Oil filters

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by turf dog, Oct 2, 2006.

  1. turf dog

    turf dog LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    I am tired of paying dealer prices for my Kohler oil filters $10.50. I was at Autozone and had them look up a match and they had a STP filter for $3.50. Do any of you run cheaper oil filters. I change my filters every 50 hours. Is the STP filter okay to use?
  2. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,426

    If the engine is under warranty no way. I don't know who makes stp oil filters. There are a few companies that make them and alot that stick their name on them. Wick is on of the largest. I would use a high quality filter that meets oem requrements. Just because they match up doesn't mean your getting the same level of protection. I would use OEM until the warranty ran out then use a HIGH QUALITY filter of your choice. I don't think you will save much money getting another high quality filter. You can shop around, I pay about $8.00 for Kohler filters. This is one area (oil and filter) that saving money shouldn't be your main concern. Quality oil and filters is a must. I don't know who makes Kohlers filters either but I'm sure some one on this board does. I would get the best filter reguardless of cost. Cheaper than an engine lost to a bad filter which does happen.
  3. Littleriver1

    Littleriver1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 811

    I would try a different dealer. I paid $7.50 for mine at the dealer. Mow More.com wants more than that plus shiping. I also recomend you use the proper filter. It may be a few bucks now but mega bucks later.
  4. CELawn

    CELawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 36

  5. GRNHD

    GRNHD LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    WIX! WIX! WIX! One of the best, plus its longer than the Kohler!

    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,526

    there is only 3 or 4 plants that make oil filters then they sell them to the companies to put there name on i run ones that a buddy gets for his auto shop fom $1.50 ran them for years on everything (mowers,cars,trucks 4 wheeler, motorcycle) all you are paying for is the name
  7. lwcmattlifter

    lwcmattlifter LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Messages: 859

    I use Wix and only Wix on everything I own.
  8. khouse

    khouse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,465

    what's the kohler number for the filter you have?
  9. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,029

    The most common is 52 050 02, But there is a long version 277233 also.
  10. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    I purchased a purolator L10240 or L10241 cant remember. I ran the filter for 50 hours and I didnt have any problems, not to say that the damage may show up later from not filtering properly. BTW that was on a kohler 20 hp. and that filter was about $3.50 at the auto parts store


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