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maintenance on mowers

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by mike lane lawn care, Apr 29, 2006.

  1. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I can not tell you what to do but I've changed oil in my cars for 20-some years, and now in my equipment. What I mean is, I know what oil looks like after 3 thousand miles in a car, and if my mower's oil is not at least that dirty, then I don't change it.

    Today I also use at least a synthetic blend and in a few years will be switching to full synthetic, none of my stuff runs on standard oil and this makes a difference as well. They say if you've been running some type of synth that you can drain the oil from a motor and continue to run it WOT for several hours without damage, but it is not recommended. Either way, I know full synthetic when it first gets to the point where it needs changing, is still at least as good as completely fresh standard motor oil.

    I have two mowers and I run them interchangeably, both machines get hours put on them and I run solo so I cut between 500 - 800 yards / year.

    That having been said, I change oil and filter on my mowers once / year, in the spring. Should the oil ever get so dirty that it needs changing in-season, I would do that but so far this has not been the case, it hardly turns color.
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    For the 15hp Kohler, the Advance Auto parts filter that I run is AA3614

    Sorry, don't know for Kawasaki.
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Order premium fuel filters in quantities of 30+ from J.Thomas and they run $1.03 each.
    15hp Kohler air filters from J.Thomas, $6.50 each... Order 12+, $4.83 each.

    Order over $350 in stuff from J.Thomas and the shipping is free.

    You really need to get their catalog and go through it almost page by page, not everything is cheaper than the dealer but I did find enough to make up a large enough order to get free shipping, soon as I get the money together.

  4. pondfishr

    pondfishr LawnSite Member
    Messages: 115

    My Dixie Chopper manual recommends that I use Lucus Oil 15W-40. How does this stack up against the synthetic types?
  5. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    Lucas is severely overrated IMO.
  6. boxsky

    boxsky LawnSite Member
    Messages: 178

    Check out Walmart Supertech filters. One of the best oil filters on the market by several independant tests. They are made by Mobil and are cheap too.
  7. mike lane lawn care

    mike lane lawn care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,707

    just checked back in on this thread, thanks for the info. I am approaching my next oil change as per the hour meter, but i have about 40 hours on mine and wonder when i can use synthetic oil, as i was told to wait a bit before using it in a new mower.

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