TruFuel Premixed Gas and Oil
What if you didn’t have to mix gas anymore? And I’m not talking about battery powered outdoor lawn equipment, I mean what if your fuel came already premixed and ready to go. And what if it never went bad? As I’m well aware, mixing gas into that 1-gallon plastic container has been a necessary task in maintaining my personal lawn equipment. And though you can get used to it, the fact is—you must be precise in your oil-to-gas mixing, and it’s a hassle. Then there’s the issue of dealing with Ethanol fuel vs. ethanol-free solutions…the gas tends to go bad over time…the mess you make when you mix it up…you get the idea. That’s where TruFuel premixed gas came about. For small engine equipment owners, TruFuel provides a pre-packaged, ready-to-use, fuel system for both two and four-stroke small displacement engines—like those used in lawn mowers, trimmers, and chainsaws.
TruFuel premixed gas is engineered with premium, high-octane, ethanol-free fuel, and it’s mixed with high-quality synthetic oil. Because of this, TruFuel prevents corrosion and build up. Over time, Ethanol (E-15) can separate the gasoline from the oil in a two-stroke mix and even introduce water to the fuel. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) backs up these claims and recommends against the use of E-15 fuel. A related benefit of TruFuel is that it stays stable over longer periods of time and doesn’t break down quickly like traditional oil-gas fuel mixes. In fact, TruFuel claims a life span of 2-years after opening, and the fuel is guaranteed to never separate. That means winterization is less of an issue, and you don’t have to worry if your mower or trimmer sits for a month or two unused.
TruFuel premixed gas made a splash as the first pre-mixed product for two-stroke engines in this country. It’s now available in 50:1 and 40:1 mix ratios (gas:oil) as well as in a 4-cycle formula without oil. You can find it now at Home Depot, Wal-mart, and other retailers. It may seem an odd product for home and pro users if you focus on the small bottles, but TruFuel is also available in more than just the 32 and 110-ounce containers. If you are a commercial or fleet user, you can purchase 4.375 gallon containers and even 48 gallon drums—at significant discount over the bottled versions. For the reduction in maintenance this may prove to be a cost savings for some companies—even over traditional ethanol-free fuel. For the homeowner, it’s simply a question of paying for the features and convenience. It is VERY convenient, but the choice of wanting to pay the additional cost for that will be up to you.
Doing the TruFuel Premixed Gas Cost per Gallon Math
TruFuel is actually remarkably expensive. You can pick up a case of six cans (192 ounces, or 1.5 gallons) for around $35. That works out to about $23.33/gallon. If we estimate (high) that Ethanol-free currently runs around $4.25/gallon and an oil mix would add another $1 to that (also generous), then you can quickly see that the consumer level of TruFuel might dissuade some from jumping right in.
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If convenience were the only factor, we'd recommend everyone pick up TruFuel—the advantages and features are spot-on and very important for the life and health of your outdoor power equipment. Justifying the cost, however, is another issue entirely.
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