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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-19-2017, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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Do synthetic oils reduce total maintenance costs over time?

Synthetic Oil Vs. Mineral Engine Oil - Southern Cross Lubes
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Yes, definitely! Synthetic oil is a cost-effective way for equiment maintenance.
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Compared to what? If you buy Honda Dino oil in quarts from parts.net, its more expensive than synthetic. Synthetic maintains it's shear point longer than dino but the oil change intervals are so short due to all the contaminants and lack of filtration that I'm not convinced it has a benefit other than the solvent properties of it. I use it only because I have it for the car and don't want to buy different kinds. For a tool that sees a lot of abuse, it generally needs replacing long before the engine wears out. I can't think of a single tool I threw out because of a worn out engine, its always some other catastrophically expensive part. Perhaps the exception might be an expensive lawn tractor but for lawnmowers and weed whackers, I doubt you could justify it.
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Synthetic oil is best some reasons are below
Reduction of friction and wear
Equipment protection
Temperature Control
Life Span, efficiency, and reliability of engine components
The benefits of oil change are numerous for your vehicle: it should run more smoothly, and last for much longer.
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The benefits are not in question. It's the value of them.


Say, you have a 2500.00 snow blower you use three times a year for an hour. If you do minimal maintenance on it like change the oil once a year, that blower will last a lifetime if you put cheap oil in it or synthetic. If the blower does not last a lifetime it will not be because of engine failure due to using crappy oil. So in this case, the answer is no, it is not worth it.
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... but you overlooked the intrinsic value of the warm & fuzzy feeling instilled by practicing OCD maintenance.
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... but you overlooked the intrinsic value of the warm & fuzzy feeling instilled by practicing OCD maintenance.

I know, its like when you go to Wal-Mart and spend 1/2 hour deciding between Penzoil platinum or Penzoil platinum ultra. And to prove you made the right choice you take before and after photos of the inside of your valve cover. I have not been able to do that though because I have to put the valve cover in the ultrasonic before reinstalling it anyways., AAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
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