Need an effective way to change oil.

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by hummingbird3d, Oct 1, 2009.

  1. hummingbird3d

    hummingbird3d LawnSite Member
    Messages: 104

    I have a few mowers and other equipment that need an oil change. Last month I relied on gravity and an open oil opening to get oil out or I used a clear tube attached to a suction bulb (like what is used to drain aquariums.) Both worked, but both were also slow and messy.

    I'm looking for a much easier way to do the oil change this weekend. The only idea I have is to use some type of rotary action pump maybe? I'd like to NOT have to take the bottom oil drain plug out, but rather go thru the oil filler hole.

    Any good ideas out there?
  2. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,465

    Why are you not just opening up the drain plug?
  3. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,536

    go to tractor supply and get their oil change vacum pump for $30. Its the best $30 i have spent. I change the oil in all my equipment and motorcycle without spilling a drop.
  4. mtchockey30

    mtchockey30 LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 231

    have warm oil and do it through the oil drain.. Thats how you do it.
  5. RobertProv

    RobertProv LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    I agree with punt66 an extractor is the only way to go for power equipment.
  6. LushGreenLawn

    LushGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,120

    The extractor is the way to go, if there is no drain plug. (Or its a push mower, overseeder, aerator, or something else that the plug is hard to get to on.)
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    MOHUSTLER LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,376

    At my shop we use to do the "open the drain plug" Then I bought a fuel evacuator. We paid around $60 for a good quality one. We now have 4 of them in the shop and I wont change oil without one. Works great on anything you want to drain.

    I bought some bigger ones for tratcors and other equipment, they are about a 4 gallon size and in 2-4 pumps a mower is empty, its amazing!
  8. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Why, just go find something else to do in the time it takes for the stuff to drain, what I do.
    Better still is to plan so that more than one machine needs it, then do 2 and 3 at a time and before you know it things
    are so hectic you'll be running around like a chicken with its head cut off lol

    Maybe that's too easy?

    But maybe some folks want complicated methods.
  9. RobertProv

    RobertProv LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    topsites, an extractor is alot faster, cleaner and does a better job-seriously.

    Its sort of like the gas v diesel arugment, diesel's makes no sense until you get one and then the advantages become obvious.
  10. metro36

    metro36 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,417

    An oil extractor is the only way to go. I bought one for changing oil in a four stroke outboard and now I find myself using it in every oil change. I could do 5 engines with my extractor in the time it takes to do one by opening the drain.

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