Hydraulic oil vs Non-Detergent motor oil

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by fastballbaker, Feb 20, 2006.

  1. fastballbaker

    fastballbaker LawnSite Member
    from TN
    Messages: 16

    I have a snapper z-rider. The dealer says to use SAE30 non-detergent motor oil. Is there a difference between hydraulic SAE30 oil and SAE30 non-detergent motor oil? Or are they basically the same? I am running the non-detergent motor oil, am I running the wrong oil or not?

  2. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,029

    I never heard of running ND30 in a hydro. system before, All systems I've been around always ran high detergent 20w-50 engine oil. Hydro Gear States to run 20w-50 in their hydro. pumps anything else could cause pre-mature seal failures.
    If you have any doubts about the proper oil you can contact Hydro Gear directly here ; http://www.hydro-gear.com/Contact/
  3. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    Just be sure to take it back to the dealer that said that to ya when you have a engine problem, non detergent oil = a slimy mess for internals.:cry:
  4. lafrance4078

    lafrance4078 LawnSite Member
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  5. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,459

    I learn something new every day!


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