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How Often Do You Check Your Oil ?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Restrorob, Oct 6, 2007.

  1. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,023

    Seems every unit that comes in for repair is low of oil, I was just wondering how often you check the oil in your equipment ?

    No "I don't have to because I use X brand oil" please.

    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,526

    evry morning before starting up.
  3. barnard

    barnard LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 618

    about 10 hrs.
  4. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,712

    every day ! in the am

    WALKER LANDSCAPE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,415

  6. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,154

    every morning
  7. Breezmeister

    Breezmeister LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from South Jersey
    Posts: 1,546

    When I worked in TruGreens shop here in Jersey, every driver had to do a "trip" report every morning, this was just for the trucks, not the equipment so I know that the oil was checked every day in trucks. Equipment on the other hand was usually left to us in the shop to keep on top of the foremen to check the oil. For the most part, they did :)
    The Problem as I see it, is that alot of guys just don't know how to check the oil. They haven't read the manual or care to, or if they don't see any spots on the ground, it ain't using oil :dizzy:
  8. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,023

    I think it may be this Florida heat playing tricks on their memory. :hammerhead:

    Every unit we sell is completely gone over with the customer (hows/wheres). If they didn't purchase the unit from us they are still shown the proper way to check the oil when they pick the unit back up.

    I have told ALL of them "It takes less than a minute every morning to check the oil before starting for the day".

    I have replaced two Kohler 25's (less than 600 hrs.) and one Kawi 23 so far this season and have a Kawi 25 and a Vanguard 23 waiting to blow.

    Just for the record, When a unit comes in low it is checked out to find a reason why.

    I Just don't get why one would spend 7/8 thou. or more for a unit then run it in the ground....:dizzy:
  9. DiyDave

    DiyDave LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,695

    You put fuel in it, and you'll never go wrong. It should be like a second nature to do it this way, but what do I know, I got 2700 hours out of a Kohler, before I sold that mower.:laugh:
  10. Breezmeister

    Breezmeister LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from South Jersey
    Posts: 1,546

    It's called the Cost of Doing Business. I had a piece of equipment come in a few weeks back for a minor repair, chain kept jumping off the sprocket, made the adjustment and then did what I always do, go over the machine for other problems. It's only two years old and all ready I see abuse to another part of the machine. I tell the owner and he tells me that there is no other way for his guys to do the jobs they do with out abusing the machine with out it costing more time. Time equals money minus the replacement of the part over the life of the machine:dizzy: I must have looked at him funny
    cause he got mad at me payup

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