How Steep Of A Grade Can A 23HP Kawasaki Take Before Starving The Engine OF Oil

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ITL, Jun 10, 2006.

  1. ITL

    ITL LawnSite Member
    from SW OH
    Messages: 188

    How steep of a grade can a 23 HP Twin Kawasaki take before starving the engine of oil supply. Could you hear a sound difference in the engine if the oil pickup was pulling air. We use a 52 inch stander to mow some long ditches and decorative landscaping berms that I am estimating are around 30 degrees. The Stander will hold the hill and even turn up for the next pass but wondering if the engine will have shorter life due to the oil supply being affected on banks/grades.

  2. specialtylc

    specialtylc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,656

    In my experience you cant get on a steep enough slope to cause any engine damage.
  3. 6'7 330

    6'7 330 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,821

    The engine is full pressure lube, if it were splash lube, or critically low on oil you might have to worry.
  4. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    The mower will flip or slide before the engine is starved of oil.
  5. ITL

    ITL LawnSite Member
    from SW OH
    Messages: 188

    Lawnsite Team

    Thanks for the information. Looks like I will start loosing ground traction, slip sliding and dirty my drawers before the engine is starved of oil at the pickup tube.

    Thanks again

  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    If you run a conventional oil, it is only a matter of time before one seizes on you.

    Run a synthetic oil (blend or full), and watch all your oil-related problems disappear.

    I learned the hard way myself but it only took one frozen block before I made the switch.
    It was running on flat ground, I had forgot to check the oil ONE time, it was hardly 1/2 quart low, still around the Add line.

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