Is Mobil 1 better than Schaeffer's Full Synthetic 5W-30 Motor Oil? Let's find out!

  • Published: 22 April 2019
  • Both Mobil 1 and Schaeffer's have been in business for over 100 years, but which brand makes the best SAE 5W-30 full synthetic motor oil? Let's find out! I purchased Mobil 1 and Schaeffer's Synthetic oils using my own money. I am not sponsored by Schaeffer's or Mobil 1 or by any product manufacturer. 100% of Project Farm videos are ideas that come from those leaving comments. So, thank you very much for requesting this video! In the previous episodes, Amsoil won over Royal Purple, Amazon won over Liqui Moli, and Red Line won over Super Tech. The brands that won will advance to next round in the oil championship series.

    The testing methods outlined in this video are my own and not performed using expensive oil lab testing equipment or following the ASTM, SAE or API testing standards. The three tests outlined in the video include tests for viscosity at varying temperatures, film strength, and evaporative testing. In my opinion, the testing approaches used in this video provide consumers with valuable information on choosing the right motor oil for their specific application. Hope you enjoy the video and thank you very much for supporting the channel by watching the commercials and through Patreon support.

    This video is only for entertainment purposes. If you rely on the information portrayed in this video, you assume the responsibility for the results. Project Farm LLC
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Comments • 6 265

  • Allan Merrill
    Allan Merrill  2 days back

    I would like to see if Schaeffer's is Better then TRC I have used both

  • Life Is Good
    Life Is Good  1 weeks back

    Also never heard of shcaefers....good luck

  • Zbigniew Rodowski
    Zbigniew Rodowski  1 weeks back

    $13 per quart wow. I buy 5quarts of mobile one at walmart for $26

  • georges safi
    georges safi  1 weeks back

    Can u please try wolver oil 5w40 longlife

  • Salem Almarri
    Salem Almarri  2 weeks back

    We want to test Essen oil, please💔☹️

  • Dave Blane
    Dave Blane  2 weeks back

    I am 70 years old and I have only heard of Schaefer BEER.


  • Dave Blane
    Dave Blane  2 weeks back

    MOBIL has been around for 100 years NOT MOBIL1

  • Brian Hardy
    Brian Hardy  2 weeks back

    Mobil 1 can be bought for $28 bucks for 5 quarts at almost everywhere. Pepboys, o'Reilly, autozone, wallymart. That is a substantial difference in price.

  • David Baez
    David Baez  2 weeks back

    How about motul

    • Project Farm
      Project Farm   2 weeks back

      Great recommendation. I tested it in a more recent video

  • Barney Mia
    Barney Mia  2 weeks back

    Hi, Great video. Do you think I want to use this oil in my car? Please help me.

    • David Brogan
      David Brogan  2 weeks back

      Lubricity with cooked oil would have been interesting.?

    • Richard Spitzer
      Richard Spitzer  2 weeks back

      Amazing details in doing these experiments. Kudos to Project Farm!

    • Big Bear Hungry
      Big Bear Hungry  2 weeks back

      Talk about a fix test .

      • Jani Kowalski
        Jani Kowalski  2 weeks back

        What win ?

        • John Corkren
          John Corkren  2 weeks back

          I have yet to seen anyone perform these same tests on used oil. I would prefer to know how the oils hold up after being run in an engine for 1000 miles even in an uncontrolled environment. I would rather have an oil that performs consistently as much as possible over it's life than only when it's fresh. So is this over thinking these types of testing?

        • K V
          K V  2 weeks back

          Hi Project Farm,

          Can you do a test about: "Spark Plugs" brands, NGK, Champion , Denzo & Bosch maybe?


          • K V
            K V  2 weeks back

            @Project Farm thank you for your message back

          • Project Farm
            Project Farm   2 weeks back

            Thank you for the video idea!

        • ImakeSnowflakesMelt
          ImakeSnowflakesMelt  2 weeks back

          One thing people forget when comparing the same weight oils from different brands is the HTS. Redlines 5w30 is actually thicker then most 5w40 and some 5w50 oils. Castro's 0w30 and 0w40 are almost identical in weight.

        • BikerBry
          BikerBry  2 weeks back

          Both are amazing oils. Regardless of the outcomes, these are extremely good oils and you can’t go wrong with either.

        • al7ootsa
          al7ootsa  2 weeks back

          i can not thank you enough, i learn a lot from you :)
          thank you for all the testing and explaining.

        • Gregg Sinini
          Gregg Sinini  3 weeks back

          Well, I certainly know what alternatives I have, but for now I will have to stick with the Ford Motorcraft Synthetic Oil that Ford has been putting in my Mustang GT for 7 years now at every 3-5 thousand miles, depending on my type of driving, climate I drive in and the convenience/opportunity of having time to bring it in for a scheduled service or just an oil and filter change! Which ever comes first!! Ford Owner's Manual stated every 5.000 miles for oil chance, again according to all of the above. I never usually go over 5000 miles. My BMW was 10,000 mile intervals, where I would bring the BMW 330Ci in every 5,000 mile and sometimes it had to wait a few more thousand before I can get it to a BMW dealership!  But who knows why BMW was 10,000 miles!! Their BMW synthetic can't be that good of most other brands!!

        • Visteo Bman
          Visteo Bman  3 weeks back

          A more appropriate test would be to check the viscosity at -25 and 100 C. Its possible that the Schaefers performs more like a 20 weight oil at high temperature... not a good thing. You should not have any trouble checking viscosity at that temperature. Your lubricosity test is good... how about running it after its been used in your car? Another good test to determine the oils ability not to break down... far more important than your evaporation test.

          • Heinz Guderian
            Heinz Guderian  3 weeks back

            I run Schaeffer's in my race car and use all of their products. Penetro is by far the best penetrating oil available anywhere. Citrol is a citrus based parts cleaner.

            • MsLiextreme
              MsLiextreme  3 weeks back

              I dont know where exacly is problem,in europe i know one company make all oil.mobil,castrol,liquy moly and many more.but quality in countries is not the same.another quality (i think the best) in germany,another in poland,another in netherlands.the same bottle,the same Code but different oil America is the same situation?? Greatings from Germany

              • chester allan torres
                chester allan torres  3 weeks back

                I thought I've seen everything in the internet until I watch oil racing

              • Jannie Schlüter
                Jannie Schlüter  3 weeks back

                Plz use the metric system...

              • Dennis Sampson
                Dennis Sampson  3 weeks back

                I used to package Schaeffers aerosol products. Their chemist was a guy named Mike Ryterski. This guy knew his stuff! They put the extra value into all their products. A stalwart St Louis company. Their compressor oil lowered our operating temps almost 35'F!

              • Tyler Timmons
                Tyler Timmons  3 weeks back

                How about different radiator coolant tests? Like water vs 50/50 vs concentrate, cheap stuff vs the expensive stuff!

              • Kendall Doran
                Kendall Doran  3 weeks back

                Sure would be awesome to see you do testing on different hydraulic fluid brands since there no actual industry standard like motor oils, being in the ag field, people are always asking the difference in the cheap vs the oem? $30 for a 5 gallons of generic 303 vs $90 a 5 gallon for HyTrans or hy guard. Sure would awesome to see project farm thanks!

              • Alex Lindekugel
                Alex Lindekugel  3 weeks back

                um i dk how id feel about pouring already black oil into an engine. as color a good indication of oil cooking.

                • awake and alive
                  awake and alive  3 weeks back

                  In what place did penzoil ultra 5w30 ended, I'm just curious, from most videos I watched on YouTube it seems that only amsoil is better.

                • Kevin Morrison
                  Kevin Morrison  4 weeks back

                  Another excellent video.

                • jerry metcalf
                  jerry metcalf  4 weeks back

                  I've been using mobile 1 for decades, in race engines compete in off road, extreme severe service, never had an oil related failure, I use mobile 1 in my personal vehicles, never had an engine fail, never. My current favorite truck costs about $70 for an oil change $7.88 a quart for mobile 1 5w 20 x 7 and I get filters about $8 to $10 on sale
                  This Schaeffer oil at $13 for $105 + oil change? No thanks, besides it's not available in parts stores here

                • Long Tat
                  Long Tat  4 weeks back


                • Dan Kruger
                  Dan Kruger  1 months back

                  I am thinking the lesser synthetic blend oils will do the job just fine. the expensive oil just last longer before oil changes

                • Dan Kruger
                  Dan Kruger  1 months back

                  my question. do the less expensive oils do the job

                • Terry Henry
                  Terry Henry  1 months back

                  Another Amway boutique motor oil. Have never seen Schaeffers oil in any retail outlet. Bet ya gotta buy it through a Schaeffer dealer and listen to a speech why you should fill your garage with this stuff and join the family.

                  • mrsparex
                    mrsparex  1 months back

                    Could test Quaker State against something
                    ...but anything would beat Quaker State!

                    • mrsparex
                      mrsparex  1 months back

                      @Project Farm I appreciate you. You're a great person. Thank you!

                    • Project Farm
                      Project Farm   1 months back

                      Thank you for the video idea!

                  • Lulz Lmao
                    Lulz Lmao  1 months back

                    When the motor oil has been cooked, it turns black as it has been used in engines. Then, how can we really check if our motor oil is still good or not? Looking at its color doesn't mean its bad now.

                    • Old Griz
                      Old Griz  1 months back

                      Take the results compared to the price and the Mobil 1 wins in my book.

                      • CrazyRedFox
                        CrazyRedFox  3 weeks back

                        Schaeffers is better for high rpm revving motors

                      • Project Farm
                        Project Farm   1 months back

                        Thank you for the video idea!

                    • Yumpin Yiminy
                      Yumpin Yiminy  1 months back

                      I love your tests. I don't think it's worth the extra money for the Shaffers for such a little difference. For that matter I watched your test with Mobile 1, Amazon and Valvoline. I only drive 6K a year so if I changed my own oil, I would buy the Amazon.

                    • Island Boy
                      Island Boy  1 months back

                      Have you compared Mobil and Shell Oil? Which is better?

                    • Charlie Capling
                      Charlie Capling  1 months back

                      Totally enjoy the. No bull test

                    • Zarif Jum
                      Zarif Jum  1 months back

                      Good sir Costco’s Kirkland started selling their own engine oil. They have 2 5quarts engine oil for $29.99
                      Cheapest in market. Could you run test and compare with “major brands. Thank you

                    • Welco
                      Welco  1 months back

                      Mobil 1 was trashed

                      • jedslather
                        jedslather  1 months back

                        Sheaffir need a new marketing director, never heard of it!

                      • Mike D
                        Mike D  1 months back

                        Great to see this test there are several oils that are excellent that most people have never heard of shaffer's being one also TRIAX could you please test TRIAX and Schaefer's against each other but in the diesel range they both have full synthetic 1540 weight oils that is a test we are waiting for

                      • Christopher Browne
                        Christopher Browne  1 months back

                        Funny how the Schaeffer's oil looks a lot like the 70 year-old Quaker State oil you got from that mummified oil can in the mail from some viewer lol

                      • Adam Mahomed
                        Adam Mahomed  1 months back

                        Prolong is an additive they they used to advertise some years ago, and it’s said to do some really amazing things