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Walker mower Oil #5270322 11/17/19 09:03 PM
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I have walker mowers and been running 5/30 Mobil 1. I’m hearing that a 15/40 may be better for a small engine? I live in Maine so temp varies from 50-95 degrees outside when I use the mowers. Any help and advice on engine oil would be greatly appreciated, Thank you.

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Howdy … you will hear that some here … but B&S Synthetic is 5w30 … conventional is 10w30
Same with Yamalube for my boat
You could change twice a year if you want to try a 40 …

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or 10w30 synthetic. ed


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It's going to be hard to find anything "better" than Mobil1 for any gas engine application. 15W40 will reduce oil consumption if the engine consumes oil between changes, and may make it run quieter if it has some piston slap noise. The trade off will be that a really strong tug will be required to get the engine started at lower end of your temp range.

My experience is that just keeping the air filter clean and changing the oil twice a year will make the engine last way longer than the frame. The Briggs engine on my 10 year old Toro Personal Pace runs like new and has never seen anything but whatever conventional oil was on sale. The rest of the mower, however .......


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Re: Walker mower Oil [Re: Joey737] #5270484 11/18/19 05:26 AM
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Depends on the engine. My 2 year old Ferris stand on mower has a Kawasaki engine and specs 10W40 or 20W50 .
Look at the tune up kit for it.

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I use 5w-30 in the blistering summer heat of Arkansastan. Never an issue of longevity or overheat in 40 years.


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Re: Walker mower Oil [Re: Joey737] #5270603 11/18/19 08:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Joey737
I have walker mowers and been running 5/30 Mobil 1. I’m hearing that a 15/40 may be better for a small engine? I live in Maine so temp varies from 50-95 degrees outside when I use the mowers. Any help and advice on engine oil would be greatly appreciated, Thank you.


Mobil 1 5w30 is ILSAC passenger car oil NOT outdoor power equipment oil.

But as you know its hard to find a HD 10W30 for a reasonable price and most "lawnmower oils" in those under a quart bottles at the big box store are just rebranded ILSAC motor oil now. The "go-to" 10w30 rotella triple protect dino used to everywhere and I don't see it anywhere now. Its supposed to be available.

look here:

https://rotella.shell.com/en_us/pro...c37c30ccd59eff9f869a06e1df/t4-10w-30.pdf

Low power walk behind mowers do well on most anything, but if you want the engine to outlast the deck x2, then a 4T motorcycle oil or ATV oil May do the trick if you wanted something "more" than an oil for water cooled motorcars.

Actually walk behind mowers are easy to lube, it's the splash lubed Snowthrowers that can be a challenge as the oil must be thin enough to splash lube in sub-zero starts but viscous enough at high temps to maintain a "cushion"

I had found Yardman/ MTD 5w30 synthetic snowthrower oil blended in louisianna at Lowe's years ago but haven't seen it lately.
This is a API SH high-ash additised Winter multigrade oil made with premium basestocks.

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Re: Walker mower Oil [Re: Joey737] #5270767 11/18/19 11:47 AM
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Thank you for all the help! Like I said I have been running 5/30 Mobil 1. I think I may switch to Rotella. I run Mobil 1 synthetic in all my vehicles and change oil every 5,000 miles. I change my oil in my mowers every 50hrs.
These are my first walkers I have had so I was unsure. Side I saw some running 15/50, 15/40, 10/30, 5/30, 20/50 and I was like wow I wonder if I’m doing it right.
Thanks for all the advice!!

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Sounds like Rotella or Mobil 1 are good choices. I been using 5/30. Engine is new and has used no oil on either one and sound fine. Is the 5/30 good weight oil in a commercial mower for 50-95 degrees outside?

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Originally Posted by Joey737
Sounds like Rotella or Mobil 1 are good choices. I been using 5/30. Engine is new and has used no oil on either one and sound fine. Is the 5/30 good weight oil in a commercial mower for 50-95 degrees outside?

What does your owner's manual say?


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Don’t have one

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Thank you!!

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I use Supertech SAE 30 in all my machines, I can't justify a synthetic oil for my small engines..

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Originally Posted by Lubener
I use Supertech SAE 30 in all my machines, I can't justify a synthetic oil for my small engines..


How many do you have and how much money have you calculated that it would cost? For my lawnmower it's $1.83 a year extra for synthetic.


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