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What kind of lubricating oil?

I need to lubricate my machine, and the operators manual indicates some places to grease and some to oil.

I found many posts here and elsewhere discussing what kind of grease to use, but I haven't seen any recommendations at all about oil.

What kind of oil should I use?

I've got an Ariens 920021 Compact 24 LE.
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Whatever oil you have in your oil can . I think mine has 10W30, but use whatever you have on hand in your oil can, as your only using a couple drops.

LOL, of course don't use 90W
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below 32 degs down 5w30 of what ever you like 50 down to 0 10w30, above 50 degs 30w the charts are universal and in the owners manual thats downloadable all over
grease any water proof will work

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Sorry...I don't mean engine oil, I mean for things like axles.
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I use SAE 30 non-detergent oil for general lubrication, but you can use whatever engine oil you have on hand. If you want something thicker you can use spray on chain lube. It's thin when you spray it on so it penetrates easily but the carrier evaporates and leaves a thicker lubricant.

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@toromike,

I use that all the time every shop/work area should have a can of the chain and cable lube on hand., along with a good penetrating oil , etc., etc....
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Oils I use-
* Chain Saver by DuPont on chains
* 50/50 mix of ATF and 05-40W Shell Rotella synthetic motor oil from my vintage oil cans or Fluid Film spray depending on my mood

Some of us (well, maybe just me) tend to overthink it so take that into consideration.
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Sorry...I don't mean engine oil, I mean for things like axles.
if you mean lubing the axles so the wheels don't rust on them, i personally use never seize, on the auger gear box, some use a water proof grease some say use a special grease and some good old 90w,
strongest suggestion anyone can give you is to read and follow the owners manual. it's brand specif,

good luck with your machine
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Sorry...I don't mean engine oil, I mean for things like axles.
White Lithium grease on axles inside the machine; Permatex Never Seize on outside wheel axles as 87powershiftx2 mentioned

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Go by the owner's manual to determine when to use grease versus oil. When it comes to lubricating oil, motor oil works well for just about any snow blower needs. (Chain oil should be used when needed.) Any motor oil or 3-in-1 should be fine, any common viscosity, and either conventional or synthetic. If you don't use much, 3-in-1 is good because it's economical and comes with it's own dispenser. You should also consider a spray lubricant like Super Lube in places where a spray is easier or works better. If you're oiling in a place that gets dirty, consider a dry lube. I don't use WD-40 as a lubricant.
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