Briggs & Stratton Pushes Fuel Additive for Engines

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Small engine maker Briggs & Stratton Co. has introduced an additive that it says will help prevent problems in engines using ethanol.

Gas companies use a 10 percent blend of ethanol to comply with federal renewable fuels standards.

Briggs & Stratton says the ethanol attracts moisture, which creates problems in lawn mowers, generators and other gas-powered equipment.

Briggs & Stratton manager Scott Wesenberg tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the additive will displace water and help prevent those problems.

But ethanol supporters say most problems come from people not maintaining their equipment properly and doing things like leaving the cap off a gasoline can.

Renewable Fuels Association spokeswoman Kristy Moore says an additive probably isn't needed if equipment is maintained correctly.

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