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Re: Do You Own A Small Engine Like a Chainsaw, Lawnmower, Weedeater?
« Reply #30 on: June 28, 2012, 06:05:06 PM »
Yep! That's the stuff. I used the last of it just recently. I had that can sitting around since '99 and it was still good. I only used it like starter fluid in the lawnmower and rototiller though. I didn't think the octane of the stuff was so low, but then again, it didn't taste like Sunoco 260 either! :toungsmile:
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More than ten years? That's what happens when you don't destroy it with ethanol.
I need to pick up a couple of cans, it's great for all kinds of stuff, even stuck bolts.
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Re: Do You Own A Small Engine Like a Chainsaw, Lawnmower, Weedeater?
« Reply #31 on: June 28, 2012, 08:48:10 PM »
Yep! That's the stuff. I used the last of it just recently. I had that can sitting around since '99 and it was still good. I only used it like starter fluid in the lawnmower and rototiller though. I didn't think the octane of the stuff was so low, but then again, it didn't taste like Sunoco 260 either! :toungsmile:

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Re: Do You Own A Small Engine Like a Chainsaw, Lawnmower, Weedeater?
« Reply #32 on: June 10, 2013, 07:39:35 PM »
Just a note= DO NOT USE 100LL Aviation fuel in a car with a catalytic converter. 100 LL ( Low Lead) has four times the lead of the old Sunoco 240, or was it 260? None the less. Four times as much lead as leaded fuel for the 1960's muscle cars. Another interesting note, if you blend a high octane fuel with a different octane, you will get an even higher octane then either. I do not know the exact percentages. Just a heads up. We run 100LL in some of the blimps. after one flight, you can scrape the lead off of the propellers.
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Re: Do You Own A Small Engine Like a Chainsaw, Lawnmower, Weedeater?
« Reply #33 on: May 30, 2015, 05:23:39 PM »
An electric chainsaw that will surprise you is the Makita UC4030A 16" 14.5 Amp electric chainsaw.
I read about them online and bought one.

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Re: Do You Own A Small Engine Like a Chainsaw, Lawnmower, Weedeater?
« Reply #34 on: May 30, 2015, 05:32:38 PM »
An electric chainsaw that will surprise you is the Makita UC4030A 16" 14.5 Amp electric chainsaw.
I read about them online and bought one.



Why did you not go for the 15 AMP?
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Re: Do You Own A Small Engine Like a Chainsaw, Lawnmower, Weedeater?
« Reply #35 on: May 30, 2015, 05:42:33 PM »
Just a note= DO NOT USE 100LL Aviation fuel in a car with a catalytic converter. 100 LL ( Low Lead) has four times the lead of the old Sunoco 240, or was it 260? None the less. Four times as much lead as leaded fuel for the 1960's muscle cars. Another interesting note, if you blend a high octane fuel with a different octane, you will get an even higher octane then either. I do not know the exact percentages. Just a heads up. We run 100LL in some of the blimps. after one flight, you can scrape the lead off of the propellers.
Fascinating Eyes, I did not know they still used lead.
I'll be hunting for this fuel for all my equipment and quad including boat, since none of them have cats.
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Re: Do You Own A Small Engine Like a Chainsaw, Lawnmower, Weedeater?
« Reply #36 on: May 31, 2015, 11:55:52 AM »

Why did you not go for the 15 AMP?

The mfrs plate says 14.5 Amps. I think that may be advertised as a 15 A unit.  That's what I remember ordering. I got mine from a site called manufacturers outlet, located in CA.

Sure enough, right through a couple of 2' diameter trees. I'm not going to push my luck, after all, it is an electric.  The oiler seems to work well and the chain is advertised at 60mph. As soon as you pick it up and hit the start you feel a certain quality. Having seen a lot of makitas on jobs, I felt confident.  All we can get here is ethanol 10-15.  We are putting Lucas additives in the cars and dry gas.  Denver is tight with Topeka.  We send them our water and they send back ethanol.


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Re: Do You Own A Small Engine Like a Chainsaw, Lawnmower, Weedeater?
« Reply #37 on: May 31, 2015, 12:34:06 PM »
The mfrs plate says 14.5 Amps. I think that may be advertised as a 15 A unit.  That's what I remember ordering. I got mine from a site called manufacturers outlet, located in CA.

Sure enough, right through a couple of 2' diameter trees. I'm not going to push my luck, after all, it is an electric.  The oiler seems to work well and the chain is advertised at 60mph. As soon as you pick it up and hit the start you feel a certain quality. Having seen a lot of makitas on jobs, I felt confident.  All we can get here is ethanol 10-15.  We are putting Lucas additives in the cars and dry gas.  Denver is tight with Topeka.  We send them our water and they send back ethanol.
Love these little saws! I'm on my fifth one. Makita is a trusted name and should last you many years, though I've never owned a Makita, they all share one common issue.
The only problem you'll experience is overheating, and that comes from using it too long, like I always do, basic abuse.
I find if it starts getting hot, blow it out with compressed air.
Also let it run without load before stopping, it's that dead heat that tends to take a toll, and running it free helps clear the heat.
I swear, if you keep it relatively cool, it'll outlast and gas saw.

Oh, and I was dropping 36" dia. trees with mine and bucking them up as well.
Yes, I have a top of the line Stihll gas unit, but I just love the weight, ease and quiet of the electric, which is why I wind up abusing them. :blushing:
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Re: Do You Own A Small Engine Like a Chainsaw, Lawnmower, Weedeater?
« Reply #38 on: September 07, 2015, 10:47:55 AM »
Fascinating Eyes, I did not know they still used lead.
I'll be hunting for this fuel for all my equipment and quad including boat, since none of them have cats.

Some race gas (offhand: VP makes 116 octane) is still leaded.  It's expensive and I wouldn't use it if you paid me to, but you can get it.
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Re: Do You Own A Small Engine Like a Chainsaw, Lawnmower, Weedeater?
« Reply #39 on: November 23, 2015, 12:27:02 PM »
Remembering this thread, I saw some pre-mixed 50:1 2 cycle fuel that advertised as being stable, lasting years, and no ethanol so I picked it up.

Really expensive compared to mixing your own - $9 for a quart - but that'll last me more than a year with the amount I use.

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Re: Do You Own A Small Engine Like a Chainsaw, Lawnmower, Weedeater?
« Reply #40 on: November 23, 2015, 12:37:37 PM »
Remembering this thread, I saw some pre-mixed 50:1 2 cycle fuel that advertised as being stable, lasting years, and no ethanol so I picked it up.

Really expensive compared to mixing your own - $9 for a quart - but that'll last me more than a year with the amount I use.
Thirty six bucks a gallon? :woot:
Granted, in an emergency, it would be worth twice that amount.
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Re: Do You Own A Small Engine Like a Chainsaw, Lawnmower, Weedeater?
« Reply #41 on: November 23, 2015, 01:30:27 PM »
Like everyone, I had the same issue with small engines. The technician who worked on a chainsaw suggested a fuel treatment. It is called Star*Tron Enzyme Fuel Treatment. I bought an 8 oz. bottle for about $7. It only takes less than a cap full for two gallons of gas. Works like a charm for 2 and 4 cycle engines. It doesn't matter what kind of gas.
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Re: Do You Own A Small Engine Like a Chainsaw, Lawnmower, Weedeater?
« Reply #42 on: November 23, 2015, 01:35:15 PM »
Thirty six bucks a gallon? :woot:
Granted, in an emergency, it would be worth twice that amount.

I know, right?  I figured it this way... I buy that, it'll probably last me a year.  Total cost: $9

I mix up my own, it goes to shit in 6 months and fucks up my chainsaw again.  Total cost: $60 repair

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Re: Do You Own A Small Engine Like a Chainsaw, Lawnmower, Weedeater?
« Reply #43 on: November 23, 2015, 02:35:35 PM »
I know, right?  I figured it this way... I buy that, it'll probably last me a year.  Total cost: $9

I mix up my own, it goes to shit in 6 months and fucks up my chainsaw again.  Total cost: $60 repair
If it keeps like they say it does, it would be good to keep an ounce in your tanks, and run it through so it starts again when you need it.
I've had needles stick after running them dry and sitting for a season, only to have to tear it apart anyway.
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