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Old 11-12-2009, 01:36 AM
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I really have no interest in keeping my string trimmer blowers or edgers for 5 years so I think it really doesn't matter on the mix I use.
I don't think that's a good attitude to have towards equipment because they'll crap out in a lot shorter time than that lol

Most of the time it's a friggin' MIRACLE a hand held makes it 5 years uninterrupted and that's paying all kinds of attention to it.
Depending on the attitude they might last a season, two, maybe three if you're lucky.

Not trying to scare you...
But I say take care of your equipment or you'll be shelling out a TON of
money in some order way shorter than you are even close to imagining.

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Old 11-12-2009, 04:25 AM
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An actual graduated cylinder, like is used in laboratories, would give the accuracy you require. They come in all different sizes. I'm not sure of a source, but I'd think one would be easy to loacate on the web. Fisher used to be a large supplier of that type of equipment back when I worked in a lab, but that was 30 years ago.
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Old 11-12-2009, 06:38 AM
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Go to an ATV dealer they have graduated cylinders for mixing 2 stroke oils and what not.
Thats where I got mine
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Old 11-12-2009, 08:02 AM
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I don't think that's a good attitude to have towards equipment because they'll crap out in a lot shorter time than that lol

Most of the time it's a friggin' MIRACLE a hand held makes it 5 years uninterrupted and that's paying all kinds of attention to it.
Depending on the attitude they might last a season, two, maybe three if you're lucky.

Not trying to scare you...
But I say take care of your equipment or you'll be shelling out a TON of
money in some order way shorter than you are even close to imagining.
Come on TS, I have a trimmer that's 10 years old that I have NEVER done ANY service on other then rewind the line. I use it daily and it has never gave a single problem and for the record, I've used Amsoil in it for over half the life. Your saying it will only last a year? Your nuts I tell ya.
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Old 11-12-2009, 08:05 AM
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here's another one TS. 20 years old and he's decided to replace it!

Stihl Blower question
I have a Stihl BG72 thats 20 some years old. I'm thinking of replacing it with a barely used BG 85c. Is there much difference in the blowing power of these two blowers?
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Old 11-12-2009, 08:11 AM
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and another for you TS.

"We have an FS 75 that is 10 years old, it still starts and runs. Only thing I've had to do to it is replace a primer bulb and clean the carb up."

Please don't mislead others with your "theory" of handheld life expectancy.
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Old 11-12-2009, 08:31 AM
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I agree with Greg there 'ol Topper. I expect to get a minimum of 5 years out of my handheld equipment and it gets hot and nasty down here in Carolina. As you're probably well aware I still have that 2000 FC75 edger and she's still going strong.
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Old 11-12-2009, 08:37 AM
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Oh yeah... I almost forgot the point of this thread. Get some STA-BIL in the 4, 8, 16 or 32 oz container and use it. When the bottle is empty you have a free tip and pour oil dispenser.
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Old 11-12-2009, 08:42 AM
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I have a 20 year old John Deere BV2 blower that has only had the starter cord replaced. The dealer gave me the cord. I expect everything to last a long time. You have to properly care for it for it to last.
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Old 11-12-2009, 08:45 AM
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I use Opti-2 and you can get it in a dispensing bottle that you squeeze to fill up a measuring cylinder on the side. I find it's a pain to do that so I just keep 2 bottles in my toolbox and pour from one into the other. I actually buy it by the gallon though. You can buy a measuring cup specifically made for the purpose though. I have one that I use for my kid's motocross bikes. It has different ratios and gallon options all on it. I'm not sure it goes to 100:1 though but you could still use it...you would just have to do a little simple math. For expample use the 50:1 One Gallon mark but add 2 gallons of gas instead of 1. Any power sports shop should have them and they're only about 5 bucks. The one I have is called Ratio Rite.
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