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CHAINSAW CHALLENGES

enerally, a small engine is defined as a gas- or diesel-powered engine of 25 horsepower or less. There are two basic types: two-stroke and four-stroke engines. Two-stroke engines are usually found on handheld equipment, such as chainsaws and string trimmers. For this equipment, the fuel is a mixture of special two-stroke oil with fuel in a precise ratio. Four-stroke engines are typically found in larger equipment, such as lawn mowers, garden tractors, pressure washers, and generators. “Two-stroke” and “four-stroke” refer to the number of times the pistons must travel up and down the cylinders to complete a power cycle. This cycle consists of intake, compression, power, and exhaust. A two-stroke engine completes this cycle in two piston strokes, while a

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