Carbon buildup

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by eslawns, Aug 12, 2002.

  1. eslawns

    eslawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    Check the exhaust ports in the cylinder wall behind the muffler for carbon buildup if your 2 cycle stuff is bogging down. I found 2 of the trimmers were almost completely closed off. Scraped off the trash and they run as if they were new.
     
  2. khouse

    khouse LawnSite Bronze Member
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    if you use Amsoil 100 to 1 oil you'll never have a carbon problem. Producing no smoke is great also.
     
  3. eslawns

    eslawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    And the difference in cost of running Amsoil instead of Shindy 2 cycle oil over 5 years would probably come close to buying a new machine. Thanks, but I'll pass.
     
  4. khouse

    khouse LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I pay 3.10 per 8 oz bottle and it makes 6 gallons. That's 52 cents per gallon. What is the price of your oil per gallon? I believe it's worth any extra for no smoke and crisper throttle response and less wear on components.
     
  5. eslawns

    eslawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    $1.75 for the 5 gallon mix.

    Let's see...

    $.52 per gallon for Amsoil, $.32/gal for Shindy for a difference of $.17/gal. If you use 6 gallons per week, for 40 weeks (my season) you use 240 gallons. Over the course of 5 years, that's 1200 gallons at $.17 each for a total cost of $204. And I probably use a little more than this.

    Which, incidentally is exactly what I paid for my Lesco trimmer, and about $10 more than what I can get Echos for at my dealer. My units have very little smoke, usually run great. If all I need to do is take the muffler off every 4 years to clean off carbon, then I can do that and save my self some money.

    I'm not knocking Amsoil, I just don't see what advantage they offer. There's a lawn guy here who does it and he has nothing but good things to say about it. It just isn't for me.
     
  6. khouse

    khouse LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That's a really good price on your Shin oil. I checked my local dealer and the Shin oil was $1.75 for the 2.5 gal mix. It is the 6.4 oz bottle. How many oz in your bottle? You probably get the oil at that price since you use a lot. I also added the tax on to my price. Your right though if you get the oil that cheap then it is a great savings.
     

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