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Fuel Stabil questions

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by HighGrass, Sep 13, 2004.

  1. HighGrass

    HighGrass LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Z5 MA
    Messages: 1,237

    1.) Are there seperate fuel stabil products for 2 stroke versus 4 stroke engines?

    2) Can I run fuel stabil through everything the last month of working the equipment or just when i put it away for the winter?
  2. locutus

    locutus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Messages: 1,266

    I use Sta-bil in everything. I have had problems with gas going stale on me in less than two-weeks, so now I use it year round. If you read the label, it makes no difference 2-cycle or 4-cycle.
  3. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    I use a product called "sea foam'' . It is mainly for 2 cycles but if you read the can it is good for both. I use it some all year round as it is good for cleaning the carb out and helps to keep down on water in the tank. But yes I would mix some form of stabil aid the last month of working in all my gas so it has time to work its way in the system before winter
  4. rredogg

    rredogg LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    It's just my preferance but I use "Sea Foam" in both two and four cycle engines. It's a stabilizer and also also has conditioners that keep your engine running clean. Got that from my STIHL dealer. 1 OZ per gal.

  5. harrydog

    harrydog LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 32

  6. upsondown

    upsondown LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 251

    we use stabil in our equipment all year.
  7. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,075

    All fuel gets treated with a fuel stabilizer. Anything that can/does prevent issues is used to save me work or down time. It is too cheap and easy not to be using a fuel treatment product!

  8. dkeisala

    dkeisala LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 911

    I've been told that many of the better brands of two-cycle oil (Stihl being one of them) have fuel stabilizer in them.
  9. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,447

    Local dealer says use 89Octane and Sea Foam.....2-cycle oil don't include all additives you need. This is for applications running 6-7 hours of run time each day.
  10. specialtylc

    specialtylc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,656

    So does the Tanaka 2 cycle oil. Been using it for 5 years, never had a problem with stale gas in the 2 cycle engines. Around here they will sit for upto 5 months.

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