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Old 07-22-2009, 03:46 AM   #21
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I dont like that low sulfer shiznit either. I drive a powerstroke. I also add mystery oil. I will tell you the enginers say the engines are designed to run on that crap, but I dont trust it yet.
MY brother is the #1 diesel guy in Northern CA. He has 4 dealerships that bring all there diesel work to him. He is also a big ford guy and would not own a powerstroke ever. He says by the Chevy with the duramax and the 6 speed allison tranny. My dad got that set up and OMG that thing goes like a sports car. I hit the on ramp doing 25 and by the time I hit the freeway I was at 85 with out it even huffing. It doesn't knock rattle and bang like that powerpuke from ford either. My brother says he works on Fords and Dodges but not chevy diesel pickups.
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Well, the thread did get hi-jacked by diesel fuel and Marvel Mystery Oil. I was gong to comment on my satisfaction with my Stihl weed-eater with the two piece shaft (I also use it with a tree trimmer and other attachmements). I use the heck out of it cleaning up my Texas Hill Country property.

But, I am also interested in the diesel fuel issue as well. I have a 2007 F-250 diesel (really a late 2006 with the previous engine). When the ultra-low sulfur diesel was introduced shortly after I bought my truck in late 2006 my fuel economy dropped by 15-20% and the Ford dealership insisted that I had to change my service intervals from 8,000 miles to 5,000 miles.

What benefits accrue for adding the Marvel Mystery Oil? What is your mix ratio?

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When I got ready to buy a trimmer, I just started looking at what landscaping crews use. I figured that they run those things all day and they have to be pretty dependable. That’s why I went with Echo.

10-04 on the Duramax, that will probably be our next big purchase. We’ve got a 2000 F-350 7.3L with almost 250K on it and she’s starting to get a little tired. But then again we pull a six horse trailer all over the state, so that may have something to do with it too.

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I dont like that low sulfer shiznit either. I drive a powerstroke. I also add mystery oil. I will tell you the enginers say the engines are designed to run on that crap, but I dont trust it yet.
Today's engine's may ne designed for that crap - but I own yesterday's engines..... A reman'd CAT 3208 and an old 3176. In my old F350 I have the International 7.3 that I run on my Premium#2 heating oil...
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It provides the lubricity which the ultra low sulphur doesn't. I add 4 oz. per gallon fuel. I also add it to the crankcase. I've used it at 1pt. to an oil change for my cars for decades. Mix ratio's are on the back of the container.
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I'm still leaning towards the Echo although I know Stihl and huskvarna are good as well. A good friend has a landscaping business and he used JD mowers and Echo trimmers and blowers. Maybe I'll borrow my dad's for a few more weeks and see if anything pops up.

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+1 on the Stihl. I have had mine for 5 years and I love it.

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If you want the best mower and have the money nothing beats a Dixie Chopper. they were the first with the ztr mower and all others are piss poor copies.

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Matt, Josh, and I all have Echo's. Theirs are hand me downs from me. Matt's is 12 years old. You can still get parts for it. I really don't remember any down time with any of them. Good machines. I chose Echo because I saw so many Lawn Services using them.

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