Wife used straight gas in my Stihl weedeater

firefighterjake

Minister of Fire
Jul 22, 2008
19,091
Unity/Bangor, Maine
I'd like to sled out on the eastern side of the continent one day, the huge trails systems out there intrigue me. 4-strokes seem to rule out there, where here we all run lightweight long track 2-strokes, except for the odd turbo'd 4-stroke mod machines.
Still a mix of two strokes and four strokes here in Maine as it seems there has been a resurgence in folks who enjoy going into the more mountainous or truly rural areas and going off trail and they tend to prefer the lighter two strokes. Me . . . I've always been a trail guy. I like being able to walk out my back door, take the sled out of the shed and do a 120+ mile ride and be back in my own bed by evening (although last year was a horrible year for local riding -- I had to trailer the sled up north for the three or four rides we did.)

When my sister moved to Alaska, met her future husband and started "snow machining" as they call it, she said she was a bit disappointed as her husband and his buddies tended to like high marking on the mountains. She said she enjoyed the ride to the mountain, but then would just sit there and watch them get their sleds stuck, roll their sleds, etc. until it was time to go. She also said she kinda missed being able to hop on to a sled and ride to a restaurant . . . the trade off though is she has some beautiful shots of the scenery there. A few years ago they rode to the ice caves at Spencer Glacier. Since moving to Wasilla from Portage she says there are a few local trails. Here is a shot from late-March or mid-April . . . she said they had to ride locally due to the Governor's lockdown orders.
 

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Sodbuster

Minister of Fire
Sep 22, 2012
1,455
Michigan
Pretty sure it's straight gas . . . and yes . . . I love the quietness of the four stroke, fuel sipping and how easy it starts up after just a few pulls.
Yes my 4 stroke, even though it's still a 50:1 mix is very thrifty on fuel for the work it does. Very easy to start as well.
 

ABMax24

Feeling the Heat
Still a mix of two strokes and four strokes here in Maine as it seems there has been a resurgence in folks who enjoy going into the more mountainous or truly rural areas and going off trail and they tend to prefer the lighter two strokes. Me . . . I've always been a trail guy. I like being able to walk out my back door, take the sled out of the shed and do a 120+ mile ride and be back in my own bed by evening (although last year was a horrible year for local riding -- I had to trailer the sled up north for the three or four rides we did.)

When my sister moved to Alaska, met her future husband and started "snow machining" as they call it, she said she was a bit disappointed as her husband and his buddies tended to like high marking on the mountains. She said she enjoyed the ride to the mountain, but then would just sit there and watch them get their sleds stuck, roll their sleds, etc. until it was time to go. She also said she kinda missed being able to hop on to a sled and ride to a restaurant . . . the trade off though is she has some beautiful shots of the scenery there. A few years ago they rode to the ice caves at Spencer Glacier. Since moving to Wasilla from Portage she says there are a few local trails. Here is a shot from late-March or mid-April . . . she said they had to ride locally due to the Governor's lockdown orders.
That's what I think is cool, being able to go to restaurants or hotels on a sled, were not allowed to ride sleds around town or even have many maintained trails. We sled almost exclusively in the mountains, although there are lots of places to ride elsewhere around here, fields, cutlines etc. Once you experience the sights and sounds of the mountains its hard to shake. We have to drive 2.5 hrs basically into the middle of nowhere to offload, then ride almost another hour up the trail into the mountains, but the area out there is huge, I've been riding for 13 years now and have seen less than half of the area. We make day trips, its a long day leaving at 6 and home after 10 but it's worth it, although there are about 100 temporary winter camps at the staging area that people own for their own use.

Here are some pics of the area:
 

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WiscWoody

Minister of Fire
I mow lawns in the summer up here and the thing I look for in trimmers is how much they weigh. When I last looked for a trimmer i remember Honda four strokes weighing around 13 pounds. I buy pro Husqvarna’s that weigh 8 pounds. They don’t come with shoulder straps because they aren’t needed with their lightness. And I put speed feed bump heads on them. you just line up the arrows on the head and jam the line in them then equal it out and turn the head to wind it in. Easy schmeazy.
 

duramaxman05

Feeling the Heat
Aug 17, 2014
414
Perryville, Mo
I have a stihl fs100rx. It is a 4mix so it is a 4 stroke but uses 2 stroke mix. It is a lighter weight pro trimmer. Has plenty of power and is fairly comfortable to run
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
83,007
South Puget Sound, WA
Lots of 2-4 stroke talk, but never another peep from the OP. I stopped at "my wife". He's a lucky man. My wife wouldn't touch a weedeater.