Two-cycle (or 2-stroke) engines don't run on pure gasoline like your automobile. To operate correctly, 2-cycle engines require a precise mixture of fuel and oil, which provides both the combustion needed to power the engine and lubricant for its various moving snow blower parts.
Check out this chart before fueling to make sure you're using the correct 2-cycle fuel and oil mixture:
OIL per 1 U.S.
OIL per 1 IMPERIAL
OIL per 1 LITER
|32:1||4 oz.||5 oz.||31.25 mL|
|40:1||3.2 oz.||4 oz.||25 mL|
|50:1||2.6 oz.||3.2 oz.||20 mL|
Start by pouring the 2-cycle oil into an empty gasoline-safe container, according to the measurement chart above. Then, pour 1 gallon of gasoline into the can - adding the fuel will cause the two liquids to combine; no additional agitation is necessary. If you plan to store the mixture for more than one month, add a fuel stabilizer to the gasoline before mixing, when the gas is fresh. Use a funnel when filling your snow blower fuel reservoir, and clean up any spills immediately.
Stay safe: Always mix 2-cycle fuel oil and fuel in an approved gasoline- safe container prior to filling the engine. Use a separate gas can for 2-cycle oil mixture and label the can accordingly. Keep in mind that the fuel capacity of these engines is usually less than a gallon, so you'll have to use one mixture for multiple fuel fills. Add a fuel stabilizer to help increase the shelf life of fuel.