Is Synthetic Motor Oil Better For Generators? : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) Preparation Forum : One Thread

I've heard that the oil in a generator should be replaced after every 6 hours of use. That could add up to a lot of oil! But I've also heard that synthetic oils (i.e. AMSOIL) will last much longer. I was told that synthetic oil in an auto engine didn't need to be changed until after 25,000 miles. So it seems to me that synthetic oil would be a wise choice in any motor post y2k, when you consider that motor oil may not be readilly available.

So my question is: Does anyone out there have any learned opinions and/or experience on this subject?


Herrick Kimball

-- herrick Kimball (, August 11, 1999


synthetic oil is preferred over petroleum most of the time. however .. a micronic by-pass oil filter is the first thing you should install. we just order a bunch from george walker assc 503-631-4567. it uses toilet paper and can make a single grade petroleum or synthetic oil last virtually forever. (no kidding). the exception is diesel, which will triple or quadruple in life.

i've been in the synthetic lubricant/oil analysis field for 15 yrs.

-- lou (, August 12, 1999.


I have been using synthetic oils in my vehicles for some time now and have had very good results. Didn't really think about using them for the generator though,good point. I'll do as Lanny recommends and buy up a bunch of filters and Synthetic oil.

-- kevin (, August 12, 1999.

Lon......Would you mind recommending a supplier for the Filter housings in the above reply? George Walker asc- 503/631/4567. Thanks in advance

-- kevin (, August 12, 1999.

Synthetic oils are the BANE of Corner workers/race medical workers/course marshals at race tracks. PARTICULARLY for Motorcycles races. the stuff doesn't come up off the trach with oil dry, and if you leave it sit overnight (last session of the day sort of thing) it won't be gone for WEEKS.

GOOD STUFF for engines.


-- Chuck, a night driver (, August 12, 1999.

Herrick: I have been using Amsoil for 25 years in my cars, lawnmowers,edgers and motorized chain saw. I will not use anything else!! One word of caution: make sure the engine is broken in properly before using any synthetic otherwise it will not work at peak performance with the synthetic. You will have to check with the manufacturer on whatever you use it in to find the appropriate breakin period.

-- Neil G.Lewis (, August 12, 1999.

Yes, Amsoil is one of the best you can get to put into anything that uses oil. My husband sells it. Let me know if you need any help and we can send you a catalog...

-- carlie (, August 13, 1999.

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