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    0-W-40 or 10-W-30?

    Iíve searched for a discussion on this, but no luck, so here goes:

    I am getting ready to do my annual oil change. The dealer sold me some Plus-50 that is 0-W-40, but when I was getting set up today I found I still had an unopened jug from last year that is 10-W-30.

    I plan to to use the tractor occasionally at sub-zero temperatures this winter. Next spring and summer will see a lot of use for a new project we are planning.

    Wondering which oil I should put in now. And which to use next summer?

    (Itís been a couple of months since I bought the newer oil, and likely cannot return either jug.)

    Thanks!

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    The 10W-30 is dino oil and the 0W-40 is full synthetic. As such, the 0W-40 will give you a much greater range of ambient temperature. It is good for like -40F and up to +120F. If you are okay with the price difference it will give you the best of both worlds as far as operating temperatures go.

    I use the 0W-40 in my 2720 and it provides for much better cold weather starts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    The 10W-30 is dino oil and the 0W-40 is full synthetic.
    Do you know what the actual differences are (ignoring the marketing) between regular, synthetic and "full synthetic" oils?
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    Thatís what I will do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by W9GFO View Post
    Do you know what the actual differences are (ignoring the marketing) between regular, synthetic and "full synthetic" oils?
    To be honest - not really. I do know that I have not found a dino oil that gives the broad range of temperature coverage that synthetic does. It's the best of both worlds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grizzler View Post
    Thanks!
    Thatís what I will do.

    The 0W-40 is also the best choice for year round operation as it gives the best of both cold and hot weather protection.
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    I would save the 10-W-30 to use for next spring/summer, use the 0-W-40 for the subzero winter.

    As long as the oils meet the API specs, you are fine. Synthetics are a waste of money (IMO) unless you are regularly sampling and using extended change intervals - or are running it in something very high performance, like a turbine.

    If you are changing oil per manufacture's recommendations then you are not getting the benefits of synthetics, except maybe for a placebo effect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by W9GFO View Post
    I would save the 10-W-30 to use for next spring/summer, use the 0-W-40 for the subzero winter.
    But why mess around with swapping oils every season? The 0W-40 is good from -40F to +122F. It's one oil... fill it and forget it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    But why mess around with swapping oils every season?
    Because he asked;
    Wondering which oil I should put in now. And which to use next summer?
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