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#4607406 - 12/18/17 03:28 PM Lawn mower oil substitute experiment idea
skyactiv Offline


Registered: 03/02/13
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Loc: The Midwest
A few months ago, I trashed picked a running Craftsman self propelled lawn mower.
It needs a new transmission, front wheels and the rear wheels also have a lot of slop in them.
It has a Briggs & Stratton Quantum 6.75 HP that starts and runs great. If I put it out with the trash, a metal picker will
take it so I might as well have some fun with it first.

Give me some ideas what I should use.
Brake fluid, Wesson, Head & Shoulders???
I wanna make a Youtube video of it.
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#4607411 - 12/18/17 03:36 PM Re: Lawn mower oil substitute experiment idea [Re: skyactiv]
MasterSolenoid Offline


Registered: 09/26/17
Posts: 166
Loc: One Step Beyond
My Brother had an old car he wanted to junk.
He drained the oil and started it and let it run at high RPM.
It ran for several minutes, then stalled.
Did this several times before it would not start anymore.

I'd drain the oil and fill with .... water.
Maybe it'll steam for awhile.

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#4607415 - 12/18/17 03:38 PM Re: Lawn mower oil substitute experiment idea [Re: skyactiv]
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#4607416 - 12/18/17 03:39 PM Re: Lawn mower oil substitute experiment idea [Re: skyactiv]
maverickfhs Offline


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What about using an ATF?
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#4607418 - 12/18/17 03:40 PM Re: Lawn mower oil substitute experiment idea [Re: skyactiv]
Oldtom Offline


Registered: 07/05/14
Posts: 329
Loc: Cecil County Maryland
Canola oil? Then tear it down if it locks up and take photos?

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#4607419 - 12/18/17 03:42 PM Re: Lawn mower oil substitute experiment idea [Re: skyactiv]
earlyre Offline


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or... wacky notion, pull the engine working engine, put the deck out for the pickers/scrappers.
you could sell the engine on craigers for a few bucks, or just hold on to it for a while, b/c you might just be able to "trash pick" a mower with a good deck/etc, and a bad engine....

but hey, what do i know....


Edited by earlyre (12/18/17 03:42 PM)
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#4607423 - 12/18/17 03:46 PM Re: Lawn mower oil substitute experiment idea [Re: skyactiv]
pandus13 Offline


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your used VW approved oil?
with 2 drops of mint+pine
and one small marshmallow

would that make it VW2 winter vintage edition?
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#4607444 - 12/18/17 04:07 PM Re: Lawn mower oil substitute experiment idea [Re: earlyre]
skyactiv Offline


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Originally Posted By: earlyre
or... wacky notion, pull the engine working engine, put the deck out for the pickers/scrappers.
you could sell the engine on craigers for a few bucks, or just hold on to it for a while, b/c you might just be able to "trash pick" a mower with a good deck/etc, and a bad engine....

but hey, what do i know....


I have acreage to mow at my new house and am not selling it on craigslist so someone can come leak oil on my new driveway.
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#4607493 - 12/18/17 05:16 PM Re: Lawn mower oil substitute experiment idea [Re: skyactiv]
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Marvel Mystery Oil
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#4607523 - 12/18/17 05:54 PM Re: Lawn mower oil substitute experiment idea [Re: skyactiv]
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Peanut oil, because it wont burn off at high temps
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#4607533 - 12/18/17 06:02 PM Re: Lawn mower oil substitute experiment idea [Re: skyactiv]
skyactiv Offline


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Peanut oil it is!
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#4607534 - 12/18/17 06:05 PM Re: Lawn mower oil substitute experiment idea [Re: skyactiv]
spasm3 Offline


Registered: 05/30/10
Posts: 8662
Loc: North Carolina
Lubromoly mos2 undiluted, right from the bottle. Or paraffinic lamp oil.


Edited by spasm3 (12/18/17 06:12 PM)
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#4607535 - 12/18/17 06:05 PM Re: Lawn mower oil substitute experiment idea [Re: maverickfhs]
otis24 Offline


Registered: 10/30/05
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Loc: South Dakota
Originally Posted By: maverickfhs
What about using an ATF?


I second that!
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#4607544 - 12/18/17 06:18 PM Re: Lawn mower oil substitute experiment idea [Re: skyactiv]
Cujet Offline


Registered: 02/15/03
Posts: 7163
Loc: Jupiter, Florida
I suggest safflower oil. It's about the thinnest commonly available veggie oil. I think only walnut oil is thinner.
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#4607568 - 12/18/17 06:33 PM Re: Lawn mower oil substitute experiment idea [Re: otis24]
Vladiator Offline


Registered: 01/04/16
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Loc: NC
Originally Posted By: otis24
Originally Posted By: maverickfhs
What about using an ATF?


I second that!

Another ATF supporter here.
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