Regular5w30 vs synthetic5w30 for snowblower.


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Old 12-17-17, 07:18 PM
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Regular5w30 vs synthetic5w30 for snowblower.

The new 2stage snowblower doesn't come with oil and says to use 5w30. But would synthetic5w30 be better? Synthetic is more expensive but I don't mind because the blower uses so little oil that it doesn't make a difference to me.
 

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Old 12-17-17, 08:07 PM
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Synthetic is fine but wait until the engine has around 50 hours or better before switching to synthetic.
 
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It's brand new and doesn't come with oil
 
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Old 12-18-17, 02:15 AM
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I think Cheese is saying to use conventional oil first and then switch to synthetic [if you want] when you change the oil.
 
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Old 12-18-17, 03:44 AM
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Although no harm is done using syn oil, it' seems like a waste of money. A snow blower use is so small the cost of the extra doesn't seem reasonable. You still need to change that perfectly good oil (syn) after about a year anyway, and regular oil will last at least as long for that kind of use.
 
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I run synthetic in my generator. Something about the hype that it's better for cold starts, blah blah, etc. I haven't noticed any actual difference in start-up, performance, or the condition of the oil when I change it every year. But since the oil use is so little (a quart to change it each year), I don't mind spending the extra $3 for the Wally-World synthetic. That way I can tell the wife, "Look honey, nothing but the best for you!" (And then she rolls her eyes and walks away, muttering something about "quit playing with your toys," but that's besides the point.)
 
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Old 12-18-17, 10:01 AM
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Put regular oil in it, run it for 20 or so hours and change it, then run it for 30 or 40 hours and change to synthetic. You don't break in a new engine with synthetic oil. Depending on how much snow you get, you might not be switching to synthetic for a few years, when you accumulate that many hours on it.
 
 

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