2 cycle oil

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by tazz, Mar 18, 2000.

  1. tazz

    tazz LawnSite Member
    from georgia
    Posts: 38

    does 2cycle oil designed for outboard boat engines work well in landscaping equipment?
     
  2. DMC300

    DMC300 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 325

    IT DOES IF YOU DON'T LIKE YOUR EQUIPMENT! USE ONLY OIL SPECIFIED FOR SMALL 2-CYCLES. I ONLY USE OPTI-2,YOU'LL STILL HAVE TO CLEAN YOUR EXHAUST PORT ONCE IN A WHILE.BUT PLEASE DON'T MAKE THAT MISTAKE WITH OUT-BOARD OIL!<p>----------<br>DON<br>LIANNES' MOWING
     
  3. Hello:<p>The 2 cycle oil used for water cooled outboard motors will ruin your air cooled 2 cycle engine.<p>There is a big difference in the types of oil for air cooled & water cooled 2 cycles.<p>The air cooled engines run a lot hotter & turns a lot higher RPM's, thus making it a entirely different oil.<p>The air cooled engines on the average, well lets say a stick edger is one of the higher reving engines. <p>In the time of 1 second, the time it takes you to say 1001, your stick edger has turned 160 RPM's, yes thats right it turns in excess of 9000 RPM's!(revolutions per minute)<p>I had a guy argue this with me & after 4 short blocks on his Echo PE 2400 stick edger he finally figured it out.<p>----------<br>GrassMaster - Home: www.lawnservicing.com<br>My Start Up Page www.lawnservicing.com/startup/
     
  4. Metroman

    Metroman LawnSite Member
    from Va.
    Posts: 41

    OPTI-2 IS THE ONLY THING THAT I USE!!!! I THINK THAT IT IS THE BEST. I HAVE ABOUT 6 DIFFERENT BRANDS OF EQUIPMENT AND I USE OPTI FOR ALL OF THEM. THE SAME MIXTURE FOR ALL AND NEVER HAD A PROBLEM.
     
  5. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,213

    Metroman: If you have any Shindaiwa tools you better check the spec's.My power broom is 25-1.
     
  6. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,977

    Gene, I have Shindaiwa equipment as well as Echo, Maruyama, Stihl etc. I run the same Amsoil 100:1 in all of them with no problems in about 7 years. Some oils can be run much leaner with no adverse effect. But keep in mind, I am giving up a warranty extension by doing so, so I would not advise this to everyone :)
     
  7. MowerUp

    MowerUp LawnSite Member
    from NC
    Posts: 61

    I just bought a Shindaiwa T230 and the dealer told me to run 50:1 two cycle oil in it made for 2 cycle air cooled equipment. He also told me to mix the oil with 89 octane gas or better. What do you do?<br>
     
  8. MowerUp

    MowerUp LawnSite Member
    from NC
    Posts: 61

    Keith,<br>Which trimmer do you think is best. The Echo, Stihl, Shindaiwa, Red Max?<br>
     
  9. Jason

    Jason LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 256

    Mowerup:<p> I have Shindaiwa power equip. A EB500 blower, T270 trimmer, and LE260 edger. The manuals all say to run a 40:1 mix.<p>I also have a Echo hedge trimmer, the manual says to run 50:1 for that, but I run a 40:1 mix in that as well.<p>I feel that running the 40:1 mix offers a bit more protection, even though it may smoke a bit more. Might have to clean the port a bit more, but I feel it's good insurance.
     
  10. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,977

    MowerUp,<p>I haven't used all of everyone's models. I had 5 SRM 2400 Echos, they all ended up not running so well after 6 months or so. I kept buying them but I was not all that happy with'em. About 2 1/2 years ago I bought a T230 to replace a Echo. I bought it because the dealer was giving up Shindaiwa and selling them for $199. I thought I would be giving up some power, but they have as much or more than any SRM 2400 I ever had. I wish I had bought 2 or 3 at that price. They are light, have plenty of power for everyday use and they are pretty inexpensive. <p>I am not saying they are the best, but I like them, they are the best trimmer I have used in that class. The oldest one I have has needed a gas cap(I melted it with a hot muffler)one fuel filter and one spark plug.<p>My $.02 Shindaiwa, Maruyama, Stihl, Echo in that order. I haven't owned a Redmax, can't speak for em. <br>
     

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