Synthetic Oil. What I learned about it.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Doublewide6, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    We all change oil but we barely clean the cooling fins That is # one engine killer:waving:
     
  2. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    This is when you are happy you spent a few extra bucks for the synthetic that can handle the heat without breaking down. I was at Walmart last night. All the full synthetics were no more than 10 dollars extra per 5qt jug. The saying "pennywise and pound foolish" comes to mind.:usflag:
     
  3. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
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    Nothing but Mobil 1 15w50 in my KAW KAIs...after proper (8hr+50hr) break-in with 30wt dino of course.
     
  4. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    i've been removing the fan shroud and cleaning mine out after every season but there's hardly anything in there. i always take the blower and blow down through the fan after every yard i cut. i think it keeps it cleaned out. also i don't cut in the rain. water and dust turn into mud that sticks in the fins lol. i'm gonna wait 2 seasons this next time to check it. they say check it every 100hrs but i wouldn't do it but every 250hrs to be honest. i guess if you cut in the rain alot you may wanna check it every 100hrs because it might be gunked up in there lol.
     
  5. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    When you put 1500 hours per season you start loosing bolts:waving:
     
  6. robert@honda

    robert@honda LawnSite Member
    from Atlanta
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    Honda officially recommends 10W-30 API Service Category SJ petroleum oil for use in all* engines because petroleum oil is what is used when the engine is certified by the EPA and California ARB rules.

    Synthetic oil is acceptable, provided it is 10W-30 and API Service Category SJ.

    As others have said, it's not so much about the oil, but that you change it per the maintenance schedule. Often, it's not the lubrication or oil itself that fails, but the additives and detergents that can only absorb so much carbon and other byproducts produced by internal combustion engines.

    * The exception for this is snowblowers, which should use 5W-30.

    -Robert@Honda
    Caveat: I work for Honda, but the preceding is my opinion alone.
     
  7. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    yeah that'll never happen with me since i'm solo. at most i'll put about 250hrs a season on it lol. :weightlifter:

    if i put 1500 hrs a season on a mower i'd buy a new mower every year :laugh:
     
  8. Turf Tracer

    Turf Tracer LawnSite Senior Member
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    Mobil 1 because it flows quicker.
     
  9. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    What? You do know brand name has absolutely nothing to do with an oils pourability, right?:usflag:
     
  10. Turf Tracer

    Turf Tracer LawnSite Senior Member
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    ok Synthetic Oil Flows FASTER at Start-up.

    This is a huge plus:clapping:
     

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