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How to choose the best oil for your lawn mower
Just as you should regularly change the oil in your car or truck or chainsaw, the same should be done for your lawnmower. If you want to have the best looking lawns in the street, you’ll need your lawnmower to have a sharp blade and to be filled with the best oil so that while you are pushing the damn thing, the engine operates well and gives a long lifetime of service. You could be tempted to think of your lawnmower as being ‘just a lawnmower’ so any kind of automotive car oil will do but that could mean the difference between extending the life of your lawn mower or causing it to clog and become inoperable. This is especially so if your mower doesn’t get used very often. So if you want the ‘good oil’ on what to put in your grass cutter, read on.
What kind of oil do I need to use in my lawnmower?
The temperature of the climate in which you will operate the lawnmower will have an influence on your oil needs.
Lawnmower engine experts Briggs and Stratton advise that “Engines on most outdoor power equipment operate well with 5W30 Synthetic oil.
For equipment operated in hot temperatures, Vanguard 15W50 Synthetic oil provides the best protection.”
What that means for you as the oil user is that you need to check what range your engine will run on. The easiest way to do this is to check your engine’s user manual for the manufacturer’s recommendation. If you have lost the manual or never had one, then use a search engine to find a PDF of it.
A general rule of thumb though is that engines on most outdoor power equipment operate well with 5W30 Synthetic oil.
Once you have found the right kind of oil, it’s now time to consider what brand of oil you want to use.
We typically recommend you avoid the cheapest range of any tool or safety gear or oil and most certainly do the same with lawnmower oil. we suggest you used tried and trusted brands. because these oils have been road-tested in many machines being pushed many thousands of miles.
If those brands didn’t cut it, they wouldn’t survive in the market. If you don’t believe me, read this tale of how the Slitz company turned a quality beer into a joke and ran their brand into the ground. One rule of thumb to bear in mind is that the older your engine is, it’s more likely that it will suit the traditional SAE30 oil ranges.
Recommended oil: Briggs and Stratton Small Engine 30W
Briggs and Stratton is arguably the biggest named player in the lawnmower engine market (Husqvarna is probably second). Their engines are known for ‘going and going’ so much so that several other ‘big name brands’ simply use the Briggs and Stratton engine on their own branded push machines as a selling point.
So, the biggest name in lawnmower technology is sure to have a quality oil product for their machines and their version of 30W for small engines is most likely what your engine would benefit from.
“Bought a brand new lawnmower, and didn’t want hubs to blow this one up too because he forgot to put oil in it.”
LAWNMOWER OIL Change the Simple Way ( no wrenches ! )
Classic and it’s always worth a reminder that if buying a new lawnmower, you need to add oil before you use it or you will destroy the engine.
Can I use synthetic oil in my lawnmower?
Yes, you can use synthetic oil in a lawnmower. Oils like Amsoil are designed for more modern engines. Synthetic oil is a small engine lubricant full of chemical compounds that are artificially made using chemically modified petroleum components. The benefit of using synthetic oil is they tend to offer better viscosity, wear and deposit control, and low-temperature fluidity. This means that if you regularly use synthetic oil in your lawnmower (over the long term) then you greatly increase the chances of long service life and reduce the need to replace your lawnmower at year 6 instead of year 10 (excuse the hyperbole!). So the regular use of synthetic oils in your engine reduces the chances of it failing and thus in the process, extends its service life. The only real downside to using this kind of oil is that it is usually priced significantly higher than standard oils. Check out this example from Pennzoil for example, their 530-30 Full Synthetic can price over 50 bucks!
Using Toro Synthetic oil with a lawnmower
Designed to work across a range of extreme conditions, Toro synthetic oil will handle the heat and the cold to help you get your lawns cut.
Toro is a massive brand worldwide, in addition, to push lawn mowers they produce golf cars, ride-on mowers, spray equipment, diggers, bunk rakes, and top dressers. So they know engines and they know oil so you can be sure the oil is engineered and tested to meet the needs of their machines. This means due to its quality, Toro oil will do most lawn mowers a favor in terms of engine performance. It certainly meets the performance requirements of brands such as Briggs Stratton, Kohler, Honda, Tecumseh, and Craftsman!
How often should I replace my lawnmower oil?
Many car owners change their car’s oil once a year as part of an annual tune-up up. It lengthens the life of the engine as its parts are protected from wear.
Change the Oil & Tune Up Lawnmower. GardenFork.T
For smaller engines, the comparison is the same. many lawnmowers will change their oil once a year in the spring when the grass starts to grow long and the mower is used more regularly.
This is tied to the use of the mower. your mower can have varying needs depending on use hours. A lawn that’s mown for half an hour once a month, may only need a change once a year but a weekly mower of a larger lawn may require two changes.
A ride on mower is probably more likely to benefit from a change at 100 hours of run time and annually.
If you feel your engine isn’t performing well, a change of oil may help. As we always recommend, your user instruction manual should be able to give you advice. and it will be good advice too because the dudes and dudettes who made the engine have tested it to the ground in the lab so they will know how their machine works under so many conditions.
How to remove old oil from a lawnmower
When it comes to changing lawn mower oil, there are certainly a few tips and tricks that you can do to make sure you have an oil splash free transfer. So now you’ve understood the reasons why you need to regularly change your engine’s oil, the next question might be how! Items you may need to change the oil:
- A pan or contain to catch the old oil
- some old rags or cloths
- A wrench with appropriate socket size for the oil drain nu
- Engine oil that suits your needs
- Siphon or oil kit system if you are going to siphon rather than drain
Location of the oil change
The first thing to do is consider the location where you will drain the oil already inside the mower. Naturally, you’ll want to avoid doing this operation on your grass lawn or near your garden in case of spillage. To that end, a concrete surface such as a driveway is ideal. You’ll, of course, want to lay down newspaper or cardboard to catch any oil drops that may collect to avoid staining the concrete.
Warm the engine before you drain the oil
It is best to have turned the lawnmower’s engine over for a few minutes before you drain the oil. This is because particles that have collected will be floating around in the old oil. Take care that when draining the oil that the engine parts are not too hot. you may need to use gloves if you have run the engine for a while. It’s also now time to disconnect the spark plug to prevent any accidental ignition of the engine.
Locate the oil drain plug on the underside of the push mower
Clean the general area with an old cloth to prevent any external debris from falling into the crankcase when you open the drain plug. Tilt the mower deck and then position some newspaper and an oil pan or jug beneath the mower. Then take a socket wrench to run the plug counterclockwise. This allows the oil to drain into your collection device. Once the oil has fully drained, secure the drain plug by twisting clockwise and tightening gently with the wrench. If your mower has an oil filter, it’s the opportune time to replace it as well.
Removing the engine oil with a siphon kit
If your preference is to siphon via the oil entry point rather than drain, a siphon kit might be just the ticket. Once you have your siphon at the ready, place one end of its tube into the oil fill hole and make sure it has reached the bottom of the reservoir. The other end of the tubing needs to be placed into a container that will not knock over during the process. Engage your siphon and do your best to empty as much of the used oil as you can. Tilting the engine on its side slightly can help pool the last of the oil and the tube can be manipulated into a position to collect the last of the oil. These kits can also be used to transfer fuel from your car or fuel container directly into the lawn mower’s fuel pump. A handy way to make an efficient transfer! Once you have completed the siphoning, you are ready to add some new oil. And what could you use?
What Kind of Oil for my Riding Lawn Mower?
I hear this question quite often from my customers, or they ask can I use regular car motor oil in my riding lawn mower? There is a simple answer with some basic knowledge of oil types, and whether or not your riding mower has an oil filter.
If your riding mower has an oil filter you can in fact use car motor oil as long as you are using SAE 10W-30 or SAE 30W. If your engine does not have an oil filter it is best to use 10W-30 or 30W Non-Detergent motor oil.
Why Buy Special Oil for Your Riding Lawn Mower?
Newer oil is made with detergent in it. The detergent is to keep the inside of the engine clean, and carry particles to the oil filter. If you are using regular motor oil in a small engine that does not have a filter the dirt particles are circulating through the engine causing unnecessary early wear to your engine.
Non-Detergent oil is just that, oil without detergent in it, there for the dirt particles fall to the bottom of the oil pan instead of being circulated through the engine, so when you drain the oil you are draining the dirt that was sitting at the bottom of the oil pan.
Non-Detergent oil is getting hard to find, and one of the best places to find it is at Amazon. I will go through about 5 cases of non-detergent oil in a single mowing season performing routine maintenance on customer’s lawn tractors. If you are having a hard time finding it, and would like to keep a few bottles on your garage shelf consider buying a case of 6 Qts Valvoline non-detergent 30W oil from Amazon.
Can I use 10w30 Instead of SAE 30 in my Riding Lawn Mower?
It is perfectly fine to use either type of oil viscosity in your riding mower. However, if you use your lawn tractor in the winter months as I do here in Ohio where the temperatures get down below 30 degrees it is best to use 10W-30.oil. At colder temperatures this oil does not get as thick as the 30W oil does, but in the summer months when the temperatures are hot it is best to use 30W oil, because the hot temperatures break down the oil viscosity much quicker leading to more frequent oil changes.
In conclusion here is my best recommendation in a short summary
- Small Engines with an Oil Filter:
- SAE 10W-30 in the winter months
- SAE 30W in the summer months
- Small Engines without an Oil Filter:
- SAE 10W-30 Non-Detergent in the winter months
- SAE 30W Non-Detergent in the summer months
Husqvarna mower oil type
A question we commonly receive is “what type of oil should I put in my lawn mower?” In this article, we’ll go over the different types, what the numbers actually mean, and compare conventional to synthetic oils.
Changing the Oil
The internal combustion engine in your lawn mower needs oil in order to run. Without it, your engine would overheat and seize up, as the oil helps to lubricate all the moving parts. Dirty oil will wear the engine faster, decreasing its lifespan. Changing the oil in your lawn mower is an important part of its routine maintenance, and should be done at least once per season, or every 50 hours of use. Proper oil changes can increase your mowers performance and add years to its life, which will save you money in the long run.
How to Read the Labels
An SAE number is a code used to classify oil by viscosity, which was developed by the Society of Automotive Engineers. Viscosity is a measure of a fluid’s resistance to flow, sometimes referred to as the “thickness” of a liquid. The lower the number the easier the liquid flows. Motor oils have a rating between 5 and 50. Temperature can make a difference in a liquid’s viscosity, which is why the different oils have ratings for winter, indicated by the “W”. Oils that are multi-rated (for example, 10W-30) can be used in both summer and winter temperatures since the oil won’t thicken in the cooler temperatures due to additives.
Different Types of Oil
So, what type of oil should you use for your lawn mower? One factor to keep in mind is the climate for where you’re located. Different oils work best at different temperatures, and they won’t all be right for your equipment. Always be sure to check your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendation for your mower. We’ve put together this guide to help you choose between some common types of oil.
SAE-30 Small Engine Oil
This is the most commonly used grade of oil for lawn mowers since it is ideal for temperatures between 40 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit (4 – 37C). If it’s cooler than 40 degrees outside, you probably don’t need to be mowing your lawn. Overall, this is your best bet for an inexpensive oil you can use in your lawn mower from spring through to fall.
This oil has a wider range of temperatures that it will work for, from 0 degrees to 100 degrees Fahrenheit (-17 – 37C). Because it can handle cooler temperatures, this type of oil can also be used in other small engines like snow blowers. If used when temperatures are above 80 degrees, you may find your mower increases the oil consumption.
This grade of oil performs best in temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4C). So, it is ideal for your snowblower, but not a good choice for your lawn mower.
Synthetic SAE 5W-30
The synthetic version of 5W-30 has a wide range of temperatures it can be used in, from –20 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit (-28 – 48C) so it works year-round for your small engines. It improves the starting of your engine, and reduces oil consumption, but it is more expensive to purchase.
Synthetic SAE 15W-50
This oil also has a high temperature range, from 20 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit (-6 – 54C) but performs best in higher temperatures. It is typically used for commercial lawn cutting equipment.
Conventional Oil vs Synthetic Oil
Is conventional oil or synthetic oil better for your engine? Generally speaking, conventional oil will work just fine in your small engine. So long as you are using the oil under proper conditions, it will provide the protection and lubrication your mower needs at an affordable price. Synthetic oil however offers more protection, at a wider range of temperatures, but that comes with a higher price tag. The synthetic oil does collect more dirt, so when changing the oil these particles will be removed from your mower. This can lead to better performance overall. Whichever option you choose, it’s important to check and top up the oil levels throughout the mowing season, and to change it out completely after approximately 50 hours of run time.
A well maintained and cared for lawn mower will perform the most efficiently, saving you money in the long run. If you need genuine OEM replacement parts for your lawn equipment, you can find them by searching for your model number on eReplacementParts.com. Be sure to follow along and subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss any tips!
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What Type of Oil Does a Husqvarna Lawn Mower Use?
If you have a Husqvarna lawn mower, then you need to use the correct type of oil in order to keep it running well. Many people are not sure what type of oil they should be using, so we will discuss this in detail in this blog post. There are three types of oil that can be used in a Husqvarna lawn mower: synthetic blend, high-quality conventional, and full synthetic. Let’s take a closer look at each one!
Which type of Oil Is Used in A Husqvarna Lawn Mower
Husqvarna produces a high-quality line of lawn mowers that are built to last. For best performance, it is important to use the recommended oil type in your Husqvarna lawn mower. The Husqvarna website provides a comprehensive list of the different types of oil that can be used in their products. Husqvarna recommends using a 10W-30 oil for most of their lawn mowers.
However, some models may require a different oil type. It is important to consult the Husqvarna website or owner’s manual for your specific model to ensure that you are using the correct oil type. Using the wrong oil in your Husqvarna lawn mower can lead to poor performance and decreased life expectancy.
What are the benefits of using 10w30 oil in a Husqvarna lawn mower?
Husqvarna is a world-renowned maker of lawn mowers and other outdoor power equipment. So, when they recommend 10w30 oil for use in their lawn mowers, it’s important to take notice. Why does Husqvarna recommend this particular type of oil? 10w30 oil is a synthetic Blend made up of hydrocarbons, additives, and other ingredients. The “W” in 10w30 stands for winter, while the “30” denotes the oil’s thickness or viscosity. The lower the number following the “W,” the thinner the oil will be at low temperatures. The higher the number following the “W,” the thicker the oil will be at high temperatures.
The first number in 10w30 (10) indicates that the oil will flow like a 10-weight oil at low temperatures. The second number in 10w30 (30) tells us that the oil will have a viscosity similar to that of a 30-weight oil at high temperatures. Husqvarna recommends this specific oil because it provides excellent protection for your lawn mower engine, even in extreme conditions. Thanks to its unique formulation, 10w30 Lawn Mower Oil can help extend the life of your lawn mower and keep it running like new.
What is the best oil for Husqvarna lawn mowers?
Husqvarna lawn mowers are designed to run on a variety of different oils, depending on the model. Most Husqvarna lawn mowers require 10W-30 oil, but some models may require a different oil type. Always check your owner’s manual to be sure. Some Husqvarna lawn mowers also come with a built-in oil pump, which makes it easier to add oil to the engine.
If your Husqvarna lawn mower doesn’t have an oil pump, you can add oil to the engine by removing the dipstick and adding oil to the fill hole. Be sure not to overfill the engine, as this can damage the engine. Always check your owner’s manual for specific instructions on adding oil to your Husqvarna lawn mower.
Which oil works better in a lawn mower: 5w30 or 10w30?
Soil is critical for producing healthy plants, as any gardener will tell you. It not only gives nutrients and support to roots but also aids in moisture regulation and weed suppression. Soil can also be rapidly eroded by wind and water, which harms plant life and makes it complicated for new seedlings to grow. One way to help prevent soil erosion is to maintain a healthy lawn.
Grassroots help to hold the soil in place, and the dense network of blades helps to deflect wind and water. Slower flows of rainwater are one benefit lawns provide; they also help ground to absorb water before it becomes runoff. As a result, a well-tended lawn can play an essential role in preventing soil erosion. Is it better to use 5W30 or 10W30 in my lawn mower? This is a question that many people ask when they are trying to figure out what kind of oil to use in their lawn mower.
The answer depends on a few factors, including the type of oil you use and the weather conditions. For most people, 5w30 oil is a good choice because it flows easily in cold weather and provides adequate lubrication in warm weather. However, if you live in an area with very cold winters, you may want to switch to 10w30 oil. This type of oil is thicker and will provide better protection for your engine during the coldest months of the year.
Also Read: What Kind of Oil Does a Craftsman Lawn Mower Take?
Is it okay to use synthetic oil in my Husqvarna lawn mower?
The answer is yes, you can! In fact, synthetic oil is often a better choice for lawn mowers because it can provide superior lubrication and protection against wear. Additionally, synthetic oil is less likely to break down in hot temperatures, making it ideal for use in lawn mowers that are exposed to the elements. If you’re unsure about which type of oil to use in your lawn mower, consult your owner’s manual or ask a Husqvarna dealer for advice.
How much oil does a Husqvarna riding mower take?
The answer may surprise you – it takes just 1.5 quarts of oil to keep your Husqvarna mower running smoothly. That’s less than half a gallon, making it a very efficient machine. Of course, you’ll need to check the oil level regularly and top it off as needed, but overall, the Husqvarna mower is a low-maintenance machine that’s easy to care for. So, if you’re looking for a dependable and efficient riding mower, the Husqvarna is a great option.