Leaf blowers make some chores a little easier. They not only help with leaf removal, but they are great tools to help clean off the patio or deck; remove debris from your lawn mower; clean out your gutters; and so much more.
Using the right kind of gas in your Echo leaf blower will help keep it running at its best.
2-cycle Echo leaf blowers use a gas and oil mix at a ratio of 50:1 (50 parts gasoline to 1 part oil). Echo leaf blowers require an unleaded gasoline with a minimum octane rating of 89 and a maximum ethanol content of 10%. This gas is mixed with a 2-cycle premium oil that is ISO-L-EGD and JASO M345 FD certified.
Mix gas and oil in a well ventilated area. Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes.
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Follow all safety instructions provided in your equipment operator’s manual before diagnosing, repairing, or operating. Consult a professional if you don’t have the skills, or knowledge or are not in the condition to perform the repair safely.
Gas and Oil to Use in a 2-Cycle Leaf Blower
Know the type of engine you have on your leaf blower. Echo currently manufactures leaf blowers with 2-cycle engines, if you are using a different brand of leaf blower, you must make sure you know the kind of engine in your leaf blower.
Most gas-powered leaf blowers on the market today use 2-cycle engines, however, you will find 4-cycle leaf blowers which require a straight gas.
Don’t make the mistake of adding straight gas to an Echo 2-cycle leaf blower or you will end up ruining your leaf blower and have to buy a new one.
Straight gas runs very dry and will cause a 2-cycle engine to seize up and quit. Without oil added to the gas, the engine doesn’t get the lubrication it requires for internal parts to move freely.
Echo Leaf Blowers Use a Gas to Oil Mix of 50:1
The 2-cycle engine on your Echo blower has one fill port for gas and oil mixed at a ratio of 50:1. This means it requires 50 parts gasoline to 1 part oil. For example, one gallon of gas requires 2.6 ounces of oil. Refer to this chart for the right amount of oil to mix with unleaded gas.
|Gas to Oil Mix
|1 Gallon Gas
|2 Gallon Gas
|2.5 Gallon Gas
|2.6 oz Oil
|5.2 oz Oil
|6.4 oz Oil
Type of Gas to Use in an Echo Leaf Blower
When selecting gas for your Echo leaf blower, always use fresh gas. When gas gets old, it begins to break down and become less combustible.
Gas with ethanol attracts moisture from the air to the fuel leaving behind a varnish in the fuel system. Gummy deposits will clog fuel components and prevent the carburetor from working sufficiently.
This can result in problems with your Echo leaf blower not starting, dying, or experiencing a loss of power.
Echo leaf blowers require unleaded gasoline with a minimum 89 octane rating and a maximum 10% ethanol content. You can find this gas at your standard fuel station. Mix this gas with a 2-cycle premium oil.
Never use gasoline that has a greater ethanol content of 10% like those sold as E15, E30, and E85. These types of fuel contain up to 15%, 30%, and 85% of ethanol respectively. The lower the ethanol content or an ethanol-free fuel is best.
Type of Oil to Use in an Echo Leaf Blower
Note: 2-cycle oil is not the same as automotive engine oil. Do not use standard engine oil in your leaf blower.
Premixed Echo 2-Cycle Fuel
Echo offers a premixed fuel that contains an ethanol-free fuel and oil. This is a convenient option to have sitting on the shelf. There is no need to deal with the mess of mixing oil and gas in gas can.
|Gas to Oil Mix
|Red Armor Pre-Mix
How to Mix Gas for an Echo Leaf Blower
Determine how much fuel mix you want to prepare. Refer to the chart above for the amount of 2-cycle oil to add to the gas.
- Remove the cap from an approved gas can. Add unleaded fuel (minimum 89 octane rating & maximum 10% ethanol content) to a gas can.
- Add the appropriate amount of 2-cycle oil to the gas can.
- Replace the cap.
- Gently shake the fuel and oil until they are mixed.
- Add to the leaf blower’s fuel tank.
Always mark your gas can with the type of gas or gas/oil mix is in the can. Mistakenly adding the wrong fuel to a piece of equipment can cause engine damage.