My Father’s Temperamental Outboard Needs the Best Two Cycle Outboard Oil

domo online blog 4 6-16-14My father has always claimed that his backup outboard motor has a mind of its own. He claims this because the motor seems bent on not working properly at the exact times that my father needs it. Whenever he is about to take his boat out for the day, he tests the motor to see if it is going to work. When he does the test, the little motor always runs like a champ.

When he actually needs it later, it is a pain to start. My father says that the motor rebels based on the quality of two cycle outboard oil that he uses. When he uses high quality oil, it runs perfectly. When he uses a cheaper generic, the outboard motor refuses to start. The two might not actually be correlated, but my father is willing to appease the motor if it means getting it to start more easily.

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Where Do You Use 2 Cycle Oil?

domo online blog 1 5-12-14Two stroke oil, which is also known as two cycle oil, can be used in countless applications. This type of oil is the oil that is designed for two stroke engines. Since these engines do not have any sort of system which cycles oil separately from the main function of the engine, this oil is mixed with gasoline in order to lubricate the engine.

It is not uncommon to have 2 cycle oil being used to power hedge trimmers and lawnmowers. My favorite place to use this type of oil is with my outboard engine on my boat. I love the way that having oil like this keeps my engine running well. I can race around a lake with my two stroke outboard motor, knowing that it is well lubricated.

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Getting Two Cycle Oil for a Trip Around the Lake

domo online blog 3 5-5-14My father suggested that it might be fun to go out on the lake yesterday afternoon. I was initially reluctant, because I had been working all day and going out on the lake for a couple of hours didn’t sound terribly appealing. However, I didn’t want to disappoint my father, so I agreed to go out on the lake and tool around for a few hours before dinner.

He hooked up the boat trailer and went to the gas station to fill up his gas tank for the trip. We ended up having to go get some two cycle oil as well, because it turned out that he had already used his last bottle. Finding some oil meant taking even more time before launching the boat. By the time we got the boat launched, it was getting to be evening time and the mosquitoes on the lake were terrible.

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Calculating the Proper Mix of Yamalube 2 Cycle Oil and Gasoline

domo online blog 4 4-21-14My father has a small two cycle engine that he uses as a back up to the main engine on his boat. When he first bought the engine, it didn’t come with its owners manual, so he was unsure of exactly how to use the engine. He knew that you had to mix oil and gasoline inside of the engine so that it would work properly, but wasn’t sure how much to mix.

He ended up asking a couple of his buddies that he often went fishing with how to mix the oil and fuel for his new motor. One of his friends gladly showed him how much Yamalube 2 cycle oil to mix with the gasoline that he had for the motor. They were able to come up with a ratio based on the type of motor he had and his friend’s prior experience with this type of motor.

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A Mix of Two Cycle Outboard Oil for a Day on the Bay

domo online blog 4 4-14-14Since the weather has stayed fairly nice all week, my father decided that yesterday would be a good time to take his boat out on the bay to see how it was running. He wanted to see whether the work he had done before winterization last year actually resolved any of the issues that he had been having with his boat.

He took his boat out on the water, making sure that he had a good mix of gasoline and two cycle outboard oil in his back up motor just in case something went wrong. That was a good plan, because only a little ways out, the engine died and wouldn’t start again. He ended up using the back up motor to get back to the boat launch.

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Learning About Outboard Motors and 2 Cycle Oil

domo online blog 1 3-10-14When my sister was young, my father loved to try to teach her how to do different things. He always stuck to what he knew, because he didn’t want to give her the wrong information. Fishing was something he loved, so naturally he wanted her to love it as well. He’d wake her up early in the morning to take her fishing in his little boat.

When she was old enough, he taught her about the motor on his boat and how to keep it running smoothly. He taught her how to steer the boat with the motor and how to mix the 2 cycle oil with the gasoline in the correct ratio. Today, she doesn’t often go fishing and usually doesn’t work on boat motors, but at least she could if she needed to.

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Stocking Up on Two Cycle Oil

domo online blog 1 3-3-14It is almost a nice enough time of year that the weather actually makes me want to sit on a lake for a few hours and do some fishing. It’s always nice to go when the lake isn’t going to be frozen over or when my boat isn’t going to slowly fill with water from the pouring rain. I can’t wait to launch my tiny fishing boat and putter around on the lake near my house.

Before the season really kicks off, I’m going to stock up on two cycle oil. The local store that sells it is always raising the prices significantly right before the lake opens for the season. This year I am ahead of the game. I have already bought oil for the very first trip out for the season. I plan to buy some more before it gets too close to the season’s opening.

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Trying to Find 2 Cycle Oil

domo online blog 1 1-06-14My father uses two stroke oil for many of the machines that he uses around his house. He tries to purchase it online whenever he gets the chance, because he claims he can usually get a far better price there, than he might at a local hardware store. Sometimes, when he is deep in a lawn project or something similar, he runs out of oil at an important moment.

Once he sent me to get him some 2 cycle oil. I had a pretty hard time finding it. I didn’t know exactly what type of oil he was looking for. I went to a hardware store, but there were far too many types to choose from. At the hardware store, I had to choose from sport brands and ones that produced less smoke. I ended up buying something random, since I had no idea what my father wanted.

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Picking an Environmentally Friendly Two Cycle Oil

domo-online blog 3 12-20-13When my dad first bought his chainsaw, he spent the day messing with it to find out how it worked. He read parts of the instruction book to find out how to add gasoline and what to put in the engine. He discovered that two cycle oil had to be mixed with the gasoline so that the engine would continue to run. The first brand that he purchased was not very good.

My father didn’t like the way the chainsaw made a black cloud of exhaust whenever he ran it. He went online to find a better way of using it. He discovered that some two cycle oil is more environmentally friendly than others. Some are higher quality to reduce smoke and deposits that they leave in the engines.

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Two Cycle Outboard Oil Even in Winter

Domo-Online Pic 5 1292013It’s getting closer and closer to the holidays and if you live somewhere warm like I do, that just means that you might have a little bit more free time that can be spent outside for a few days. I do not envy anyone who’s got a white Christmas this year, because I’d much rather be able to spend time on the ocean in my boat with some of my friends and family.

When my children are on their Winter Break and I’ve got a few days off of work for Christmas, that’s always the best time for us to go on a boating excursion. I make sure that I’ve got all the two cycle outboard oil I need and then I load up on fishing gear and we find somewhere new and interesting to check out together. It’s really a great bonding experience.

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What 2 Cycle Oil is Made of

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWith all the different types of oil on the market, they often start to all sound the same. Many owners simply follow the guidelines the manufacturer set up, and don’t think too far beyond it. However, there are some key differences between types of oil. For one thing, some are meant for two-stroke engines while others are optimal for four-stroke use.

The oil used in crankcase compression two-stroke engines, 2 cycle oil, is much different than what owners would use in a four-cycle engine. The oil-base stock is either petroleum, vegetable, semi-synthetic or synthetic oil and is mixed with petrol/gasoline at a ratio ranging from 16:1 to 100:1, unlike a four cycle which doesn’t need fuel added to the oil.

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The Right Mix for Two Cycle Oil

Four_stroke_cycle_compressionGetting the right gas to oil mixture ratio for a two stroke engine can make or break your engine — literally. Luckily, manufacturers have already come up with the right amount of each to best maintain and run an engine. Whether you have a golf cart, garden tool or motor skates, it’s important to find out which ratio will work the best for you.

For most tools, transportation and recreational motors, the ratio will be in the range of 20:1 to 100:1 gas to two cycle oil. For most motorcycles, you will need 32:1 but others require 40:1 and others use 50:1. This makes it incredibly important to check your model rather than making an assumption. Make sure to not add oil to the fuel for a 4 cycle engine.

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