"Cole, the Eska powerheads wer
"Cole, the Eska powerheads were built by Tecumseh (ya the lawnmower guys). I've seen different literature from different sources about the correct mix.
Some will say 18:1 others 24:1 and you will even get some small engine shops who say 50:1 is ok as well.
I prefer 24:1 in these. It seems to work well. Make sure you use regular 2 cycle oil (such as used for chainsaws/lawnmowers etc) NOT Marine oil.
Marine oil will burn up at too low a temperature since it is designed for water-cooled engines. Air-cooled engines need the slightly heavier oil.
If you use too little oil eventually you will chew something up internally due to lack of lubrication - too much oil will foul your sparkplugs and possibly clog up the exhast ports etc, but otherwise will not "harm" the engine.
The "dying under load" is a typical of crud or varnish build-up in the carb. Usually no magic in a can will clean that out. The carb needs to be pulled, disassembled, cleaned and at minimum some new gaskets installed/float adjusted..."
A "professional" is someone who gets paid for their work - it doesn't necessarily mean they are good at it :)