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stihl oil

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by chefdrp, Aug 22, 2006.

  1. chefdrp

    chefdrp LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,384

    Hi guys. I just got a new Stihl 4 mix line trimmer and was told i should ony use Stihl 2 stroke oil? I cant use reg 2 stroke? Or is the guy just trying to make me spend MORE $$$$$$
  2. ChadsLawn

    ChadsLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,110

    Ive been told the Stihl oil was made for Stihl products. I was also told by a dealer if you take it in under warranty and your not using stihl oil, they can void the warranty. I would think all oil is good as long as it isnt made for 2 cycle outboards. That oil isnt the same.
  3. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    I havent seen where there is any difference in stihl oil. Its the same for the 2 and 4 stroke. I would think as long as the oil you are using is air cooled approved you would be ok. Someone correct me if Im wrong

  4. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,460

    I would use what they recommend the cost surely isn't that much different? I have run Echo oil in all my units and have not had a cyclinder/ring failure in many many years.
  5. ALarsh

    ALarsh LawnSite Silver Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 2,412

    I use stihl oil just because it is easy to mix. Throw the bottle in and fill up 5 gallons and your done. I normally keep an eye out on ebay when somebody sells a case...
  6. lewdo

    lewdo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 86

    Don't worry it's ok. I had the same question I bought 2 FS100's this May and was worried. So far their running like champs.
  7. dwc

    dwc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 645

    the owners manual says use Stihl oil or an equivelant oil. I have ran echo, John Deere and Stihl oil in all of these different brands with no problems. Echo oil is VERY sorry stuff and always makes my equipment run horribly. Since all my equipment is currently Stihl I am running strictly Stihl oil.
  8. FLAhaulboy

    FLAhaulboy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    they want you to use stohl oil cause it puts $ in their pocket! i use echo in my stihl products.
  9. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I'm considering ordering some of Amsoil's synth mix oil since it is sold by the quart, it is cheaper and supposedly better.

    Only thing is measuring it out, so I keep the empty 2.5 bottles.
  10. JTF40

    JTF40 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 875

    YES - your dealer is full of bunk. Two stroke oil is two stroke oil - period. Yes, there is quality differences, however, this dealer is wrong. Tell him to start selling the best - Opti2 - and you will buy it by the case.:weightlifter: :usflag:

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