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Small 4 Cycle Engines, longevity tips #4109645 05/29/16 10:05 AM
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We run several small 4 cycle engines within extended family. As an example, a Makita leaf blower. One thing learned over the years is to unconditionally change the engine oil each month for the VERY SMALL engines. On the Makitas, the quantity is exceedingly small, just 79.8 mL (milliliters) of 10w30.

Additionally, I often drain and add just a little new oil and drain it out immediately, without starting engine. Black carbon re-colors the new oil at such times.

Several of our Makita blowers are going strong at 7 to 8 years with daily use.


Re: Small 4 Cycle Engines, longevity tips [Re: henni] #4109654 05/29/16 10:13 AM
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Sounds like a good plan. What type of oil are you using?


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Re: Small 4 Cycle Engines, longevity tips [Re: henni] #4109655 05/29/16 10:16 AM
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This....plus I add LM MoS2 in oil to all my OPE equipement...


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Re: Small 4 Cycle Engines, longevity tips [Re: henni] #4109670 05/29/16 10:32 AM
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Although it is a bigger engine, my 8 HP Tecumseh on my Lawn Boy Snowblower (aka Gilson) will be starting its 29th year this fall. It has many hundreds of hours on it but the oil has been religiously changed each spring (now using Mobil 1 5W-30), a new spark plug installed and storage fogging oil used over the summer. Last fall, it started on the first pull.


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Re: Small 4 Cycle Engines, longevity tips [Re: henni] #4109671 05/29/16 10:35 AM
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Sounds like your maintenance plan is working!!! My suggestion is to use Mobil 1 10/30 oil. It holds up to the heat much better than conventional oil. It also wont turn dark nearly as quick. Run the highest octane gas you can find and keep the air filter clean.


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Re: Small 4 Cycle Engines, longevity tips [Re: henni] #4109764 05/29/16 01:19 PM
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I still prefer 2-stroke power for things like leaf blowers due to weight, but that Makita unit you have looks pretty nice.

What does Makita recommend for oil and service interval?


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Re: Small 4 Cycle Engines, longevity tips [Re: henni] #4110369 05/30/16 09:18 AM
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I have a 24 year old Craftsman II push mower with a 3.5hp Tecumseh. I use only full synthetic oil in it and she still fires up on the first pull. Change the oil regularly and make sure the air filter is kept clean. If not abused, they should keep on running for years to come.

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Re: Small 4 Cycle Engines, longevity tips [Re: henni] #4110489 05/30/16 12:05 PM
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I have the CARB compliant emissions version of that leaf blower. I have had mine since 2010 and change the oil once a year. The unit has a two stage air-filter. I clean the foam once a year and have replaced the paper element a few times which is like $5.25. This blower starts on the first pull every time. I'm still on the original spark plug. I've even started it below freezing and it fired up on the first pull. Makita recommends 10W30. I use the oil shown in the pic which I obtained at Wal-Mart. This Makita blower is assembled in the USA somewhere in Georgia. I think the engine was designed or is made by Subaru Robin. I did lose a screw on the pull cord assembly box and the other three were loose. I found a metric replacement screw at a Sears Hardware store and dabbed a little blue thread lock on the four of them.







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Re: Small 4 Cycle Engines, longevity tips [Re: henni] #4110802 05/30/16 07:22 PM
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We have a few of the BHX2500CA models, also ran daily. Wonder what is different vs BHX2500. Externally they look identical.

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Re: Small 4 Cycle Engines, longevity tips [Re: henni] #4111940 06/01/16 12:18 AM
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I think you nailed it, I was going to say change the oil often.


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Re: Small 4 Cycle Engines, longevity tips [Re: henni] #4112072 06/01/16 06:39 AM
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add some tcw-3 to the fuel.


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Originally Posted By: dblshock
add some tcw-3 to the fuel.


+1
I use 1 ounce in 5 gallons for ope.


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