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Old 05-22-2019, 06:51 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Better off buying the pre-mixed fuel since it has no ethanol and also has fuel stabilization added in. Yes, you can mix your own for a few less pennies but the 2 cycle engines, especially mine, love and run great on the pre-mixed.

If your looking to go electric, which I plan to do eventually, it seems the EGO is the best by far. It also has the automatic wind system.
This!


The 2 cycle engines with oil and gas mixed may only last one season before needing major repairs if you use E15 fuel. Ask anyone with a 2 cycle Mantis tiller.
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Old 05-22-2019, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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What is a 4 cycle trimmer and why do I care? Thanks.
4 cycle motor. An automobile has a 4 cycle motor. My riding mower has a 4 cycle. My weedeater has a two cycle. Two cycles are more popular for trimmers because they're smaller and make more torque which is nice for the task of whacking weeds.

ETA...If its just smoking and otherwise works I don't think I'd hassle with it.
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Old 05-22-2019, 09:16 AM
 
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I love two stroke motors. So simple and run forever. Small, light and good power. One key is to keeping them operational is to not buy JUNK ethanol fuel. Here in MN you can typically find non-oxygenated fuel that does not contain ethanol. This fuel will not gum up your carbs.
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Old 05-22-2019, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I love two stroke motors. So simple and run forever. Small, light and good power. One key is to keeping them operational is to not buy JUNK ethanol fuel. Here in MN you can typically find non-oxygenated fuel that does not contain ethanol. This fuel will not gum up your carbs.
Ours didn't last forever. Maybe 4 years old. Could be the ethanol. If we stay with gasoline I'll suggest to my partner that we buy premixed fuel 50:1 from Home Depot.

I read about fuel going bad. What is fuel shelf life if not opened?
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Old 05-22-2019, 09:36 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Ours didn't last forever. Maybe 4 years old. Could be the ethanol. If we stay with gasoline I'll suggest to my partner that we buy premixed fuel 50:1 from Home Depot.

I read about fuel going bad. What is fuel shelf life if not opened?
The can I have (TruFuel 50:1) says 5 year shelf life before opening, and 2 year shelf life after opening, which is great.
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Old 05-22-2019, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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The can I have (TruFuel 50:1) says 5 year shelf life before opening, and 2 year shelf life after opening, which is great.
Good to know. From my reading I thought it would go bad sooner.
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Old 05-22-2019, 09:51 AM
 
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Ours didn't last forever. Maybe 4 years old. Could be the ethanol. If we stay with gasoline I'll suggest to my partner that we buy premixed fuel 50:1 from Home Depot.

I read about fuel going bad. What is fuel shelf life if not opened?
That pre-mix is ridiculously expensive. You can buy non-oxy gas in NC. Here is a list of stations:

https://www.pure-gas.org/index.jsp?stateprov=NC


That is the number 1 rule in two-strokes.

#2 rule is to either run the engine regularly (i.e. once a month) OR run the unit out of gas if you are going to store it/not run it until next season.

Guess I will add #3....don't buy the cheapest, piece of crap piece 'no-name' piece of equipment.
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Old 05-22-2019, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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That pre-mix is ridiculously expensive. You can buy non-oxy gas in NC. Here is a list of stations:

https://www.pure-gas.org/index.jsp?stateprov=NC


That is the number 1 rule in two-strokes.

#2 rule is to either run the engine regularly (i.e. once a month) OR run the unit out of gas if you are going to store it/not run it until next season.

Guess I will add #3....don't buy the cheapest, piece of crap piece 'no-name' piece of equipment.
Our current trimmer says use 89. I know a station that is ethanol free *BUT* is only 87 octane. So that is not going to work, is it?
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Old 05-22-2019, 11:02 AM
 
Location: La Mesa Aka The Table
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And don't be cheap on the trimmer. Spend the money on Echo or Toro Trimmer, Preferable Echo.


I've had this trimmer for 4 years now, not one issue.
https://www.homedepot.com/p/ECHO-21-...-225/100675439
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Old 05-22-2019, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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When putting the trimmer away for the winter, how do you get rid of the fuel still inside? One idea is to let it run for a while but wouldn't that take a while?

I also see the problem that we are not doing proper maintenance.
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