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Old 01-14-2011, 11:27 AM
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just got a strikemaster magnum ice auger, wondering what a quality 2 stroke oil to run through it would be, and a good fuel staalizer, thanks abunch
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Old 01-14-2011, 11:31 AM
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In my jiffy I just run the oil mix they make and it has the stabilizer already added. But I'm not sure if it's specially designed for the jiffys. Strikemaster might make the same thing? Not to sure though
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Old 01-14-2011, 11:34 AM
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Opti-2 synthetic oil, fuel stabilizer built in.
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Old 01-14-2011, 11:36 AM
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Opti-2 synthetic oil, fuel stabilizer built in.
where can i find this?
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Old 01-14-2011, 11:37 AM
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Oh and one more thing. 2 stroke engines hate blended fuel (ethanol) so make sure you get your PREMIUM gas from Esso, Shell, Coop, fas gas and not petro, mohawk, husky.
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where can i find this?
Where are you? Any lawnmower/chain saw shop though.

If in Edmonton, someone posted a while back.

http://www.outdoorsmenforum.ca/showt...highlight=opti

In Calgary, I'm pretty sure I got mine at Alberta lawn and forestry.
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opps double post, thanks for the advice
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I have a strikemaster mag. 2000 auger and I have just ran that jiffy oil that you can get at wholesale sports. My auger runs like a dream.


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Old 01-14-2011, 12:02 PM
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You can buy into the hype and spend a bunch of unnecessary money by getting into the high end 2-stroke oils, additives, and premium gas and such if you like. Your machine will not do anything different other than burn more expensive fuel.

Just make sure the fuel you use is always fresh (no older than 3 months) at the correct octane rating (usually 87) and utilize 2-stroke oil with correct classification for an air-cooled 2-stroke motor as recommended by the manufacture in the owners manual. Spend the money youíll save on some other accessories or new fishing lures.
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Oh and one more thing. 2 stroke engines hate blended fuel (ethanol) so make sure you get your PREMIUM gas from Esso, Shell, Coop, fas gas and not petro, mohawk, husky.
Esso and Shell don't have ethanol in any of there grades of gas in Alberta. It isn't law in Alberta yet so some other stations might not either just look for the stickers at the pump.
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Old 01-14-2011, 12:38 PM
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You can buy into the hype and spend a bunch of unnecessary money by getting into the high end 2-stroke oils, additives, and premium gas and such if you like. Your machine will not do anything different other than burn more expensive fuel.

Just make sure the fuel you use is always fresh (no older than 3 months) at the correct octane rating (usually 87) and utilize 2-stroke oil with correct classification for an air-cooled 2-stroke motor as recommended by the manufacture in the owners manual. Spend the money youíll save on some other accessories or new fishing lures.
I respectfully disagree. Opti-2 synthetic is only an extra couple bucks more. And if you use premium gas (like the owners manuals of most augers states) with the synthetic oil, you burn less gas and oil and spend less on repairs. Built in fuel stabilizer that aslo costs money to boot. Your auger will run better, start easier, go through less plugs, air filters, carbs, etc when doing this. And you if go through 10-12 tanks of fuel per ice season like some of us, it's well worth the investiment.
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Old 01-14-2011, 01:24 PM
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Hi, Im also a first time gas auger owner. I have a question I have been wondering for quite a while now. I've had my auger about 2 months now, and I was wondering if I should be storing it a certain way? At the moment i leave it in my cold cold garage, no heat. Will that effect it in any way?

Thanks!
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Old 01-14-2011, 01:40 PM
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Opti-2 synthetic oil, fuel stabilizer built in.

thats the only stuff to use...simply the best.
big plus only one gas can for all your 2stroke engines....leaf blower 24-1...whipper snipper 18-1 etc etc....all get filled with same jerry can.
cut way way down on tune ups

action engines here in Cowtown
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Old 01-14-2011, 01:48 PM
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No I don't see why you can't, I have never brought mine into anything heated.
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You can buy into the hype and spend a bunch of unnecessary money by getting into the high end 2-stroke oils, additives, and premium gas and such if you like. Your machine will not do anything different other than burn more expensive fuel.

Just make sure the fuel you use is always fresh (no older than 3 months) at the correct octane rating (usually 87) and utilize 2-stroke oil with correct classification for an air-cooled 2-stroke motor as recommended by the manufacture in the owners manual. Spend the money youíll save on some other accessories or new fishing lures.
yeah I agree 100% I know there are skeptics but it is marketing. Synthetic smokes less true to that but ultimately the ratio you mix at can effect this. I run premium fuel only because I run premium in my sleds and if it does get left for a while it will has high octane.


Synthetic oil in a 2 stroke doesn't make any sense especially on a tiny one cylinder. but that's just my opinion.
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I think it says in the eskimo manual to keep it in the cold so you don't get condensation in the engine.
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Ok great, thats what I wanted to hear. Thanks!
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Opti-2 synthetic oil, fuel stabilizer built in.

agree with OPTI in all 2 strokes as well. ran the same jiffy for 18 years, and now have ran a strike lazer-mag for the past two seasons. the jiffy still runs but he's tired. i am a guy who goes thru a dozen or so tanks a season. the chainsaws and wackers get the same treatment.
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Old 01-14-2011, 02:22 PM
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maybe its not worth it to some but to me its priceless

1 can that always stays fresh because its always filling something no matter the season.

no smoke

built in fuel stabiizer

no more trying to figure out ratios with the wife measuring cups

1 simple squeeze pack and shake...vroom vroom.

havent needed a tune up in 4 years on anything

garage is safer with 1 jerry can

its idiot proof and i need that
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I respectfully disagree. Opti-2 synthetic is only an extra couple bucks more. And if you use premium gas (like the owners manuals of most augers states) with the synthetic oil, you burn less gas and oil and spend less on repairs. Built in fuel stabilizer that aslo costs money to boot. Your auger will run better, start easier, go through less plugs, air filters, carbs, etc when doing this. And you if go through 10-12 tanks of fuel per ice season like some of us, it's well worth the investiment.
I've heard many different things about the type of gas to use. Some people preach premium and other times I've read that you shouldn't use premium. The eskimo manual says to use unleaded regular gas.
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maybe its not worth it to some but to me its priceless

1 can that always stays fresh because its always filling something no matter the season.

no smoke

built in fuel stabiizer

no more trying to figure out ratios with the wife measuring cups

1 simple squeeze pack and shake...vroom vroom.

havent needed a tune up in 4 years on anything


garage is safer with 1 jerry can

its idiot proof and i need that


exactly!
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Strikemaster may NOT take synthetic oil. Better check first. Use premium gas. BEL
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Old 01-14-2011, 06:55 PM
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I've heard many different things about the type of gas to use. Some people preach premium and other times I've read that you shouldn't use premium. The eskimo manual says to use unleaded regular gas.
Really? My Eskimo manual states I SHOULD use highest octane gas available (premium) for best performance.
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Amsoil "sabre"
Probably the best oil you can use if u can find a amsoil dealer. 80 or 100:1

Yes, u can use it in anything....and yes u can use it at 100:1....
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I use premium in every thing except my truck, and that one is only because of price. Every thing runs great and allways has for years. Stabil in all including truck on the odd occasion.
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Old 01-15-2011, 08:24 AM
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If you needed to use all of these after market products surely the manufacture of the equipment would specify the requirement within the owners manual otherwise they would be wide open for warranty lawsuits.

I've used specifically what each of my owners manuals has recommended on every piece of equipment I own (quad, chainsaw, lawnmower, weed whipper, ice auger, pick-up, car, and outboard) and Iíve never had any issues and Iíve never been in for a ďtune-upĒ and that includes a 1978 15HP 2-stroke outboard (my farthers orginally) and I troll up and down lakes non-stop for hours on end. That outboard has thousands of hours on it and still fires on the first pull. Iím out and about as often as I can so I as well burn through several tanks of fuel each season. As long as you utilize certified products, correct ratioís, quality fuel, and maintain the equipment regularly as specified within the owners manual and you should be problem free.

Again you can buy into the hype if you like, its only money and the economy can always use the boost!
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Im running that opti 2 stuff through my ice auger this year for the first time. so far i like it. Especially like the fact that it has the fuel stabilizer in it already. I am probably going to run it through the husq as well, and the weed wacker. I have 4 or 5 little oil bottles left for the chanisaw so i will use those up first, then its opti 2 in everything. Never bother with premium, heck most of the time im out near the farm and I just grab a jug of purple.

keep things clean, oil fuel mixture correct, new plug every now and then and fuel stabilizer and you should never have to go in for a tune up.
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Higher Octane means that it Ignites with higher compression. Thats why
all the guys with old big blocks use it. In the case of small engines
with lower compression and COLD engines to add to the situation .....
stay with the reg. cheap stuff. Its made for smaller engines.
Your not going to notice the diff either way and those who claim
to tell the difference ...... well, you know.


Also... another Vote for OPTI and OPTI-4 from me !!
I use the 4 stk stuff in my lawn mower and snowblower.
All my 2 stroke stuff comes out of the same jug also.
Weed eater/ Jiffy Ice auger / leaf blower etc.

For as much as you will ever use in one year....
buy the best and dont complicate your day of potential happiness
with a cheap oil ....
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