What Sort of Oil Is Used in My Craftsman Lawnmower?

The typical small engine oil, SAE 30, is used in Craftsman lawnmowers. This kind of all-purpose oil is suitable for both riding and push mowers.

Because synthetic 5W-30 oil preserves the engine for a longer period of time in all temperature situations, Craftsman lawn mowers can also use it. Although Briggs & Stratton also suggests 10W-30 oil, the engine starts to use more oil at temperatures over 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Only winter weather conditions are advised for the usage of synthetic 5W-30 oil.

Incorrect oil usage in a lawnmower can harm the engine and cause expensive issues. Despite using the same combustion principles as automobile engines, lawn mowers shouldn’t use car oil. Varying oils have different viscosities, which refers to the oil’s thickness. In comparison to SAE 20, SAE 30 oil is heavier. Before using a Craftsman lawn mower, make careful to always check the oil level.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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