Chainsaw on a stump.When you and your chainsaw have work to do, you want to hear lots of noise and see sawdust fly. The last thing you want is a chainsaw that is running poorly or not starting at all. We have three cost-effective product suggestions that can not only make your saw more reliable, it can dramatically improve its performance and output. After using this trio of products in your saw, we predict that they will be part of your regimen for good.

AMSOIL Saber Professional Synthetic 2-Cycle Oil1. AMSOIL Saber Professional Synthetic 2-Stroke Premix

Most all engines see some sort of performance improvement from synthetic oil, but the improvements observed in two-cycle engines are the most evident. The following benefits can be expected:


  • Lower friction
  • Better throttle response
  • Improved wear protection
  • Less exhaust smoke
  • Cleaner engine internals
  • Consistent performance in extreme hot or cold weather
  • Contains gas stabilizer for an extra measure of reliability

AMSOIL Saber Pro Premix is a commercial-grade 2-cycle oil that delivers top-notch performance and protection, so your chainsaws perform at their best everyday (and last longer too).

This 100% synthetic premix can safely be mixed at ratios from 60:1 to 75:1 for commercial use and pushed to the limit all day long. You can use one mix of Saber Pro in your entire two-stroke fleet with outstanding results. This has been proven in engines with OEM mix ratios from 16:1 to 100:1. With Saber Pro, there is no need to keep multiple two-stroke fuel batches around.

AMSOIL Semi-Synthetic Bar & Chain Oil2. AMSOIL Synthetic-Blend Bar and Chain Oil

Bar and chain oils from many brands tend to be cheap and this is often reflected in their performance. As with all AMSOIL products, this oil was not an afterthought, but a sophisticated lubricant that is designed to improve operation. The tacky semi-syn chain oil is loaded with anti-wear and friction reducing additives to improve cutting performance and reduce chain wear. The synthetic component allows it to perform consistently in extreme heat or in bitter cold.

AMSOIL Quickshot Small Engine Fuel Treatment3. AMSOIL Quickshot Small Engine Gasoline Additive

A critical aspect of small engine performance is the fuel system. If the fuel system is not healthy, starting is an exercise in frustration and engine performance is compromised. Just a tiny dose of AMSOIL Quickshot promotes reliable starting and optimum power delivery on several fronts.


  • Quickshot cleans gum, carbon and deposits from carbs, combustion chambers and spark plugs.
  • Any moisture that may end up in the fuel mix is dispersed and allowed to pass though the engine without no drop in performance.
  • It dissolves any dirt that may be in the fuel.
  • Ethanol in the gasoline tends to mix with moisture and create a lean condition. Quickshot also sends this mix though the engine without harm.
  • Quickshot also provides in-season gas stabilization, so the fuel stays fresh for reliable starting and gum-free performance.

Bonus Tip
Use non-ethanol, premium gasoline in all two-stroke gas mixtures. Regular and mid-grade gasoline contains ethanol and it is no friend of any small engine. As mentioned, it tends to absorb moisture and this can create a dangerously lean situation. Many chainsaws call for premium gas anyway, so just make sure that no ethanol is present in the fuel and eliminate that hazard.

AMSOIL PC Series Synthetic Compressor Oils

AMSOIL PC ISO 100 is an ideal replacement for Mobil Rarus 427 Compressor Oil

If you are looking for a synthetic alternative to Mobil Rarus 427 compressor oil, we’ve got an ideal substitute. The AMSOIL PC Series ISO 100/SAE 40 Synthetic Compressor Fluid is a cost-effective upgrade for the Mobil offering at a surprisingly reasonable price.

We can sell this quality Mobil Rarus 427 replacement at wholesale prices in the United States and Canada. Request a price list using the form on this page or call us at 1-800-748-5781. 

AMSOIL PC Series VS. Mobil Rarus 427

The AMSOIL Compressor Fluid is a 100% synthetic fluid, while the Rarus 427 oil is a mineral-based oil. The synthetic composition of the AMSOIL product brings a host of advantages over Rarus 427.

Long Service Life

AMSOIL PC Series boasts a long service life of up to 8000 hours, due to its robust synthetic composition and top-quality additive package. Mobil claims the Rarus 427 fluid is capable of a “long service life”, but offers no specifics as its actual lifespan.

Lower Friction

Synthetic oil offers inherently lower friction over any conventional, mineral-based fluid. AMSOIL PC Series ISO 100 can optimize compressor operation and play a role in the reduction of energy costs.

Cleaner Operation

Synthetic oils have high detergency properties over conventional oils also and tend to have considerably better resistance to high temperatures. High temperatures can lead to increased deposit production with mineral-based oils. This all adds up to AMSOIL PC series offering the cleanest, most deposit-free possible operation.

Massive Cold Temperature Advantages

Mobil Rarus 427 has a cold-pour-point of -9°C (16°F), whereas AMSOIL PC ISO 100 flows down to -44°C (-47°F). For applications that are subject to cold temperatures such as mobile compressors, the AMSOIL advantage is a game changer. This huge edge is typical of the superiority of synthetic oil over mineral-based products.

Value Price

In many markets, AMSOIL PC Series ISO 100/SAE 40 Synthetic Compressor Fluid is priced similarly to Mobil Rarus 427. Considering the operational advantages of synthetic compressor oil, AMSOIL PC ISO 100 is an outstanding value. We can offer this product at wholesale prices for your company. Request a price list using the contact form on your right.


While Mobil products are widely available, AMSOIL products are as well. We (Oildepot) ship from 2 distribution centres in Canada and 11 conveniently located throughout  the Unite States. We can have a pail of compressor oil on its way to you within hours.

Oildepot has been in business since 2001 and are a member of the Better Business Bureau. Call us at 1-800-748-5781.

Motocross racers, Kyle and Jarret Biro of Moose Jaw both had a productive summer at the national level. They competed at the Western Canadian Amateur Nationals at Raymond, Alberta, as well as the Parts Canada Trans-Can Amateur Nationals at Walton, Ontario. These two events bring together the cream of the crop in the Canadian amateur MX scene.

Western Canadians at Raymond

The AMSOIL-sponsored racers are no stranger to success in Raymond with numerous class wins and podiums under their belts. In 2013, Kyle swept all of his classes and came away with the high point total of the event. He stepped up from the junior to the intermediate class this year, but that made him no less of a favorite. Kyle placed second overall in the MX3 Intermediate category, going 2-2-3 over the 3 heats. He swept the Schoolboy class for the second year in a row, going a perfect 1-1-1 in his motos. Any bad luck Kyle had for the Raymond event seemed to be concentrated in the MX2 Intermediate class. He placed 6th overall with 10-2-9 finishes.

Jarret Biro was at the younger end of the 85cc (12-16) age group last year and still ran in the top 5 at Raymond. He showed steady improvement at this year’s event with a very solid 3rd overall (3-4-4 finishes). In the blazing-fast Supermini class, Jarret delivered once again with 3rd overall (3-3-3 finishes). Securing two appearances on the podium in a very competitive field confirms that Jarret Biro will be a force for next few seasons in the 85cc and Supermini classes.

Walton Trans-Can National

The Parts Canada Trans-Can event is Canada’s national championship for amateur motocross racers. The 2014 competition brought the usual tough competition and along with wet, soupy weather conditions for much of the week.

Kyle Biro on podium at 2014 Walton National MX

Kyle Biro (left) on podium at 2014 Walton Amateur National MX Championships.

Kyle came within a whisker of winning the Schoolboy crown last year, so he was certainly considered a favorite in this year’s edition. He had a strong outing once again with a second overall in the Schoolboy 2 class. He finished second in the first two motos and won the last moto with a commanding 19 second lead. Kyle also reached the podium in the MX3 GP Intermediate class with the 3rd overall finish (2-10-5 finishes). Kyle was certainly fast enough to win this class, but he had to come from the back of the pack in the second and third motos.

Jarret had been watching Kyle’s ascension to national prominence over the past few seasons and wasn’t content with taking a back seat to his older brother. Jarret willed his way to an impressive third overall in the Supermini class with 3-5-6 finishes. At just 14, Jarret came from mid-pack at Walton last year to become one of Canada’s strongest riders in the frenzied Supermini class. Jarret’s luck did not extend to the 85cc (12-16) class as he sustained a heavy crash in the final moto and left Walton with 15th overall.

Jarret Biro on podium at Walton MX 2014

Jarret Biro about to be interviewed after Supermini race at the Walton Nationals.

So as the 2014 motocross season draws to a close, Kyle and Jarret Biro continue the prove that they are among Canada’s amateur elite and plan to make even greater strides in 2015.

Congratulations to Marcel Irnie of Kelowna, BC who made the best of his sole appearance in the Canadian Superbike Championship series over the weekend. Irnie has been participating (with great success) in a number of race series’ in the US this season. His one foray into the Canadian scene was this past weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park near Bowmanville, Ontario. Against Canada’s elite professional racers in the Pro Superbike class, Irnie score a third place finish on Saturday and a second place finish on Sunday. Both races were intense with very close finishes.

Marcel Irnie in the rain in CSBK race 2014

Marcel Irnie pilots his BMW in the rain to 3rd place in round 4 of the CSBK Series. (Photo courtesy of John R. Walker of

Irnie has been able to reach his full potential this season due to his support deal with and his success in the Canadian series over the weekend was yet another case in point. Marcel competes in the AMA Pro stop in Millville, New Jersey next month. AMA Pro is America’s top professional race series.

Marcel came out of nowhere in the latter part of the 2000’s to become one of Canada’s top amateur racers. He had natural talent that made him an instant sensation on the amateur scene, but the road to professional success has been a rocky one. He got his break in 2014 and hasn’t looked back. Irnie has been competitive in virtually every pro race this season and has carved out a reputation as one of North America’s most dynamic motorcycle racers.

Here are the CSBK-produced telecasts from the weekend. Irnie’s on-board video footage play a prominent role.

Saturday Pro Superbike

Sunday Pro Superbike

A question from a reader: The owners’ manual for my Kawasaki Concours 14 suggests the following guidelines for final drive oil:

  • API “GL-5” Hypoid Gear Oil
  • Above 5°C (41°F) use SAE 90 gear oil
  • Below 5°C (41°F) use SAE 80 gear oil

Do you have an AMSOIL synthetic gear lube that would cover these suggestions?

Answer: We can offer an exceptional gear lube that covers your owners’ manual instructions. The AMSOIL Severe Gear 75W-90 Synthetic Gear Lube covers both the SAE 80 and SAE 90 grades. This synthetic API GL-5 gear lube is suitable for ANY climate. Severe Gear 75W-90 has an advanced synthetic base oil that is boosted with potent anti-wear additives. Expect the following benefits:

  • Smooth, quiet rear drive operation
  • The ultimate wear protection
  • Reduced friction
  • Cooler rear drive operation
  • Long oil life
  • Seals are conditioned to prevent leaks
  • Anti-rust protection during long storage periods
  • All-season capability

In our opinion, Severe Gear 75W-90 is a world-class choice for your Concours rear final drive. If you would like to extend AMSOIL’s synthetic benefits to your Kawasaki’s engine and transmission, check out AMSOIL 10W-40 Synthetic Motorcycle Oil. These two oils are a terrific upgrade for what is already an exceptionally smooth motorcycle.

Remember tearing around your neighborhood on a Big Wheel or a Green Machine? The thrills you got from those rides were boundless and you probably haven’t giggled as hard since. A new machine is on the horizon that may eclipse those giddy times.

Polaris is best known for their snowmobiles and ATV’s, but they are about to release a new category of vehicle that is sure to turn heads on every block. This new concept is called “Slingshot” is set for release in the fall as a 2015 model. It looks to us like the Slingshot fun-factor is going to be off the charts.

What is the Polaris Slingshot?

The Slingshot isn’t quite a motorcycle and it isn’t quite a car, so for now we’ll call it a “three-wheeled street rod”. It offers “side-by-side” seating with two wheels at the front and is driven by a single wheel at the back. This unit is powered by a 173 horsepower, four-cylinder Ecotech engine from General Motors (similar to those found in late-model Chevy Cobalts). Expect the Slingshot to go from 0 to 60 mph in well under five seconds. Mix in features like a low centre of gravity, a wide steering stance, 11.7 inch disc brakes and a short-throw, 5-speed gearbox and you’ve got a unique recipe for pavement-scorching chaos.

Standard high-tech features an include traction control, anti-lock brakes and an electronic stability system from Bosch. The traction control can be turned off in situations where the driver is feeling a bit randy. The low ground clearance, rapid acceleration and numerous stability features means that the Slingshot is bred for fun and not necessarily as a vehicle you would buy for touring. The apparent lack of storage space seems to back up this assertion.

Can-Am Spyder vs Polaris Slingshot: The Obvious Comparisons

Although the Slingshot and Can-Am Spyder share the same number of wheels, we submit that the comparison stops there. The Spyder seating configuration and controls are comparable to a motorcycle. As the rider, saddle, controls and engine sit much higher on the Spyder, the rider experience would be similar to that of a snowmobile. The driver and passenger in the Slingshot sit low in a side-by-side configuration that is less than ten inches off of the pavement, so the experience would be feel more akin to a low-slung sports car. The Can-Am Spyder is designed for long-distance traveling with more comfort design features in place.

Our breakdown of the comparison between these two vehicles is as follows. The Spyder is the ideal candidate to load up and take for a smooth excursion out to the coast. Slingshot’s natural tendency will be to get you hauled before a judge and declared a public nuisance. One is made for touring and the other for mayhem.

The comparison between the Spyder and Slingshot is truly apples and oranges, so we don’t expect to see this new Polaris offering to nudge the needle on the Spyder’s market share.

So Is it a Motorcycle or a Car?

In Canada and many jurisdictions of the United States, three-wheeled vehicles are categorized as motorcycles. That means that you will need a motorcycle endorsement on your drivers license and be obliged to wear a helmet (where helmet laws are in place) to operate the Polaris Slingshot. Regardless of how dissimilar this unit is to a motorcycle, that is how the law will view this vehicle. This reason that Polaris designed this vehicle with three wheels (rather than four) is so that they could avoid having the Slingshot categorized as an automobile. Cars are subject to an avalanche of mega-expensive safety regulations from airbags to crash tests. Obviously going with four wheels would make a concept like this completely unfeasible.

Price and Availability in Canada

In Canada, the base Slingshot will retail for $21,999 (CAD). The upscale SL model with larger wheels, a windshield and an “infotainment” centre will sell for $26,499 (CAD). Expect a boatload of accessories and add-on items to follow. The Slingshot is expected to land at Polaris dealerships in early October.

With Polaris’s strong North American dealer network, there is sure to be a store nearby that would be happy to take your deposit.

Polaris Slingshot
The 2015 Polaris Slingshot is a three-wheeled, high-performance street machine that will be available at dealerships in Canada and the US sometime in early October of 2014.
Brand: Polaris
Manufacturer: Polaris
Model: Slingshot

A reader asks: “I’m looking to switch my Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special over to AMSOIL. Obviously the engine will take your synthetic 20W-50, but I’m curious about what to use in the primary and transmission. There are a lot of different combinations put out there on the internet. Some use gear lube in the transmission and chaincase. Some even use ATF in chaincase and claim they have great results. What is the best combination for my bike?”

Answer: For any Harley Twin-Cam engine, we highly recommend using AMSOIL Synthetic 20W-50 in “all three holes” (as they put it) for two essential reasons.

1. It Works (and works very well indeed)

AMSOIL 20W-50 Synthetic Motorcycle Oil is specifically designed to withstand the rigors of engine, transmission and primary chaincase use. Expect smooth, quiet shifting with maximum component life. It is contains additives to prevent wear and the 100% synthetic base oil will not shear down (thin out), leaving transmission or primary components vulnerable to accelerated wear.

AMSOIL has secondary recommendations of AMSOIL Severe Gear 75W-110 for the transmission and Severe Gear 75W-140 for the primary, but the company themselves will tell you that there is absolutely no upside to using gear oil in these components rather than the 20W-50. Some may think that they are using a thicker oil by using a gear lube, but remember that engine oils and gear lubes use different viscosity scales to prevent confusion.

Let’s look at the actual viscosity numbers of AMSOIL 20W-50 Motorcycle Oil and AMSOIL Severe Gear 75W-90, 75W-110 and 75W-140. The industry standard for measuring viscosity is in “centistokes” at 100°C.

  • AMSOIL 20W-50: 20.4
  • Severe Gear 75W-90: 16.8
  • Severe Gear 75W-110: 21.3
  • Severe Gear 75W-140: 27.5

AMSOIL Synthetic 20W-50 Motorcycle OilAs you can see, the 20W-50 motorcycle oil is very close to the 75W-110 in terms of actual viscosity, so those opting for a gear lube thinking that they are using thicker oil, really are not. Those using an 80W or 75W-90 in their transmissions are actually using a much thinner oil. The 20W-50 motorcycle oil’s viscosity is right in the “sweet spot” for optimum operation in all three holes and the volumes of positive reviews we receive back this up.

Gear lubes do contain heavy doses of “extreme pressure” additives which many believe prevent transmission wear and provide quieter operation. Again, AMSOIL 20W-50 Motorcycle Oil is packed with additives specifically designed to prevent wear in clutches, gears, chains and sprockets, so again there is no downside to going the 20W-50 route.

As for the use of automatic transmission fluid (ATF) in Harley primary chaincases, we have heard that some riders do this, but we do not recommend this option. Again, let’s look at actual viscosity numbers to back this up. The viscosity of a typical ATF at 100°C is 7.5 centistokes. We submit that ATF viscosity is far too thin for this application and think that the risk of long term wear is far too great. Again the AMSOIL 20W-50 has a viscosity of 20.4 centistokes and is designed for chaincase service. ATF is not designed for this type of service and frankly we don’t think that using it in chaincases is a good idea.

2. Convenience: One Effective Product for Everything

The second main reason that we recommend using 20W-50 motorcycle oil in the engine, transmission and primary chaincase is that you can buy one product for everything. You can keep one product on hand and bring one oil along on trips for top-ups. Not only does AMSOIL Synthetic 20W-50 work exceptionally well in all three holes, it keeps things simple.

AMSOIL Multi-Vehicle Synthetic Power Steering Fluid

AMSOIL Multi-Vehicle Synthetic Power Steering Fluid is now an equivalent for the Chrysler MS-11665, Mopar part # 05127381AA.

AMSOIL Multi-Vehicle Synthetic Power Steering Fluid now meets the MS-11655 specification for Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep vehicles. The MS-11665 spec is suggested for Chrysler’s electric/hydraulic power steering systems. These hybrid systems use an electric motor to power the steering system’s hydraulic pump rather than the conventional system pump that would be driven off of the accessory belt.

So consider AMSOIL Synthetic Power Steering Fluid as a high quality synthetic replacement for Mopar Hydraulic Fluid (part # 05127381AA). It can be mixed with the Mopar fluid or any other conventional or synthetic steering fluid meeting this specification.

AMSOIL Synthetic Power Steering Fluid is also suitable and compatible for Chrysler, Dodge, Plymouth and Jeep vehicles requiring the following specifications:

  • MS-9602 For many Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Plymouth vehicles built after 1998. Replaces Mopar part # 05166226AA.
  • MS-5931 Generally for Chrysler and Dodge vehicles built prior to 1998 and Jeep Grand Cherokee prior to 2005. Replaces Mopar part # 04883077.
  • MS-1872 For Chrysler, Dodge, Plymouth vehicle built prior to 1989. Replaces Mopar Part # 4318055.

Cold Weather Advantages

It seems that some Chrysler/Dodge cars and trucks are especially prone to catastrophic power steering system failures in very cold winter weather. The regular Mopar power steering fluid solidifies in frigid temps, building pressure in the power steering system. This excess pressure causes a steering oil line to burst or blow off. AMSOIL Multi-Vehicle Synthetic Power Steering Fluid cures this issue with its remarkable cold weather capabilities. With a cold pour point of -51°C (-60°F), cold weather issues with Chrysler power steering systems becomes a thing of the past.

A question from a reader: “The engine oil recommendation for my new pickup truck is 0W-20. I’ve never owned a vehicle that used anything other than 5W-30, so this is a big change. A 0W-20 oil seems too thin and I’m very skeptical. I asked my dealer if I could at least use 5W-20 and they insist that 0W-20 must be used to maintain my warranty. Is 0W-20 safe for my new engine?”

AMSOIL Signature Series 0W-20 Synthetic Engine OilAnswer: Yes, 0W-20 is unquestionably safe for your engine. Manufacturers have been specifying 5W-20 and 0W-20 since the early part of the last decade and there is no evidence whatsoever that engine wear rates have increased. Engine designs and materials along with motor oil chemistry have made massive strides in the last 15 years, so engine wear has never been lower. The 5W-30 grade is rapidly being supplanted in new cars by 5W-20 and 0W-20. By the end of this decade, a new vehicle specifying 5W-30 will be a rarity. In fact, expect to see even lower viscosities like 0W-16 in the coming years.

Why are car makers suggesting thinner motor oils? Quite simply to optimize fuel economy. But this trend has gone on for long enough for us to conclude that there is no downside in terms of shorter engine life.

As for the second part of your question about substituting 5W-20 for the recommended 0W-20, we see absolutely no advantage to doing this. Let’s use the specifications of the AMSOIL Signature Series 0W-20 and 5W-20 to illustrate our point.

The industry standard for evaluating viscosity at operating temperature is the measured in “centistokes” at 100°C.

  • AMSOIL Signature Series 0W-20: 8.8 centistokes
  • AMSOIL Signature Series 5W-20: 8.7 centistokes

So therefore at operating temperatures, the 0W-20 and 5W-20 are virtually identical in terms of thickness or viscosity. The reason that the vehicle manufacturer opted for a 0W-20 oil is because it would offer a very slight improvement in terms of cold weather start-up protection.

Our daily driver calls for a 5W-20, but we opt for a 0W-20 for year-round use, just so that we have the best possible start-up protection. We see absolutely zero oil consumption between oil changes, even in scorching temperatures.

So the the bottom line is that you can rest assured that a quality 0W-20 motor oil will offer the utmost wear control. Enjoy your new truck and rest assured that it will be fine using 0W-20 motor oil.