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greenscapes,inc.
06-11-2006, 09:33 PM
I have been changing the oil in my equipment every 100 hrs. I have heard of people changing oil every 50 hrs or even 25 hrs. Am I stretching my oil change intervals too far?

grass_cuttin_fool
06-11-2006, 09:56 PM
Thats a hard question, How many hours do you have on the machines? On most of my equipment, I think it states to change the oil at 50 hours and the filter at 100 hours. I never did like the idea of putting clean oil in a dirty filter so I change oil and filter at 50 hours. If you have alot of hours and its working then it may be ok. I was a heavy truck mechanic for 20 years, the main reason to change oil isnt because the oil is worn out.....its to remove the dirt and by-products of combustion

wayne

lawnmaniac883
06-11-2006, 10:21 PM
Unless you are running in dry, dusty, hot conditions you arent stretching it too far.

greenscapes,inc.
06-11-2006, 11:49 PM
Thats a hard question, How many hours do you have on the machines? On most of my equipment, I think it states to change the oil at 50 hours and the filter at 100 hours. I never did like the idea of putting clean oil in a dirty filter so I change oil and filter at 50 hours. If you have alot of hours and its working then it may be ok. I was a heavy truck mechanic for 20 years, the main reason to change oil isnt because the oil is worn out.....its to remove the dirt and by-products of combustion

wayne


My equipment has anywhere from 90 hours to almost 600 hours. I have always changed every 100 hours and so far so good. So when is everyone else changing? Every 50hrs?

DLS1
06-12-2006, 06:33 AM
If dipstick looks like it has dirty oil then drain a little oil out to see how black it is. That can determine if you need to change it quicker than the maintenance schedules says to change it.

yardmanlee
06-12-2006, 06:56 AM
every 100 hrs and filters air, oil and fuel

lawnspecialties
06-12-2006, 07:36 AM
Mobil1 and filter every 100 hrs. This is how I've always done it and have never had a lubrication problem yet. :)

CWRSNY
06-12-2006, 07:18 PM
Does anyone use synthetic oil? Whats every ones thoughts here?

Mike

mkwl
06-12-2006, 10:29 PM
I change the oil and oil filter in all my 4 cycle engines on mowers, blowers etc every 35-40hrs. I use Quaker State 10W-30 non-synthetic, and Kawasaki OEM oil filters.

Nosmo
06-17-2006, 09:04 PM
Does anyone use synthetic oil? Whats every ones thoughts here?

Mike


I have used it myself and I know others on this site have also. Do a search on synthetic oil and you will find threads posted by operators who use only synthetic oil.

Nosmo

lawnmaniac883
06-17-2006, 09:51 PM
I use full synthetics in my kawa FH500V. Since the change I have noticed a quiter running engine. Cant really tell and increase in power but it does run smoother and quieter.

mike lane lawn care
06-17-2006, 10:03 PM
oil, oil filter and air filter, every 50 hours. i coming up on my first oil change this week!