RedMax 2 cycle oil question

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by NEUSWEDE, Apr 7, 2005.


    NEUSWEDE LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 1,149

    This might come off as a lame question but here it goes, I got a Red Max line trimmer and just got the 7001 blower and want them to last, do I need to use the Red Max 2 cycle oil because it is made for the machine or can I use any 2 cycle? I ask this because I know that redmax is very fuel efficient and wondered if maybe the results are based on using Redmax 2 cycle oil.

    Thanks in advance
  2. LB Landscaping

    LB Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 1,309

    Hey D, I use Husqvarna mix, in all my stuff, never had any issues.
  3. Spirit Lanwcare

    Spirit Lanwcare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 86

    Use a good quality oil from Echo, Husky, Redmax..

    Don't buy the cheap stuff from Wally World etc. The new emmissions units won't take crappy'll trash your equipment
  4. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 576

    I actually use Stihl 50:1 mix, pretty decent stuff as well.
  5. craglawnmanor

    craglawnmanor LawnSite Member
    Messages: 136

    I've been using the Stihl 50:1 mix in my Stihl and Echo stuff, but I've been thinking about getting some Opti-2 mix, partly because I've got a few other pieces of equipment that I use from time to time (Poulan-40:1, Homelite 32:1,....and my son's go kart with a 24:1 2-stroke engine). I'm guessing I could cut down on the number of gas cans by using Opti-2. There seem to be a number of positive comments about Opti-2 on Lawnsite.
  6. Soupy

    Soupy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,125

    I always used polan pro synthetic oil or ace brand because the helpful ace hardware store is very close to me and that is what they sell. I recently switched to Mobil mx2t that I heard good things about from an oil forum. It can be found at AutoZone etc for a decent price. My Trimmers and Blowers seem to love this stuff. The older equipment was running a little rough and everyday they are showing improvements. I don't have long term experience with this product but it seems like a winner. I did hear not to use in lawn mowers or other 2 cycle equipment that run at a steady RPM. something to do with ash in the oil or something.
  7. tx_angler

    tx_angler LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 278

    We've been running Opti-2 in all our RedMax trimmers (both 40:1 & 50:1) for about two years with no problems. We also use it in the Hover mower (25:1) and the chain saws (32:1) There's only one 2-clcle fuel can on the trailer, so it's pretty hard to put te wrong fuel mix in the machine.
  8. captken

    captken LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,704

    I have used opti-2 oil in the past. It is good. They say it runs cleaner. I cannot tell. I am now using Red Max oil. Why? It is cheap, good as any, and I bought a lot of it. Enough to last the year. You think the price of gasoline is high, just wait till the trickle down gets to motor oils. It will increase just as much as gasoline has. Buy enough to get you through the season now. Besides, I like the little bottles. The pump on the opti-2 was a pita to keep up with and use with the gallon jugs I bought.
  9. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,459

    A few years ago you could buy Max Oil which was Opti 2. I have been using Opti 2 since 1983 when Echo used it as their branded oil. We called it Skoal oil because it was smokeless.

    The only real difference in the branded 50.1 oil is each manufacturer's additive package.
  10. captken

    captken LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,704

    And I believe him.

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