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post #1 of 17 Old 03-16-2016, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
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A FRIENDLY Oil discussion thread

Folks- Oil is important. We know that. Use what your owners manual calls for, and you are usually ok. But sometimes you will not be ok. I think this thread could provide a place to talk about Oil for our snowblowers. Some have different requirements than others because not all oil is the same, and not all engines are the same either.

To start this off, there is the common ZDDP debate/concerns. Please read this entire thread from the link below. It has some good information on it, feel free to chime in. Again let's try to keep it friendly so that it doesn't get the lock of shame from the Mods.

GM debunks ZDDP myths for flat tappet cams | Passenger Car Motor Oil (PCMO) - Gasoline Cars/Pickups/Vans/SUVs | Bob Is The Oil Guy
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Up in Canada where it can reach -40C for weeks at a time (last year during the Polar Vortex it lasted almost 5 weeks), I've had really good luck using Mobil Delvac 0W40 full synthetic... have been for years and never seem to have issues
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I am planning on using Amsoil full synthetic oil in both my lawn mower and snowblower. I use the Amsoil 2 cycle racing oil in my outboard motor fuel tank, my single stage snow blower, my weed eater and leaf blower and it performs perfect. don't have to change the spark plugs nearly as often in my 2 cycle motors and much less smoking on start up. I use Amsoil in my truck as well and can run it 12,000 miles and it still looks fairly clean.

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I do use synthetic walmart or mobile 1 5 30 in my blower. Only other thing I can add is that any time I see the word snake oil I block the poster that is pushing it. It may (or NOT) be a good product, but the marketing of it has really turned me off. I have even added a Firefox add on that changes the word snake oil to something else that it not nice. It seems one can not turn over an oily rock without being bombarded with pleas to buy the product.

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Oh dear!!! I see that my firefox extension even changes the word in my post. Oh well, most will figure out what I meant.

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synthetics only here.. 5w30 or 0w30 for me.. i notice a good difference when pull starting in the very cold temps ( -15 to -20something celcius) gotta love drifting snow for days on end during a cold snap lol one thing i search for is the mention full synthetic on the bottle and the GF-5 rating.. what i usualy get is castrol syntech .. mostly a price consideration.. if i can pay less to ge an equal product ( the GF-5 rating.. or classification.. whatever it is) i like that

oh and i change it in the springtime before putting the blower away i figure clean oil then is going to be a savior one day

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I think it's an objective statement that for sub zero storage (technically closer to -10F) and starting synthetic is essential since conventional oil does not behave like oil at those temperatures. My research and witnessed experience bear that out.

When it comes to brand it's much more of a subjective preference matter.

Viscosity can usually be derived from the manufacturer's guidance.

My B&S & Tecumseh L-Heads enjoy a happy life with Mobil-1 5-30. Walk behind power motors get SAE 30.

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A high quality dino oil during the machine's break-in period and then a transition to a "high mileage" syn 5W30 oil with annual changes. I typically use Mobil oils.

When is the last time one of us have been able to document an oil-related failure?
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Only oil related failures I know of happen when the oil runs out or Never changed.
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So basically you're saying that site is oil we could ever want?

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