The quality of fuel plays a major role in how well your Poulan Pro leaf blower performs. Knowing how to choose fuel and care for it will minimize problems that develop from using the wrong gas or old gas.
Poulan Pro leaf blowers use gasoline and 2-cycle engine oil mixed at a ratio of 40:1. 40 parts unleaded gasoline with a minimum 87 octane rating and maximum 10% ethanol is mixed with 1 part premium 2-cycle engine oil.
Always refuel away from combustible products in a well-ventilated area. Wait for the engine to cool before removing the fuel cap and adding fuel.
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Old Gas in a Poulan Pro Leaf Blower
You may not realize gas can begin breaking down and becoming less effective as soon as 30 days after purchase. This can have negative effects on your Poulan Pro causing it to lose power, die, run sluggishly, or not start.
Effects of Ethanol
You will find ethanol used in most gasoline. This is an alternative fuel that is added to gas to make it a little environmentally friendly.
Ethanol may be better than gas for the environment but it is not good for the small engine on a Poulan Pro leaf blower.
Ethanol naturally attracts moisture to the fuel system. The water and ethanol mixture leaves behind a varnish that coats the fuel system causing fuel restrictions and component failure.
This mixture will also separate from gas with time.
Consume Fresh Fuel & Use a Fuel Stabilizer
Because gas breaks down so quickly, it’s best to consume gas within 30 days. Use a fuel additive to stabilize it.
Note: Some 2-cycle oils include a fuel stabilizer. Don’t assume the stabilizer will last longer than 30 days unless the information is provided by the manufacturer. Some stabilizers will last up to 30 days while others can last up to two years.
Sea Foam Motor Treatment is a petroleum-based product that is safe to be used in a small engine. This is a great product when looking for an additive that will make gas stable, reduce moisture, and clean the fuel system.
Gas and Oil Mix to Use
NEVER place straight gas in the fuel tank. Gas runs extremely dry and will cause the engine to seize. The effects of running straight gas will often result in having to purchase a new replacement Poulan Pro leaf blower.
A Poulan Pro 2-cycle leaf blower requires gas to be mixed with oil at a ratio of 40:1 to provide lubrication to the engine. You will find one fill port for this mixture.
Use unleaded gasoline with a minimum 87 octane rating (mid-grade) and a maximum 10% ethanol content. Add a 2-cycle premium oil that is ISO-L-EGD and JASO M345 FD certified.
How to Mix Gas and Oil
- Use the chart below to determine how much fuel mix to prepare.
- Remove the cap from an approved gas can. Add unleaded fuel (minimum 89 octane rating & maximum 10% ethanol content) to a gas can.
- Using the chart for ounces of oil required, add the 2-cycle oil to the gas can.
- Replace the cap.
- Gently shake the fuel and oil until they are mixed.
- Add to your Poulan Pro leaf fuel tank.
2-Cycle Gas to Oil Mix Ratio for Poulan Pro Leaf Blowers
|Gas to Oil Mix
Using Ethanol-Free Fuel is Best
To avoid the negative effects caused by using an ethanol-based fuel, it’s best to use an ethanol-free fuel in a Poulan Pro blower. This is the more costly option for fueling your blower.