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Old 05-01-03, 06:34 PM
J A Boggan
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Engine oil

Does anyone have an opinion about which is the better oil to use on small engines above 40 degrees F...30 wt high detergent or 30 wt non-detergent.
 
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Old 05-01-03, 10:04 PM
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Hi JA Boggan!

I would reccomend SAE 30 with detergent in all situations nowadays. The detergents in oils have come a long way in the past several years, and I use nothing else.
 
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Old 05-02-03, 07:10 AM
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Cheese, Thanks for your opinion. HD oil is supposed to help keep the combustion products and the wear particules suspended...right?
 
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Old 05-03-03, 12:25 AM
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Right! It used to be, several years ago, that the HD oils had negative effects on the aluminum components in engines, and ND was reccomended for small engines. That changed a long time ago, and no manufacturers reccomend ND anymore that I'm aware of.
 
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Old 05-06-03, 08:03 AM
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I think with oil technology the way it is today if you use the proper API grade for the engine (based on what the engine company recommends), you should be fine .

My '65 Craftsman blower says to use "10W" oil in it (Allstate preferred...because that was the Sears label the oil was marketed under at the time ). I haven't seen 10W oil in a while, but 10W30 is available and will work fine in this old horse .
 
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