I broke down and bought a 4-cycle engine for the weed eater hoping that will help.
I live in the area that requires reformulated fuel, no non-ethanol gasoline available.
What I would do if I were you is to use what you have, but make doggone sure that you run-out whatever is left in the machine before you put it up for the season. Run it until it is bone dry.... Don’t let that fuel set in there for any length of time.
“I broke down and bought a 4-cycle engine for the weed eater hoping that will help.”
Trust me. It will kill 4-cycles too.
See if you can buy non ethanol fuel at the local airport.
Go to your local airport or marina. That’s where you can purchase non-E gasoline. Or try these:
TruFuel, in three varieties, is sold at Home Depot, Lowe’s, Walmart and other retailers. The two-cycle 50:1 gas/oil mix costs $5.48 a quart at Home Depot and Lowe’s, which also sells the 40:1 mixture online.
At Sears, ethanol-free fuels in four-and two-cycle varieties are sold online and in stores. (Kmart also carries these products, all of which are made by TruSouth, maker of TruFuel.) The “pure” Craftsman gas costs $6.99 a quart, though you can lower that price to $5.81 a quart by buying a six-pack (the brand is Arnold, a division of outdoor-gear manufacturer MTD), sold by Wholesale Tools from the same website. Both the 50:1 two-cycle gas/oil mixture and the 40:1 two-cycle mixture cost $5.49 a quart.
VP Racing Fuels sells SEF (Small Engine Fuel) in all three varieties through distributors, relatively small retailers, and the company’s website. Unlike the TruSouth product, which is 92-octane, SEF is 94. All three varieties are sold by the six-pack for $43.95, which comes out to about $7.33 per quart.
I’ve used TruFuel, but I sure hate paying $25/gallon for plain old pre-mixed gas/oil.
You might have to go to the airport for gas.100 octane low lead.