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Oils for Stihl other than Stihl Ultra, Amsoil, and Opti 2

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Scagmower48, Mar 4, 2010.

  1. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 7,053

    I've been mixing my 2 cycle fuel at 80:1 with the Amsoil Sabre. I use it in everything 2 cycle including all my Stihl chainsaws. Just mix your fuel 80:1. You don't have to go up to 100:1 ratio.
  2. Scagmower48

    Scagmower48 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 430

    Thanks guys for your info. I can see most people use the oils that I mentioned.
  3. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 7,053

    Don't be afraid to mix the oil at 80:1. It protects the internal parts just fine. I have a Echo 210 trimmer that is going on 10 yeas of service that has only had Amsoil used in it. I still use the trimmer as my main trimmer. I have NEVER changed the air filter, sparkplug or for that matter, greased the gear box at the trimmer head! I bought another 210 and will continue to use the 210's with Amsoil and not look back.
  4. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,776

    I haven't bought a bottle since last year, so I'm not sure if the price has changed. I buy a tip and pour and it lasts a very long time. Last year I may have went through 2 bottles at 15 dollars apiece.
  5. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,776

    I've got a Stihl FS-66 from the 90's that I started my biz with 5 years ago. Only paid 15 bucks and a new carburetor for it.

    I've used nothing but opti in it since purchasing it. I can't kill it no matter how hard I've tried. Last season I pulled the muffler to check the exhaust port and it was clean as a whistle and the muffler wasn't full of soot like I expected.

    Not only that, but from the exhaust side, the piston looked brand new with no scoring.

    I might take the cylinder apart and inspect the whole thing this spring.
  6. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 7,053

    check the exhaust port? looking for soot? I don't worry about that stuff when using Amsoil. No I'm not affiliated in any way with them.
  7. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,776

    I use opt-2 and knew that I probably wasn't going to have any issues. I was doing a regular inspection on my trimmer.

    I had no clue who used what in it before I owned it, so that is why I was expecting some damage.

    Also, if you read my earlier post I stated that I use opti-2 and Amsoil would be the only other oil I would use as we used to have a sponsor on here from Amsoil and everyone always liked the results they had with it.

    I can also go to a local shop and pick up the Opti-2. Amsoil I would have to order.
  8. HenryB

    HenryB LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,828

    I've been using Walmart 2cycle Marine oil for thousands of hours on my 4mixes.No problems at all no exhaust port build up because it's a 4cycle engine. I've used Stihl Ultra, Opti2 etc. If you guys think the expensive mixes make much of a difference than buy it.
  9. Alan0354

    Alan0354 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,458

    I was just thinking about you and your Walmart oil and was about to post and mention about you and your Walmart oil and have good luck first thing, but you beat me to it!!!:laugh::laugh:

    I also remember people have good luck with Penzoil 2 cycle and there was a test on deposit with different oil and found that Penzoil out beat ALL other oils......Yes Amsoil too!!! I heard somewhere that Walmart oil is by Penzoil, but don't take my word!!! I guess I want to waste my money, spread the wealth and buy the expensive Amsoil for my babies!!!:laugh::laugh:
  10. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,464

    i'm with you. oil is oil..........

    no sense is spending extra money when the cheap stuff works just fine. i bet there hasn't been a single person who has extended the life of there trimmer or blower so long that it was worth spending the extra money on the more expensive mixes.

    just like gas and cars. i use the regular 87. no sense in putting the more expensive premium or whatever there called in the vehicle when it runs just fine with regular 87.

    nothing lasts forever and the type of oil or gas you use isn't going to extend the life of the machine so much longer you'd end up saving money using the more expensive mixes.

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