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LawnBoy89
10-05-2005, 07:28 AM
Hey guys just wondering real quick if anyone knows where I can buy a gallon jug or something like that of 2 cycle oil instead of buying the little small ones. If there is no such thing where and how do you guys get your oil. I see most around here buy the pack of shindiawa pro but they also run shindiawa.

Thanks.

Howard Roark
10-05-2005, 08:04 AM
Call Travis at Waco Landscape supply, he'll hook you up with whatever you need. Click the LANDSCAPE SUPPLY banner up top.

proenterprises
10-05-2005, 08:22 AM
You can purchase them in quantity, but wouldnt it be easier to run smaller, premeasured bottles?

Richard Martin
10-05-2005, 08:43 AM
I agree, you can buy almost all of the brand name oils in quantity. Just ask where you have been buying the small bottles.

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO USE THE OIL THAT CAME WITH THE MACHINE. YOU CAN USE ANY OIL YOU WANT AS LONG AS IT MEETS THE MACHINE MANUFACTURER'S SPECS.

dmc456
10-05-2005, 09:40 AM
Get 2-cycle oil from autozone.

They have an 8 oz ($1.50) or quart size bottles. I get the ~8 oz size and mix with 5 gallons of gas. I have used it in my blowers, trimmers, edgers, and even the mower when I run out for the last 2 years.

I normally keep the 2-cyclce and mix in a 5-6 gal can and then dump into a smaller can (1 gal) to use for filling trimmers. Its a pain to fill with a large cans when your only dumping 6-10 oz of fuel.

Hope this helps.

Texas Mower Parts
10-05-2005, 10:03 AM
We have the Oregon, JASO FC and ISO-L-EGD approved, 1 gal jugs for $12.84 ea. Mixes to 50 gallons.

128Steve
10-05-2005, 10:45 AM
Would not 8 ounces per 5 gallons be a 80-1 ratio?

Or did you mean by the quart (16) ounces; which would be 40-1?

It is a pain to add gas to trimmers (etc) from a large container!

grass_cuttin_fool
10-05-2005, 12:13 PM
2.6 oz should make 1 gallon of mix
6.4 oz should make 2.5 gallons of mix
13 oz should make 5 gallons of mix
32oz (qt) should make 12.5 gallons of mix
these are for 50:1 ratio's

LawnBoy89
10-05-2005, 02:59 PM
Sounds good I'll go see what is at auto zone and if they don't have what I need I'll use landscapesupplyonline. Thanks alot guys.

Roger
10-05-2005, 06:41 PM
If you prefer synthetic, opti-2 2 cycle oil, here is a link for a 1 gallon bottle:

http://www.andale.com/stores/sf_itemHome.jsp?lid=45570211&cid=6155891&mode=1

The supplier: Jagor Equipment

Lawn Masters
10-05-2005, 06:49 PM
I know of a website that sells 2 stroke oil in 5 gallon buckets. baileys, which is www.baileys-online.com will have the big 5 gal buckets of oil for sale.

ed2hess
10-05-2005, 06:53 PM
So why not just use Echo in one gal?

Tvov
10-05-2005, 07:20 PM
Good old Walmart carries 1-gal jugs.

Jason Rose
10-05-2005, 07:46 PM
Why do you want to measure to mix??? Uggg, what a PITA! I use OPTI-2. YOu can buy it in 1 gal. pouches, 2.5 gal pouches. A quart bottle with a squeeze measure, gallon bottles, 5 gal. pail. Hell I think I saw a 30 gallon drum in a catalog once!

One Mix goes in EVERYTHING 2 cycle.

Personally I use the 2.5 gallon pouches. I bought a case of them (like the store display) saved 50% off the cost of buying them one at a time at the dealer. Never have to worry about getting the measurement just right, never have to worry about having something to measure with! Grab a pack, use teeth to start a tear in the top, finish tearing with fingers, squeeze it into can, and then fill with fuel!

dmc456
10-05-2005, 08:07 PM
Would not 8 ounces per 5 gallons be a 80-1 ratio?

Or did you mean by the quart (16) ounces; which would be 40-1?

It is a pain to add gas to trimmers (etc) from a large container!


Yes, I looked today and they are 16oz which we put in 5 gal containers. We don't use all 16oz. It is a pain to work with 5 gal containers so we then dump it into 1.5 gal conainers.

LawnBoy89
10-05-2005, 08:54 PM
I went to walmart but all I could find was that outboard 2 cycle oil stuff, I didn't know if I could use it or not...

Keith
10-05-2005, 10:52 PM
I went to walmart but all I could find was that outboard 2 cycle oil stuff, I didn't know if I could use it or not...


Good call not buying the outboard stuff.

As far as the big containers go, maybe buy yourself a pint of the Tanaka oil with that cool measuring bottle, use it up, then buy a gallon jug of your favorite product and put it in the Tanaka bottle to dispense it. I could save money by doing it this way. But for now I am just buying cases of 2 1/2 gallon mix Redmax oil. I paid 45 bucks for a case the last time out, no real deal there, but that is still almost 2.4 gallons of oil in that case. And boy are they easy to mix :D I used Amsoil for 10 years, and I managed to have a couple quart bottles split and leak into the backseat of the truck in the past 6 months. As heavy as I had been mixing it, it was no more expensive to go back to the little bottles.

Tvov
10-06-2005, 12:06 AM
I bought a case of them (like the store display) saved 50% off the cost of buying them one at a time at the dealer.

In that case they might be worth it. I did the math a while ago with onemix, and it would have cost me more than double vs using quarts/gallons of regular mixing oil. I don't get fancy with measurements, I just use the marks on the side of the quarts when I pour it into 1 gallon cans. I use roughly 50:1 for all my 2-stroke engines.

At my shop, all 1 gallon cans are mixed gas. Any bigger cans are straight gas. Employees are to add oil to 1gal can FIRST, then straight gas. 1gal cans are never to have just straight gas in them, even for a minute. Using this rule, I have never had a problem with confusing what fuel is in what.

schumany
10-06-2005, 12:28 AM
Hey Guys,

One gallon of Echo Synthetic Blend (makes 100 gallons) goes for only $15.00. It's a real no-brainer. It takes me all of thirty seconds to measure the oil and put it in the can. This is great deal!

micah79
10-06-2005, 01:23 AM
Outboard oil is not intended for air cooled equipment.

I use Opti-2 and buy it by the quart and gallon. The quart is nice because you can use it to measure 1 or 2 gallons worth of oil. I then refill the quart with a gallon. I run 100:1 opti-2 in anything. Even in old Toro s-20 snowblowers that call for 32:1. It is awesome oil and has very little fumes. It also frees up power, and doesn't foul up plugs. They look nice after a whole year of use.

I buy from Jagor Equipment online and have had good success from them.

Big Wes
10-06-2005, 03:44 PM
I use opti-2 and found that i have less repairs on my 2-cycle equipment. I highly recomend it. :D

tntlr
10-09-2005, 10:25 PM
To make measuring easy I use tip-n-measure bottles that I got at Lesco.
We have a Lesco service center here, but if you don't you can search:
'BOTTLE TIP-N-MEASURE' on the Lesco site.
There's a 1Qt, 1/2Gal, & 1Gal bottle to choose from.

As far as 2-cycle oil, I've just started using Amsoil Sabre Professional.
It mixes 100:1, so don't be too shocked by the upfront cost.
I don't know if it's the oil or the cooler weather lately, but my 10yr old RedMax 2300 seems to have gotten a second wind.
I used to use LawnBoy oil.

I mix into a 2 1/2 Gal gas container that I added about a foot of clear tubing to the spout.
It's just right for handling, but not so small that a blower fill-up empties it.

JKOOPERS
10-09-2005, 11:43 PM
i buy opti 2 in a gallon with a pump dispenser . 2 pumps for every gallon cant go wrong. none of my 2 cycle equipment smokes at all

Roger
10-10-2005, 06:05 AM
jkoopers - where did you get the pump dispenser? I buy opti-2 in 1 gal bottles from Jagor, but have not seen any dispenser.

walker-talker
10-10-2005, 09:33 AM
I use the Opti-2 here also. I buy it by the quart (I think) and it sells for around $10. It has the measuring cup built in on the side.....just squeeze and dump into fuel container. I am still part-time and only go through one quart a season. Once business pick up I will probably buy it by the gallon, but keep my quart dispenser for measuring and carrying in the truck.

EXspyguy
10-10-2005, 12:43 PM
I get a gallon of echo oil for 13.50. mix 50 gals.

LawnBoy89
10-10-2005, 01:35 PM
How much is the gallon of opti-2?

Roger
10-10-2005, 08:48 PM
Here is one source for opti-2, the only one I know about. I never have found opti-2 at any dealer in this area. Anybody know of a less expensive supplier? This is Jagor Equipment (Long Island, NY, I think?).

http://www.andale.com/stores/sf_itemHome.jsp?lid=32877693&cid=6155891&mode=1