I almost never use my chainsaw, so, a gallon gas:oil mixture sits, and
sits, and sits.
Rather than mix up a gallon, at a time, do any of you just mix a chainsaw
tankful of fuel:oil mixture?
My Husqvarna 445 chainsaw has a gas tank which is 0.99 pints (0.47
liters) according to the specifications.
That calculates out to 0.31 fluid ounces of oil, or 9.4 ml of oil per
tank, which shouldn't be too hard to add using the 1 ml eye dropper that
comes with the Kirkland Minoxidil liquid.
Do any of you bother to mix fuel:oil in the tank of your chainsaw?
Does it work out OK?
Also, why do the instructions say never to use TCW two-stroke oil?
On Tue, 30 Sep 2014 04:56:06 +0000 (UTC), "Danny D."
I usually mix it a half gallon at a time and dump the rest in my
truck. An ounce or so of oil is not going to hurt anything in a tank
If you are going to do this pint at a time thing, go to the drug store
and get a big syringe. I have a bunch if you want me to mail you one.
10cc is a common size and that is pretty much perfect for your use.
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Outboard motors run a whole lot cooler than lawn equipment. It is
gfretwell wrote, on Tue, 30 Sep 2014 01:24:20 -0400:
That is probably a good idea.
I actually have been mixing 2 gallons at a time (because I have a two-
gallon gasoline jug), but, the gas I just put in the chainsaw is from
last winter (so it's about a year old).
I didn't know what to do with it, as you can't just pour it out on the
ground, so, I like the idea of putting it into an automotive gas tank.
Thanks for that idea.
That makes sense since I need, for my 50:1 fuel:oil ratio, about 9.4ml
per tank, so, a 10ml syringe would be perfect (0.31 fluid ounces).
Thanks for the information on the TCW oil.
On Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:40:35 +0000 (UTC), "Danny D."
The little 1/2 gallon can I have is a regular gas can with the spout
and all, just smaller. I bought a bunch of those little oil bottles on
sale somewhere that have one dose for a gallon off gas and I measure
out the tad over an oz you need for a half gallon when I refill them
from a bigger container of oil. I just keep several ready to go so it
is fast to mix up a batch. The "jigger" is a good measure for a 1/2
gallon. You want just shy of 1 1/2oz and that is the second line on a
shot glass (but I use a metal one)
Between my weed eater and the chain saw I can usually burn a half
gallon before it goes bad but if I think it is getting old I toss it
in the truck. These days gas may start going over to the dark side in
3 months so don't keep it if you are not sure you are going to be
On Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:08:26 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I commonly use gas in my weedeater and mower that is 18-24 months old.
The mower is a 4-stroke, the weedeater 2-stroke.
Mixed the weedeater gas/oil in a gallon jug 2 summers ago, and it runs
fine with it. Not like I'm trying, it's just doesn't use much.
I'll toss the remaining in the Spring. About a pint is left.
The 5 gallon jug I use as the source for the mower was filled at the
same time, and is almost empty.
I just use the little jugs of 2-cycle oil. They're 4 oz and in a
gallon of gas works out to 32:1. Probably a bit more since I don't
drain every last drop of the oil from the jug.
Weedeater calls for 40:1 but it's been running fine for about 10 years
without a plug change.
Your gas aging might work for Florida, but not northern Illinois.
Stabil will extend the life of the mix. I must have had some around for
5 years before it went bad but stored stabilized gas I use in my
generator goes into the car after 2 year storage. Mower shop advised
against doing this with gas with 2 cycle oil in it.
I was using the same mix in chain saw, weed wacker and mower but when I
needed a new mower and it is 4 cycle it took a long time to get through
2 gallons of mix before it went bad.
Stabil is 95% hydrotreated kerosene and 5% "additives." Lamp oil is
likely to be hydrotreated kerosene. Hydrotreating removes aromatics and
I still don't know the chemistry by which Stabil works.
It's an anti-oxidant.
If you stored gasoline in a light proof, air proof container it should
Air causes oxidation and light and heat will accelerate it.
Ethanol in the gasoline adds additional problem as it can absorb
moisture and cause separation.
And everyone else. What's old gas and what problems does it cause. I buy
a gallon of gas (90% gas,10% etoh), Mix it up with the oil. Let t sit in a
gas can. Use it for about 2 months.. Never had any problems.
How old is "old gas" and what problems does it cause?
Outboard motors run cooler than weed whackers, so the oil formula is
different. Do not use outboard oil in your weed whacker, it will not
Ethanol absorbs water from the air. The water speeds the spoiling of
the gas and causes problems of its own. My worst problem is my
weedeater tank. It's not sealed. My mower tanks aren't sealed, either.
How long does it take, where you live, for gas to "spoil". What does
spoil mean for gas? Can you tell that it is spoiled? What happens when you
use spoiled gas? I know when milk has spoiled but I've no idea when gas has
I've seen many warnings about using "old" gas in small tools. Old is
undefined. My experience is that gas which was purchased months ago works
just fine. The tools start right up and run with no difficulty.
That's why I'm asking. What is old gas and what does it do to the
equipment? How do you know when gas is "spoiled".
Old gas smells different, but the ethanol creates other problems. Never had
a problem with one year old gas, sometimes two years. I did have a problem
with a snowblower. Big chunk of ice in the fuel bowl.
David L. Martel wrote, on Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:32:04 -0400:
I don't really know, but, what my understanding is, is that, after about
3 months, here in California, the gasoline absorbs water (and maybe stuff
oxidizes also) such that it won't burn as well.
Certainly, I've left gas in my mower and it wouldn't start in the spring.
I would think two-stroke oil would make the gas last even less, although
I couldn't tell you chemically how or why.
Here is a picture of the 2-gallon gas can I'm currently using:
If I can find one of those in 500ml sizes, that would be perfect for 10mL
of oil, and then it would fill up exactly one tank of the chainsaw at a
That way, there would be no wasted gas sitting around forever.
On Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:38:49 -0400, "David L. Martel"
Spoiled gas IME is gas that loses it's "volitiles." Haven't had water
issues with gas. But if you leave a gas container open it will lose
volatiles and can absorb water from the atmosphere.
I've used 2-year old gas with no problems. Kept in closed containers.
Could be I've been lucky with equipment.
Some small engine carbs foul easily, and some need the "bang" fresh
Certainly gas is a mixture and it's contents can change. Losing volitile
constituents will change the gas. I don't know anyone who does not store gas
in tightly sealed gas cans or in tightly sealed gas tanks.
My one bad experience with old gas was many years ago when I failed to
run my mower dry when putting it up for winter. The next Spring I had to
disassemble the carb and clean it with Gum-Out.
Would be nice if someone had studied this. I'd
dare to guess the petroleum companies have,
and they kinda like short life gas.
Much like pharma industry trains nurses and
doctors to pitch out medicine (and force the
customer to do without, or buy new stuff)
when it reaches some imaginary expiry date.
One guy I knew, his expired meds would just
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