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Honda, Echo, Shindaiwa Oils
At Jack's we are proud to carry the finest oils that protect your outdoor power equipment.
is the correct fuel/oil ratio for Echo and Shindaiwa products?
Why should I use JASO/FC and ISO-LEGD certified oil?
Jack's sells 2-stroke engine oil that exceeds ISO LEGD standards and is JASO/FC registered (registration #001EPA646). These oil are fully compatible with all air - cooled, outdoor power equipment 2-Stroke engines at 50:1 ratio.JASO/FC and ISO-LEGD oil must be used with a mid-grade (89 octane) or premium gasoline in all 1997 and newer engines.
These oil's are made for high revving, (7000 RPM and up) air-cooled 2-stroke engines that are E.P.A. and C.A.R.B. emissions certified. Make sure the oil has a GD certification. Oils that are GA/GB/GC are of lesser quality, designed for applications such as water-cooled boat engines, low RPM lawnmower engines, or snowmobile engines. Prior to 1997, oils were not manufactured to these higher standards. Some or most of the oils were simply 30 or 40 weight 4-stroke engine oil with minimum amounts of additives. Echo oil is the highest quality 2-Stroke oil available.
ISO-LEGD or JASO/ FC oil will provide maximum protection against engine wear and carbon buildup.
3. Why is it important to use Premium gas?
Gasoline must be 89 octane or higher octane. Premium gasoline has greater amounts of detergents and anti-oxidizing additives to keep the engines clean. Poor gas will build-up varnish, gum and tar deposits on the piston surface and ring grooves shorten the life of the engine.
4. What are the fuel/oil storage recommendations?
Do not allow moisture to enter the fuel container. Water is heavier than gasoline and will settle to the bottom eventually finding itís way into your engineís fuel tank where it could cause severe engine failure.
Use only fuel approved containers. The additives in todayís fuels can cause other than approved containers to deteriorate and contaminate fuel that is otherwise okay. Once this contaminated fuel enters an engine it tends to cause the moving parts to stick together and possibly cause serious damage to the unit.
5. How do I mix the Fuel and oil?
A 50:1 ratio with 89 Octane fuel or higherAdd half of the amount of fuel being mixed in an approved container. Add complete contents of Bottle of Premium 2-stroke engine oil (containing stabilizer) and mix thoroughly. Add the remaining amount fuel being mixed and mix thoroughly.
Below is a ratio chart
note: for most of our 2 cycle engines we use 50:1 fuel/oil ratio
For a more complete ratio chart click here
6. Do I use mixed oil/Fuel for the C4 Shindaiwa and what about the Honda line trimmers?
Shindaiwa C4 is a hybrid using 4 strokes rather than 2 strokes but still requires 1:50 mixture.
Honda is a true 4 stroke engine requiring straight gas in their Trimmer engines.
Why use Professional Quality Bar oil?
Professional Quality Bar oil is important for the life of the engine, bar and chain.
If the oil is too thin, too much of it flies off the end of the bar by inertia. This leaves the underside of the bar and chain dry of oil.
If the oil is too thick, the bar and chain will not get enough oil. There is great wear and power loss due to friction.
If the oil is the proper consistency, it will pump freely, and will stay with the chain all the way around the bar.
Bars and chains have lasted longer with commercial bar oil. Professional quality chainsaw bar oil is more effective as it adheres to the bar and chain optimizing lubrication.
Use plenty of bar and chain oil. Oil is cheaper than either a new bar or chain
At a speed of 53 miles per hour, four hours of saw running time means 200+ miles of chain passing over the bar. Attention to the condition of the chain and bar, plus frequent lubrication, will safeguard your equipment investment. In reduced wear alone, you'll more than pay for the oil you use
How Often and What Type of Lubrication Should I Use in My Saw?Keep your saw's chain-oiling system filled with clean oil specific for bar-and-chain oil. Never put used oil, or old motor oil, in your saw or on your chain. Be sure your chain, bar, and sprocket are always receiving oil from the saw during operation. Fill your oil reservoir each time you fill your gas tank.
Do not store fuel longer than 30 days. Fuel will deteriorate and lose volatility over time. Adding a fuel stabilizer can extend storage up to 90 days and beyond by forming a barrier on the surface of the gasoline and prevents oxidation rust, corrosion, and fuel deposits. At Jack's we carry the premiere fuel stabilizers from Champion and Honda.
Fuel (gasoline, diesel, or heating fuel), is made up of organic compounds. These organic compounds change over time changing the characteristics of fuel. Gasoline can react with oxygen and other elements in the environment that form gummy residues or varnish-like films that can clog up passages in fuel lines, carburetors, and injectors.
Some fuels are treated with oxidation inhibitors to allow them to be stored for up to 3 months without generating excessive deposits. Most other fuels have no inhibitors at all and should never be used no more than 30 days. In any case, storage of equipment requires some special consideration for the fuel system.
One way to avoid most of these deposits is to completely drain the fuel tank and fuel lines. This can pose a number of problems. First, it is virtually impossible to get every drop of fuel out of the system by simply draining. In order to remove all fuel, lines must be blown out and dried, or enough fuel will remain to cause problems. Second, draining the fuel exposes the bare metal in the tank and fuel system to air and moisture which, together, can result in the formation of rust and corrosion and which can allow gaskets to dry out, crack and shrink, leading to fuel leaks when the system is refilled. Third, drained fuel is a fire and safety hazard and represents an environmental problem. Properly disposing of this fuel is difficult. For these reasons, draining is not the best solution.
Fuel stored in cans or tanks will also oxidize with many of the unstable molecules remaining in the solution. Using this fuel next season, greatly increases the likelihood that deposits will form in fuel systems while the equipment is used.
Fuel Stabilizer is a blend of additives which act together to prevent fuel from undergoing degradation and oxidation during prolonged storage. It acts as a protective wrapper around fuel molecules so they cannot combine with oxygen or other molecules.
On average, a good fuel stabilizer improves gasoline life 5 times. The average gasoline is extended from 30 days oxidation life to 5 months with a good fuel stabilizer. Compared to any other products pretending to extend fuel life, a good fuel stabilizer is 4 to 9 times more effective according to accepted standard fuel stability tests IASTM D5251.
Any engine stored for 90 days or more needs a good fuel stabilizer. This includes all 2-cycle or 4-cycle engines used in lawnmowers, marine engines (inboard and outboard, snow-throwers, motorcycles, chain saws, recreation vehicles, snowmobiles, generators, pumps, golf carts, automobiles, trucks, garden tillers, lawn edgers, garden tractors, farm equipment, mini- bikes, motor scooters, you name it. If it has an engine and is stored for a season or more, it needs a good fuel stabilizer.
Just add the fuel stabilizer to the fuel according to the recommended dosage on the package. (Measuring is easy based on the number of squeezes through the measuring cap. Agitate the fuel tank if possible, then start and run the engine for 5 minutes or more. After that, simply shut off the engine and store the equipment away. Next season, the engine will start easily and run smoothly.