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0W/30 or 5W/30 synthetic in new Toro 826 HD OXE

Hi,

I just bought a new Power Max HD 826 OXE which recommends SAE 0W/30 synthetic oil (38913), which is different than the traditional B&S SAE 5W30 snowthrower rated oil I have been using in my 1988 Toro 824 and 2011 Troy-Bilt 2620.

At least from the Toro charts, the Synthetic 5W-30 is rated above 104 degrees F and below -22 degrees F, but was wondering if anyone knew if the Toro HDs really benefited. On the face of it, as long as I stay with a synthetic I should be fine.

Given that I am in New England and, does anyone have a recommendation one way or another with this engine, particularly given that SAE 5W/30 synthetic is much more available? It would also simplify maintenance by allowing me to standardize on one oil type.

Thanks!
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I'd probably run their recommend oil while the unit is under warranty.

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I'd probably run their recommend oil while the unit is under warranty.

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I separately sent Toro an email specifically asking this question. It will be interesting to see what they say

In the meantime, certainly appreciate the feedback and thanks for the welcome!
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Hi,

I just bought a new Power Max HD 826 OXE which recommends SAE 0W/30 synthetic oil (38913), which is different than the traditional B&S SAE 5W30 snowthrower rated oil I have been using in my 1988 Toro 824 and 2011 Troy-Bilt 2620.

At least from the Toro charts, the Synthetic 5W-30 is rated above 104 degrees F and below -22 degrees F, but was wondering if anyone knew if the Toro HDs really benefited. On the face of it, as long as I stay with a synthetic I should be fine.

Given that I am in New England and, does anyone have a recommendation one way or another with this engine, particularly given that SAE 5W/30 synthetic is much more available? It would also simplify maintenance by allowing me to standardize on one oil type.

Thanks!
thats interesting as i thought it was a big " no no" to run a new engine with synthetic oil until after its recommended break in period ( first oil change) ???? or did the unit come with dino oil in the sump and you are thinking ahead?
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I would try to use the 0W-30 if that is what Toro recommends for the Loncin engine. However the difference between the two is not much, either one in a synthetic should work fine. I would not be concerned about a synthetic 5W-30 being too thick for any conditions you may encounter. If you can get a Toro tech rep on the phone I assume they will advise you that you can go with either one.

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thats interesting as i thought it was a big " no no" to run a new engine with synthetic oil until after its recommended break in period ( first oil change) ???? or did the unit come with dino oil in the sump and you are thinking ahead?
Have no idea, but I will ping the dealer tomorrow to find out what they used in the initial setup.

The whole thing that got me started questioning things in the first place:

Power Max® HD 826 OXE (38805)

Manuals -> Parts Catalog
Operators Manual (3396-745.pdf) - Page 46

Attachments and Accessories
For 38805 Power Max Heavy Duty 826 OXE Snowthrower
Product Name Model/Part

Weight Kit ......................................107-3815
26in Drift Breaker...............................107-3816
Heavy-Duty Skid Kit..............................125-1104
Snow Cab Kit ....................................127-5960
Non-Marking Skid Kit ............................38211
Tire Chain Kit, for 16in Tires...................38215
Toro Snow Oil 0W30 Synthetic 20-Ounce Bottle ....38913
Toro 2-Stage Cover...............................490-7466
Plain 2-Stage Cover..............................490-7467
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I've always run Rotella or M1 EP after the break in period.
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honestly i would run royal purple 5w30 after break in
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