Sta-Bil Preservative With 2-Cycle Oil ?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by Merkava_4, Oct 1, 2017.

  1. Merkava_4

    Merkava_4 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Are you guys adding a fuel stabilizer such as Sta-Bil to your 2-cycle mix ?

    I'm using the STIHL synthetic 2-cycle oil and for as much money as they charge for it, I think it should come with the fuel preservative already in it.
     
  2. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
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    I run Amsoil Saber and it comes with it. For fuel that will sit longer than 30 days, I only use the stuff in cans with no ethanol like Tru Fuel, which doesn't need a stabilizer.
     
  3. Grassholes

    Grassholes LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am probably going to get killed for saying this, but I see a lot of discussions about the stabilizer/preservative on this site. I have never used any of this stuff, ever, and my equipment seems to run fine for extended periods of time even after sitting for awhile. I keep everything in garage though. It gets hot and cold like you would expect, but not like outdoors.
     
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  4. JLSLLC

    JLSLLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Two stroke oils, most should contain the additives you mentioned. It's not a bad idea for peace of mind, fuel does stay fresh for longer than you think, I've had leftover mix in my tank And no issues starting after sitting the winter
     
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  5. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
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    I used to use mix with stabilizer in it for winter time storage, and it gets cold here, but after I switched to ethanol free Tru Fuel, every single piece of 2 stroke equipment I have started, started starting much better come spring.....generally one to three pulls max, and it runs much better on first start up as well. I am not into snake oil stuff, but I am a firm believer in TF for storage now.
     
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  6. Derwood

    Derwood LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ridin' -

    That was a great sentence ..."I have started started starting...." I had to read it several times this am to get it to flow in my pea sized brain the way it was intended :laugh:!
     
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  7. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
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    Bet ya thought I had a stutter. LOL

    I inserted the missing coma to make it a little easier. I just missed it in my first post.
     
  8. JLSLLC

    JLSLLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'm seeing the pre mix is becoming more popular in my area
     
  9. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
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    I only use it for winter storage. Otherwise, I use the Amsoil Saber that comes with stabilizer in it for regular use.
     
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  10. CGros31

    CGros31 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I've been using Echo Red Armor Oil for the last 3 years with excellent results. I mix it with Conoco 91 Octane (Non-Ethanol) and all of my 2 strokes run flawlessly. The Echo Oil comes with a stabilizer in it and it claims to stabilize for up to 2 years. Of course where I am my equipment runs year round so I don't let them sit idle for months at a time.
     
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