What grade gas do you guys run in your 2 stroke equipment

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by coreyod21, Jul 26, 2012.


WHat grade gas do you use with your 2 stroke handhelds?

  1. 87 Regular

    62 vote(s)
  2. 89 Plus

    34 vote(s)
  3. 92 Premium

    62 vote(s)
  1. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,778

    Why would you be looking for it? It's one point less than 93...chances are, if you need premium fuel you need all the octane you can get. For example: my supercharge Tacoma requires premium fuel...even some 93 octane detonates prematurely.
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  2. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,463

    I run 87 in everything from vehicles to lawn equipment. never have had a single issue with it.
  3. CandyAces

    CandyAces LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    Ethanol is the devil.:)
  4. brunnersltd1

    brunnersltd1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 87

    ive had quite a issues with my echo trimmers over the pat couple of years.... carbs goin to **** by the end of the season, every year...i use lesco brand or echo brand oil mix with 87 octane....i have at 5 trimmers that are ran 5-6 days a week... with regular maint....and every year at least 2 or 3 trimmers have to have new carbs...
  5. turf&tree

    turf&tree LawnSite Member
    Messages: 112

    87 octane in everything. Stihl ultra oil actually prolongs mfg warranty by 1-2 years.
    I also use K-100 additive for the ethanol.
  6. CandyAces

    CandyAces LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    I run stihl handhelds with the the stihl ultra mix. One time I run out of the ultra mix and used the echo mix I had on the trailer and all my equipment started spitting and sputtering and hard to start. I'm not positive it was the mix but I will never use echo 2 cycle again. It's almost like it gummed my carbs up.
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2012
  7. Sensation Man

    Sensation Man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 29

    You are......Correct sir! Ethanol is enemy number one! I use mid grade with Echo or Redmax oil and Startron ensyme treatment. @ the end of the season I fill up with super to prolong the life of the fuel over the winter off season. I always advise homeowners to fill up there gas cans with super cause they won't be using up the gas as rapidly as we do.
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  8. Sensation Man

    Sensation Man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 29

    The differnce is not really in how the equipment performs. Its how long it lasts and how well the carbs and other fuel related components of the engine hold up. A 2 stroke engine will run cleaner and have less carbon build up if used continuously with higher octane gas. The same can be said for 4 stroke engines. The results are also not noticeable in a short amount of time.
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  9. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,378

    92 octane ethanol free gas Opti-2 oil.
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  10. Lawn Care Etc.

    Lawn Care Etc. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    I only use non-ethanel so it's normally 92

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