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EdWoods

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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 10:13:04 PM

Am I the only guy here who flat out hates the newer style "Spill Proof" gas cans??? The spout on those things was designed by a complete idiot. I guess they call it spill proof because you can't get anything to come out of it........
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MIT05
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 4:50:32 AM

Have not seen.
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Buddy2264
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 11:36:51 PM

Well I have both and like the old ones better and never spilled any fuel with them either.
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PDN57
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 11:03:26 PM

Yes I have one as soon as I got it I threw it away it was totally useless I kept my old one. Works so much better
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BartandLisa
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 5:32:48 PM

I have 2 of the old syle plastic cans from about 20 years ago
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RNF
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2012 6:42:15 AM

Expensive!
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eyegotgas2
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2012 10:27:54 PM

If they are the ones with the air feed in the nozzle they are the stupidest invention ever.
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OilerFan
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2012 9:11:37 PM

I've not seen a spill-proof can. I'd just like to get one that didn't weigh so much, but I don't think they can solve that problem.
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13Octane
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2012 7:52:07 PM

havent seen them yet
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ber5
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2012 7:05:37 PM

Have to check them out...
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Titanic1985
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2012 7:01:59 PM

Six days ago I posted the price to be "almost $15 for a five dollar can". Yesterday I check on it at WM and it was almost $16. Same junk for more money. The conversion spouts were also more money than I reported by around $3.00.
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cifuentesab
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2012 2:12:56 AM

pointless
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wshokie12
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2012 1:38:14 AM

Haven't used one.
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EvPv
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2012 2:59:49 PM

they are pointless. More oil was used building new plastic cans and replacement spouts that is lost in spills from the old ones. PLUS I take the entire cap off. How in the hell do you fill a chain saw with one of those. Put pressure on it to open the spigot and the saw moves.
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bearscharger
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2012 1:38:48 PM

i hate them never can get them to work right
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EdPG
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2012 12:10:56 PM

I don't like them. Give me the old G.I. Metal fuel cans. I filled many Jeeps {M-38 & M-141} 3/4 ton & 2 1/2 ton Truck with them.
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Titanic1985
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2012 10:15:23 AM

Good Morning Ed Woods. I too have had problems with the "Spill Proof" gas cans. My Cub Cadet 22 HP lawn tractor has a large fuel tank with the filler at the top of the tank. It is nearly impossible to engage the safety, put 40 pounds of gas (e.g. 8 lbs per gallon) on one leg and hold the fuel flow level and wait forever to fill up the Cub while standing on one leg. In addition, the original can came with a flexible tube which dropped into the Cub's tank (I got it out with a coat hanger wire). If you thumb slips off the trigger, you have to lower it to the ground and re-engage the safety lever, lift it up and start all over. I, like another GB, have the older nozzles and swap them around now.

Another item is cost, now almost $15 for a 5 gallon plastic can. The strangest part of this is that they still sell the "old" style nozzles for around $4.00, but not the old-style can with the nozzle. You pay a premium price for the "Spill Proof" can and have to spend more to get a nozzle which works properly.

This is no small issue for me as I maintain ten acres and use over fifty gallons of fuel per year. The work is difficult enough without the annoyance of an ill conceived spout. You brought up a good subject, EdWoods :-). Take Care. MGY
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OceanArcher
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2012 10:03:56 AM

I've not had to cope with them as yet (thank goodness)
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thirty8paces
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2012 9:30:05 AM

No good.
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GopherGuy88
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2012 9:22:46 AM

they don't work well at all!!
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DerTaubman
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2012 9:21:16 AM

I've seen them in the store with paper tags on them with messages from, doctors, paramedics, parents.. etc, talking about burn victims they dealt with.
I guess the spill proof cans are to help prevent more such tragedies.
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bmsgolf
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2012 8:43:04 AM

I agree. I hate them.
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ZZZoop
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2012 8:42:44 AM

>>Now I know that a lot of folks here are smart enough avoid that situation but some people are less experienced and the reality is that with something as dangerous as gasoline, spills must be avoided and the small inconvenience the new cans present is a not much of a price to pay for added safety.<<

Then let consumers make that choice. In this case, the government has removed that choice with little supporting data of the cost vs. benefit.
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2012 7:44:35 AM

You can thank OSHA and the EPA for over protecting us from ourselves.
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medic6133
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2012 7:22:59 AM

I only use gas cans at work, and they're the drum type for diesel.
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valby
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2012 7:22:55 AM

They are terrible. Solution is to not use the spout. Remove spout and use a transmission funnel in tank.
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RadarIN
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2012 7:08:18 AM

not used one
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2Tall
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2012 7:02:00 AM

Haven't used one
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Alien6500
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 9:11:26 AM

not seen them
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OilerFan
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 8:10:08 AM

Haven't seen one yet but I'll hold on to my old ones as long as I can.
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twt
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 8:02:01 AM

Haven't used one.
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bluenvoy
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 7:51:11 AM

Haven't used one. Mine must not be new enough.
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BUSSY
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 7:29:05 AM

I do not use gas cans.
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HeavyDuty_cache
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 6:40:29 PM

I use a couple of metal cans that I found at the local farm supply store.

The one plastic can I have has been modified.
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Houckster
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 6:37:01 PM

EDWOODS writes: My question was regarding if anyone else felt the same way that I do about the poor design and the idiots that forced these things on the American Public......
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This comment is more than a bit silly. Nobody goes out and designs something just to make it difficult for someone else to do something and to automatically conclude that that the people who designed the new gas dispensers are idiots is simply unfair. A little understanding would go a long way towards making the world a better place.

Why are spill-proof gas cans better?

These new containers have an automatic shut off feature to prevent overfilling and they automatically seal when not dispensing fuel. Plus, they’re made of a material that prevents gas vapors from escaping. In short, the new gas cans reduce harmful evaporative emissions by up to 75%. [Source: EPA)

While the new nozzles require a bit more dexterity to operate, if a spill is occurring, the fuel flow can be stopped more quickly. Now I know that a lot of folks here are smart enough avoid that situation but some people are less experienced and the reality is that with something as dangerous as gasoline, spills must be avoided and the small inconvenience the new cans present is a not much of a price to pay for added safety. And the less gasoline chemicals in the air, the less smog we will have.

I've been using the new cans for several years now and I wouldn't go back to the old cans unless I had no choice.

[Edited by: Houckster at 10/26/2012 6:41:50 PM EST]
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PatAZ
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 12:53:42 PM

Don't have any.
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MarijkeCA
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 12:34:33 PM

Bummer! Haven't had to use them!
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dangasman
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 12:32:58 PM

ha ha. how about the new higher price? they r CHILD proof.
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WES03
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 8:00:12 AM

Same issue for me. I take the cap off and use a siphon.
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MIT05
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 7:39:05 AM

Same style I wish they would improve.
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RNF
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 6:35:27 AM

Price is quite a bit higher.
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pathygen95
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 4:06:43 PM

are those the ones with a spring loaded nozzle?
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PithyOpiner
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 2:45:24 PM

Looks like you are the only one, Ed.
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EdWoods
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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2012 9:49:07 PM

To Answer a few posters....... Yes, I know how to use these stupid cans, that wasn't the point. My question was regarding if anyone else felt the same way that I do about the poor design and the idiots that forced these things on the American Public.......
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twt
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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2012 5:40:56 AM

I'm still using my old one. Haven't seen the new ones.
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davisadm
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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2012 2:32:04 AM

Yes the new cans work. But it takes forever to fill anything because the flow rate is so ridiculously slow. I have several of the new cans. I take a big screwdriver, or small pipe, and ram it thru the nozzle, and remove the stupid restriction. Then it works like the good old cans, and I don't have to wait, and wait, and wait.
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ZZZoop
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Message Posted: Oct 8, 2012 7:08:40 PM

>>Actually they work great.<<

Actually, they don't. Another government-mandated solution in search of a problem.

>>You must not know how to use it properly.<<

Recognizing a poor design does not equate to lack of operating proficiency.
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jrferrari
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Message Posted: Oct 8, 2012 10:12:59 AM

I haven't seen them yet.
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joeym1044
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Message Posted: Oct 8, 2012 10:08:01 AM

I don't mind them.
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GasTruth
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Message Posted: Oct 8, 2012 10:04:59 AM

Actually they work great. You must not know how to use it properly. Move the button and then hold down the lever. If you let go of the lever you start from the beginning. My seven year old help me last week topping off the lawn mower. She had no problem with it.
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bluenvoy
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Message Posted: Oct 8, 2012 9:09:53 AM

Well if it is plastic. Cut the opening out.
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