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Old 06-05-2008, 05:19 PM   #1
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Long time Airstreamer; however, new to the Forum. I recently purchased two Honda 2000's. What brand and weight motor oil would you recommend that I use in these generators? Appreciate any recommendations. Bill
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Old 06-05-2008, 06:54 PM   #2
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Hi Bill, I don't have any idea on the oil, but I bet someone else will. I am fairly new to the forum as well and found it and the people here very helpful. Welcome to the Forum!
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Old 06-05-2008, 07:03 PM   #3
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well I know it's a strange idea for a man.... but have you considered reading the manual?

Just kidding.

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I'm runnning Mobil synthetic in mine. I also change the oil after every weekend of use.
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Paula, no you weren't

henw- that seems like a waste of an awful lot of oil. Synthetic AND changing after every weekend? I'm a believer in following manufacturers specs for oil changes.

In the old days we changed motor oil in cars every 3k miles, now I go 13k aas that's recommended for my vehicle. Oil is better than it was, filters are better, and engines are better.
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Old 06-05-2008, 07:32 PM   #6
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well I know it's a strange idea for a man.... but have you considered reading the manual?

Just kidding.

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What an outrageous idea!

Ok, I download them and read them before I buy much of anything.

Oh, and welcome to the forums, Bill.
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Old 06-05-2008, 08:13 PM   #7
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Generators are on order. I have Pennzoil and Quaker State on hand; however, a local small engine mechanic told me he would not put either in his lawn mower, much less a generator. Doubt if the owners manual will recommend a "Brand" of motor oil - maybe the weight.
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Generators are on order. I have Pennzoil and Quaker State on hand; however, a local small engine mechanic told me he would not put either in his lawn mower, much less a generator. Doubt if the owners manual will recommend a "Brand" of motor oil - maybe the weight.
Well gee,

I used Valvoline 50 weight racing oil in my turbocharged big-bock Plymouth. (Obviously, not stock) We are talking about a generator here, right? I can’t help but think that there was more stress on the Plymouth at 120+ (Texas panhandle in the ’80s) than there will ever be on your generator. I backed off to 20w50 in the winter.

That said, I use Penzoil for my daily drivers. You can get it everywhere. The big thing is to change it regularly. Follow the suggested schedules.

Trust me, they tell you to change it way more often than is necessary. (They sell oil, after all) As far as I can tell, any good brand, changed regularly, will serve you well. Just change it.
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I use 10W-30 Amsoil fully synthetic in my Yamaha 3000iSEB and have since the first oil change at 20 hours. I'm sure someone here on the forum with a Honda will speak up concerning what is specified in the manual.

I just reviewed a Honda EU2000 manual in pdf format and it stated 10W-30 oil also.
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I DON'T want to start a flame war over lubricating oils. As to weights and grades - follow the manufacturer's recommendations while under warranty, at the very least (if you want to be able to successfully prosecute a warranty claim on the engine). Personally, I'd use Castrol synthetic after the first oil change ( only 8 hours on my EU2000i, so far).
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