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What fuel is everyone using
« on: March 04, 2019, 07:30:28 PM »
Been running 100ll in my saws and trimmers for 20+ years but latestest trip to stihl dealer has me wondering, in the process of checking out my 290fb and a 251 I was trading due to me needing to thin out some of my saws the mechanic starts shaking his head and saying this fuel will kill you.. I laugh and say what wonít these days and he gets even more retarded telling me all the bad things thatís in it and quit running it ASAP! I pretty much ignored him after that, haggled a little on the price and ended up bringing a new 261 cm home. Which rips btw.. canít count the number of carbs Iíve replaced for people running 87 ethenal fuel and donít wanna go that route but donít have any shops near that sell ethenal fuel near me. Options?

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Re: What fuel is everyone using
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2019, 07:40:23 PM »
I'm personally not that comfortable running leaded fuel. Lead's more of an issue for children, but I still don't like the idea of it exhausting a couple feet from my face. I have alcohol free gas ~30 miles away, so I pick up 10G at a time, and it lasts sufficiently long enough to make the trip worthwhile. It that wasn't available, I'm not sure what I'd do. I'd probably do some reading on removing the alcohol, and more importantly, boosting the octane once the alcohol was removed. It's all fairly straightforward, but it might be more hassle than I felt like dealing with. So... Not really sure. Leaded gas isn't completely off the table, but it wouldn't be my first choice.

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Re: What fuel is everyone using
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2019, 07:51:27 PM »
I buy boat gas, specifically Valvetect Marine Fuel, at our local oil company bulk store. If it looks like the saws may set for very long I fill them up with Stihl Moto-Mix. The boat gas also goes in the ATV, snowblower, roto-tiller, wood splitter, etc. 

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Re: What fuel is everyone using
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2019, 08:08:11 PM »
Were lucky and straight unleaded is just three miles down the highway from were I live. That's all I run in all my small engines,saws and old tractors. Have had zero issues with it. It is 25-30 cents higher per gallon. 

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Re: What fuel is everyone using
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2019, 09:13:40 PM »
I use the highest grade of gas that I can buy at my local gas station. Got one of those Chevy Colorado trucks,that runs better on high test too.
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Re: What fuel is everyone using
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2019, 09:30:54 PM »
Av gas is an option if your near an airport .
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Re: What fuel is everyone using
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2019, 12:46:22 AM »
I wouldn't even know where to find pure gas.

I buy the canned mix on occasion. But usually buy super unleaded with 10% or less ethanol and use name brand oil made for outdoor power equipment.
Recently I've been spending the extra dollar a bottle for the Red Armor because it says that it stays good for a long time once mixed if kept in a tightly sealed container.

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Re: What fuel is everyone using
« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2019, 03:02:20 AM »
I run basic 95 octane pump gas on my equipment.
95 octane and 98 octane is what they sell on gas station, i'm not sure which one is  better for chainsaws.
I THINK i heard my husqvarna dealer say to run 98 octane, he did say that about lawnmower, not sure about chainsaw.
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Re: What fuel is everyone using
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2019, 06:24:48 AM »
I use aspen. It is alkylat gasoline. It is very expensive but I can not stand regular exhaust gas from chainsaw anymore.

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Re: What fuel is everyone using
« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2019, 07:51:09 AM »
 8) Oh goody now more of the gas wars in conjuction with the great never ending on going epic  oil debate .If I had an airplane I'd run aviation gasoline .If I had a fully restored Rolls -Royce silver cloud I'd run pure non ethanol leaded gasoline .If I still owned my Harley chopper I'd run Cam II .All I have is a shed full of chainsaws,old tractors ,a few lawn mowers,a Ford Ranger and big Mercury automobile .They all seem to do just fine on pump gas   .Even my old Jeep that was brand new in 1965 .I was brand new in 1948 and I'm still running fine .I run just fine on black coffee ,Budweiser,fried chicken ,bacon ,and beef steak and potatoes .No grits for ,Yankee you know . :D :D

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Re: What fuel is everyone using
« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2019, 11:45:19 AM »
VP fuels sell good gasoline everything from non leaded and leaded all the way up in octane over a 110. From 5 gallon pails up to 45 gallon drums or bigger.

Their quart 40;1 50:1 non ethanol non leaded goes for
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Re: What fuel is everyone using
« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2019, 11:58:36 AM »
Pure-gas.org and Buyrealgas.com are both good websites that list local stations that well ethanol free gas.

I buy 5-6 gallons at a time and use it to make my mix.  Works fine.

It is not leaded gas - just ethanol free.  Marinaís usually sell ethanol free gas too.
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Re: What fuel is everyone using
« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2019, 02:18:38 PM »
I use stihl timbersport fuel, I advise my clientale to do the same. If I can't get the stihl timbersport fuel then I will buy 93 mix that with orange bottle stihl oil. The timbersport fuel has a distinctive smell when a saw is tuned properly. I love that smell. I know fuel is expensive, however, the alternative is more so. That's just my opinion of course.

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Re: What fuel is everyone using
« Reply #13 on: March 05, 2019, 02:52:20 PM »
Bog standard unleaded petrol @5 litres+100 ml of stihl orange mineral oil for ever,just lately switched to the semi synth green oil @ 40-1 with the same standard petrol.Never had an issue I know of running  multiple 2 stroke machines of a wide age range over 35 years.Honestly, I spend more time worrying about keeping chains and blades sharp,regularly cleaning/replacing air filters,changing out fuel/air filters and spark plugs etc.If your doing big hours these items should just be changed,maintained regularly.NOT when they fail,it should be part of your maintenance schedule.Apart from doing my own stuff,a lot of my customers ask me to service their mowers over Winter-which is handy over my quiet spell.Typical scenario:Nice top quality honda ohv mower you have here-how old is it?5 year old now.Me-when did you last change the oil/spark plug or air filter and ever balance and sharpen the blade?Umm, never replies the customer.Crazy when you think this could well be a £1000 mower.I mean,do you wait for your spark plugs to fail before you replace them on your car!?Otherwise intelligent people never fail to astonish me.
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Re: What fuel is everyone using
« Reply #14 on: March 05, 2019, 03:09:16 PM »
My favourite chainsaw,I like to run on vintage champagne with a heady slug of organic truffle oil  thumbs-up
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Re: What fuel is everyone using
« Reply #15 on: March 05, 2019, 03:35:58 PM »
Aspen Alkylate Petrol. 
Because it won't hurt the engine and probably not me either, and my clothes won't stink. 
It is about twice the price of normal oil mixed petrol, but it is money well spent.

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Re: What fuel is everyone using
« Reply #16 on: March 05, 2019, 09:00:01 PM »
I use stihl timbersport fuel, I advise my clientale to do the same. If I can't get the stihl timbersport fuel then I will buy 93 mix that with orange bottle stihl oil. The timbersport fuel has a distinctive smell when a saw is tuned properly. I love that smell. I know fuel is expensive, however, the alternative is more so. That's just my opinion of course.
Depends on how much you use.
Say you use a little more than the average occasional user. Just a gallon or so of 2-stroke a month on average.
I know I can keep all my 2-stroke equipment running for 10 years on my home brew. 
So in that 10 years I saved about $15 a month. That's $1800. Enough to get a new pro saw or two every 10 years.

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« Reply #17 on: March 05, 2019, 09:26:57 PM »
Sorry for this off the wall answer but it is true!  I live off the grid with solar power so my 58v 16" echo truly runs on sunshine. However I do have to dump bar and chain oil into it

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« Reply #18 on: March 06, 2019, 05:24:23 AM »
With so many different ideas and formula's it is hard to lock in on a favourite brew that will be 1. accesible 2. suit all machines 3. affordable 4. not be detrimental to engine life ( as a hobby/collector this one is important.. cause we love these little machines)
Please somebody come up with the perfect formula
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Re: What fuel is everyone using
« Reply #19 on: March 06, 2019, 05:49:57 AM »
I did some research about the pump gas in my country.

Since may 2018 95 octane gas had 5% etanol and 98 octane gas had 0%
But in April 2019 the 95 octane gas will have 10% of ethanol in it and 98 octane gas will remain at 0%

So can you guys tell me, should i start using the 98 octane pump gas?
Or is the higher octane somehow going to damage my chainsaws, lawnmowers etc.

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