Maintenance Questions

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by wagner17, Oct 5, 2004.

  1. wagner17

    wagner17 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 67

    Thinking about either buying a TTHP or the Lazer Z HP, but have some maintenance related questions.

    How often do you ...
    1) Change the oil
    2) Sharpen the blades
    3) Oil the spindles

    How do you dispose of the oil?
    What are some other maintenance issues to be aware of?

    In your opinion, is it worth it to get a blade sharpener?

    Thanks for helping a newbie!
  2. stevesmowing

    stevesmowing LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 847

    on my walk behind i shapen blades every other week, for a total of mowing 50 lawns. Even at that they arn't real dull I just like to keep them real sharp. Oil should be changed 50-100 hours depending on the engine. You should be able to find that out online. As far as blade sharpening. I use a dewalt angle grider with a sanding flap disk works very well and isn't expesive and has many other uses.
  3. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,569

    You didn't say if you were going to run the mower commerical or not so that will somewhat effect some of these things. I do and cut a lot so I will answer the question with that in mind.

    1) Oil every 25 hours filter every 50 (alos chk the mowers specs). Changing the oil & filter is a CHEAP preventive measure that you really can't do too offen.
    2) I sharpen blades every week or two.
    3) I grease the spindles with Moly Hi-Temp grease every week to two. (Basically as needed I grease everytime I sharpen the blades or change the oil.)

    If you are doing a lot of lawns then yes a sharpener and balancer would be a good investiment, BUT spend the money and get a good one.

    Good luck
  4. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
    Messages: 2,206

    Maintenance depends on the engine. Kohler engines require an oil change every 100 hours and a filter every 200 hours. If your using the mower for residential use then just change the oil once or maybe twice a year and the filter once a year.

    If your usuing the mower commercially grease the spindles every other day to once a week. Really depends on how much you use it. If you buy a new mower just check the manuals for all of the maintanence information.
  5. TreffertLawnWrx

    TreffertLawnWrx LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 277

    I own a Lazer hp.

    I change the oil every 50 hours and filter every other oil change.

    I sharpen the blades every 4 days.

    The spindles are sealed and you need to screw in a zerk in place of the bolt, which gets checked every oil change.

    I dispose of my oil down my sink.

    J/K, any local oil change place will take your oil.
  6. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    If you have an advance auto store in your area they should take your used oil there for free disposal
  7. Blades sharpened once a week but enough sets that at least one fresh set goes on every mowing day

    Change the oil and filter every 50 hours.

    grease the spindles on the toro's and scags every day .. My lazer z hp 's have sealed spindles.

    Quick change place around here called jiffy lube takes all the old oil.
  8. FoxDen

    FoxDen LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    Just about any farmer in the area, (if you are in a rural area), will come get your used oil. Either to use in an oil burning heater; or to grease the chains on their barn cleaners. I wouldnt dump it down the sink.

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