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Dealer or owner's manual?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by machsixer, Aug 28, 2006.

  1. machsixer

    machsixer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    I'm wondering if I should follow the dealer's advice on oil/filter change intervals or go by the owner's manual for same. I have a commercial Husqvarna iz5223 52 inch, 23hp Kawasaki unit.
    I've heard to go by the owner's manual because the dealer is only looking to make more $$ on parts/oil.
    This mower is used in a commercial operation.

    Any advice?
     
  2. AAELI

    AAELI LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 360

    You failed to state the difference between the two. I generally make a point to reduce the interval for oil & filter changes. Oil is a lot cheaper than a repair job or a new engine. The dirtier/dustier the conditions the more frequent I change my oil and filter.
     
  3. machsixer

    machsixer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    The dealer says change the oil/filter every 25hrs.
    The actual Kawasaki engine and Husqvarna owner's manual says change the oil every 100 hours and the oil filter every 200 hours which is obviously a big difference compared with the dealer. Which do I go with? I'm leaning towards the dealer since oil is relatively cheap compared with engine problems or reduced overall engine life.
     
  4. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,029

    I work for a Dealership/ Rental Store and all our equipment is serviced (oil changed and filter) every 50 hrs. And thats what I recommend to customers purchasing new equipment.
     

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