Amsoil Mixture Question

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Thunderhead, Dec 12, 2009.

  1. Thunderhead

    Thunderhead LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have an Echo SRM 210 trimmer, a Redmax HBZ 2601 hand held blower, and a Husqvarna 359 chainsaw. I just bought the Amsoil Saber for these machines. I will be purchasing a new Redmax trimmer and Redmax back pack blower shortly, and will be using the Amsoil.

    I am concerned and wondering, How many ounces of oil should I mix to a gallon of gasoline, and at what ratio would this be?? I want to use the same mixture/ratio for all the equipment listed above, if possible.

    Thanks so much,
    Thunderhead:)
     
  2. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    A lot of people do 80:1 because you can mix 8 oz in a 5 gallon can. Amsoil says you can safely mix 100:1 on those machines you listed, and that would be 8 oz to 6 gallons of gas.
     
  3. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    The 80:1 is the easiest since most people get the oil in Amsoil's 8 oz bottle. Just dump it right into a 5 gal can (like unkownfl said) and roll with it.

    Since you're getting a big Redmax blower you'll want to stop mixing in a 1 gal can. That 1 gal of gas won't last long with your new blower. Just mix the oil and gas in the 5 gal can and then fill the 1 gal can from the 5 gal can. From there you fill your machines out of the 1 gal can. I've tried filling a trimmer from a 5 gal can and it just doesn't really work out.
     
  4. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
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    I mix at 80/1 also. I have two 2.5 gal cans. I put in 4oz in the 2.5 cans and I am almost finished with my second case of 8oz bottles and have not had one problem even in my 4/mix units. As a matter of fact I think all my stuff runs as good or better on the Amsoil mixed 80/1
     
  5. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
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    Save 4 of the 8 oz bottles.

    Then buy by the quart and split into the 4 bottles.

    Saves enough money to be worth the trouble.
     
  6. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I have always used Echo brand oil in every handheld Ive ever had, even Stihl, and they have all ran great, not too dirty, and not too clean, but just right. Ive got sh*t for using echo oil in my stihls, but some are over 10 years old, and still purring like a kitten, BTW, Is Amsoil really that much better? How do you know it is? Just curious, Ive always heard as long as you stick with one brand of oil, and not keep using different ones, your equipment will last much longer.
     
  7. KeystoneLawn&Landscaping

    KeystoneLawn&Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    With the new ,mandated by law, gas cans its not a problem filling anything from a 5 gal can
     
  8. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
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    If you are talking about the non-vented cans.... THEY SUCK!
    Swell up like a beach ball when warm, then cave in when cool.

    Glad I never had to deal with those when I was doing this.
    I need to figure out how to fix that on my cans around the house as it is...
     
  9. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I know many guys that drill a small hole in the back of the non-vented gas cans. This seems to make them OK. Why dont they sell the old type cans anymore, I could understand if one or two places stopped selling them, but everyone not selling them? WTF
     
  10. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    Well if they could find a way for a 5 gallon can not to weigh 35 pounds when filled then we'd have something. I keep my 5 gallon cans locked in the back of my truck and it would be a major pain to have to lift it in and out of the truck all day everytime I need to fill something.

    I've also heard complaints about the new cans still overfilling and spillling.
     

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