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DA Quality Lawn & YS
03-27-2009, 07:33 PM
Does anyone know offhand...
Can you run Opti-2 synthetic in Stihl handhelds, like the KM90 and the like?
I know I can look myself, just am shooting off this question off the top of my head.

sandman23
03-27-2009, 07:39 PM
I run it in mine. No problems.

topsites
03-27-2009, 07:43 PM
Soon as I run out of my Stihl mix bottles I have a gallon of that stuff already
in stock, waiting to go, but I did order the special pump that pre-measures the
amount that comes out per squirt.

Stupid little hand pump wasn't cheap, but I can't see doing without.
Even with that and the shipping thou, it appears a ways cheaper to run Opti-2.

DA Quality Lawn & YS
03-28-2009, 12:37 AM
Thanks for the vote of confidence guys...I will plan to use Opti-2 then.
I buy it in the pouches and just have a bunch on hand to shoot in my 1 gal mix tank.

Richard Martin
03-28-2009, 06:58 AM
Can you run Opti-2 synthetic in Stihl handhelds, like the KM90 and the like?


Opti-2 is not and never has been a synthetic oil.

K/B
03-28-2009, 09:14 AM
Opti-2 is not and never has been a synthetic oil.

That's right. But it's excellent oil, nonetheless. And you can run it in anything.

kaferhaus
03-28-2009, 09:23 AM
Just make sure your sthil is out of warranty. The warranty terms specify you use synthetic oil.

Also you'll get more carbon build up with any petro oil.

MONTE
03-28-2009, 09:26 AM
Isnt Opti-2 advertised as a third generation oil?

djagusch
03-28-2009, 10:14 AM
All I know about Opti-2 is that I have been using it in all my hand helds and snow blowers for 2.5 years and haven't needed to replace a plug or clean a exhaust port. Runs great, pouches are easy/clean to use, and the exhaust doesn't smell. I don't care if it's synthetic or dino it works great.

vinny69
03-28-2009, 10:35 AM
Just make sure your sthil is out of warranty. The warranty terms specify you use synthetic oil.

Also you'll get more carbon build up with any petro oil.

will not void warranty

kaferhaus
03-28-2009, 11:05 AM
will not void warranty

Wanna bet? You better check with Stihl as they've denied warranty claims on hundreds of claims for improper lubricant and improper mix ratio.

vinny69
03-28-2009, 11:46 AM
thats funny cause thats what my dealer uses at there shop

kaferhaus
03-28-2009, 07:02 PM
thats funny cause thats what my dealer uses at there shop

I don't care what they're using at their shop. I guarantee Stihl doesn't know it.

Do a google search... they even denied some warranty claims where the customer was using Amsoil because they were mixing it 80:1 instead of 50:1 as called for in the manual. Amsoil then sued Stihl, but quickly dropped the lawsuit as at the first hearing the judge told them they'd likely lose it.

K/B
03-28-2009, 08:29 PM
Stihl could not deny the warranty unless it was a catastrophic engine failure, and Stihl technicians determine that it was caused by lack of lubrication. Simply using the oil will NOT automatically void your warranty. Second, Stihl does not require use of synthetic oil.

r.eckley
03-28-2009, 09:25 PM
Used it for years in Sthil, Redmax ,Shindaw.Echo. Poulan, even in my old,old craftsman saw. No trouble at all. Won my first batch at a giveaway at EXPO several years ago been using it every since.

Scagguy
03-28-2009, 09:40 PM
We burn about 1200 gallons of mix per year. All of it at 80:1 in mostly Stihl 4 mix products. There's no carbon build up. I like to see Stihl try to deny a claim b/c I'm not running syn oil. My dealer would stand behind me, but I spend a lot of money with him.....maybe that has something to do with it.