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Did you know 5W 30

Discussion in 'Tools & Supplies' started by valley ranch, Jul 11, 2019.

  1. Jul 11, 2019
    valley ranch

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    Did you know: You can put 5W 30 oil in Briggs & Stratton Engines that call for 30W ~ Briggs says so ```

    By the by I, yesterday, changed the oil in the Log splitter ~ started it after the long heavy winter ~ split a couple rounds ~ Then ~ it stopped running and demanded the Carb be taken apart and cleaned ! ~ I pulled it off and apart ~ damaged the gasket ~ so had to make a new one ~ didn't have hole punches ! ~ had to use a one sided razor blade to cut the holes ~ But ~ It worked/works great better than ever, split some rounds ~ forgot my gloves upstairs ~ hands were covered with Fir pitch and bleeding in a couple places ~ not sure why ~ The point is: You and I can use 5W 30 ~ you got that didn't you ```


    very truly your

    Richard
     
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    flowerbug

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    yes, the lower number is for winter viscousity isn't it? ok, i just checked to be sure. yes, the W stands for Winter. so for something like a machine you will only be using in warmer weather the higher number is what counts. :) the recommended higher weight number will be important (and ghu help those who have to deal with 2 stroke engines)...
     
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  3. Jul 12, 2019
    ducks4you

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    That is good to know!! I think that almost all of my push mowers have been Briggs and Stratton.
     
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    catjac1975

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    It is wonderful that you can REALLY fix things that would cost a fortune to have someone do it for you.
     
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    valley ranch

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    Yeh, I wanted to pull the plug and change the oil ~ all I had was multi-Weight ~ briggs considers it better than 30 Weight ```
     
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    valley ranch

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    Well, depends on who you listen to ~ some say it stands for Weight as in 30W ~ but there are sites that say winter as you pointed out ```
     
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    Collector

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    I have always used multi viscosity in small engines, because I like to buy one kind of oil for everything. I did not even know it was an issue.
     
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    On summer use items, I go with with straight 30W. Items that you use year around, multi viscosity. I don’t like switching viscosities or brands Of oil. Asking for problems.

    10W30 is light enough for Northern Indiana.
     
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    valley ranch

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    I thought multi weight oil would be to light for engines that called for 30 back when ~ that the tolerances would be too large ~ Many people weren't as brave as you ~ I'm talking about Journeyman Mechanics ```
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    Did you know that Automakers are rethinking the use of 5W 20 ~ Ford in now suggesting 5W 30 for engines they had required 5W 20 ~ even Ford Tech is suggesting 5W 30 in the Triton engine ```


    And the weather is fine ```
     
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    snow all gone? :)
     

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