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Kendall 27 yr old 2 cycle oil Would you use it?

I have 2 sealed quarts in plastic containers of Kendall 2 cycle oil that says "Kendall 2 cycle oil and 50:1 SAE 30 wt Motor Oil" that is 27 years old. Would you use it as a 2 cycle oil mix for snowblowers, weed wackers, hand and back pack blowers, chainsaws that are also 15-40 years old?

Would you use it in a lawnmower engine as a 30wt oil?

Now for the "younger" generations, way before this oil was made, ND 30wt oil was used as 2 cycle oil for outboard motors, chainsaws, rototillers, mowers "back" in the 1930s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and even into the 70s, before 2 cycle oil was "invented", then used, then widely became popular! and then 2 cycle was only used, the only oil that was used was ND 30wt (ND for non-detergent, LOL, again before detergent oil even existed and invented! Then it was only 30wt oil, then detergent oil came about and they put ND on the label to distinguish between the two. I still have ND 30wt oil in the garage as some old machine call for it, and you can still buy it today! I have a rototiller, Graham Paige, made in the 40s or so, still made today, that calls for and still calls for ND 30wt. What a great rototiller, 2nd or 3rd best.).
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I have a 50+ year old Evinrude LightTwin 2-cycle engine that I would use it in, but I would not use it in a lawnmower. We're talking about saving a few dollars and possibly destroying a lawnmower engine. Hardly seems like a good investment. Too much risk for very little reward, money-wise.
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Toss\pour it in the proper oil recycling area.

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I would add an ounce to the gas in my four cycle snowblowers or lawn tractors. I think it helps lubricate and preserve the four stoke engines and the Husqvarna XP oil I use actually preserves the gas from going bad. The technology has improved in oils in the last twenty seven years, so even if it is safe, the new oils are most likely better.
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get rid of it at a proper recycling depot. not worth finding out the hard way it shouldnt be used .

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I would add an ounce to the gas in my four cycle snowblowers or lawn tractors. I think it helps lubricate and preserve the four stoke engines and the Husqvarna XP oil I use actually preserves the gas from going bad. The technology has improved in oils in the last twenty seven years, so even if it is safe, the new oils are most likely better.
Yea I agree the new oils are better and of course the synthetic 2 cycle oils. It's not that I'm cheap, I like to be environmentally aware and use things and not throw things away that are still usable. When you see something on my curb, you don't want it!

I like the idea of adding oil to gasoline for a 4 cycle engine. When you think about a 2 cycle engine lubricates on oil and lasts, a 4 cycle can last longer on piston wear by adding a small amount of oil to the gas.

Do you add 1 oz per gallon? Less than you would a 2 cycle which would be 3 oz/gallon or 2.5oz/gallon.

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Gravely Convertible, 12hp Kohler cast iron, 26" width, 600 lbs of cast iron & steel, 2 speed impeller, 4 ground speeds
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I would dump it in my generator after filling the gas tank. diluting the gas with it won't hurt anything and its better then tossing it
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I would dump it in my generator after filling the gas tank. diluting the gas with it won't hurt anything and its better then tossing it
with all do respect, the last piece of equipment i would dump questionable fluid into would be my generator.

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I think I'm going to do what Cranman and Arienskids suggested, put a little in my gas can to used it up. May extend the life of a 4 cycle by lubricating the piston a little more.

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IIRC the oils mix wise were a little weird back then and I am going back to my 30:1 Homelite saw. Depending on the oil manufacturer to get a certain ratio the amount of oil added to the gas would vary slightly.
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