It seems like the last time I purchased two cycle motor oil there was only one kind. Right there on the face of the package, “2 cycle motor oil”. The only decision to make was which brand and whether in one 32-48 ounce bottle or a 6 pack of 8 ounce cans.
The other day I ran out, and I was in the auto parts store to purchase some more for my leaf blower & string trimmer. There were 4 or 5 different kinds. Each one saying they met such-and-such spec, but none of them mentioned the same spec as the other. One was advertised for marine applications and for small engines like leaf blowers that called for a marine-use spec, $4.95 for 32 ounces. (I still don’t know why a leaf blower would need a marine spec for the oil, anybody here use their leaf blower underwater???) … Another was advertised for motorcycle use, but not for anything else, $4.49 for 32 ounces. Another was synthetic, for all applications apparently, $9.95 for 32 ounces. It said it “wouldn’t clog the air filter”. (I’ve never had a problem with the oil clogging the air filter.) Another was a synthetic for string trimmers, a 6 pack of 3.2 ounces each, $9.49.
I purchased the marine-use one, b/c it said it works for small engines too, and was reasonably priced at $4.95 for 32 ounces, compared to almost $10 for 6- 3.2 ounce servings. That one was the store brand, there was a name brand for $6.95 that seemed similar in the claims made.
Anyway, what’s the deal with all these different versions of 2-cycle motor oils? What brand/type of 2 cycle oil do you folks use for your 2 cycle small engines like for string trimmers and leaf blowers and the like?