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Are you maintaning your equipment w/regular oil changes?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by hummingbird3d, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. hummingbird3d

    hummingbird3d LawnSite Member
    Messages: 104

    I spoke to a dealer last week and we discussed the pros and cons of either getting new equipment or buying used. On the used equipment side he pointed out that I should be careful of what I get because one should change oil every 40 hours of work. I didn't know about this, and he also said that many times users forget to do this. This would be one reason for him buying used equipment from them and selling them new as they had more money for the new stuff.

    Does this sound like the industry norm or is this simply a way to sell me only on new equipment??
  2. IA_James

    IA_James LawnSite Silver Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 2,592

    He's trying to sell you on new.
  3. tamadrummer

    tamadrummer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,102

    To answer the question simply: Yes! I maintain my equipment.

    Grease spindles: every 25 hours
    Change oil: every 30 to 50 hours
    Change hydro fluid and filter: 300 hours
    Spark Plugs: 2xs a year I use Autolite XST plugs (Iridium)
    Change air filters 2xs a year
    Check belt tension daily
    Engine valve adjustment and combustion chamber exam: 300 hours

    All these things have been done on my mower. They will continue to be done for as long as I own it.

    If you can buy new and maintain it, it will last you forever.

    If you have any sort of mechanical abilities, buy used and get it done.

    P.S. BE CAREFUL about buying used 2 cycle gear. It is easily abused and you need to watch out when buying used.
  4. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
    from MN
    Messages: 4,345

    I try to keep up on the maintenance. The grease gun is always on the trailer. For oil changes if it needs to be done on Wednesday I typically do it that weekend or the weekend before but close enough.

    The dealer is telling you to be careful of what you buy. Most of the time you can tell just by looking at the mower if they took care of it but not always. But if the guy just sells them once the are out of warranty he might not of taken care of them, it's in warranty and the dealer will take care of it attitude to watch out for.
  5. redmax fan

    redmax fan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,438

    speaking of oil changes ive a 10.5 briggs/stratton im changing the oil on right now but the drain plug is froze tight into block , any tips appreciated .
  6. Littleriver1

    Littleriver1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 811

    I change my oil regularly, just before I trade it in.
  7. TomberLawn

    TomberLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,299

    The Generac on my Woods says to change every 100 hours! I'm running full synthetic, too, so I might push it to 125 or 150.

    I have heard of big companies that trade very frequently and don't change oil or sharpen blades much. That just doesn't make sense. When you figure in the depreciation of trading every 2 years or so, that's a major hit. Changing oil and doing other maintenance should make a mower last 5-8 years, depending on use, at which time it will be completely useless, but it will have earned a lot more money than a 2 year old mower. One day I'll play with some numbers, taking into account fuel usage also, to see how different the total cost of ownership is in trading often vs. maintaining and keeping it forever.
  8. redmax fan

    redmax fan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,438

    ide never buy a used mower , unless it was without motor and i got it cheap and i just bought the deck and put on a new motor myself . then youve got a motor warranty , and the decks last forever .
  9. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I would say the largest percentage, the biggest slice out of the maintenance pie doesn't change their lawn mower's oil on time.
  10. Lehighlawnpros

    Lehighlawnpros LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 346

    It depends on the type of engine also,
    In my Grasshopper 722D with Kubota D-902 liquid-cooled
    diesel engine I just had an oil analysis done, and at
    250 hours on the oil it's still like new (no need to change).

    Several factors contribute to this;

    liquid cooled engine.

    Excellent "Nelson" canister air filter system.

    Amsoil ACD SAE-30 synthetic oil.

    Amsoil bypass filter (EaBP90) and full-flow filter (EaO-15).

    I save a lot of time on maintenance, some money on oil and filters, and I fully expect the engine to run good as new for 10,000+ hours.

    Plus, we're saving $700+ per year on fuel with the diesel.


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