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Old 07-09-2010, 03:48 PM   #1
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Question Can I put synthetic oil in my lawnmower?

Really, this isn't a joke, I just want to see if this can be done, I have a 4 stroke
air cooled push mower and I want to protect it a little bit more especially in the cutting season. It says that it needs 10-w30 oil so Can I get some mobil 1 10w30 and use that?
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Really, I don't see the point. Lawnmower engines are built like tanks, or at least all the ones that I have used. Mine is probably a typical two stroke and just uses SAE 30. I've never changed the oil in it and have had it for at least 6 yrs. I'd be surprised if the thing still even has oil in it. That's using it just about once a week, mowing front and back yards. I say if it was meant to be used with synthetic oil, it would say so somewhere.
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Old 07-09-2010, 04:22 PM   #3
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I put synthetic in mine last time and it runs just fine. That's what I had laying around, so that's what went in my mower. M1 10 or 5w30
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Really, I don't see the point. Lawnmower engines are built like tanks, or at least all the ones that I have used. Mine is probably a typical two stroke and just uses SAE 30. I've never changed the oil in it and have had it for at least 6 yrs. I'd be surprised if the thing still even has oil in it. That's using it just about once a week, mowing front and back yards. I say if it was meant to be used with synthetic oil, it would say so somewhere.
But I want to extend the already great engine life and extend oil change intervals, I think its worth a few more dollars. I just want to see if it works.
I use premium gas on my mower as well because I fill the little red tank when I fill my car up.
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Old 07-09-2010, 04:30 PM   #6
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I have a Cub Cadet 173 cc 6.75 HP (this one)
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Old 07-09-2010, 04:31 PM   #7
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you are already wasting your money on premium gas for your mower and now you want to waste more on syn oil? why not go all the way and install a cone cold air intake and get some winter wheels for it too?
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you are already wasting your money on premium gas for your mower and now you want to waste more on syn oil? why not go all the way and install a cone cold air intake and get some winter wheels for it too?
Oh come on, its a pain in the ass to go through the whole process again I don't want to put my card in the gas pump again just to fill a 1 1/2 gallon tank of 87 octane, after Im done filling up my car with premium gas I just stick the nozzle in the little tank and fill'r up.
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Old 07-09-2010, 04:46 PM   #9
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Sure. I actually run Castrol GTX 20-50 in all my power equipment but last year ran out when doing winter service on the power washer, lawn mower and blower. Ended up putting Castrol TWS 10-60 in the mower. Ran like a champ all last summer.

And I run premium gas in all of them too including the 2 strokes... lol
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Oh come on, its a pain in the ass to go through the whole process again I don't want to put my card in the gas pump again just to fill a 1 1/2 gallon tank of 87 octane, after Im done filling up my car with premium gas I just stick the nozzle in the little tank and fill'r up.
Same here.
I pay cash for my gas so it would mean another trip to the cashier.

I have also put a little bit of gas line cleaner in the mower.
I put a fuel additive in my car about twice a year and when I do I throw a little in the lawn mower to keep it in shape .....at least that is the intention.

But I think I am using Pennzoil for the lawnmower now. A quart of oil for the mower lasts me a couple of years.

Lawnmowers are expensive for what you get, especially when you consider that they create work for you during your spare time. Anyhow, I think it is cheaper to take care of them than to replace them.
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Really, this isn't a joke, I just want to see if this can be done, I have a 4 stroke
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Don't do it. I've been mowing lawns for over a decade, and the engines on my Honda and John Deere have always run strong and consistently using the recommended oil blend/weight/viscosity. I would change the oil once a year right before cutting season. One thing you can do is purchase a quality motor oil, versus the generic store brand or economy oil.

There is no need to run synthetic.

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Oh come on, its a pain in the ass to go through the whole process again I don't want to put my card in the gas pump again just to fill a 1 1/2 gallon tank of 87 octane, after Im done filling up my car with premium gas I just stick the nozzle in the little tank and fill'r up.


I know the feeling. 90% I used premium because I was too lazy to switch pumps and swipe my card again. That said, it had no problem running on 93 octane or 89 octane. It never complained when I made the switch from one to another and back again.

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you are already wasting your money on premium gas for your mower and now you want to waste more on syn oil? why not go all the way and install a cone cold air intake and get some winter wheels for it too?
You forgot the iridium spark plug.
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Old 07-09-2010, 04:53 PM   #13
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Same here.
I pay cash for my gas so it would mean another trip to the cashier.

I have also put a little bit of gas line cleaner in the mower.
I put a fuel additive in my car about twice a year and when I do I throw a little in the lawn mower to keep it in shape .....at least that is the intention.

But I think I am using Pennzoil for the lawnmower now. A quart of oil for the mower lasts me a couple of years.

Lawnmowers are expensive for what you get, especially when you consider that they create work for you during your spare time. Anyhow, I think it is cheaper to take care of them than to replace them.


Thats why I want to do this.
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Old 07-09-2010, 04:55 PM   #14
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You forgot the iridium spark plug.
I might do that too......Really. If there is one that fits. I want to squeeze the most power out of that engine because my grass is tough as hell. Hell they even sell a K&N filter for the mower, but thats seriously pushing it.
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yeah I don't see why not. Whenever I bought a new ATV, I would immediately switch out the oil for synthetic. It's worth every penny on these four strokes.
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Honestly, there is nothing wrong with trying to take care of your equipment. I neglect my mower and every time i mow the lawn think to myself, " i need to change the oil on this thing." I bet the filter is damn near useless, probably does more harm than good. But I will admit, the thing starts like a champ every time I use it. You might have actually inspired me to change these things out on mine. Filter, plug, and oil should be under $20 and like 20 minutes of my time.
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Old 07-09-2010, 05:10 PM   #18
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Yeah especially if you have a riding mover because they are ****ing expensive to replace if the engine blows.
I think Im going to put synthetic oil in my mower because florida is ****in hot right now and I have an air cooled engine, so I would like to reduce my engine temperature as much as possible and extend my oil change intervals, I think its worth the few extra bucks to get a great quality synthetic oil if you can extend the intervals of maintenance.
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Thats why I want to do this.
Considering you're having to ask, I can't imagine you can name one reason why it's a good a idea. So please remind everyone why you want to do this.
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Considering you're having to ask, I can't imagine you can name one reason why it's a good a idea. So please remind everyone why you want to do this.
Extra protection, less heat, longer change intervals, cheaper in the long run,
I only need one quart and I would change it like once every 2 years. So I wont have to buy as much oil in a short time, and I don't want to risk my mower's engine, I know that there is not really much of a risk but as I said, florida is HOT and I could use that extra protection instead of that extra engine.
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