4 - Cycle Oil Recommendations:
Recommended Oil type (4-Cycle Engines) - Detergent oil with an API service classification of SF, SG, SH, SJ, SL, or higher. Due to various types of oil on our mowers we recommend getting this information from the operator's manual. You will need the model and serial number of your machine to view or download the appropriate manual.
Where do I find the model serial number?
Synthetic Engine Oil:
- Yes, synthetic oil can be used in any of our machines after the first oil change and 5 hours of use.
- Easier to start in cold weather (pertains to snowthorwers and tractors)
- Due to size of the engine, the benefit of synthetic oil is minimal
Fuel and Engine Oil Ratios for 2-cycle:
Recommended Oil Type (2-Cycle Engine) - Toro 2-Cycle or NMMA-TCW3 equivalent. Oil can be purchased from and Authorized Service Dealer or hardware store.
Review your machine's operators manual to determine the correct ratio.
- 16 to 1 = 8 oz. two cycle oil per one gallon fuel
- 32 to 1 = 4 oz. two cycle oil per one gallon fuel
- 50 to 1 = 2.6 oz. two cycle oil per one gallon fuel
Two Cycle Engine Oil and Brand:
We recommend using Toro oil. Toro oil meets all our engineer requirements and is the only oil we use when testing out products. (NMMA TCW III rated oil is acceptable to use if not Toro oil is available to the customer.)
To locate a dealer near you, visit us at www.toro.com/dealer or by phone at 866-946-3119.
Type of Fuel:
Unleaded gasoline with an octane rating of at least 87 ((R+M)/2 rating method) is the recommended fuel grade for all gasoline engines in Toro products. Gasoline with up to 10% ethanol (gasohol) or 15% MTBE (methyl tertiary butyl ether) by volume is acceptable.
Only purchase what you expect to use within 30 days, or add stabilizer. Fuel stabilizer is available from most Toro dealers.
Gasoline with up to 10% ethanol is acceptable to use per engine manufacturers guidelines.
Do not use gasoline containing methanol.
For further information about choosing the correct fuel for your machine:www.lookbeforeyoupump.com
Fresh fuel (less than 30 days old). Gasoline starts deteriorating over time and fresh fuel ignites more easily. Old gas can leave harmful deposits in your products fuel system.
Today's gasoline does not have the same chemical make-up as years ago. Testing has shown that significant deterioration can begin in as little as 30 days. The first sign of old gas is it makes starting more difficult. This is because the most volatile components of the fuel are the first to deteriorate and are the ones that help an engine start easily.
Fuel stabilizer is designed to help keep the fuel fresher longer. It has to be added the day the fuel is purchased otherwise it will not do the job. It will not make old fuel fresh again. (Please follow the manufacturer’s instructions of the Stabilizer for the amount and how to add to the fuel)
For information regarding Toro Premium Fuel Treatment, click here:
To purchase one 4oz bottle of “Toro Premium Stabilizer”, order part number 117-0089, please visit www.torodealer.com or an authorized Toro dealer.
Use a new or clean fuel container when obtaining new fuel. Toro No Spill Gas Cans are available on our on-line store at www.torodealer.com or through an authorized Toro dealer.
To download a free operator’s manual, click here. You will need the model and serial number of your machine to download the appropriate manual.
Where do I find the model and serial number? Click on the gray “?” circle under the “Parts & Manual” Heading in the "Customer Support” tab.