Kohler Oil only for Kohler motor??

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by koop, Jun 17, 2007.

  1. koop

    koop LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    My dealer says I should use Kohler oil for my 27 HP Kohler motor because it has special lifters in it. I asked about synthetics but he still preferred Kohler. In the Motor Oil thread it seems people run just about everything. Is oil just oil??:confused:

    MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,568

    Itz just oil.
  3. Sydenstricker Landscaping

    Sydenstricker Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,281

    yep, it is just oil, all comes from the same place......the ground:rolleyes: It is just another way for dealers to get you to spend the extra$$$ on the special Kohler name oil. Me personally I use pennzoil or kendall
  4. LCPullman

    LCPullman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 589

    For the most part I think you could use any oil. But different brands of oil have different additive packages. So, you should get name brand oil (Castrol/Penzoil/Mobil/Chevron, etc.) as they will have better additive packages. If it is economical to get Kohler oil, it should be good, but sometimes manufacturers charge a premium.
  5. haybaler

    haybaler LawnSite Senior Member
    from ma
    Messages: 511

    it is possable that kohler uses a special additive only found in there oil. most user manuals give the api specs it has to meet and the weight but if it says to use only Kohler oil I would do it. if a couple more dollars per oil change could save you thousands in engine repairs and possible save on fuel and make it run cleaner/better why not? I run mobil 1 in my mowers and notice they burn a little more oil but go longer between changes and run better.

    MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,568

    You know i used to run kendall,now itz castrol or pennzoil how good is kendall oil.
  7. paolaken

    paolaken LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 699

    if you check haed enough you will find who makes the oil for kohler. it will be one of the big companys.
  8. desii

    desii LawnSite Member
    Messages: 193

    Exactly...because I have never heard of "Kohler Oil Company"...:)
  9. MowerMedic77

    MowerMedic77 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,164

    Kohler oil is supposed to have an additive that helps with aeration or foaming since their lifters are prone to failure from this issue, but any good brand name 10w30 or 10w40 should work fine.
  10. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,716

    10-30 only in a kohler. not 10-40

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