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Synthetic 10w30 oil suggestion WGEN12000DF

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I was wondering if anyone could suggest a synthetic oil for a 713cc generator v-twin engine.

Some say Mobil 1 but man are there a bunch to consider. Does it really matter?

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I've been running Wal Mart 5W-30 in ALL small engines here for years. It's available in various "flavors." It's your $$ but the critical aspect to oil is keeping it full and changing when needed not sure the expensive pedigree is that important.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Super-Tec...uarts/17133942
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First time poster.

I was wondering if anyone could suggest a synthetic oil for a 713cc generator v-twin engine.

Some say Mobil 1 but man are there a bunch to consider. Does it really matter?

Thanks everyone!
Your manual should state either a 10W30 or 10W40 grade. I use AMSOIL small engine oil, a full synthetic, that is made for severe duty use in all my small engines. Most folks forget to do regular maintenance and this oil has a considerable long protection margin should you forget to change it out regularly. Here is a link and if you can't find it locally delivery is usually a couple of days if you order on-line. Works for me and I've been an AMSOILuser for over 30 years. Dutchy
https://www.amsoil.com/shop/by-produ...oke/?zo=331384
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I did some research on motor oil some years ago. I looked at all the data I could find on wear rates in various tests, how they handle contaminants, etc. In a nutshell, any synthetic is better than any non-synthetic. Amsoil is the best, but it's also very expensive. At the time I did my research Mobil 1 was a close second, but they've since changed from the more expensive and better base stock to the less expensive type, so I expect they've lost that status.

Bottom line, I use whatever full synthetic is cheap. Mostly that means Walmart's Super Tech, Harvest King from the farm store, or NAPA or Mobil 1 when they're on sale.
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Yes I agree that AMSOIL isn't cheap, but the cost of only $10 and to get any other brand of synthetic oil might only be 2/3 dollars less. So for me it's worth it when you consider the Severe/Commercial duty that it is designed for. However, I'd like to argue that any synthetic oil is better than any petroleum based oil. Harley's 360 outperforms their Syn3 in most tests that I've seen... Dutchy
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Yes I agree that AMSOIL isn't cheap, but the cost of only $10 and to get any other brand of synthetic oil might only be 2/3 dollars less.
It's pretty easy to get full synthetic oil for $3-$4/qt.
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It's pretty easy to get full synthetic oil for $3-$4/qt.
I have not seen full synthetic that cheap. Personally no more oil than my generator or lawn mower uses, i prefer to stick with one of the major brands, Mobil 1 Pennzoil, Valvoline. I also want something that I can find at an auto parts store, big box store, ect, and have not seen any Amisol on shelves anywhere. I am Leary of any wal mart brands as to quality, feeling that they are made for a pricing point for their increased profit and that only, I simply do not trust them.

Now I am using the same oil in my car as all the small 4 cycle equipment, and generally buy it in the 5 qt containers.
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I have not seen full synthetic that cheap.
NAPA occasionally puts theirs on sale for $3 or $3.50 in quart bottles.

Walmart's regular price on Super Tech full synthetic is less than $20/5qt jug.

Many farm stores will have Harvest King full synthetic for around $20 or less for a 5qt jug.

Once in a while I see Mobil 1 on sale for $20-$22 per 5qt jug.

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A good policy with a lot of Walmart's stuff, but oil has to at least meet the stated API spec. There's lots of info online about Super Tech oil, and also about the Harvest King. Both are very well respected.
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NAPA occasionally puts theirs on sale for $3 or $3.50 in quart bottles.

Walmart's regular price on Super Tech full synthetic is less than $20/5qt jug.

Many farm stores will have Harvest King full synthetic for around $20 or less for a 5qt jug.

Once in a while I see Mobil 1 on sale for $20-$22 per 5qt jug.

A good policy with a lot of Walmart's stuff, but oil has to at least meet the stated API spec. There's lots of info online about Super Tech oil, and also about the Harvest King. Both are very well respected.

That would be minimum spec. Actually on the bottles any brand only lists the spec too which it is made, ie the minimum. If it exceeds as many say some brands as Amisol does, it does not say so, or does not say how it exceeds. I expect there is no standard for exceeding spec.
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Mobil 1 is great, and no, it doesn't really matter.
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