I'm looking for advice/feedback. I own a Honda HRC216HXA lawnmower (commercial version) and a Ariens 28" inch snowblower with the LCT engine.
I have been looking for a one oil that I can use in both machines. I am under the impression based on looking at other threads the the larger the spread 0w-30 or 0w-40 the more additives have to be in the oil, which get beat up in small engines. I'll prefix this with that the snowblower stays in the garage in the winter and even if is -40c outside the garage doesn't get below -20c. It usually hovers around -5c.
The Honda powersports dealer, for some reason uses Suzuki 10w40 dino in everything and swear by it. They tell me that's all they use - if it works in a GSXR at 10,000 rpm then a generator or mower is nothing for that oil. I changed it out after 2 hours in my brand new mower as I thought the engine was a little noisy in favor honda HP4M 10w-40. I rand that for 10 hours. I thought it might be a little thick. This mower (GX160) has a drive shaft out the back that is driven off a helical gear on the camshaft that powers the hydrostatic drive making it a litte unique.
Anyways - I was hoping to find a synthetic oil to use for both. I currently use PUP 0w20 in my 2010 CR-V. Nice an quiet and smooth. I tried 10w30 Pennzoil plat in the mower. It lost a few ounces after 2 hours of use. I drained it to find lots of silver.
So, here I am back to the Honda oil, and also had the AMSOIL dealer bring in a couple bottles of the 10w30 small engine oil. They claim it pours down to -40.
I put a small amount of each in the deep freeze overnight. The Honda oil flowed much better at -21.7c. I am now skeptical about the amsoil claims.
The honda dino oil seems to be better in the cold. What would you use for both the snowblower and mower? Or am I looking for a unicorn?
Last edited by Mikemac; 09/30/17 11:29 AM.