2 cycle oil

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Evan528, Jan 17, 2000.

  1. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
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    I was wandering what brand of 2 cycle oil everyone was using. for many years i have been using lawnboy oil in all my 2 cycle equipment. this year i had 2 peices of equipment in the shop for not having the power they should. my dealer told me that lawn boy oil leaves alot of deposits in the muffler ports.....he cleaned them out and the equipment ran like new.
     
  2. RJW

    RJW LawnSite Member
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    I've been using Echo 2cyl. oil for 3 years now. No problems<br>I was told by my dealer that I buy it from that the new Echo oil will have a stabilizer in it. <br>From what I've heard the two best oils on the market are Echo and Husgavarna.<br>The way these newer 2cyl. engines are stay with the better oils.<br>RJW
     
  3. Lazer

    Lazer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Evan,<br>All non-synthetic oil will leave some carbon build-up. (Synthetic=no carbon, but we're not going there again)<p>The build-up is generally more related to carbueration, engine RPM and engine temp. Run a good oil mixed properly and run 2-cycle engines at full throttle, high rpms.
     
  4. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
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    I use the Stihl oil for my Stihl equipment and have never had any fuel related/carb. problems, but like the man said, run em' w.o.t. and keep the lid on your gas can so you don't get trash in the gas.
     
  5. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
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    I use Amsoil 100:1 synthetic in all of my two cycle equipment and have for over 7 years. Don't let the lean mix scare you. I have had no problems with it. I had a Stihl backpack blower engine seize, but it wasn't due to the Amsoil. It had been run on straight gasoline four times for a total of about 15 minutes. When I tore it down, a ring had stuck. I got the ring back to a useful state, put a new cylinder gasket on and it ran for another year until it got run over by the trailer. I believe that using Amsoil allowed it to run that long without oil. While running anything without oil is not very smart, I think Amsoil gives a little added protection.
     
  6. Lazer

    Lazer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Keith,<p>I agree with your sentiments. We used a synthetic called Optimol for years. They actually made ECHO oil brand for a while, but ECHO switched back to organic. We had no problems with it and it did take a while to get used to the 100:1 ratio, but we never had a failure. Our local ECHO dealer said the factory isn't covering units run with synthetics, so rather than aruguing...<p>I did like the lack of smoke though...
     
  7. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
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    I have used Shindiawa oil for the past 6 seasons. When I bought the chain saw, they said the warranty was doulbled if I used their oil in it. Not that I needed it to be doubled. Never had problems with any of the Shindiawa engines, except when they all walked away last winter. Seemed someone else needed them worse than me. Sounds like you are having all the luck too Kieth. LOL What a funny story. :)<p>----------<br>&lt;a href=&quot;http://pages.prodigy.net/eric.erickson/index.html&quot;&gt;Eric@ELM&lt;/a&gt;<br>
     
  8. VWBug61083

    VWBug61083 LawnSite Member
    from Texas
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    I use nothing but Echo oil for my Echo equipment. According to the dealer, not using Echo oil could actually void the warranty. But of course, not everyone uses Echo. So I would just use whatever is recommended by the manufacture.
     
  9. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
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    Lazer, When I was using some Echo equipment I used Amsoil anyway, it was worth the risk. LOL. I somewhat understand it, they don't want the customers using some old crap. I think if your warranty can be voided by using another oil though, they should have to supply the oil. Shindaiwa is the same way, if you buy two cases of their oil, the warranty goes from ninety days to a year. It doesn't matter, I'll use the Amsoil. Probably every company out there would try to beat you out of the warranty if given a chance. As long as they keep making quality equipment, I'll buy it.<p>Eric, I don't know about that. Speaking of things walking off, 4 Echo SRM 2400's, 2 Stihl backpacks, three hand held blowers, 2 stick edgers grew legs and walked off....in a little over a year. Got dogs, solved that problem. However after numerous problems with the county, I was forced to move my trailer off of my property. I had to find a secure lot. I managed to find a mini warehouse place that allowed trailer storage. The place was nice and was fenced with a electronic security gate. Guess what....trailer gets stolen!<br>
     
  10. jeffclc

    jeffclc Guest
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    I use Lawn Boy oil in everything. I also use the Lawn Boy 32:1 mix in everything. I cannot imagine having 4 seperate gas cans for each mix that I would need to satisfy the requirements for each piece of equipment.<p>I have been doing this for years, and have never had a problem, other than clogged exhaust. As I understand it, the exhaust can get clogged with just about any oil, mine may get there a little faster, I don't know.<p>Why don't the manafactures listen, and come up with a standard mix for all two cycle engines? Then we could buy it pre mixed right from the pump. Sure would save a lot of aggrivation.
     

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