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Old 11-15-2006, 04:19 PM   #1
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Does anyone use synthetic oil in their Generator? If so what weight? Frequency of changes.
I have an Onen 5500, capacity 2 quarts.
Wondering if there is any advantage to using as they advertise protection of cylinder walls and cold start ups. Since the Generator is not run continually I was thinking of installing at the next schduled change.
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Old 11-15-2006, 04:19 PM   #2
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Does anyone use synthetic oil in their Generator? If so what weight? Frequency of changes.
I have an Onen 5500, capacity 2 quarts.
Wondering if there is any advantage to using as they advertise protection of cylinder walls and cold start ups. Since the Generator is not run continually I was thinking of installing at the next schduled change.
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Old 11-15-2006, 06:16 PM   #3
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I changed my 2001 Onan 5500 over to Mobil1 Synthetic about 50 hours or 6 months ago and don't have anything good or bad to report. I will change it as recommended on the door sticker.
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I changed my 2005 5500 to Amsoil synthetic at 50 hours, I now have 210 hours and will be sending a sample off to be analyzed at 250 hours along with a sample of the MH oil. The cost and work involved in changing the 2 quarts is nothing, I'm just curious as to how long the oil will maintain it's "useable" properties.
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Curious as to where you send oil off to be analyzed ?
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Curious as to where you send oil off to be analyzed ? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Here's one called Blackstone Labs that a lot of diesel PU truck owners use. There are others.
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I use Blackstone Labs as mentioned by Hitchiker, $20.00 and when they send you the report, they include a container and form to send in for the next report.
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I use Amsoil 15-40 for our Onan 5500 gas. I'll change oil every 12 months.
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If it only holds 2 qts and the lab test is $20.00 , for 4 dollars more you can get a filter and 2 qts of mobile 1 at walmart and forget the test. I would not run any oil more then the manufacturs states is safe. Oil is very cheap compared to the cost of repairs , the top end of these motors is not durable as you would think , around 1000 ~ 1300 hours your due for a overhaul on most 18 hp twin . Maybe a few more hours but if these motors are used at there max RPM (3600 rpm) there done .
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I'll ditto using Blackstone Labs as mentioned by Richard (Hitchhiker). Relatively fast response and they make the whole process easy.
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I think the same as xc-mark. This cannot be cost effective. Now if this is what you desire, its your money, and I'll shut up.synthetic oil-isn't
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