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fcremc
06-13-2011, 07:24 PM
I have the Kawasaki 31 HP Motor on my Scag Cheetah. My question is which oil would give my new cheetah the best protection? Kawasaki was no help they said either 30W or 10W30. Since I will not be cutting grass in the cold & I want to protect my engine which weight oil do you Pros use?

razor1
06-13-2011, 07:45 PM
I've always heard, do the first few changes with standard oil and then switch over to full syn. I use 10w-30. Is it a liquid cooled engine? (do a search on this subject also)

GMLC
06-13-2011, 07:53 PM
Mobil 1 10w-30 after break in.

ProStreetCamaro
06-13-2011, 08:54 PM
Amsoil ACD hand down.

http://www.amsoil.com/storefront/acd.aspx

grassman177
06-13-2011, 11:28 PM
amsoil i agree, or mobil 1. 0w30, we had issues with 10w30 degrading too fast .

Aaronnc
06-14-2011, 02:15 AM
Amsoil ACD hand down.

http://www.amsoil.com/storefront/acd.aspx

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Just make sure you run it for 100 hours on regular petroleum based oil (10W-30) so the rings can seat properly to the cylinder walls.

And use the 20W-50 (ARO) in the hydros.
http://www.amsoil.com/storefront/aro.aspx

topsites
06-14-2011, 02:30 AM
What's your owner's manual say!?

jlkansascity
06-14-2011, 03:07 AM
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Just make sure you run it for 100 hours on regular petroleum based oil (10W-30) so the rings can seat properly to the cylinder walls.

And use the 20W-50 (ARO) in the hydros.
http://www.amsoil.com/storefront/aro.aspx

Amsoil also just came out with the BRK Amsoil Break In Oil...
http://www.syntheticoilhq.com/blog/amsoil-adds-new-break-in-oil-brk/

JL

Richard Martin
06-14-2011, 05:39 AM
I use plain old Pennzoil 10w30 in all of my engines.

Pennington Lawncare
06-14-2011, 06:14 AM
Amsoil makes oil expressly for the small engines on our mowers. I don't know why people keep recommending other types of Amsoil instead of the oil they designed for these engines.

http://www.amsoil.com/storefront/ase.aspx

doyles
06-14-2011, 07:42 AM
i run 30 wieght kawasaki oil and change it every 40-50 hours

Sammy
06-14-2011, 09:36 AM
Depending on the engine type, I either use 10w30 0r 30w Pennzoil in all my equipment for the past 30 or so years.

hackitdown
06-14-2011, 10:07 AM
Is it worth paying so much more for synthetic? Even Amsoil costs twice as much as regular 10w-30. I go through 6 quarts per month (3 mowers), so the extra cost adds up.

I do buy Amsoil Saber for mix.

Skidpad
06-14-2011, 10:32 AM
Amsoil makes oil expressly for the small engines on our mowers. I don't know why people keep recommending other types of Amsoil instead of the oil they designed for these engines.

http://www.amsoil.com/storefront/ase.aspx

My thoughts exactly!

Aaronnc
06-14-2011, 11:55 AM
Amsoil also just came out with the BRK Amsoil Break In Oil...
http://www.syntheticoilhq.com/blog/amsoil-adds-new-break-in-oil-brk/

JL

Thanks JL for the heads up. Did not know that. Good info.

I completely understand that everyone might not share this view, but for myself, when you drop $12.5k on a mower, and depend on it to pay the bills, and almost look at it as a child, then only the best will do. If anything, it's nothing but a insurance policy.

Of course the best is infinitely debatable, but Amsoil and a few others seem to be at the forefront of the game, and that works for me. Plus, I know some great mechanics that have saved me thousands over the years and they swear by it, so I'll take their word for it. I ain't gonna lie, I only use the ACD stuff over the regular Amosoil, cuz a mechanic said it offered more protection. I go to them for engine stuff, they come to me for landscaping stuff. Go figure.

Maybe I'm a sucker, I dunno. It's never failed me, makes me feel a little better, and my poster in the garage just looks so darn cool! :drinkup: