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Oil for new snowblower #4585602
11/26/17 01:17 PM
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NHRATA Offline OP
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I picked up a new snowblower this year. After my 5 hour break in. I plan on dropping the oil and putting in synthetic 5w 30. My dealer told me I should stay away from standard Automotive oils and use a good four cycle synthetic oil such as Briggs & Stratton, Amsoil or a few of the others that are intended for small engines. Is their suggestion a valid one? They said something about today's oil being intended for vehicles that are liquid cooled that have catalytic converters.

Re: Oil for new snowblower [Re: NHRATA] #4585623
11/26/17 01:36 PM
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Just avoid energy-conserving oils. Castrol 0w-30, 0w-40, or Mobil 1 0w-40 are easy enough to come across.

I use Rotella T6 5w-40 in mine, because it goes in the Jeep too.


'14 Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel
Rotella T6 5w-40 & OEM filter
Re: Oil for new snowblower [Re: NHRATA] #4585650
11/26/17 02:00 PM
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I use M1 AFE because it's the easiest-to-find 0w30 around me. No problems with it in a ~8 year old MTD. But realistically any 5w30, even conventional, would suffice.


2012 Toyota Camry 2.5 30,000 mi
2015 Chevy Silverado LT Z71 5.3 V8 30,000 mi
2010 Toyota Sienna 3.5 V6 150,000 mi
Re: Oil for new snowblower [Re: NHRATA] #4585698
11/26/17 02:52 PM
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ON, Canada eh?
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ON, Canada eh?
Does it have OHV if so a standard automotive oil will be fine. If it's not OHV then I would suggest a higher ZDDP oil or something like Amsoil 4-Stroke, B&S small engine oil etc.

Last edited by StevieC; 11/26/17 02:52 PM.

'18 Dodge Grand Caravan GT - AMSOIL SS 5w20
'06 Santa Fe - 535,000km AMSOIL SS 0w30 / ATF
Re: Oil for new snowblower [Re: NHRATA] #4585709
11/26/17 02:59 PM
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Waco, TX
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Originally Posted By: NHRATA
My dealer told me I should stay away from standard Automotive oils and use .... a few of the others that are intended for small engines.
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Is their suggestion a valid one?


No..... not one tiny bit.


"The evidence demands a verdict".
(Re:VOA)"it's nearly impossible to actually know the particular additives that are in there at what concentrations."
Re: Oil for new snowblower [Re: StevieC] #4585712
11/26/17 03:00 PM
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Waco, TX
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Originally Posted By: StevieC
If it's not OHV then I would suggest a higher ZDDP oil or something like Amsoil 4-Stroke, B&S small engine oil etc.


There is no basis for this decision.

Last generation "flathead" Briggs engines used a PLASTIC camshaft!!! (springs pressures are like, 20lbs...)

No need for ZDDP in nearly any part of a flathead engine.


"The evidence demands a verdict".
(Re:VOA)"it's nearly impossible to actually know the particular additives that are in there at what concentrations."
Re: Oil for new snowblower [Re: NHRATA] #4585750
11/26/17 03:29 PM
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Cave City KY
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any 5w30 will work fine even 0w30.


1994 Ford F150 302 4R70
Chevron Delo SAE 30 CF/SL Fram XG8A

1978 Chevy Nova 250 I6 Borg Warner T5
Rotella 10W40 Fram XG5

Re: Oil for new snowblower [Re: NHRATA] #4585869
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Does anyone have experience with the Briggs and Stratton 5w 30 synthetic

Re: Oil for new snowblower [Re: NHRATA] #4585875
11/26/17 04:51 PM
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Columbus Nebraska
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Yup, as everybody has said, any 5/30 is fine. As was also said, you don't have to work about spring pressures, as I can squeeze most all of them with my fingers.


2017 Nissan Frontier 4.0 5w30
1965 Mustang 200 c/4 10w30 QS defy
1964 Ford Ranchero 302 c/4 15/40 Delo
1929 ford model A No filters, and 15/40 oil
Re: Oil for new snowblower [Re: NHRATA] #4585877
11/26/17 04:53 PM
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Columbus Nebraska
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I am sure the Briggs oil is fine, but I was a briggs dealer for 40 years, and never used it or recommended it to my customers. Why pay double?


2017 Nissan Frontier 4.0 5w30
1965 Mustang 200 c/4 10w30 QS defy
1964 Ford Ranchero 302 c/4 15/40 Delo
1929 ford model A No filters, and 15/40 oil
Re: Oil for new snowblower [Re: NHRATA] #4585908
11/26/17 05:22 PM
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Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
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The fuel system on the snowblower will fail you long before you have any oil related failure, regardless of any semi-sane oil choice.


Plain, simple Garak.

2008 Infiniti G37 - Shell ROTELLA T6 Multi-Vehicle 5w-30, NAPA Gold 7356
1984 F-150 4.9L - Quaker State GB 10w-30, Wix 51515
Re: Oil for new snowblower [Re: Linctex] #4585957
11/26/17 06:08 PM
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Upstate NY
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Originally Posted By: Linctex
Originally Posted By: NHRATA
My dealer told me I should stay away from standard Automotive oils and use .... a few of the others that are intended for small engines.
.
.
.
Is their suggestion a valid one?


No..... not one tiny bit.


Well some oils intended for OPE might be better able to handle high heat from a mower where the cooling fins are clogged with grass and its getting mighty hot.


2015 Subaru Forester 2.5 engine/CVT
2015 Ford F250 w/Powerstroke
2016 Subaru Crosstrek CVT (wife's)
Re: Oil for new snowblower [Re: NHRATA] #4586734
11/27/17 03:08 PM
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Sask, Canada
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I run PPPP 5w30 in my LCT powered Poulan. Next oil change will probably be the left over Castrol Edge black bottle. Snowblower does not care and runs great. The fuel system was the first problem and since that has been sorted out, it runs great. In -30C ambient it starts first pull. Does not burn any oil either.


2006 Trailblazer LT. QSUD with Fram Ultra.
2017 Ram 3500 SLT Megacab. Duron SHP 10w30 with Hastings LF608.
1993 GMC 1500. QSAD with Fram PH5
Re: Oil for new snowblower [Re: NHRATA] #4586781
11/27/17 04:11 PM
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Alberta, Canada
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I use PP 5w30 in my 1980's Honda HS55 snowblower. It's a gigantic step ahead to what the machine was spec'd for. Still burns no oil.


13 Civic Si 2.4L- 69Kkms(43Kmi)-PP,Wix
05 LeSabre 3.8L-210Kkms(134Kmi)-PP,Wix
03 Sierra 2500 6.0L-204Kkms(127Kmi)-PP,Wix

All with mpg > EPA
Re: Oil for new snowblower [Re: NHRATA] #4587135
11/28/17 12:00 AM
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NHRATA Offline OP
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I ended up getting the Briggs & Stratton oil for $5 per quart from a local shop. I figured that was a pretty good price for full synthetic. It's half of what Tractor Supply sells the same stuff for

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