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4 stroke tools

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by fishnetman, Jan 15, 2004.

  1. fishnetman

    fishnetman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    is there anyone with experance in 4 stroke trimmers ect.
  2. Avery

    Avery LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,389

    We switched to Stihl's new 4 Mix last year. No complaints so far.
  3. P&C Lawn Care

    P&C Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 373

    Never bought any hand held 4 stroke equipment due to it being so darn heavy. Couldn't see working all day with a heavy trimmer. I have a little Honda 4 stroke tiller that is great however I do not have to carry it. Good power, starts on first pull. It is nice not mixing gas for this.
  4. GTLC

    GTLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 700

    Hey Avery, i got a question for you- are the 4-mixes 2-strokes or 4's b/c the ad for them says that they use a fuel mixture?
  5. NEPSJay

    NEPSJay LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 492

    I have had a Honda 4 stroke trimmer for 2 years now and havent had any problems with it. However, this is a very heavy trimmer. I have heard from my dealer that there were some problems with the 4 strokes when they were turned 90 degrees and used as an "edger". The oil in the pan wasnt being picked up and thus a few units siezed up. But then again, I dont know who was using them or how well they were maintained. I just keep mine in the trailer for a back-up and stick with the lighter 2 stroke ones.
  6. NEPSJay

    NEPSJay LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 492

    n1alx, According to Stihl, the 4-mix is a 4 stroke that runs on standard 2 stroke 50:1 mix. This eliminates the need for the seperate oil chamber. It weighs slightly more than the 2 stroke, but is said to offer 5% more horsepower, 17% more torque, and 15% less vibration.
  7. quiet

    quiet LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 720

    I use the Honda trimmer and Edger. Smooth, quiet, powerful, but heavy.
  8. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Messages: 1,557

    Personally i just do not see the advantages of having hand held 4-stroke equipment. Much more maintenance it seems like and would be too heavy. I would always stay with 2 cycle personally. I have demoed a few 4 stroke trimmers and just did nto like them very much.
  9. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Messages: 1,557

    What would be the point in that then. You still have to mix fuel. That defeats the purpose of a 4 stroke. For a little more horsepower, i cant say ive had a problem with the power a 2 cycle gives.
  10. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    NCSU - the purpose is to make an engine that burns cleaner.

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