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#2191742 - 03/07/11 11:11 AM Yamalube 10w-40
rats1955 Offline


Registered: 10/20/05
Posts: 13
Loc: Montana
I have just purchased two Yamaha EF2000is generators to use with my 5th wheel. I plan on using both of them in parallel to run my AC.

The recommended engine oil from the owner’s manual is:
YAMALUBE 4 (10w-40), SAE 10W-30 or 10W-40
Recommended engine oil grade of API Service SE or higher.

I understand that with splash oil systems that shearing the oil is a big problem. I also understand that multi grade oil, especially 10W-40 is highly sensitive shear factors.
I can change both generators with one quart of oil, so the cost per quart is not a big factor. What is a big factor to me is: I would like these generators to last me as long, if not longer, than my last generator. I had it for 35 years. It’s terrible noisy and the power that it put out is not very clean, but it still starts and runs well. I hope to use these new generators a lot more than the old one. I always used Stabil in the fuel and changed the oil as soon as it started to look off color. I always used Pennzoil or NAPA and 30 or 10-30 depending on the temperature.

I purchased enough Yamalube 4 for two oil changes. I am 200 miles from a Yamaha dealer. What would be a good substitute for the Yamalube 4. Should I be using a 10W-40 at all do to the shear factor? I would also consider a synthetic if it was readily available.

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#2191748 - 03/07/11 11:20 AM Re: Yamalube 10w-40 [Re: rats1955]
addyguy Offline


Registered: 09/08/05
Posts: 13429
Loc: Canada
I think GC 0W-30 makes a GREAT OPE oil - that's what I'd use.
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#2191763 - 03/07/11 11:40 AM Re: Yamalube 10w-40 [Re: rats1955]
Boomer Offline


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Loc: Pennsylvania
Or Rotella.
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#2191771 - 03/07/11 11:50 AM Re: Yamalube 10w-40 [Re: Boomer]
daman Offline


Registered: 09/23/06
Posts: 10486
Loc: Bad Axe, MI
You don't need that over priced and hard to get yamalube,go to wal-mart and stock up on some 5w40 HDEO, a HDEO will protect better,them gens will out last you!
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#2191772 - 03/07/11 11:57 AM Re: Yamalube 10w-40 [Re: rats1955]
boraticus Offline


Registered: 04/19/09
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Loc: Canada
Heavy duty engine oils made for diesel and gasoline engines used for industrial applications or hard use are excellent lubricants for small engines. Rotella T, Delo, Delvac are a few brand names that sell HDEO in various weights. I use 15W40 Rotella in a lot of applications from motorcycles to lawn mowers. Great stuff at a great price.

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#2191800 - 03/07/11 12:18 PM Re: Yamalube 10w-40 [Re: rats1955]
Johnny Offline


Registered: 05/27/02
Posts: 14013
Loc: Retired | Wausau, WI
The Rotella T5 10W-30 would be an excellent oil for your application. Believe it is available at most Walmart stores.

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#2191911 - 03/07/11 01:33 PM Re: Yamalube 10w-40 [Re: rats1955]
dakota99 Offline


Registered: 09/27/09
Posts: 428
Loc: indiana
5w40 Rotella
0w40 M1
0w30 GC
10w30 T5

good stuff.
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#2192038 - 03/07/11 03:47 PM Re: Yamalube 10w-40 [Re: dakota99]
rats1955 Offline


Registered: 10/20/05
Posts: 13
Loc: Montana
I am 90 miles from a Walmart. I not at the end of the earth, but I can see it from here.

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#2192043 - 03/07/11 03:49 PM Re: Yamalube 10w-40 [Re: rats1955]
daman Offline


Registered: 09/23/06
Posts: 10486
Loc: Bad Axe, MI
Originally Posted By: rats1955
I am 90 miles from a Walmart. I not at the end of the earth, but I can see it from here.

200 from a Yamaha dealer and 90 from a wal-mart? where and the [censored] do you live man??
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#2192073 - 03/07/11 04:14 PM Re: Yamalube 10w-40 [Re: daman]
rats1955 Offline


Registered: 10/20/05
Posts: 13
Loc: Montana
Northeastern Montana. 111th day of continues snow cover.

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#2192778 - 03/08/11 09:23 AM Re: Yamalube 10w-40 [Re: rats1955]
JTK Offline


Registered: 08/14/03
Posts: 7308
Loc: Buffalo, NY
I remember using Yamalube 2-stroke oil years ago when I had a new Yami Waverunner (back when I could actually have fun things). It was outstanding stuff.

I'm glad to see Yamaha recommends a 40wt for these little buggers given they only hold a half-quart.

My only concern with a 15w40 or 10w40 would be for the extreme cold Montana can get. My company has some plants in Butte. It gets like -45degF there in the winter. It's not fun. If that's the case for you, I'd go with Shell Rotella-T 5w40 synthetic. It's perfect for both worlds (Hot/Cold).

Joel


Edited by JTK (03/08/11 09:24 AM)
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#2192827 - 03/08/11 10:14 AM Re: Yamalube 10w-40 [Re: rats1955]
Stewart Fan Offline


Registered: 08/20/03
Posts: 865
Loc: Everett,Wa.
My dad and I both have an EF2400is. It gets Chevron Supreme 10w-30 just like every other Yamaha 4 stroke I own.

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#2192940 - 03/08/11 12:09 PM Re: Yamalube 10w-40 [Re: dakota99]
Jim 5 Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 4009
Loc: Calgary Canada
Originally Posted By: dakota99
5w40 Rotella
0w40 M1
0w30 GC
10w30 T5

good stuff.


This is a good list. I use Esso XD-3 0w-40 HDEO in my Yamaha ef2400i generator, and have had no problems. I would also use any of the above, but the XD-3 is the best value around here for an full PAO synthetic HDEO. I would also

Given your climate, as I see you have a similar one to me, I would say that a 0w-40 or a 0w-30 would be perfect. GC, M1 0w-40 or a 0W-40 HDEO are your premium choices in my books. For availability, you'll probably have the easiest time finding a 5w-40 or 0w-40 HDEO in any town. Billings would likely have just about anything on the list.
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#2193117 - 03/08/11 02:53 PM Re: Yamalube 10w-40 [Re: Jim 5]
rats1955 Offline


Registered: 10/20/05
Posts: 13
Loc: Montana
Some kind of synthetic sounds like a very good idea. I just need to look around to find what is available. The generators were delivered last evening. They look really nice. I am really looking forward to trying them out camping.

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#2193126 - 03/08/11 02:59 PM Re: Yamalube 10w-40 [Re: rats1955]
Jim 5 Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 4009
Loc: Calgary Canada
I love my 2400. It will run the rooftop air conditioning on our 25' travel trailer. It's really quiet and starts easily. I thought of daisy chaining 2 smaller ones, and thought I didn't want the complexity since we only use the generator for running 120v things where we have no hook ups. After lifting the 2400 in and out of a 3/4 truck bed whenever needed, I wish I had the two smaller ones. Would be far easier to lug around.

We don't use it for battery charging (which makes sense for a smaller generator) since we are pretty conservative on lights etc., never use a TV and typically go for 2-3 day outings at most.
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