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#4585602 - 11/26/17 01:17 PM Oil for new snowblower
NHRATA Offline


Registered: 04/13/16
Posts: 152
Loc: ma
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.

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#4585623 - 11/26/17 01:36 PM Re: Oil for new snowblower [Re: NHRATA]
Bandito440 Offline


Registered: 02/13/12
Posts: 3854
Loc: NEUS
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.
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#4585650 - 11/26/17 02:00 PM Re: Oil for new snowblower [Re: NHRATA]
TmanP Offline


Registered: 10/30/15
Posts: 436
Loc: MN
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.
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#4585698 - 11/26/17 02:52 PM Re: Oil for new snowblower [Re: NHRATA]
StevieC Offline


Registered: 08/21/08
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Loc: Ontario, Canada
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.


Edited by StevieC (11/26/17 02:52 PM)
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#4585709 - 11/26/17 02:59 PM Re: Oil for new snowblower [Re: NHRATA]
Linctex Offline


Registered: 12/31/16
Posts: 6148
Loc: Waco, TX
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.
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#4585712 - 11/26/17 03:00 PM Re: Oil for new snowblower [Re: StevieC]
Linctex Offline


Registered: 12/31/16
Posts: 6148
Loc: Waco, TX
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.
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#4585750 - 11/26/17 03:29 PM Re: Oil for new snowblower [Re: NHRATA]
jakewells Offline


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Loc: Cave City KY
any 5w30 will work fine even 0w30.
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#4585869 - 11/26/17 04:48 PM Re: Oil for new snowblower [Re: NHRATA]
NHRATA Offline


Registered: 04/13/16
Posts: 152
Loc: ma
Does anyone have experience with the Briggs and Stratton 5w 30 synthetic

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#4585875 - 11/26/17 04:51 PM Re: Oil for new snowblower [Re: NHRATA]
old1 Offline


Registered: 01/04/11
Posts: 1000
Loc: Columbus Nebraska
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.
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#4585877 - 11/26/17 04:53 PM Re: Oil for new snowblower [Re: NHRATA]
old1 Offline


Registered: 01/04/11
Posts: 1000
Loc: Columbus Nebraska
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?
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#4585908 - 11/26/17 05:22 PM Re: Oil for new snowblower [Re: NHRATA]
Garak Offline


Registered: 12/05/09
Posts: 24574
Loc: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
The fuel system on the snowblower will fail you long before you have any oil related failure, regardless of any semi-sane oil choice.
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#4585957 - 11/26/17 06:08 PM Re: Oil for new snowblower [Re: Linctex]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 20455
Loc: Upstate NY
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.
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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.
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#4586734 - 11/27/17 03:08 PM Re: Oil for new snowblower [Re: NHRATA]
BrianF Offline


Registered: 02/25/15
Posts: 550
Loc: Sask, Canada
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.
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#4586781 - 11/27/17 04:11 PM Re: Oil for new snowblower [Re: NHRATA]
Smokescreen Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 3359
Loc: Alberta, Canada
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.
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#4587135 - 11/28/17 12:00 AM Re: Oil for new snowblower [Re: NHRATA]
NHRATA Offline


Registered: 04/13/16
Posts: 152
Loc: ma
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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