Happy 2018 Everyone,
I have come across a somewhat unique machine - a Toro 726TE - which is a 2-stage blower with a 7 HP 2-stroke engine. I was not familiar with this Toro model, as my experience is mostly with the older Toro 2-stage machines. I have commonly associated the 2-stroke engines with the smaller single-stage machines, figuring it was primarily for weight reduction purposes.
I see that @tdipaul
has posted a bit about these machines, just looking for some comment about . . .
Does the 2-stroke engine give smoother power, having 1 power stroke per revolution vs. the 4-stroke's 1 power stroke per 2 revolutions?
Since the engine oil is delivered via the fuel, is there an RPM advantage to the 2-strokes, since the 4-stroke engines are generally limited to 3600 RPM for reliable lubrication?
I also see that these machines were only made for a few years . . . any particular reason they were discontinued?
Anything particular about the "R-Tek" 2-cycle engine that makes it good/bad?
I have a few outboard boat engines, so pretty familiar with 2-strokes, just wondering how that plays out on a mid-sized (26") 2-stage machine?
Thanks in advance (TIA) for any comments about "2-stage/2-stroke" machines in general and/or this Toro 726TE model.