Finding out how to transport the gas for your lawnmower can be difficult if you are new to lawn mowing. Fortunately, in this article, we have done detailed research regarding this topic and have all the answers to your questions.
Here are 5 simple steps that you need to follow to safely transport gas for your lawnmower.
- Secure the fuel container cap and transfer it to your lawnmower’s trunk or its bed.
- Keep the fuel container upright with a net or bungee.
- After reaching the gas station, remove the fuel can from the trunk and select your fuel grade.
- Fill the fuel container with 95% of the fuel using a fuel nozzle.
- Close the cap tightly, put the fuel can back on the trunk, and carefully carry it to your destination.
This article will also discuss the ideal storage and safety instructions while transporting, using, and storing gas for your lawnmowers. So, read carefully.
What type of gas should I use in my lawnmower?
Most lawnmowers require fresh, lead-free gasoline with an octane rating of 87.
If you need clarification about what kind of gas your lawnmower needs, you can read the manual or contact the manufacturer for help.
The lawnmowers with a 2-stroke or 4-stroke engine will need a higher grade of lead-free gasoline to power the machine.
Also, the gas should not contain more than 10% ethanol.
How should I transport gas for my lawnmower?
A lawnmower is a fuel-powered vehicle that will only run if you refuel it with gasoline from time to time.
It is challenging to bring the lawnmower to the fuel station every time as it involves lots of time, effort, and money.
Therefore, getting a fuel container filled from the fuel station once each season is a better solution.
Let us now study the parts and the steps involved in each part for transporting gasoline for your lawnmower.
Safely transport your fuel can.
It is important to maintain the utmost safety while transporting fuel for your lawnmower because:
- Gasoline is highly flammable.
- If there is a fuel spill on your vehicle, it won’t be easy to clean the marks.
- The fuel fumes from the gasoline can cause problems like vomiting, headache, and dizziness.
- A serious accident can happen if a misfire occurs due to gas fume ignition.
Step 1. Make sure that the cap of the fuel can is completely secured
It is important to secure the cap of the container during transit completely.
If you leave the cap of the fuel container open, there can be spillage, and the fumes can enter the traveler’s compartment.
Step 2. Keep the fuel container in the bed or the trunk of the vehicle
Never keep the fuel container in the traveler compartment of the vehicle, even if the place remains empty.
There are chances that the gasoline vapors will spread in the fuel container and will enter the traveler compartment.
Step 3. Keep the fuel container upright
You should place the fuel can upright, so it will not move or fall around in the vehicle.
You can use a net or rope to keep the fuel container upright.
You can also place the fuel can in a cardboard box to keep it upright.
Safely fill the fuel can.
Keep any heating sources, such as lit cigarettes, lighters, matchboxes, etc., at a distance from the fuel can.
Doing this is important to prevent the fumes from igniting, which can lead to serious injury.
Step 1. Discharge the static electricity
Before you hold the fuel container, you will need to touch your vehicle’s metal part.
Doing this will help you to get discharged from any static electricity that could have formed.
Step 2. Bring out the fuel can from the trunk or trunk bed
You should keep the fuel container on the floor during its fuelling process.
Warning (If you have placed the fuel can in the trunk while fuelling, your vehicle can deluge with flames accidentally if the fuel fumes ignite.
It can happen due to the release of static electricity if you fuel the gas can in the vehicle’s trunk.)
Step 3. Choose the grade of the fuel
The color of the containers should be according to the type of fuel present in them. There are certain standards:
- The red containers are used for storing gasoline.
- The yellow containers are used for storing diesel or petrol.
- The blue containers are used for storing kerosene.
Make sure to avoid mixing the fuel containers.
If you don’t have the appropriate fuel container for your gasoline, you can label the fuel name on the containers during such time to avoid confusion.
Step 4. Tap the fuel nozzle to the side of your gas can.
If there is a release of the static electricity and ignition of fuel vapors, it will be better if it is outside the fuel can than inside, where it can blow up.
Step 5. Fill the container by putting the fuel nozzle into it
Put the fuel nozzle into the fuel can and fill it to the fill line.
If no fill line is given, fill the can up to 95 % and not more than that.
Filling the can up to this level will ensure that the fuel will not get spilled during transit.
Please do not use the trigger lock of the nozzle, as it can cause the can to overspill with fuel.
While doing this, don’t smell the fuel vapors, as it can cause you dizziness and sickness.
Step 6. Tightly fix the cap of the fuel container.
After filling the container with fuel, tighten the fuel container cap and the vent cap.
Step 7. Place the fuel container in the vehicle’s trunk or the truck’s bed.
Secure the fuel can with a rope, net, or bungee to keep it upright and prevent it from falling or sliding in the vehicle.
Once you reach your destination, take out the fuel can from the trunk or truck bed as quickly as possible.
Knowing the above steps will help you safely transport the gas can for your lawnmower.
How to fill gas in a lawnmower?
There are some easy steps that you can follow to fill the gas in your lawnmower:
- First, search for the fuel tank in your lawnmower machine.
- Next, bring the gasoline container.
- Take out the cap from the lawnmower fuel tank.
- Now put a funnel into the fuel tank.
- Slowly pour out the gas from the container into the funnel.
- Once the gas tank is filled, tighten the cap of the gas tank by screwing it tightly.
Wear gloves while filling gas in your lawnmower, as gasoline can harm your skin if it spills.
What type of gas can I use for my lawnmower?
It is important to use the right type of gas in a lawnmower to prevent any risk of explosion.
An explosion can happen if you don’t store or maintain the gas.
Gas comes in metal or plastic cans. Usually, metal cans are costlier than plastic cans.
But, using plastic cans can be risky as it comes with the risk of producing sparks from static electricity.
The plastic can will start creating sparks and generate fumes if it comes in contact with pickup truck bed liners.
All this will lead to a serious explosion if the flames hit the gas.
In some places, using plastic gas cans is illegal, as the authorized government disapproves of them.
To prevent all such dangers, using metal cans is a better option.
The metal cans are safe, suffer fewer leakages, and have a flame arrester.
A flame arrester is a safety device at the can’s outlet that allows gas movement but stops any propagation of flame that can cause an explosion.
The gas can also demand certain maintenance, and you can do it by keeping it at the correct temperature and amount.
Gas can explosions can happen due to low gas levels, old gasoline, and overfilled cans.
Also, if the gas can contains very little gas, there will be vapor formation on the upper part of the liquid.
When you pour the gas, the vapor will start releasing, increasing the danger of spark ignition.
Store the gas can in a fairly cool, well-ventilated place and at least 50 feet away from any ignition source.
Make sure that the place’s temperature shouldn’t exceed more than 80oF.
Where should I store my lawnmower gas? (Ideal storage)
If you are doing business regarding commercial lawn care, you will need to purchase a large quantity of gas to prepare for the active season.
However, if you are a homeowner, you will only require one can of fuel for one lawn mowing season.
But in both of the above cases, you should know how to store gas cans safely.
Although you can store the tools and equipment of the lawnmower in the garage or shed, avoid keeping the lawnmower’s gas on the floor surface of these places.
When it stays low to the ground, the gas form vapors at a higher risk of igniting pilot lights.
Also, avoid keeping it in a truck bed with plastic liners due to the higher possibility of ignition and spark.
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How to safely use and store the gasoline of my lawnmower?
Some tips you can follow for transporting and storing gas for use in your lawnmower.
- After purchasing the fuel container, remove it carefully from the vehicle and keep it in the ground before you begin refilling.
- Transport the gas in the ventilated area of a vehicle and not in a trunk or any other closed space.
- Never keep the gas containers in any vehicle or a living place.
- Avoid inhaling the vapor directly.
- Slowly fill the containers to prevent the formation of static electricity.
- Avoid keeping the gas containers near flames, heaters, pilot lights, stoves, gas burners, electric motors, or any other ignition source. A flame or a spark can ignite the vapor, so keeping the gas containers away from the heating sources is important.
- Make sure not to smoke near the gas container.
- If there is a gas shortage while running the lawn mower, bring the machine to a shadier place and wait for it to cool down for a minimum of 15 minutes. Refuel the machine only when it is cooled completely.
- Buy lawnmower gas cans made of approved metal material.
- Avoid overfilling the container.
- Close the container’s cap tightly during transportation to prevent spilling.
- Select a well-ventilated place for storing gas containers.
- Keep the container lead closed.
- Never let your children or pet go near the gas container.
- If by any chance you have swallowed the gasoline, call a doctor as soon as possible.
Do all types of lawnmowers need gas to run?
No, all lawnmowers don’t need gas to run. There are electrical lawnmowers that are Battery powered, and they need to get charged and don’t need any kind of fuel.
How frequently should I fill my lawnmower fuel tank?
The lawnmower mower tank needs to get fueled every season or after 50 to 100 hours of running.
Reference: Lawn Mower Technology, Lawn Mower Safety, Lawn Mowing, Lawn Care, Mowing your lawn.