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Old 04-29-2006, 10:19 PM
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maintenance on mowers

i know that i am supposed to change the oil every 50 hours onm my machine, but for the bigger companies you must have to change your oil like once a week. my question is, if you are using it regularly, can it go longer between changes? is the 50 hrs. only for those who only cut their own lawn every week?
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Old 04-29-2006, 11:00 PM
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if you dont want to change your oil, then dont. you'll save the 2 bucks for the quart of oil. but if you want to make your equipment last along time, then maintain it by the book. im assuming you're making a living with your equipment? do you want to drop 1000-1500 on a new engine because you didnt want to change the oil? just get a Tinytach, watch the hourmeter on it, and service it at the maunufacturers intervals.
for what its worth, my neighbor has a lawn service. he maintains his stuff religously. EVERY mower has 3 sets of blades....one set on it, 2 extra sets. they get changed every week. he sharpens them on a pro blade sharpener. he changes oil at 50 hours...or if he has downtime, and its 46 hours, he changes it. takes care of his trucks and trailers like this too. he hasnt had a failure in years. been running one scag he bought used for 6 years now....never had a failure. ask him how much oil costs. oil and grease are cheap. if you want to save money, dont put chrome on your truck, or dont eat at burger king every day.
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Old 04-30-2006, 09:26 AM
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I agree with oldrusty, Maintenance is the key to longer lasting equipment and less down-time. If you don't have a hour meter the Tiny Tach has the most bang for the buck; http://www.tinytach.com/tinytach/gasoline.php
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Old 04-30-2006, 10:43 AM
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50 hours? Kawi suggests every 100 hours...
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Old 04-30-2006, 11:05 AM
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50 hours? Kawi suggests every 100 hours...

Your correct, But read your vehicle owners manual. I seen 7,500 miles per oil change. Would you wait that long ? I sure as hell don't. It all depends on how well you want to take care of your equipment, As oldrusty said oil and grease is cheap to major repairs.
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Old 04-30-2006, 11:12 AM
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The more frequent you change your oil the better, most engines running commercially are air cooled and use less then 2qrts of oil running 3600rpms for an average 5-6hrs a day sometimes 6 days a week.. You can do the math and quickly see why it is so important to change it.
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Old 04-30-2006, 11:34 AM
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"mr. smith, the reason your engine failed is because you changed your oil too often". thats something you'll never hear.
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Old 04-30-2006, 12:49 PM
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I've always changed my Kawasaki's with Mobil1 every 100 hours and they've always run flawlessly on the inside.

Hey, does anyone know of aftermarket filters (Fram, etc.) that match up to the Kawasaki's?
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Old 04-30-2006, 01:03 PM
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Kind of like having insurance......... oil is cheap compared to replacing an engine.

You do have insurance??
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Old 04-30-2006, 01:10 PM
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I've always changed my Kawasaki's with Mobil1 every 100 hours and they've always run flawlessly on the inside.

Hey, does anyone know of aftermarket filters (Fram, etc.) that match up to the Kawasaki's?

Im running Frams now, may not be the best filter but the oregon garbage from my dealer wasnt the best either.

Also change my oil every 50 hours.
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