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    2-Cycle Oil...Difference?

    I have a Toro snowblower and recently bought 2-cycle oil formulated for Toro brand products. I have not used it yet but noticed when I got home that the bottle says it is "formulated" for Toro gas trimmers.

    Can I use this same 2-cycle oil for my snowblower? Would there be much of a difference if any between 2-cycle oils? Guess I am just wondering if I can save myself a trip back to the store.

    Obviously I have no clue when it comes to these kinds of issues...thanks for any info!



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    Re: 2-Cycle Oil...Difference?

    I think that's a bunch of balony. 2 cycle oil is 2 cycle oil and I think they all have to meet some ASE standard to be called that. I've mixed and matched for years and have never had problems.



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    Re: 2-Cycle Oil...Difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobber View Post
    I think that's a bunch of balony. 2 cycle oil is 2 cycle oil and I think they all have to meet some ASE standard to be called that. I've mixed and matched for years and have never had problems.
    Thanks for the response. I didn't want to do something that blows up my snowblower when I am too lazy to drive to the store to buy 2-cycle oil that is formulated for snowblowers rather than a gas trimmer.

    I appreciate the info!



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    Re: 2-Cycle Oil...Difference?

    I think the key is mixing the right ratio. However when in doubt, just put a little more oil in. It may foul your spark plug quicker, but safer for the engine.



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    Re: 2-Cycle Oil...Difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobber View Post
    I think the key is mixing the right ratio. However when in doubt, just put a little more oil in. It may foul your spark plug quicker, but safer for the engine.
    Not always. Too much oil, and I mean way too much, and you can lean out the air/fuel ratio burning up a piston.



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    Re: 2-Cycle Oil...Difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by cyfanatic View Post
    I have a Toro snowblower and recently bought 2-cycle oil formulated for Toro brand products. I have not used it yet but noticed when I got home that the bottle says it is "formulated" for Toro gas trimmers.

    Can I use this same 2-cycle oil for my snowblower? Would there be much of a difference if any between 2-cycle oils? Guess I am just wondering if I can save myself a trip back to the store.

    Obviously I have no clue when it comes to these kinds of issues...thanks for any info!
    As someone else said, this is complete BS. Despite what manufacturers and some fanatical consumers may try to tell you, as long as it is API certified, motor oil is pretty much...motor oil.

    My old John Deere snowblower used to say something in the manual like mix it at 50:1, but if you're not using John Deere oil mix it 25:1 because John Deere motor oil is superior. Horse pucky. Last I knew, John Deere was not an oil company. They just buy their oil from someone else and stamp their name on it. What ends up happening is the 25:1 mixture makes your snowblower/mower run like crap and then they hope you'll switch back to their more expensive John Deere oil. Complete and utter BS.



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    Re: 2-Cycle Oil...Difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by ruxCYtable View Post
    As someone else said, this is complete BS. Despite what manufacturers and some fanatical consumers may try to tell you, as long as it is API certified, motor oil is pretty much...motor oil.

    My old John Deere snowblower used to say something in the manual like mix it at 50:1, but if you're not using John Deere oil mix it 25:1 because John Deere motor oil is superior. Horse pucky. Last I knew, John Deere was not an oil company. They just buy their oil from someone else and stamp their name on it. What ends up happening is the 25:1 mixture makes your snowblower/mower run like crap and then they hope you'll switch back to their more expensive John Deere oil. Complete and utter BS.
    I appreciate the info. This makes me feel a lot better about using the oil I purchased.



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    Re: 2-Cycle Oil...Difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by cyfanatic View Post
    I appreciate the info. This makes me feel a lot better about using the oil I purchased.
    If you guys want a good site for oil info check out

    Blackstone Labs



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    Re: 2-Cycle Oil...Difference?

    The only difference I've seen is that some manufacturers put a fuel stabilizer in the oil. This is only really needed if the equipment goes unused for a length of time, such as a snowblower.



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