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Okay to switch Toro 1232 to synthetic?

Quick question for you guys, I have a 1232 that's been in the family since new. It's probably only had one or two oil changes in its life. I'm going to change the oil, is it okay to go full synthetic or should I just stick w regular dino? They call for 5w30
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I had no problems when I switched a 15 year old Tecumseh to synthetic.
No leaks nor any excessive consumption.
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Depends on the age of the unit. Older engines had seal and gaskets incompatible with synthetics. I'm not certain when the cut-off was but I'd guess about 15 years ago. If you are in doubt use conventional. With the amount of use a snowblower gets conventional is fine. I use a synthetic though I doubt I'll live long enough to see the benefit.

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my 521E is a 1986 and I switched to synthetic oil with no problems afterward

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thanks gents

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I Would run 10w30 synthetic instead of 5w30 in that TECUMSAPART.

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I have been running 10w-30 full syn. in all O.P.E. equipment for years now. From my 1967 Craftsman snow blower , 1969 Craftsman lawn tractor, 1982 JD 111 tractor, 1987 Bolens snow blower, etc. with no leakage and less oil consumption. Merry Christmas.......
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might be opening a can of worms but im gonna go for it anyways...
why 10w30 in NJ vs manufacture spec of 5w30?

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might be opening a can of worms but im gonna go for it anyways...
why 10w30 in NJ vs manufacture spec of 5w30?

"why 10w30 in NJ vs manufacture spec of 5w30?[/QUOTE]"... Good question. I'd like to know the relational as well.
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From... Car Bibles : The Engine Oil Bible

"There was a time, years ago, when switching between synthetic oils and mineral oils was not recommended if you had used one product or the other for a long period of time. People experienced problems with seals leaking and high oil consumption but changes in additive chemistry and seal material have taken care of those issues. And that's an important caveat. New seal technology is great, but if you're still driving around in a car from the 80's with its original seals, then this argument becomes a bit of a moot point - your seals are still going to be subject to the old leakage problems no matter what newfangled additives the oil companies are putting in their products.

Read more: Car Bibles : The Engine Oil Bible "
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