Which type of gas would you buy for your 2 cycle equipment?

Which Type of Gas Would you Buy for Your 2 Cycle Equipment?

  • Regular Non Ethanol

    Votes: 45 70.3%
  • 93 With Ethanol

    Votes: 8 12.5%
  • 89 With Ethanol

    Votes: 11 17.2%

  • Total voters
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SRJMow

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I had problems after using some five month old gas for my Craftsman chainsaw and had to replace the spark plug and fuel filter. From now on I plan on using Craftsman 40:1 2-Cycle Fuel Mix.
It only costs $5.49 a quart. That is enough to meet my needs seeing I never use up the gallon that I mix. I only use the chainsaw to remove a few old bushes, small trees or fallen branches. Other than that it sits around for a long time between uses.
The pre-mixed fuel lasts two years and uses synthetic oil. I will update everyone on how it works in the spring when I remove a couple small trees in the back of my father's place. It will be nice to not worry about the fuel going bad after only a few months!

The spark plug I removed was fouled up a bit. Also Craftsman stuck a Chinese plug (Torch) in it instead of a Champion plug that they recommend in their manual. What's up with that?
It looked cheap.
I replaced it with a new Champion plug.
 

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I had problems after using some five month old gas for my Craftsman chainsaw and had to replace the spark plug and fuel filter. From now on I plan on using Craftsman 40:1 2-Cycle Fuel Mix.
It only costs $5.49 a quart. That is enough to meet my needs seeing I never use up the gallon that I mix. I only use the chainsaw to remove a few old bushes, small trees or fallen branches. Other than that it sits around for a long time between uses.
The pre-mixed fuel lasts two years and uses synthetic oil. I will update everyone on how it works in the spring when I remove a couple small trees in the back of my father's place. It will be nice to not worry about the fuel going bad after only a few months!

The spark plug I removed was fouled up a bit. Also Craftsman stuck a Chinese plug (Torch) in it instead of a Champion plug that they recommend in their manual. What's up with that?
It looked cheap.
I replaced it with a new Champion plug.
Theres nothing wrong with Torch spark plugs. You might have ruined it when using that 5 month old 2 cycle gas. 2 cycle gas stays fresh for only 60-90 days without using stabilizer.
 

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The spark plug I removed was fouled up a bit. Also Craftsman stuck a Chinese plug (Torch) in it instead of a Champion plug that they recommend in their manual. What's up with that?
It looked cheap.
I replaced it with a new Champion plug.
I wouldnt worry about the Torch spark plug. I find them very reliable and will out last most popular brand named plug.
Briggs and Stratton own brand plug is a Torch plug but everyone still thinks they are Champions.

I can honestly say iv had none fail over 2-3 years supplying.
 

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I wouldnt worry about the Torch spark plug. I find them very reliable and will out last most popular brand named plug.
Briggs and Stratton own brand plug is a Torch plug but everyone still thinks they are Champions.

I can honestly say iv had none fail over 2-3 years supplying.
Same here. I havent had one fail me yet either. Had many champions fail me in past.
 

SRJMow

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Same here. I havent had one fail me yet either. Had many champions fail me in past.
Never heard of Torch before. Thanks for the info! I am pretty sure the problems I had were caused by trying to use up the old fuel. I will not do that again. :ashamed:

The old fuel no doubt helped to foul up the plug and possibly restrict the flow of fuel through the filter. Good to know that the Torch plug is a good brand. I use NGK for my Honda mowers and Echo string trimmer. Currently my snowblower has a Briggs platinum plug in it that I will change at the end of this season.

Let me know if you have a recommendation for the best spark plug to use in my Simplicity snowblower (1524p). I had planned on replacing it with another Briggs platinum plug (5066k). Is that platinum plug a Torch? I would welcome any advice regarding the most trouble free brands. I don't mind spending a premium for that sort of stuff. I hope that using pre-mix fuel will help to eliminate future problems with the chainsaw. I use 50-1 fuel with my Echo trimmer, and I think I will try out a pre-mix fuel with that as well. I have not had any issues with the Echo trimmer, but I use that on a more regular basis. But I usually have to switch to using my electric trimmer towards the end of the summer rather than mixing up another gallon at the end of August and tossing more than half of it out in the fall. The pre-mix seems like a possible solution, if it works.

Additional Info: Nobody commented on whether the Briggs platinum plug is any good or not so I did a little research of my own. Seems like the regular spark plugs that Briggs sells are made in China (country of origin). Probably a rebranded Torch as pugaltitude stated. And the quality is supposed to be good. The platinum plug that Briggs sells is made in the USA, at least for now. I have not had any problems using the platinum plug, and it gets good reviews. The snowblower starts up first pull and runs smooth. So I still plan to replace my spark plug with the Briggs plug it came with when I tune it up this spring.
 
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It sure looks that way, seeing that most all the car dealers now have or are prepared for E85 with there FFV's there selling and with the stations popping up more and more all the time I'd say there's a good chance especially if they do away with the E10. It just doesn't make sense to me that if it wasn't going that way why Ford, GM, and Chrysler are already selling FFV's and have been for a while?
Maybe not quite yet
Ethanol makers face obstacles to expanding

The E85 FFV had been in development for quite a few years and the added cost of accommodating E85 is not that much for new vehicles so the auto makers are doing it as a selling point since it can use non-ethanol fuel just as well. And the dealers are telling the potential buyers that FFVs are better because non-FFVs have reliability problems with ethanol additives while the FFVs "LOVE ethanol".
 

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This old rally I run 115 octane has a 17.5 Tecumseh been bored 40 over with a Keith black piston. Getting about 25 hp

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I use 87 octane with unspecified amount of ethanol (hopefully less than 20%).
our gas is limited to 10% so far<> read the manual and see what gas you need, my new tractor says regular gas ,.old roto tiller reg. gas lawn mower reg. gas murray tractor reg. gas,. 29 hp. scooter high compresion, 89 oct. or 94 oct. O ethenal, 94 for winter storage,.
 

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I'm changing my answer because the Tanaka machines both say 89 octane if you want your warranty. Not that warranties are worth much ;) I don't think it's worth the bother or money to buy another 5gal can and fill one with 87 and the other with 89 so all the machines will get 89 now.
 

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What ever is the cheapest gas pump, runs just fine with ethanol in the gas.
 

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I'm changing my answer because the Tanaka machines both say 89 octane if you want your warranty. Not that warranties are worth much ;) I don't think it's worth the bother or money to buy another 5gal can and fill one with 87 and the other with 89 so all the machines will get 89 now.
That's the reason I run 93 octane. Everything I run is Stihl and says 89 or higher and I'm like you I'm not going to bother with trying to keep 87 for the mowers especially when I can get up to a dollar off a gallon on premium.
 

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That's the reason I run 93 octane. Everything I run is Stihl and says 89 or higher and I'm like you I'm not going to bother with trying to keep 87 for the mowers especially when I can get up to a dollar off a gallon on premium.
Ya I just run 89 same reason. Found out however that I cannot run 89 in my truck. I started using it a while ago my check engine light came on. 02 sensor #3 is bad. Reading the manual it says use 87 only :/
 

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No alcohol premium. That is all that is aviable here without the lousy alcohol. The exceptions are canned fuel, Stihl and others put it out. Another good one is no alcohol avaition gas. Don't get the low lead stuff. Another is gas at a marina. -- no alcohol.

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Ya I just run 89 same reason. Found out however that I cannot run 89 in my truck. I started using it a while ago my check engine light came on. 02 sensor #3 is bad. Reading the manual it says use 87 only :/

I don't have to worry about what goes in the Truck, it's an FFV so it will take and run anything. The higher the octane the better it likes it. The Stihl equipment is the same the higher octane the better. I think that's why in eight years I've never had any issues with any of my lawn equipment.
 
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