The professional's choice16 May 2011
Neste Oil’s small-engine gasoline is an excellent, safe choice for lawnmowers, chainsaws, and small outboards.
Oil’s small-engine gasoline is a better alternative for small engines
that run at high and hot operating speeds than regular 95 E10 gasoline,
for example. In addition to being more pleasant to use, it also offers
excellent performance. Anyone trying it for the first time normally
switches to it permanently.
As chainsaws, lawnmowers, and many
other small engines are operated close to the user, low emissions are a
major factor. Lower emissions also mean than people’s clothes will not
pick up that familiar ‘gasoline smell’ they tend to do with regular
Product Specialist Tuomas Kuivamäki of Husqvarna, which
produces and markets a range of small gasoline-powered machines,
recommends that users switch to fuel specially formulated for their
“There are a lot of advantages in switching. Because of
its low level of evaporation, small-engine gasoline has a much longer
shelf life than regular gasoline,” he says. “Its composition also means
that there is less coke build-up in engines and engines tend to last
longer as well.”
The doubters might say that that, while this is
great, small-engine gasoline is more expensive. The amount of fuel used
by these engines is so small, though, says Kuivamäki, that price is not
really an issue. When an engine performs better, it is also likely to
have a longer life.
“Small-engine gasolines were launched around
10 years ago, but they’ve only really begun to become more popular
recently. There’s certainly a market for them, as nearly every household
has something that’s powered by a small combustion engine.”
Available in new-style canisters and on a couple of forecourts
small-engine gasoline can be found at most Neste Oil service stations
in Finland. Its new-style packaging features green canisters for
four-stroke fuel and orange ones for two-stroke fuel. These are
available in 5-liter (4T and 2T) and 10-liter sizes at Neste Oil
stations, K-rauta hardware stores, and distributors.
Four-stroke small-engine gasoline can be used with all four-stroke engines, which makes it an easy choice.
is also available from forecourt pumps at two Neste Oil service
stations, in Helsinki and Porvoo. Fuel bought here is cheaper, at around
€2/l, than that sold in prepacked form.
Text by Matti Valli
Translated by Peter Herring