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30 monograde #5328620 01/21/20 10:15 AM
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I have a 2001 Craftsman tractor I got real cheap. It has a flat twin Craftsman Briggs & Stratton motor. Do I need to run lawn mower 30 weight or will any 30 weight brand work? Coastal 30 weight a lot cheaper than the Briggs & Stratton 30 weight.

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First off it is grade, not weight.

And besides the grade the manufacturer is also giving a license or specification. What is it?

Last edited by Kestas; 01/21/20 11:54 AM. Reason: No need to completely quote the first post in the second post.

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Anything with an API Service Category of SJ or above should be fine. See http://www.pqiamerica.com/apiserviceclass.htm


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We are talking about oil for a riding mower, so 1 QT. Does cost really make a difference for 1 QT of oil a year?

Given SC I might run some synthetic 10W30 or 5W30 to deal with the heat of SC in the summer. Its air cooled via fins that are half clogged with grass.


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Re: 30 monograde [Re: mpack88] #5328703 01/21/20 12:15 PM
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15W-40 heavy duty engine oil works well,


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Originally Posted by CT8
15W-40 heavy duty engine oil works well,



Same.

Been running "whatever 15W-40 is on sale" in all air cooled engines for over 30 years.


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Re: 30 monograde [Re: mpack88] #5328723 01/21/20 12:29 PM
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Super Tech SAE 30 HD or Castrol SAE 30 HD and call it good.


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It depends on your affection for this tractor. Most any 30 weight would be fine if you aren't really looking for a long term relationship. I'm more with Donalds's advice here.

Most small engine oils (that I am aware of, Amsoil) have much higher levels of protective additives that cannot be used in auto oils. I use a synthetic small engine oil in my mowers.


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If there is anything that we have learned from the Project Farm videos on youtube its that you can almost run anything and a small engine will hold up.

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That B&S twin take about 2 quarts of oil. Use a good 10w30 or 15w40 synthetic oil and forget it. That engine may have a oil filter also. Ed


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Originally Posted by Eddie
That B&S twin take about 2 quarts of oil.
Negative. The horizontally opposed flathead twin takes 48oz.

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It will hold up fine long term using any major brand of 30wt detergent oil if only used spring through fall or in a warmer climate. If you might frequently use it in your 3 coldest winter months then go for 10W-30.

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Originally Posted by kschachn
First off it is grade, not weight.


Nope, it's weight too. That's where "wt" came from.

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Originally Posted by Eddie
Use a good 10w30 or 15w40 synthetic oil and forget it. That engine may have a oil filter also. Ed


Problem here is that you are talking about USA 30w oils....wich are ILSAC/API crap....

But what you really want in an aircooled OPE is oil with higher HTHS... Thats why here is so many happy users of 15w40 HDEOs....40w oils are not "infected" with that CAFE nonsense smile


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I use SAE30 in all my riders and walk behinds. I use mostly Supertech or Harvest King unless I get a deal on a major brand.


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