Why are we still screwing around with....

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by CBramble, Jul 3, 2006.

  1. CBramble

    CBramble LawnSite Member
    Messages: 66

    Why are we still screwing around with 2 cycle trimmers and other 2 cycle equipment? Is there an advantage of 2 cycle over 4 cycle? I bought a 4 cycle trimmer last year when my other one went up and its the best thing I've done! I feel bad for the rest of ya'll that still have to mix that gas...:drinkup:
  2. zak406

    zak406 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,516

    In some instances 2 cycles are cheaper. Not to mention you save a bit of gas with 2 cycles. But thats just my opionon.
  3. Jay Ray

    Jay Ray LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,510

    Glad you are happy with the new stuff. When my 2-cycle sticks wear completely out, I'll buy 4-cycle. But not going to buy something just because it is new technology and it is a little inconvenient to make the mix.
  4. Willofalltrades

    Willofalltrades LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,000

    I am a large fan of 2 stroke equipment. I have used the Honda 4 stroke. I didn't like it at all because it didn't feel like it had any balls. But its a matter of personal opinion. Also the handle position on the machine made my back soar so it put an even worse taiste in my mouth. Thats how I feel. Oh by the way .. Keep the four stroke right side up. don't want to turn it up side down now do ya.
  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I'm not disagreeing in that both my 4-cycle trimmer and bp blower are awesome and I'll likely buy 4-cyclers from here on out...

    But as for the gas, I still have to mix it, you don't?
    Yes, both my fs-100 and the br-550 4-cycler use mixed fuel.

  6. Splicer

    Splicer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 992

    2 cycles are superior to 4 cycles...2 cycles fire on EVERY revolution vs. every other revolution for 4 strokes thus more power for a superior job...2 cycles have fewer parts meaning more lightweight and less maintenence which means better reliability.

    As long as I can buy a 2 stroke over a 4 stroke for this type equipment I will.

    In 42 years I have NEVER heard of pre-mixing 2 cycle oil and gas for a 4 cycle motor (4 stroke oil is called 'motor' oil). IF you indeed need to mix the oil and gas then sir you have a 2 cycle motor NOT a 4 cycle...HUGE difference...
  7. Lazer_Z

    Lazer_Z LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,578

    Splicer, It's called STIHL 4 mix. Go to Stihl's web site and read up about the 4 mix engines.


    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    Stilh makes a 4 cycle that uses Mixed gas-

    Do they make 4 cycle that does not mix gas but have a sump-- I would be afraid to turn that over??

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    Sorry Lazer-- I am a slow typer and see that you beat me to the answer:laugh:
  10. Splicer

    Splicer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 992


    ;) Even an old dog can learn new tricks:dancing: ...I stand corrected and thank Lazer Z for pointing this out:hammerhead: :laugh: I NEVER would have imagined but now that you mention it my buddy bought a Stihl pole saw brand new a couple months ago from the dealer and it is indeed a fuel mix motor...

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