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#1 MrFixit1599 OFFLINE  

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Posted April 19, 2015 - 07:00 PM

I have a Bolens 1050 that I bought a few years ago for $400 dollars with several attachments, weights, chains etc.  Well, I had been using it year round and finally decided it was time to go through everything like I had when I first got it.  Rear end play, lubrication, oil changes etc.  

 

My question is, the manual calls for 3 different weights of oil depending on the season, SAE 30 for summer, 10W-30 for fall, 5W-20 for winter (I live in Wisonsin).

 

It seems to me that there should be a suitable modern oil that would work year round without having to change the oil 3 times a year.

 

On a side note it leaks oil around the head, so I replace oil frequently enough that I doubt I would ever have to actually change the oil, just change the oil I am adding to it.  That will get addressed eventually.


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Posted April 19, 2015 - 07:05 PM

I have always ran 10W-30 all year round in mine, My Grandfather did the same for his machines for 30+ years.

I would stick to the regular dino oil and not go synthetic.

 

I would definitely take care of that leak though!


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Posted April 19, 2015 - 07:18 PM

Fix the head gasket and use straight 30 weight all year....unless your machine sits outside in the winter....then you would need a thinner oil.


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Posted April 19, 2015 - 07:35 PM

:ditto: :yeah_that: :iagree:  I run straight SAE30 weight year round and have never had trouble.  get that leak fixed and you will be much happier.


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Posted April 19, 2015 - 07:39 PM

worthwhile changing the oil, there is no filter ... removing the oil removes the contaminants. 


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Posted April 19, 2015 - 07:54 PM

I agree, 10w-30 or SAE 30 are both a good choice for year round use. I also agree that you should fix the leak and change the oil. Or at minimum change the oil at regular intervals.

 

Even though you are adding new oil often, the dirty sludge will still remain in the bottom of the engine. One thing to remember is that oil does not only lubricate these engines but it also acts as a coolant.

 

Good luck :thumbs:


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Posted April 19, 2015 - 08:11 PM

Straight 30 weight oil is getting hard to find other than 30 gallon drums. Two brands I use to use, Northland and one other do not have it in anything less than 30 gallon any more. Go to the multi viscosity like 10W-30. If your concerned about getting to thin in hot weather add a cup of Lucas Oil Treatment. Used it all the time in my old 400 IH tractor and in the hydraulic system on the baler accumulator.
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Posted April 19, 2015 - 08:25 PM

Straight 30 weight oil is getting hard to find other than 30 gallon drums. Two brands I use to use, Northland and one other do not have it in anything less than 30 gallon any more. Go to the multi viscosity like 10W-30. If your concerned about getting to thin in hot weather add a cup of Lucas Oil Treatment. Used it all the time in my old 400 IH tractor and in the hydraulic system on the baler accumulator.

 

Most good small engine shops have straight 30 if they are worth their salt.

 

Ben W.


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Posted April 19, 2015 - 08:32 PM

I used to use 30 in summer 10w-30 in winter. I decided to go to 10w-30 all year. For some reasons, one is it's easier to buy almost any where, 30 is not, two, it is less expensive and three, one of my engine manuals said that, you can use 10w-30 year round, just check it more often. Noel.
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Posted April 19, 2015 - 08:34 PM

Tractor Supply always carries SAE30


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Posted April 19, 2015 - 08:36 PM

Can go to TSC or Advance Auto and get gallon jugs of Shell 30w, wish they had 5gal instead as we use it in the farm tractors too. 


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Posted April 19, 2015 - 08:44 PM

I always change my oil. I use sae 30 Castro. This has always worked well.
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Posted April 19, 2015 - 10:38 PM

I just bought SAE HD30 at K-Mart today @ $2.99/Qt.


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Posted April 20, 2015 - 07:48 AM

If you do want to go synthetic Amsoil males a oil specifically for small engines that replaces 30w or 10W30.



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Posted April 20, 2015 - 10:38 AM

Tractor Supply always carries SAE30

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