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What Kind Of Oil Your Lawnmower Needs

by Jeremy HIPA 03 Feb 2023 0 Comments

One of the questions that we get asked the most here at, is “what kind of oil should I use in my lawn mower? Unfortunately, there is no correct answer, but proper oil changes can increase your mower’s performance, add years to its life and ultimately save you money in the long run.

In this blog, we will be looking at different types of oil, so you can decide which best suits your needs.

One of the most overlooked aspects of lawnmower maintenance is changing the oil. You should be doing this at least once per season or about every 50 hours of use. So which oil should you be putting in your lawnmower, the right answer to that depends on the climate where you live. Different oil types work best at different temperatures and under certain conditions, but there are some oils that are just not right for your lawnmower. It is a good idea to check your owner’s manual for recommended oil types for your mower.


This is the most commonly used grade of oil for lawnmowers since its ideal for temperatures from 40 degrees to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Because of a slower range, this oil can also be used over the winter in small engines like snow blowers. It improves cold-weather starting but using in your lawnmower and temperatures above 80 degrees Fahrenheit may increase oil consumption.

SAE 5W-30

This grade of oil performs best in temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, meaning it’s great for your snowblower but not recommended for lawn mowers.


This can be used in any temperature ranging from minus 20 up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, meaning it’s fine to use in your small engines all year round. It generally improves starting and reduces oil consumption but it’s much more expensive.


This oil has a high-temperature range from 20 degrees up to 130 degrees Fahrenheit. It performs best in higher temperatures and is mainly used in commercial lawn cutting. If you are looking for an inexpensive oil to use in your lawn mower over the spring, summer, and fall, choosing SAE 30 is probably your best bet.

Now you may be wondering what the difference is between conventional oil and synthetic oil. Is there one that is better for your engine? Generally speaking, conventional oil will be fine for your lawn mower if used under the proper conditions. It provides the protection your lawn mower needs and an affordable price. Synthetic oil, as we’ve seen, offers the most protection over a much wider range of temperatures, meaning it’s more flexible. It also collects more dirt, meaning that when you change the oil, more particulates will be removed from your lawnmower’s engine, leading to better performance overall. These added benefits come at a premium, making synthetic more expensive.

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