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What oil are you using?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by Rcgm, Sep 12, 2013.

  1. Rcgm

    Rcgm LawnSite Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 326

    Just curious what brand of oil everyone is using in there Kawasaki engines? My dealer is always pushing the Opti brand but it is high dollar. I hve always just used the basic Briggs 30.
  2. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,139

    Not the first time in my years I've seen folks use it like that, I find it strange and to a point mildly disturbing that folks would use such a thick straight weight oil in a high dollar engine, I run 30weight and 20w50 molasses as chainsaw lube.
    Actually 20w50 makes for good hydraulic fluid as well.
    And non-detergent 30 goes in my air compressor.

    As for my machine's gasoline engines, they get 5w30 synthetic.
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2013
  3. rreyn1812

    rreyn1812 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 444

    Mobil 1 Synthetic 10W30.
  4. MBDiagMan

    MBDiagMan LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    I use synthetic in most everything, but I would not THINK of using anything except synthetic in an air cooled engine. The synthetic can handle high temperature much better than dino oil.

    According the Kohler manual, 10W30 works for my temperature range, so it gets 10W30 Mobil One. My Gator 825i with Liquid Cooled 3 cylinder, EFI engine also gets 10W30 Mobil One. My Bad Boy with liquid cooled Kawasaki 26HP got Delo 15W40 for a few years after I got it 8 years ago, and then started getting 10W30 Mobil One.

    In recent years I have started moving toward synthetic for about everything on the place except for my John Deere 5055D which still gets Delo since it is formulated specifically for the needs of a diesel engine.

  5. smokenjoe_10

    smokenjoe_10 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 98

    Mobil 1 10W30
  6. smallstripesnc

    smallstripesnc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 717

    I use the Kawasaki 30w in my Kawasaki and the Kohler 30w in my kohler efi. That cures all warranty issues if something happens.
  7. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,743

  8. Liberty Lawnworks

    Liberty Lawnworks LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

    Mobil 1 10W-30 for my four-cycles and Amsoil Sabre or Stihl HP Ultra for my two-cycles.
  9. Green-Man

    Green-Man LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,105

    What do you guys recommend for a kubota diesel?
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  10. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
    Messages: 4,518

    Opti for 2 cycles. Either 30w or 10w30 in the four cycles. Usually buy it on sale.

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