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what do you use to measure mix

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by unkownfl, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I don't think that's a good attitude to have towards equipment because they'll crap out in a lot shorter time than that lol

    Most of the time it's a friggin' MIRACLE a hand held makes it 5 years uninterrupted and that's paying all kinds of attention to it.
    Depending on the attitude they might last a season, two, maybe three if you're lucky.

    Not trying to scare you...
    But I say take care of your equipment or you'll be shelling out a TON of
    money in some order way shorter than you are even close to imagining.
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2009
  2. MOturkey

    MOturkey LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,782

    An actual graduated cylinder, like is used in laboratories, would give the accuracy you require. They come in all different sizes. I'm not sure of a source, but I'd think one would be easy to loacate on the web. Fisher used to be a large supplier of that type of equipment back when I worked in a lab, but that was 30 years ago. :)
  3. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    Thats where I got mine
  4. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    Come on TS, I have a trimmer that's 10 years old that I have NEVER done ANY service on other then rewind the line. I use it daily and it has never gave a single problem and for the record, I've used Amsoil in it for over half the life. Your saying it will only last a year? Your nuts I tell ya.
  5. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    here's another one TS. 20 years old and he's decided to replace it!

    Stihl Blower question
    I have a Stihl BG72 thats 20 some years old. I'm thinking of replacing it with a barely used BG 85c. Is there much difference in the blowing power of these two blowers?
  6. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    and another for you TS.

    "We have an FS 75 that is 10 years old, it still starts and runs. Only thing I've had to do to it is replace a primer bulb and clean the carb up."

    Please don't mislead others with your "theory" of handheld life expectancy.
  7. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    I agree with Greg there 'ol Topper. I expect to get a minimum of 5 years out of my handheld equipment and it gets hot and nasty down here in Carolina. As you're probably well aware I still have that 2000 FC75 edger and she's still going strong.
  8. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    Oh yeah... I almost forgot the point of this thread. Get some STA-BIL in the 4, 8, 16 or 32 oz container and use it. When the bottle is empty you have a free tip and pour oil dispenser.
  9. Tennesseepowerstroke

    Tennesseepowerstroke LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 366

    I have a 20 year old John Deere BV2 blower that has only had the starter cord replaced. The dealer gave me the cord. I expect everything to last a long time. You have to properly care for it for it to last.
  10. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    I use Opti-2 and you can get it in a dispensing bottle that you squeeze to fill up a measuring cylinder on the side. I find it's a pain to do that so I just keep 2 bottles in my toolbox and pour from one into the other. I actually buy it by the gallon though. You can buy a measuring cup specifically made for the purpose though. I have one that I use for my kid's motocross bikes. It has different ratios and gallon options all on it. I'm not sure it goes to 100:1 though but you could still use it...you would just have to do a little simple math. For expample use the 50:1 One Gallon mark but add 2 gallons of gas instead of 1. Any power sports shop should have them and they're only about 5 bucks. The one I have is called Ratio Rite.

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