NAPA POWER EQUIPMENT
Landscape & Gardening
Knowing Your Fuel!
The most common thing we hear when customers call or come in is “It was working when I put it away,” for different amounts of time, either “a couple of weeks” or “last season.”* This is almost always due to old fuel with water built up in it.
At the pump, California fuel has Ethanol in it, Ethanol absorbs water right out of the air, even on a warm sunny day it’s attracting water!! That means your gas can, lawnmower, chainsaw, etc. has water building up in it.
*Additives do NOT address the ethanol problem.
- TIP: If you are using more than 1 gallon of gas per month, only purchase and use only what you need. Fuel sitting even for a few weeks ends up with water.
- TIP: If you use LESS than 1 gallon of gas per month on whatever equipment you have, buy a good quality NON-Ethanol canned fuel, they make it for 2 or 4 stroke.
Keeping fresh fuel or Non-Ethanol fuel in your units will save you a lot on repair costs and ensure your equipment runs at optimum power. Sometimes just flushing out the old fuel and putting in some VP fuel does the trick and it starts right up, if it has sat too long the carburetor will have corrosion and will need repair or replacement.
*California has Blender pumps, which means 3 choices of fuel, 1 nozzle. The first 4 or 5 gallons is whatever choice the last person got. This leads to problems.
Tip* put the first 5 gallons in your vehicle, then fill your gas can.
Always check it! If you take a small flashlight and look into the gas tank, it will be cloudy, or you will see the water separate from the fuel. If you mix oil in your gas for your equipment, make sure you mix it properly, engines that don’t have the oil it needs will run too hot and destroy the inner workings.
We carry and suggest VP non-ethanol fuel, unopened is good for 5 years, once it’s opened it’s good for 2 years. Contact us or stop by the store for more information.
We understand everyone has many questions about the new bill, C.A.R.B (California Air Resource Board), is working on and has till July 1st, 2022 to come up with a feasible way to implement the bill with dates of ban sales of new equipment. This does NOT mean you can not own, use or repair your equipment. Not all equipment will be part of the ban, also there is 30 million dollars being offered by the State of California to help commercial landscapers with the changeover process.
We will continue to update you as things progress.
The Napa Power Difference
Our business has certainly grown from just a small shop and repair service to working with different organizations and businesses throughout the Napa Valley.
From legendary chainsaws and dependable trimmers to powerful blowers, hardworking hedge trimmers and more, our products are designed for reliability.
Service & Repairs
We offer sales & service of many kinds of gas-powered or battery operated handheld equipment. We also carry safety gear and apparel, equipment for homeowners, commercial landscape & gardening, viticulture, arborists, fire prevention, and junior gardeners in our store.