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Old 09-21-2009, 09:44 PM
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Kaw 2 cycle handhelds...preferred 2 cycle mix

I run all kawasaki 2 cycle line trimmers. I seem to have some trouble with most of them fairly often. The only thing I can think of would be the oil mix. Are there good and bad 2 cycle mixes? I just use some synthetic blend for all mixes. Let me know you thoughts. Thanks!
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Old 09-22-2009, 01:16 AM
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I run all kawasaki 2 cycle line trimmers. I seem to have some trouble with most of them fairly often. The only thing I can think of would be the oil mix. Are there good and bad 2 cycle mixes? I just use some synthetic blend for all mixes. Let me know you thoughts. Thanks!
Define some trouble. Please explain.

I had experimented with different oil on my equipment, I really don't observe any different on all my stuffs. Experiment on the gas, I think that might make more of a difference. Particularly avoid the ones with a little sweet ( alcohol) smell. I notice there are difference between smell of different brand. I choose Shell in my area and never give me problem.

If you want to be safe, use pure synthetic oil like Amsoil ( I like the color and smell) or Stihl Ultra etc.
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Old 09-22-2009, 07:49 AM
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Most of the problems seem to be carb related. Problems starting and also it seems like they get bogged down like the muffler is getting clogged up.
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Old 09-22-2009, 08:22 AM
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I run premium fuel and Opti-2 in all of my 2 cycle equipment. Never had an issue.
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Old 09-24-2009, 09:49 AM
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We never had issues until they started putting ethanol in the gas. Gas caps and hoses leaking like crazy, the carbs and filters gummed up.
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Old 09-25-2009, 12:59 AM
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Most of the problems seem to be carb related. Problems starting and also it seems like they get bogged down like the muffler is getting clogged up.
I think you should experiment with different brand of gas and use gas better than 87 octane.

I never thought gas is that important until I tried the ready mixed gas ( selling in Sears and other places ). It is supposed to be no alcohol, full synthetic oil. I put it in the Shindaiwa M242 and it could not rev up, it was like there was a limiter on RPM!!! I pour it all out and put back my old mix. Took a few minutes running before I can get the power back!!!!

Then I put those ready mix in my older Echo HC151 and tried it. It ran flaulessly!!! The Echo like the ready mix!!!! Don't ask me why!!! The two behave so differently.

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Old 09-26-2009, 10:36 PM
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Try 89 octane from a name brand station such as BP or Shell and use Opti-2 mixed @ 100:1. We use BP 89 & Opti*2 mixed @ 100:1 in everything we sell and service. By everything I mean all 2 stroke and 4 stroke equipment.


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Old 09-27-2009, 01:56 AM
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The oil is not your problem. You may have a problem with bad fuel. But the oil is NOT going to cause a running problem short term.... You could run no oil or old motor oil and it will run great until it does serious engine problems. So either try a good quaility premium fuel without ethanol or look elsewhere for the problem.
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Old 09-27-2009, 07:35 PM
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also - could be water in the mix (nasty)
(can get in the system one way or another)
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Old 09-28-2009, 12:33 PM
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It seemed like there were a few different opinions. Do you think there is a 2 cycle oil that is better than others? I see oil when I'm shopping at walmart or advanced auto. It says its rated for all 2 cycle mixes. I was thinking that these oils were probably just cheap products but it sounded to me like they might be fine with better gas...

I can't think of the oil I am currently using off the top of my head.
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