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Metal gas can replacement Filler spouts

Posted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:25 pm
by wb6twl
While shopping at Walmart for a replacement filler spout for my Midwest metal gas cans, I discovered that, apparently, The Plastics Groups, Inc. (http://www.theplasticsgroup.net) manufactures the Midwest 5 gal metal gas can (http://theplasticsgroup.net/fuel_containers_us.php) like the one that Larry at Dirty Parts (http://www.dirtyparts.com) sells, and it is marketed by various companies under several brand names including Hopkins, Briggs, Stratton, WEDCO and Midwest. These various companies, except Midwest, even use the same part/model number that http://www.theplasticsgroup.net lists on their website.

Sears.com even sells the same can (with the same model number) under the brand names of Hopkins, Briggs and Stratton and WEDCO for 4 different prices ranging from $55.00 to $120.00! All on the same Sears.com website.

Larry sells them for $49.95 and usually has them in stock if I remember correctly.

Now on to the replacement filler spouts. If you are out and about and find yourself in need of a replacement spout in a hurry, go to Walmart and in the automotive section where they sell the Briggs and Stratton plastic gas cans, you may find this:
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It sells for about $7.00 and it fits the Midwest can perfectly. Apparently, it's the same one that is used on the B&S plastic and metal cans. You can never have enough spare parts.
Remember, "Two is one and One is none"

Re: Metal gas can replacement Filler spouts

Posted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:32 pm
by wb6twl
It looks like The Plastics Group also makes the Roto-Pax fuel containers. Or at least it appears that way to me. Check out the pics:

The Plastics Group: http://theplasticsgroup.net/fuel-systems.php


Roto-Pax: http://www.rotopax.com/


Sure looks like the same containers to me.

Just sayin'

Re: Metal gas can replacement Filler spouts

Posted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 10:05 pm
by cruiserlarry
Check before you buy - The filler spouts made for Briggs and Stratton, and some of the other filler spouts, are not designed for automotive use, but for lawnmower / machinery use. Those fuel spouts are not always long enough to work in many unleaded fuel automotive fuel filler necks...

Re: Metal gas can replacement Filler spouts

Posted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 6:05 pm
by wb6twl
I checked today and the spouts for B&S are about the same length as the ones that came with the Midwest can. They have a different way of operating but the Midwest and B&S are both CARB compliant spouts which means they're a pain in the ass. Oh well.

Thanks for the heads up, Larry.

Re: Metal gas can replacement Filler spouts

Posted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 7:10 pm
by cruiserlarry
wb6twl wrote:I checked today and the spouts for B&S are about the same length as the ones that came with the Midwest can. They have a different way of operating but the Midwest and B&S are both CARB compliant spouts which means they're a pain in the ass. Oh well.

Thanks for the heads up, Larry.
Yeah, it's still confusing to me how a spout that vents for 5 sec into the atmosphere emits more hydrocarbons than the half gallon of fuel that gets spilled using those ridiculous CARB-compliant spouts...

Just for the record, being CARB-compliant does not refer to being suited for automotive use (just means it meets emissions standards for general use) - those spouts were originally designed for farm equipment and lawnmowers, and that's why they may not reach to hit the flap on some auto fuel filler hoses, causing such a mess...

Re: Metal gas can replacement Filler spouts

Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 6:39 pm
by wb6twl
I agree Larry. Just opening the cap of the jerry can will allow offgassing of fumes. I certainly wouldn't travel without a sealed cap on the cans since leaving a spout attached would be inviting catastrophe.