Lawn Mower Engine Oil Guide: What Oils to use & How Often?

Check out this In-depth discussion about the best Engine Oil & Filter options for your lawn mower.

Tune-in for a quick answer within the first 2 minutes of the video, or hand around for the whole video for a more detailed breakdown of Engine Oil types, Oil change intervals, filter options, and much more.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

[PRODUCTS DISCUSSED IN THE VIDEO]

(1) For Kawasaki Engines -

Oil: Kawasaki SAE 20W-50 4-Cycle Engine

Oil Filters: 49065-0724 & 49065-0721

 

(2) For Kohler Engines -

Oil: Kawasaki SAE 30 4-Cycle Engine

Oil Filters: 12 050 01-S & 52 050 02-P

 

(3) For TORO Engines -

Oil: Kawasaki SAE 30 4-Cycle Engine

Oil Filter: 136-7848

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [NOTES]

(1) WHAT OIL TYPE SHOULD I USE?

Different climatic conditions require different weights of oil. For our customers here in Florida, we advise on using SAE 30 oil for Kohler engines and 20W50 oil for Kawasaki engines. Main Street Mower always recommends using Air Cooled Engine Oil and OEM filters, as opposed to automotive alternatives . Call your local mower shop to find out more about the appropriate oil types depending on your climate.

(2) HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CHANGE MY OIL?

Both Kohler and Kawasaki engines typically require an oil change in every 100 hours. However, these engines burn about 1/4 oz of oil every hour. Waiting a full 100 hours before the oil change would leave you only about a Quart of engine oil in the machine. Main Street Mower suggests doing an oil change every 50 hours, here in Orlando, due to the heat and amount of use. Remember, running an engine hard and low on oil is the recipe for a blown engine.

(3) HOW DO I CHECK ENGINE OIL LEVEL?

On Kohler engines and all other engines made in US, thread the dipstick all the way in. For Kawasaki and all other engines made in Japan, do not thread the dipstick, just put it in, then pull it out.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [RELATED VIDEOS]

How to change Engine Oil on a Lawn Mower [Grandstand]: https://youtu.be/HRwbJTVYqME

How to Perform Hydro Oil Change on a Toro GrandStand: https://youtu.be/UNbGaH5dips

How to Reset Oil Lights on your Mower: https://youtu.be/R4yhq_IU6KI

DIY How To Videos [Playlist]: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcMsWbmgR9r_xmunxJSZyDWAOjWxEmwIw

Landscaping educationMower repair

1 comment

Scott  K.

Scott K.

Thanks for the video. I actually watched it twice. Would you still recommend 20W-50 in Northwest Georgia, near Chattanooga? Average summer highs are upper 80s, with plenty of days in the 90s. Also, besides a greater frequency on oil changes, any other regular maintenance intervals that you would shorten? I’ve got a Toro 75750.

Leave a comment