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Why the 30 at spec for lawn mowers? #4757269
05/14/18 06:17 PM
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Air cooled and operation is usually in the summer. Why 30 wt?

Last edited by Sealbilly; 05/14/18 06:18 PM.
Re: Why the 30 at spec for lawn mowers? [Re: Sealbilly] #4757278
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Why not? Its worked fine in ten year old lawnmower.


2015 Tacoma 4.0L 60K (as of 02/23/18)
AMSOIL SS 0W30 / Toyota filter

2018 CRV 1.5L (as of 05/11/18)
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Re: Why the 30 at spec for lawn mowers? [Re: Sealbilly] #4757283
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No VIs, more shear stable.

Re: Why the 30 at spec for lawn mowers? [Re: Sealbilly] #4757288
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Straight grades and 10Wx have less VII and are more apt to stay in grade.


03 Jetta AWP/09A 205k kms
Edge 0W40 + Mann 719/30
Re: Why the 30 at spec for lawn mowers? [Re: Sealbilly] #4757293
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Straight 30 can handle some serious abuse.

We had an International 806 diesel go to 15,000 hours with no overhaul

Straight 30 all its life


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Re: Why the 30 at spec for lawn mowers? [Re: Sealbilly] #4757320
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Originally Posted By: Sealbilly
Air cooled and operation is usually in the summer. Why 30 wt?


Were you thinking 40 wt?


If you want the job done right......do it yourself.
Re: Why the 30 at spec for lawn mowers? [Re: Sealbilly] #4757322
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Yup, as others have said - no VII to shear down. All oil, all lube smile

No plastics to gum up a hot-spotted air cooled motor laugh


Formerly in marine engineering. In an earlier life I owned my own petroleum tank truck, and hauled for the majors and independent's.
Re: Why the 30 at spec for lawn mowers? [Re: Sealbilly] #4757342
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Because a 30wt oil works great. It worked great in my 22 year old Honda walk behind mower, an 20 years in my B&S push mower and has worked great in all the rest of my OPE.


2007 Ford Fusion 235,000 miles
M1 0-20 EP
2017 Ford Fusion 60K
M1 0-20 EP
10,000 mile OCIs on both engines
M1 ATF and Valvoline LV
M1 10-30 in all OPE
MC filters

Re: Why the 30 at spec for lawn mowers? [Re: Sealbilly] #4757355
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if you opt for a PAO or Ester 30W it actually meets the 10-30 spec WITHOUT VII's! you say just a mower but they can get very expensive + as noted air cooling especially at low speeds is minimal, unlike an air cooled motorcycle @ 50 MPH!!

Re: Why the 30 at spec for lawn mowers? [Re: Sealbilly] #4757362
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Briggs & Stratton now recommends synthetic 5W30 in most of their engines except the Vangaurd series.
Interesting chart: http://sears.briggsandstratton.com/walk/oil.asp

I think Briggs & Stratton more or less says you can use synthetic 5W30 in old equipment.


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Re: Why the 30 at spec for lawn mowers? [Re: Sealbilly] #4757417
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The reason is the high HTHS of a true straight 30.


People who count on their fingers should maintain a discreet silence.
Re: Why the 30 at spec for lawn mowers? [Re: Sealbilly] #4757459
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30W is the ONLY weight oil I have ever used in all of my lawn mowers.

Re: Why the 30 at spec for lawn mowers? [Re: Sealbilly] #4757473
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I use Dollar Tree 10w30 that comes in that 16 oz bottle smile

Re: Why the 30 at spec for lawn mowers? [Re: slacktide_bitog] #4757480
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Originally Posted By: slacktide_bitog
I use Dollar Tree 10w30 that comes in that 16 oz bottle smile


Who is the distributor?

Last edited by TheLawnRanger; 05/14/18 10:19 PM.

'99 Cavalier 5w 30 SuperTech conventional
'11 Impala 5w 30 Magnatec full synthetic
'12 Colorado 5w 30 Magnatec full synthetic
*regular Wix oil filters for all
Re: Why the 30 at spec for lawn mowers? [Re: Sealbilly] #4757503
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...could be even because they are usually splash lubricated....? But my B&S 3.5classic lawnmover still works after a 20+years on whatever in Sae40... shrug


2008 Toyota Yaris 1ND-TV 1.4 D4-D Elf FullTech FE 5w30
1997 Toyota Landcruiser KZJ95 3.0 TD Shell Rimula R6M 10w40
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