Universal 2 cycle oil mix???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by CozyHollow, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. CozyHollow

    CozyHollow LawnSite Member
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    What about the universal oil mix? A 2.6 ounce bottle of 2 cycle oil says it is good for 10, 16, 20, 32 and 50 to 1 ratios when mixed with one gallon of gasoline. I'm just getting into the landscaping business. Did my time now it's literally MY TIME. Bought the equipment but haven't even fired up the blower, trimmer, edger yet.

    I have a couple old Poulan 18" chainsaws and tried the mix in them and they run pretty good. But spending over $1,100.00 in brand new Husky equipment. Just thought I'd ask.
     
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  2. CozyHollow

    CozyHollow LawnSite Member
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  3. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    I use Amsoil. It's a synthetic so it tends to run cleaner than petro based oils. I mix it at 8 oz in 5 gallons. 80:1. I use it in everything.
     
  4. aaron79mowing

    aaron79mowing LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
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    Do you self a favor and buy some opti-2 oil. It comes in one gallon tubes and can be used in any two stroke no matter what ratio they call for. I believe this is the best oil on the market. If you can't find it locally its available on ebay.
     
  5. ALEX'S LANDSCAPING

    ALEX'S LANDSCAPING LawnSite Senior Member
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    Amsoil should work great.
     
  6. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Run a good quality 2 cycle oil at the recommended mixture with the recommended octane fuel. All 2 cycles engines are jetted for the recommended mixture. If you start playing with the mixture you should technically adjust the jetting. Which no one ever does. I raced 2 cycle motorcycles for many years and have seen damage caused by messing around.
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  7. smallstripesnc

    smallstripesnc LawnSite Senior Member
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    This is very true! I used to race dirt bikes and have seen many people seize engines due to not using the right mixture for their application. I mainly remember people with 85cc dirt bikes putting big bore kits on them and not changing their jetting or fuel mixture and this resulted in a seized motor.
     
  8. CozyHollow

    CozyHollow LawnSite Member
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    So the easy way would simply be to get a decent universal mix and run with it...the other way would be to get some top brand mix and mix accordingly.

    The one thing I'm concerned with is longevity. I don't want to put crap in my Husky's and eventually wind up "paying" for it. Brand new machines and I just want to really take care of them.
     
  9. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Forget about the universal mix. I have never known anyone to use it. Just buy a good oil and mix it to the recommended ratio of your equipment. I use Stihl hp ultra, husky has its version and I'm sure it's good as well.
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  10. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Amsoil, Motul, Klotz, and BelRay are all fine choices too.
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