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    Question What kind of oil ?

    I've just sold something and came into a bit of money, so decided to buy the proper 10W30 oil my mower asks for, as I'm currently using 10W40.

    Anyway, does it have to be lawn mower oil, or will regular 10W30 car oil work fine ?
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    Re: What kind of oil ?

    Quote Originally Posted by jmurray01 View Post
    I've just sold something and came into a bit of money, so decided to buy the proper 10W30 oil my mower asks for, as I'm currently using 10W40.

    Anyway, does it have to be lawn mower oil, or will regular 10W30 car oil work fine ?
    The stores who sell the "mower oil" would have you think the stuff is special. Any good quality car oil is fine for mower engines.
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    Re: What kind of oil ?

    Thanks, I didn't think there could be much difference.
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    Re: What kind of oil ?

    Since I spent a fair amount on my new mower, I've started using Pennzoil lawn mower oil. It's about the same price as car oil, but it is allegedly formulated for small air cooled motors with no oil filter.

    I get at at the auto parts store; they're a little more competitive on price than the mower store.

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    Re: What kind of oil ?

    If you are going to use this mower commercially running it every day, use the best oil you can buy and change it on a schedule. If you are just a average home owner with maybe less the one hour mowing a week just use any good quality motor oil and change it once a year. Not going to matter if it is 10W30 or 10W40, mower engine oil or car engine oil. Myself I use SAE 30 in all my push mower and it is over 30 years old and it is just getting to the point I could use a new set of wheels and the engine is still going strong. Just make sure you check the oil level before every time you use the mower.

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    Re: What kind of oil ?

    Don't know what is available in Scotland, but I would suggest any good quality full synthetic in the recommended viscosity for the temperature.

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    Re: What kind of oil ?

    I was just wondering the same thing... if it is common there, to run synthetic engine oils in small air cooled engines?? KennyV

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    Re: What kind of oil ?

    Well, I went into two stores that supply a wide range of oil, and neither sold 10W30!

    I'll just have to buy it from eBay.
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    Re: What kind of oil ?

    Still curious..... are there synthetic oils available where you live ??

    Seems strange to me that there would not be 10W30 available and there would be only 10W40 ????


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    Re: What kind of oil ?

    The part I don't understand is why would you want 10W30 over 10W40. Do you mow grass in Scotland when it is real cold and need the lighter oil? The 10 is when the mower is first started and the oil is cold and the high number 30 and 40 after everything is up to operating temperature.

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