Increasing amounts of ethanol blended in fuel is "a huge problem" for the small engines of outdoor power equipment, says Kris Kiser, president and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute. And the expected broader availability of ethanol gasoline could lead customers to use it for their lawn equipment, damaging the machines' plastic parts, valves and gas caps, Kiser said. "It's automatically assumed that what's in a gasoline pump is safe," he added.

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