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The Ariens 92200 manual shows 5w-20 but I'm also finding other sources stating 10w-30 for winter use. What should I use?
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The Ariens 92200 manual shows 5w-20 but I'm also finding other sources stating 10w-30 for winter use. What should I use?
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The Ariens 92200 manual shows 5w-20 but I'm also finding other sources stating 10w-30 for winter use. What should I use?
The engine oil is generally automotive type, of latest spec which is currently SN. I am surprised at the recommendation for 5W-20 and would have thought 5W-30 a more suitable choice. If you get synthetic 5W-30 then it is suitable for all temperatures in winter and summer which makes oil changes for different equipment a lot easier. Briggs and Stratton recommend the 5W-30 synthetic to cover all ambient temperatures in winter and summer.

I use Mobil 1 synthetic 0W-30 in winter and synthetic 5W-30 in summer. Since Mobil 1 0W-30 is guaranteed to meet engine manufacturers 5W-30 requirements you cannot go wrong any time of the year.

Synthetic oils will flow much better in the cold especially with splash lubrication such as a snowblower engine. Since snowblower engine oil capacity is small the extra cost of synthetic is not that significant.

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I am also surprised at it. Why do you think Ariens would say 5w-20 yet Tecumseh 10w-30? I changed it and went with 5w-20 because I had it in hand. Now I'm thinking I should do 10w-30 though.
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I am also surprised at it. Why do you think Ariens would say 5w-20 yet Tecumseh 10w-30? I changed it and went with 5w-20 because I had it in hand. Now I'm thinking I should do 10w-30 though.
But the quoted Tecumseh 10W-30 oil is a substitute for summer 30 oil. The Tecumseh quoted winter oil is 5W-30 with a couple of substitutes.

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Sorry I meant 5w-30. You think I should do what Tecumseh says vs Ariens?
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Don't stress about overthinking this. I've used 5w-30 for many years without a problem. The Tecumseh advice was likely written many years ago, perhaps before 5-30 was common. For me, synthetic is worth a couple of bucks more.
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Sorry I meant 5w-30. You think I should do what Tecumseh says vs Ariens?
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I've always used the Ariens brand 5w30 they have at home depot. I don't think it's synthetic. With an average seasonal run time of under 20 hours per year, it's performed well for me.

I do the same with Honda branded oil for my lawnmower. I believe the Honda oil is synthetic.

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I believe the Honda oil is synthetic.
Honda power equipment branded oil is petroleum-based. I think some of the Honda motorcycle oils may be synthetic.

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