Two-Stroke Engine Oil
Two-stroke engines are more likely to be found in smaller lawn care equipment such as weed whackers and chain saws.
Unlike four-stroke engines, two-stroke engines do not have a separate lubrication system. Instead, the oil is mixed with the fuel and lubricates the engine as it passes through. The oil is then burnt off along with the fuel. Since the oil and fuel are mixed together, you will have to mix the oil and fuel together in a specific ratio. This ratio can be found in your owner’s manual. It will generally be 32:1 or 50:1.
Amsoil understands the benefits of using high quality oil in two-stroke engines. Saber two-stroke oil is a great choice for your two-stroke lawn care equipment as it is formulated to be used at a 100:1 ratio. As a result, Saber two-stroke oil produces less smoke, and contributes less to pollution.
When to Change Your Oil
Knowing when to change your engine’s oil is as important as using the correct oil for your device. Neglecting, or not knowing when to change your engine’s oil can lead to unfortunate side effects. Fortunately, learning how and when to change your oil is fairly simple.
If your mower is brand new, it will likely need to be changed after the first few hours of use. After that, small engine mowers will need to have their oil changed approximately every 25 hours of use. Meanwhile, larger engines may be able to last for up to 50 hours before needing an oil change. Refer to your owner’s manual for a more specific time frame.
Furthermore, factors such as mowing wet/muddy grass, allowing your mower to collect dirt and dust, and mowing on rough terrain can significantly increase the frequency of your oil changes. If you find yourself using your equipment under these conditions, you should check your oil after you are finished.
To be safe, you should check your oil before each use. Your mower should come with a dipstick to check your oil with. If not, you can use a clean cloth to check your oil. Additionally, if your mower has not been used for a significant period of time, you should change your oil even if you think it might not be necessary.
Synthetic oil is generally superior to conventional oil for any engine. It is much more refined than conventional oil, and provides much better performance results.
Synthetic oil differs from conventional oil due to its refining process. The base stock of synthetic oil is put through a rigorous chemical refining process to remove any impurities found in the oil, and to create a more consistent final product. The refining process of conventional oil is much less intensive, and often leaves imperfections which can lead to engine wear.
Amsoil synthetic oil for small engine vehicles will offer much better protection than conventional motor oils.
Oil Recommendations for Small Engine Mowers
Depending on which temperatures you operate in, you may have different requirements for your engine oil.
For most mowers and weather conditions, your best bet is going to be SAE 30/SAE 10W-30 oil. These oils are ideal for operation in warmer environments. Even if you live in a colder area, chances are you aren’t going to be operating your lawn care equipment until it’s warm again. However, if you feel it necessary to use an oil which is optimal for colder temperatures, you should consider using a 5W-30 small engine oil. This will allow your engine to stay lubricated in colder weather.
If you have any additional questions regarding which type of oil to use for your lawn care equipment, or are interested in purchasing any Amsoil products, feel free to visit BuyGreatOil for more information.