- Jul 15, 2009
- Doylestown, Pennsylvania
I have a dilemma or do I? My leaf blower won't start... Colonel Mustard in the dinning room with the wrong mixture? OR The Butler in the Kitchen with stale gas from last year? What's your choice after reading the clues that were left behind. My Craftsman leaf blower specs 40:1 mixture. My Echo 225 gas trimmer specs 50:1. My homelite Chainsaw wants 50:1. Here's what I have been doing. I buy a good quality 6 pack of 2 cycle oil at any lawn service center I happen to be in. Then I take said little tiny jug and dump in the gas can and meter in 1 gallon of gas at the pump. then one day I actually read the directions and the label is giving me mixing directions for 32/1, 40/1, and 50/1. That seemed weird. So I pulled out my manuals and I did the unthinkable... I read the spec... who knew? Anyway I have been using the 50:1 mixture in my new craftsman leaf blower... after 4 tank-fulls it won't start. I didn't know there were different mixtures... to me oil gas mixture just meant a universal 2 cycle mix... oil and gas. When I was a kid ,40 years ago on the farm, we took used motor oil and used it for the oiler and the gas in the chain saw... have these things become so fussy that we need to serve a special diet to each one? One more clue the gas I used in the leaf blower is left over from mixing in September of last year, 10 months (Stabil was added when I mixed it). Please hurry the dead bodies are beginning to stink!