating rubber components and fuel lines. I've seen too many small engines disabled that way.
Also, after two weeks blacked out, when the power came back on, I wanted to prep the machine for storage. I took care of a couple of the same model generator a year ago during Irene. I got a little lazy on one since the guy said he wanted to sell it or give it to his son. He had it in his garage, and I ended up draining the gas out of the carb drain plug; but I left maybe a pint of gas in the gas tank with Sta-Bil in it. I thought about that gaff all year from time to time. This year with Sandy approaching; the guy did give it to his son the night before Sandy hit. He called me and his prominent lawyer son couldn't start the machine on his back deck. I called the son and asked him if he had any starting fluid on hand. He said yes. So I went over there with the dad no big deal. He had Sta-bil, not ether in a spray can. Mechanically clueless people. The machine wouldn't start even with a fresh tank of gas. I got them to give me a soda straw and a cup, was able to prime the carb and the machine started up.
I'm headed out back now to drain the gas out of the Generac, that's why I believe in a bone dry method of storage.
On the other hand, my Timber Bear chainsaw seems to tolerate sitting all winter and starts right up after sitting for long periods. Go figure...