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« Reply #30 on: September 15, 2020, 09:19:20 PM »

Does anyone know how to pronounce Stihl?  Is it steel, still, or style?  Dominick
I say "steel" and so do our Alaskan kin and our Stihl dealer (local hardware store).

2 cycle engines were sent as a curse upon mankind.
My sentiments too.  It's been agony.

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« Reply #31 on: September 16, 2020, 03:38:04 AM »

You can't help but be suspicious that they may have an ulterior motive in selling you $32/gallon gasoline  instead of just the occasional chainsaw that lasts a decade or more.

Not saying that the stuff doesn't work, but I doubt that some chainsaw company came up with some brand spanking new chemistry.  They must be ordering  some combination of existing gasoline, stabilizers and whatnot.   Ask Stihl what specifically is in the blend, and see if you get an answer Smiley


I think the $32 gallon gas is probably just a mixture (in ethanol-free gas) that includes the 2 or 4-cycle oil for those who don't want to mix their own.
Edit:  A money making scheme probably. Useful for homeowners with a saw or other 2-cycle power tool who don't need to use a lot of gas --but not a consideration for anyone making their living using gas powered equipment.
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« Reply #32 on: September 16, 2020, 04:41:34 AM »

That gas is a little higher octane I think. They should give you a can when you buy a new saw at least you think they would. We buy a fair amount of chain saws every year. Now you need a program on a laptop to tune them, it's getting ridiculous. $800 for a stihl 201 climbing saw and heaven forbid you need a new plastic part.
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« Reply #33 on: September 16, 2020, 05:31:50 AM »

Wow...quite the interesting thread here. Just my experience, for what it’s worth. I have 2 Stihl chainsaws that I’ve used as a homeowner not professional type service. I cut a cord of wood with a permit for fireplace and BBQ use at home, about a cord where we set up elk camp for a few weeks use, and some trimming around the house or for family members/friends. So I’m no “professional sawyer!😁

Unfortunately, due to my not always getting all of my homemade pre-mix fuel out of carbs after each use, I am now very proficient at rebuilding/cleaning the small Stihl cube style carburetors. So, have I learned anything? Well yes.
1) only use genuine Stihl parts.... the knock-off Amazon parts are friendlier for the wallet, but don’t last as long!
2) ...and this is most important for my application....only use quality pre-mix fuel in the cans. Stihl has “moto-mix” as Steve referred to, and another one is called “Tru-fuel”...
For me the ease of use, performance, and decrease in necessary carb maintenance, far outweigh the cost!
Just my .02$, for what it’s worth. And as I said, I’m not a professional, so my saws see some shelf time between use. The guys that use saws everyday, for a living , most likely have a different program that works better for them😁

Edit, I should add that since I went exclusively to “canned” fuel 2years ago I have not had any carb issues.
I drain the fuel after use and start it and run/choke til it quits. My Stihl dealer, I say “steel” tells me I don’t even have to do that if it’s not going to sit more than a year, but I do it anyways!!!!
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« Reply #34 on: September 16, 2020, 06:40:21 AM »

I promise to use my 2 hp honda outboard more and not let it sit for 13 months with gas inside :-)

I have used ethanol gas till now, and starting this year I will use ethanol free gas with seafoam or other carb cleaners and see how that goes.

I have a 2 cycle HB 800 generator that I let sit with gas inside (with 2 cycle), I am going to try starting next, see how that goes.

Arlyn, I will pick wait till end of the season and pick up some of those canned fuel on clearance for later


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