4-stroke vs. 2-stroke for landscaping {VLOG}

4-stroke vs. 2-stroke for landscaping {VLOG}

In today’s NJroute22.com VLOG – we’re going to chime in on the debate between 4-stroke and 2-stroke small engine equipment used for landscaping.

Started out preferring 4-stroke

Back when we moved out to our homestead – we had to acquire an entire household of landscaping equipment to manage our property.

What a learning experience (we first stupidly tried electric – what a disaster.)

But after researching – we decided that we wanted 4-stroke across the board. For all engines – not just what usually need them like tractors or lawn mowers.

Also including the super-small engines like blowers, weed-whackers, chainsaws, hedge-trimmers, and everything else.

So everything in our arsenal is 4-stroke – except one (our Echo multi-power head).

What made us decide on 4-stroke?

Well, we chose 4-stroke because of two primary characteristics:

No fuel-mixing. We found this to be a bit of a hassle in our minds. To constantly have on hand oil, several different kinds of gas, and so on.
Less noise and exhaust. From what we understood – 4-stroke engines run cleaner and don’t make as much noise.

And we have to say – that is certainly true. Fewer fumes and less noise indeed.

Are we getting close to changing our minds back to 2-stroke?

One thing for certain is that the majority of the market for these consumer-level landscaping tools is absolutely 2-stroke. 90% at least.

And the one single 2-stroke machine we have (an Echo powerhead plus an echo hedge-trimmer attachment) has worked FLAWLESSLY in the past 8 years.

While changing the oil once or twice a year is not a big deal for us – NEVER changing oil sounds very compelling as well. Especially considering that the only piece of equipment we have that HAS NOT given us trouble was 2-stroke.

Also – the fuel does NOT go bad when you mix it. The can we have in the garage is almost 3 years old – and still fuels the Echo perfectly.

Time will tell if we stick with 4-stroke

Some of the 4-stroke machines we have cost an arm and a leg (especially the Honda trimmer).

Our Dolmar (Makita) powerhead has also been (nearly) flawless.

The first thing we’ll consider changing is our 4-stroke backpack blower. It’s giving us a ton of trouble.

Either way – we can easily live with both – and will make the determination when the time comes – out of necessity.

It’s good to know that we’re not stuck in a rigid mindset. We can happily live with both.

What do you prefer? 4-stroke or 2-stroke?

Have a great day!

About the author


NJroute22 (site admin) is an avid traveler along NJ Route 22 (and almost all of central New Jersey!) Family man, pet lover, and property owner who has a natural curiosity for everything around.