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The best 2 cycle chainsaw oil

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by kamp45, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. kamp45

    kamp45 ArboristSite Lurker

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    I am looking for opinions on what would be the top quality oil. I am looking for a clean burn pluse lubricity?thanks
     
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    You're new here so you're going to get flamed.

    You can do a search and read for a century on different mix oils.

    Any name brand oil should do just fine. When people start talking best and worse, nobody has really taken saws, run them for 2000 hours on various mix oils, and then torn them down and compared them. So to say one top quality oil is better than another is tough.
     
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    You really should PM Gary aka GASoline71 on this subject. The man loves a good oil discussion.
     
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    I like either Stihl Ultra or Amsoil saber pro at 50:1 premium 10% ETOH. Both are full synthetic and I have not noticed a difference between the two in my saws. The ultra is easier to use as it comes premeasured in shots but it is expensive and not all stihl shops carry it. Saber I can get by the quart at my local NAPA and it is cheaper. I also like Husky XP oil. It is a semi synthetic. Works great in chainsaws but my 4-mixers did not like it.
     
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    stihl ultra for a readily available oil. there are some "exotic" oils that claim to be superior to everthing, including gravity. but lots of us run the ultra without lubricity, fouling, or carbon problems.
     
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    i have never had a problem with the echo power blend
     
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    I usually run stihl ultra (blue-green), I ran out the other day and used a friends stihl regular (red), could tell the difference straightaway there seemed to be a lot more smoke coming out of my 346xp then usual!

    I know mix was right as I used the same measure as I usually use, so tomorrow I'm going to buy some more ultra mix as it seems healtheir for both me and my saw.
     
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    I use the Stihl ultra, but I'm sure any good air cooled 2 stroke oil will do.
    You can get this stuff in a 1 gallon jug now, it saves a few bucks.
     
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    From Stihl's web-site

    "HP Ultra is a fully synthetic 2-cycle engine oil specially suited for high performance chain saws and power tools.
    This oil has outstanding engine cleaning characteristics, plus “ultra” superior lubricating qualities in comparison to
    other 2-cycle engine oils. This oil is biodegradable, degrading by 80% in 21 days."

    I use Ultra, but in Red would worry me about buying it in any bigger than what I
    am going to mix at one time. I think it starts to degrade when bottle
    has been opened not after it has been run in engine.......I could be wrong.


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    I believe what they mean is if you were to dump it on the ground it is biodegradable. I don't believe it will deteriorate when suspended in fuel.:dont-know:
     
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    on the 3 liters oil I bought from Stihl (it was a b/c oil though) they said that it should be returned after usage for proper disposal.
    LOLZ

    :jester:
     
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    Oil is one component of running a saw that people overthink WAY too much. They are not a Formula One engine.
    I used to run Castrol TTS which here is a relatively expensive air cooled 2 stroke oil. It goes for about USD$26 per litre.
    I then started using Jakmax 2 stroke full synthetic (made by ALCO in the US) which is nearly 1/3rd the price and I cannot notice the difference except in my wallet and nostrils (TTS has a very acrid smell after combustion). My saws don't seem to notice either!
    I've pulled a few of my saws down and they've all been well lubed internally at 50:1.
    All I'd recommend is a good quality synthetic oil although I've run AGIP semi synthetic a fair bit and that's a good oil too.
    I found that my 7900's fouled up a bit too fast on 100% mineral oil.
     
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    just pick a brand and roll with it........
     
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    What about Husky LS ?:snowman:
     
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    I've used it, worked fine and no smoke. I usually run XP or regular Stihl oil. It's all good. :D
     
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    What ever oil you use run it at 40:1 or 32:1

    With Ethanol content on the rise, I'm betting some oil manufacture are going to tweak their formulations so they mix better with ethanol, as I know some oils don't like more than 10%
     
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    The original Stihl orange bottle, 50:1.
     
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    Is there any problem use once LS and then XP. On XP and then LS ? I read that when you use LS you have no worry and use XP but not in other way.
     
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    I really don't know enough to be talking about it, but once the seal is broken
    air gets to it. The more times you pour some out the more air gets in, is what
    i was talking about.

    Mobil 1 had a shelf life on the bottle, I have 4 or 5 quarts of it that is out of
    date that I will never use.


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    Same here and will continue to use it.
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