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Stihl or Husky Synthetic oil

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by Finch, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. Finch

    Finch ArboristSite Member

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    The only oil in my area is Sthil or Husky oils I am looking into running full synthetic oil for my saws.Now I run 40:1 in my Huskys and stihls. Now my homlites I run 25:1 oil mix.What name brands do you think is the best for the stihls and the huskys and what ratio to be on the safe side.. On my homlites what ratio 25:1 on my homelites I don't feel like blowing them up so I want to be safe at all angles on my homelites. Right now I run Stihl std oil.I would like alot of input on this matter I am having..Or stay with std oil.

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    I run standard Stihl and Husky oil, 50:1. I have a BUNCH of
    hours on my old 346xp and it runs better now than when new.

    I also run 50:1 in old saws, never a problem. 50:1 oil is
    designed to be run 50:1.

    One can over think oil. :msp_wink:
     
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    well maybe y'all don't pray at the church of greater lubricity and holy light...you know....AMSOIL ?



    check out bobistheoilguy.com sit back and watch the war on lubrication....


    me, I like the ones that smell the best :msp_biggrin:
     
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    Finch: The ration of 25:1 was for for those OILS of days gone bye. Today's oils are much more efficient than they were back then. The standard mixing oil of today usually calls for 3.2 oz oil per gallon of gas = a 40.1 ratio....... Synthetic oils 2.5 oz per gal = 50:1 ratiio ....
    If you feel a bit unsafe with the older engine, you can use a little heavier mix of oil. Check the muffler for excess oil, then cut back till the muffler begins to dry. You oughta be safe.
    I've got a saw which calls for a mix of 16:1 ratio. I'm going to go with the synthetic 50:1 and see how she does.....
     
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    Just weighing in with my $.02 ....

    I use Opti-2 ... one small tube per gallon no matter the ratio and have never had a problem in any 2-stroke engine. Mix once and no thinking after that ....
     
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    I agree with Sunfish on the 50:1, even on older saws - but by all means run a quality brand synth. oil.

    As far as I know, the reason that less oil can be used today is that the oil has improved, not any basic change to the saw engines. Running "dino" oil is giving up some of the improvements, again as far as I know.....

    I don't think it matters if the can is labelled Stihl or Husky, but try to stay with one kind.
     
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    Ok I will stay with stihl being I really like it.I will try synthetic oil in my newer saws.

    Thanks for the input everyone.
    Finch
     
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    Stihl Ultra has a great reputation. You'll be fine with 40:1 or 50:1 in all of your saws, including the old ones. I've got saws from the 50s running the same mix as my new saws.
     
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    As far as I know the best quality Husqvarna mix out right now is their "XP Professional" mix, in the silver bottle with the blue cap. This is a synthetic blend and not a full synthetic oil.

    I run this and like it a lot. I like the blue color, I like the way it smells, and all my equipment runs well on it.

    The ultra mix is good but expensive. It seems some percentage of users dont like the way it smells. I am one of them. On a hot summer day when the air is stagnant I get a headache.

    When I'm going to run lots of gas through the 3120 on the mill I mix up a bunch of 1.8-2 gallon batches of the baileys synthetic mix at a 35 or 40:1 ratio.

    It's really all good stuff. Any big name oil is going to be good. If you go through a lot that's when you might want to look into a mobil 2t or something available in quarts but the baileys stuff is pretty cheap if you're concerned about price.

    my biggest beef with ultra is the smell, then price. on all other accounts its good in my book.
     
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    Bailey's WoodlandPro synthetic is good stuff. I use it in some of my equipment.
     
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    Exactly!
     
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    Why only some of your equipment if it's so good?:confused:
     
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    I use Maxima K2 in my personal ported work saws. It's much more expensive.
     
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    I've been using Woodland Pro Synthetic in all mine for a couple years now - from the 50's to present, homelite, mac, husky, stihl - no problems - 50:1.
    Just make sure to retune the carb if going to a higher ratio.
     

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