Here is another video from the AMSOIL Information Series. This one touches on the basic maintenance of small engines that are common to most yards.

If there is one common theme regarding the upkeep of small engines it is fuel, fuel, fuel! We all know that the average lawn mower may not receive regular oil changes and the owner may not be able to find the air filter on a bet. But if there is one likely reason for that mower to end up in the shop, it is stale fuel. Stale fuel causes fuel system deposits and these deposits are the reason that your mower ran just fine when you put it away in the fall and won’t start in the spring.

As mentioned in the video, here are two products that will prevent stale fuel and keep your small engines running like a champ.

AMSOIL Quickshot Small Engine/Powersport Fuel Treatment
A multifaceted product that offers “in-season” fuel stabilization and also neutralizes the harmful effects of dirty fuel and moisture contamination. Quickshot also cleans carbs, plugs and intake valves. Just a small splash per tank optimizes performance and offers inexpensive insurance against a myriad of fuel problems.

AMSOIL Gasoline Stabilizer
The ultimate for long-term storage of any gasoline engine. Some small engine owners simply add this product to every tank throughout the season. Remember that fuel has already started to degrade after 30 days, so add stabilizer when the fuel is relatively fresh.

Other products for small engine applications:

AMSOIL Saber Professional Synthetic 2-Cycle Oil
One pre-mix for all of your two-stroke engines. Can safely be used in  mix ratios up to 100:1. We mix one batch at 60:1 for our two-cycle mower, trimmer and leaf blower.  The recommended mix ratios for these units is 32:1 up to 50:1. The 60:1 rate is actually quite conservative and we have successfully operated this way for the last 12 seasons. Saber Pro delivers low-smoke operation and the utmost in film strength and wear protection.

AMSOIL Formula 4-Stroke Synthetic Small Engine Oil
Suitable for virtually any 4-cycle small engine requiring a 10W-30 or SAE 30. Protects under severe operating conditions and is capable of withstanding long service intervals.

AMSOIL MP Metal Protector
A multipurpose synthetic spray lube that is suitable as a lightweight lubricant on pivots and control cables. MP creates an invisible barrier against rust on tiller tines, mower blades, mower decks and much, much more. Also penetrates rust on seized fasteners.