What Kind of Gas Does a Leaf Blower Use?

Gas for Leaf BlowersIf you’re considering a gas powered leaf blower, you may be wondering what kind of gas a leaf blower uses. The short answer is that you can use regular pump gas in your leaf blower. The long answer is that it really depends on your blower’s engine.

Two Cycle Engine Leaf Blowers

A leaf blower that has a two cycle engine is going to use a mix of gas and oil. It’s important to never use strictly gas in your blower, as this could cause serious engine damage. In addition, the oil used to mix with the gas is not regular motor oil, it’s a special type of oil made especially for mixing with the gasoline. Regular motor oil is too thick for a leaf blower and will also cause problems, if used.

The ratio of gas to oil that you use will vary from model to model. Read the owner’s manual carefully to find out what the recommended gas to oil ratio is for your particular gas leaf blower. Typical ratios found for various models are 40 parts gas to 1 part oil and 50 parts gas to 1 part oil.

Four Cycle Engine Leaf Blowers

Although not too common, sometimes you’ll come across a leaf blower that has a four cycle engine. In this case, you can use just regular pump gasoline to power it. Most of the 4 cycle engine blowers are heavy-duty models that are intended for commercial use, so you’re not apt to be looking at them, if you need a blower for smaller, residential jobs.

Where to Buy Mixing Oil for a Leaf Blower

Mixing oil for a leaf blower is really easy to find. You should be able to purchase it at nearly any home improvement store like Lowes or Home Depot. If you don’t have one of these stores locally, check with the dealer or wherever you purchased your leaf blower. The dealer should either carry the oil, or be able to point you in the right direction.


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