Clean, dry fuel for engines big and small

Like oil and water, gas and water don't mix at least they shouldn't. To keep your engines running smoothly and efficiently, use one of these new products to ensure fresh fuel and to keep water out of fuel and fuel lines.

Amsoil claims its new Dahl Fuel Filter/Water Separator removes almost 100% of water and solid contaminants from fuel before it reaches the fuel pump or injection system. As fuel flows through the dual-chamber, three-stage filter/separator, most of the solid contaminants and water settle into the filter's bowl. The filter element then filters the fuel completely, and clean fuel continues up to the pump and injection system. The filter/separator system can be used in a variety of diesel systems. Suggested retail price: $208 for tractor filter ADF10. Contact Amsoil Inc., Dept. FIN, 925 Tower Ave., Superior, WI 54880, 715/392-7101 or circle 191.

Pour in protection with Gold Eagle's new all-season Water Remover for year-round condensation protection.

The remover absorbs five times more water than does conventional gas line antifreeze, according to the company. It contains no corrosive alcohol and is safe for use with unleaded and leaded fuels, catalytic converters, oxygen sensors and fuel injectors. Price: $1.50. Contact Gold Eagle Co., Dept. FIN, 4400 S. Kildare, Chicago, IL 60632, 800/621-1251, www.goldeagle. com or circle 190.

Tecumseh claims that its dry, granular gasoline additive keeps fuel fresh even if it has been sitting in the tank for a year. Gas becomes stagnant in about 30 days and can lead to internal engine damage. The Ultra-Fresh stabilizer slows the stagnation process and prevents gum and varnish from forming in the fuel system, according to its maker.

Because the granular additive is nontoxic and will not combust, it can be stored. It can be used on any two- and four-cycle gas engines around the farm. Price: $15 to treat up to 96 gal. Contact Tecumseh Products Co., Dept. FIN, 900 North St., Grafton, WI 53024, 262/377-2700 or circle 189.

Removing water in fuel lines, 101

There are three ways to remove water from fuel:

Absorption of water from fuel takes place when the media within a filter absorbs the fuel passing through it. This method will absorb free water (condensation or dissolved water in your fuel) and other contaminants. Filters are fairly ineffective in removing emulsified water (water left in the fuel after absorption).

Coalescing uses gravity and slows flow rates to let water droplets drop out of your fuel and collect at the bottom of the fuel filter. A coalescing method of water removal is a fuel filter/water separator. It removes free and emulsified water.

Stripping uses a silicone-treated medium in the filter that limits the flow of water through it, while allowing free fuel to flow through the filter and on to the injectors. Water is stripped out of the fuel filter, drops down the dirty side of the silicone medium and gathers in the bottom of the fuel separator. Stripping removes free and emulsified water. Baldwin Filter Tech Tips

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Industrial-style deicer

Reilly Freeze Fighter liquid anti-ice agent prevents ice from forming on pavement, decks, stairs and walkways. The active ingredients lower the freezing point of water to -10, according to the manufacturer. It claims that the agent is 70% less corrosive than salt and will not damage concrete, plants, trees, shrubs or animals when used as directed. A kit comes with a 1-gal. jug of product with a pressurized sprayer and costs $22. One-gallon refills cost $9. Contact Reilly Industries, Dept. FIN, 625 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60611, 800/777-3536, www.freezefighter.com or circle 188.