I posted on here that I bought a Trade Tools 2 stroke hedger recently - the salesman put a bit of fuel in it and started it up before I paid. When I got it home I used it for a few minutes. I thought it was pretty fumey and maybe rich on the mixture screw - but I guessed it may be deliberate thing for a running in period - I topped it up with a mix at 35:1 as per the manual (Ryobi synthetic oil from Bunnings) and waited for a chance to use it on a job.
I used it yesterday morning on about 15 meters of chest high hedge - (BTW it did a beautiful job compared to my old Bosch 36V hedge chewer) - again I thought how fumey it was and, at chest height, I couldn't help breathing it - but I haven't used any 2 stroke gear in 30 years so my idea of fumey might be a bit sensitive?
Anyway, as I started down the hedge I started to sweat - at 7am on a 14deg crisp morning - I thought it was strange but it is pretty heavy and it's my first time - I soaked 2 shirts by the time I finished - then mowed the lawn and went on my way for a few more jobs.
I woke up this morning, turned over in bed and the room starts to spin and I feel like throwing up (no it wasn't a hangover) - and I've spent the rest of the day feeling pretty crook, weak and dizzy.
I thought it was some kind of bug I caught until something made me think about the hedging yesterday and the possibility that I'd breathed in a few too many fumes - I know we're not doctors here but I'm asking whether anyone here has had a similar experience. I've now googled the health effects and symptoms of 2 stroke emissions and it seems quite possible that I got a bit of a hit yesterday.
My plan is to drain the tank and fill it with 50:1 synthetic and check the mixture setting (another forum member here uses only Opti oil at 100:1 in all his gear and that interests me too). Then run it for a bit and check the level of fumes. If I can't get it a whole lot better it's on to Gumtree with it and I'll just buy the short hedger attachment for my Honda whipper.
I'm interested to hear any feedback on this as I'd guess most here use at least one piece of 2 stoke gear in their kit.