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teaman91

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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2013 7:10:26 PM

what type of gas and oil do you guys use. Is it bad to put stuff with low octane in and is that synthetic oil dumb to put into a lawnmower ?
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twt
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2014 5:21:23 AM

Read your owner's manual.
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Thumper52
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2014 5:08:44 AM

High test
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teaman91
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2013 5:35:25 PM

just going to stick with the lowest octane with the non ethanol thanks
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randy3116
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2013 8:31:34 AM

whatever the manufacturer has recommended
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mandydonnaprinc
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2013 8:14:16 AM

93
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TriniB
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2013 12:05:33 AM

electric
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PnnyPnchr
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2013 11:59:25 PM

120V 60Hz and a 30 metre extension cord, ;-)
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outlaw329
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2013 11:54:20 PM

Gas without ethanol and 93 grade. Costs more, but worth it in the long run.
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waynecz
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2013 8:52:36 PM

regular oil, or whatever I have around, and regular gas
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Thumper52
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2013 5:43:15 AM

Regular oil and high test gas
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rrtruck
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2013 6:34:30 PM

Just regular ol' 87 octane.
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RadarIN
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2013 7:03:51 AM

87
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mawtaow
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2013 6:57:39 AM

regular
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lwood655
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2013 3:04:55 PM

87
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namzza6310
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2013 12:11:30 PM

87 octane as recommended by the manufacturer
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twt
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2013 3:42:15 AM

Read your owner's manual.
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beachd8
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2013 3:15:56 AM

gardeners mow my yard
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Buddy2264
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2013 2:07:01 AM

I believe my yard person uses ethanol free when they can get it, at a higher cost.
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stonejd
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2013 1:37:54 AM

87
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teaman91
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2013 1:13:48 AM

welp cant get non ethanol around these parts no more unless i wanna shell out 65c more per gallon for premium
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icewaterJG
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2013 3:05:11 PM

87 and straight 30 wgt oil
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pt88
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2013 2:22:25 PM

i use hi test
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Wanda127
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2013 1:59:30 PM

87 but the ethanol isn't good for the engine
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GuitarmanMS
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2013 1:57:19 PM

87
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nichols
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2013 11:54:26 AM

87
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tfellad
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2013 6:19:18 AM

Cheap 87 and 10w30
Changed out the engine on my mower deck and she runs like a top!
New plug, air filter, and oil change. (Saves Gas/Improves performance)

Everybody don't forget to run out all of the left over gas in your lawnmower or use stabil fuel treatment. You don't want that gas to stay in there all winter. You will pay for it later trying to crank it.
Also take the left over gas in your gas can and pour it into your car. Don't want that laying around either.

LawnMower 101
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TomB2
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Message Posted: Oct 6, 2013 3:32:03 PM

87 octane is what to use, without ethanol if you can find it. There is no need to waste your money on synthetic oil for a lawn mower. I get in excess of 25 years on a decent mower using conventioanl 10W-30 oil.
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speedy700
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Message Posted: Oct 6, 2013 11:14:31 AM

Regular gas (87 octane) and 30W oil. Typically synthetic oils don't come in a straight grade (at least i have never seen them) so stick with conventional oil and change it when it starts to look a dirty.
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dfp609
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Message Posted: Oct 6, 2013 10:52:45 AM

I always use low octane gas and 10W 30 motor oil
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stonejd
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Message Posted: Oct 6, 2013 9:17:19 AM

87... the cheap stuff.
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jl1rp
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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2013 12:39:56 AM

lower octane
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Camry05
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2013 11:43:37 PM

87
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Wanda127
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2013 11:18:52 PM

My rider takes 87 octane with E10 but I can tell it has an effect on it because it idles ruff.
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Greenrancher
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2013 7:39:29 PM

87 which probably has some ethanol in it. And diesel in the tractor.
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ace12012
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2013 3:55:38 PM

87
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gvan
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2013 2:17:51 PM

I use E10 regular gas and regular 30 weight oil. My last lawn mower lasted 29 years and the engine was not the reason I got a new mower.
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mybigtruck
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 12:56:36 AM

I have a no-frills mower that's about $250 from Sears. I use any cheap 87 octane I happen to get. I also dump in any remaining fuel that's in my car's fuel filter when I change it (no point wasting it).

I use whatever the manual says for oil. Straight 30W is what they spec. The hassle is of course needing to keep yet another bottle of something different in my collection of toxics :-(
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46chief
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 4:03:18 PM

87 octane and straight 30 weight oil.
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GrumpyCat
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 2:03:57 PM

Read what you mower engine's manufacturer says.

Years ago I had a mower with a then-new feature of a dipstick through a pretty shroud on top of the engine! Problem with fresh engine oil the dipstick smeared in the tube and was impossible to read accurately. I overfilled the engine. Big explosion out the exhaust. I now know how to make a huge dense blue cloud a house or two in volume.

I started using used Mobil-1 15W50 from my VW Golf in the mower engine. 10 years later when the aluminum mower deck split the engine was running as good as new. Gave it to a friend who needed an engine for a mower which wasn't cared for as well as mine.

Today I put the same 5W30 Mobil-1 in my mower as I use in my car. Mostly because I have it on the shelf and the mower only holds 20 oz.

If you care enough to ask then perhaps you care enough to do it right. Spec is to change every 25 hours. For $10 to $15 there are a number of engine hour meters on eBay. Built-in battery. Just run a wire from the meter to the spark plug wire. Wrap around the high tension wire a few times and tie. This way you will know when 25 hours run time have passed.
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TomB2
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 1:17:09 PM

87 octane regular and 10W-30 oil, any brand.
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stonejd
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2013 8:06:34 AM

87 - the cheapest.
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valby
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2013 6:06:19 AM

87
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cv
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2013 5:42:58 AM

Non ethanol regular works the best for me.
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GuitarmanMS
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2013 5:04:14 PM

Regular
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ace12012
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2013 4:00:37 PM

regular
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darwinfinch
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2013 2:16:02 PM

87 octane 10% or 15% ethanol
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randy3116
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2013 1:48:13 PM

regularr grade w/30w
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PaylessKY
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2013 1:47:55 PM

Midgrade
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NickoliMB
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2013 11:43:27 AM

Regular.
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Buddy2264
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2013 11:14:38 AM

My yard person uses non-ethanol fuel.
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