Has extreme heat ever affected your mower power?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Ijustwantausername, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. Ijustwantausername

    Ijustwantausername LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It's been about 100 degrees here everyday this week. I had 9 yards yesterday @ 30 minutes each. I just had a fresh oil change with the recommended weight for these temps, and I clean the air filter regularly. It just seems like when its so hot you can't even touch the metal on your mower anywhere, it cant be too good for it.

    What do you all think?
     
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    I don't know what you mean by mower power, the machine doesn't seem to care but it sure slows me down.
     
  3. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    well high heat or extreme cold isn't much good for anything lol...but as long as you have the right oil in there it will be ok...make sure you run synthetic oil as it doesn't break down as easily in high heat.
     
  4. AuburnHort2005

    AuburnHort2005 LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
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    some of my 2 cycle stuff hates the heat, but they run like champs in the winter. Always having to make carb adjustments...
     
  5. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    well it's a known fact that engines run better in colder weather....at least once they are warmed up lol...it may affect the power some but not a whole lot when it's 100 degrees outside.
     
  6. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    It'll be fine. You can accelerate your OCI (oil change intervals) a bit. Hot and dusty can be hard on oil.
     
  7. Km81

    Km81 LawnSite Member
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    Any engine that is air cooled will not perform 100% when being run in high temperatures.
     
  8. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Synthetics really out perform in extreme temperatures. I would recommend you switch in that heat.
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