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Best oil for Kawasaki?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Islander10, Apr 25, 2011.

  1. Islander10

    Islander10 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    I picked up a Gravely ZT XL 48 last fall. Nice mower so far...cuts and handles great.

    What is your favorite oil for the Kawasaki FR 24hp?

    Landowner application, 2-4 hrs/week. Doesn't get very hot here in VT, probably just a few days in the 90's.

    I usually use HD30 in my other OPE...Shell Rotella at the moment. Is this a good flavor? Any other recommendations? I've never seen Amsoil around here.

    I searched around a bit, but didn't find a thread that discusses oil brands...feel free to point me in the right direction...
  2. ashgrove landscaping

    ashgrove landscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,529

    Kawasaki K-Tech 30 weight. It's made for the engine and works great for all engines. Plus it's really affordable.
  3. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,309

    Why use a straight weight oil? There are great multi weight oils out there that will give you better starting lube and still act like a 30 weight oil when hot.
  4. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,659

    I've often wondered about this myself?
  5. turftracerhp

    turftracerhp LawnSite Member
    from mo
    Messages: 133

    i buy the oreillys straight 30.i run it in all my turftracers with kawasakis on them and change it at 30 hours.it looks just as good when it comes out as it did going in.actually i could probably go a little longer without changing it.im just a worry wart.
  6. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,931

    i use mobil 1 10w30...amsoil is probably better but it's harder to find and costs more...only certain dealers carry it and they are usually way out of the way to find...i can go anywhere like walmart and find mobil 1 lol
  7. You can get a commercial account with amsoil and buy it online....I have about 6 qts. of kohler oil left and 1.5 qts. of mobil 1 left and after that I'm going to run amsoil in all my machines and prob do oil analysis on all of them. I currently run amsoil in my tundra and will be doing a 12k OCI this run. The last was just under 10k and the lab said all was good and to go for 12k. For the people who debate between lower vs higher changes, an analysis will solve that problem....
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  8. gasracer

    gasracer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,049

    There are charts that show multi weights vs. straight weights. It is just different temperature ranges. I use the K-tech 30 in all of mine. As long as it is a good brand of oil I think it would be fine. Amsoil,Royal Purple,and some others make great oil but it does get costly. I change my oil and filter every 25-30 hours.Most books say to change oil at 50 hours and the filter every 100.
  9. jetta

    jetta LawnSite Member
    Messages: 223

    because epa took zddp out of the oil, and i dont run synthetic in my mowers i only run rotella triple hd diesel 10-30. straight weights have no zddp, and multi weights only a little now.

    CUSTYOTA LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    I use kawasaki oil.

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