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So if I change to synthetic oil?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dualsmows, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. dualsmows

    dualsmows LawnSite Member
    Posts: 108

    Can I change my oil changing from 50 hours to 100 hours?
  2. mnglocker

    mnglocker LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 758

    I still change mine at 50. Mowers get a ton of dust and dirt contamination and filters plug up. Besides, what are we talking here, $5-8 more per change, that's not that much considering the wear and tear saved on the engine.
  3. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,028

    As stated above synthetic will not give you extended changes on small engines. The advantage of synthetic is less oil breakdown in the high heat environment of a small engine. It still gets dirty and heat and dirt are the eventual killers of small engines over time. Amsoil has a bypass filter system that is suppose to extend intervals but I am unsure if they are made for small engines. You can research that if you want on their website.
    I use synthetic in everything but still keep my tight change intervals for the small engines. My 2000 Walker 26EFI just hit 2000 hours, it doesn't use a drop of oil.

    NORTHMAN LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 305

    I called Kawasaki about this and they said you still have to change the oil at 50 hours with synthetic.
  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    That is correct, superior lubrication does not extend your engine's oil change intervals,
    anyone who claims otherwise should back this up with a FULL warranty on your engine.

    Synthetic doesn't have to be changed every 3 months if you haven't put the hours on it,
    synthetic can sit in an engine apparently for years without breaking down like conventional oil,
    it is certainly a great oil to have for those engines that sit around doing nothing most of the time.
  6. ommegang

    ommegang LawnSite Member
    Posts: 165

    That's good to hear. I changed to synthetic after initial break-in. 2008 25HP Kawi with only 55 hrs. Manual says not to change again until 100hrs. Oil still looks good.
  7. UfoPilot

    UfoPilot LawnSite Member
    Posts: 105

    My corvette came from the factory with synthetic oil in it. If it's good enough for a $60,000 corvette it should be good enough for a mower.
  8. A-1 LAWN

    A-1 LAWN LawnSite Member
    from kansas
    Posts: 112

    what grade synthetic are you guys running? 5w30 10 w30??
  9. ommegang

    ommegang LawnSite Member
    Posts: 165

    Somebody said Amsoil make synthetic for small engines. I will try to finf that I think. What weight do motorcycles use?
  10. Skidpad

    Skidpad LawnSite Member
    Posts: 65

    Here's the link for the Amsoil Small Engine Oil:
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