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Termy


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How Often Do You Change Your Oil?
Original Message   Feb 12, 2005 1:02 am
How Often Do You Change Your Oil in your OPE?

Many probably want to know what the going rate is or what they should do.

I say do it every year. I do



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MissSnowshoveler


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Re: How Often Do You Change Your Oil?
Reply #1   Feb 12, 2005 6:41 am
Depending on the equipment, some people change twice a year.  Before they start using it and when they are ready to put it away in the fall.  Seems like a waste for the oil that has just sit there and done nothing, but the customer is always right.

Unless they have a problem like a needle sticking in the carb and gas pouring into the base.  Then it has to be changed mid season.

Sherri

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jubol


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Re: How Often Do You Change Your Oil?
Reply #2   Feb 12, 2005 7:00 am

Every 25 hours or the end of the season, which ever comes first !

                                                             Fred 

This message was modified Feb 12, 2005 by jubol


Husqvarna STE927(11.5HP) snowblower,  MTD Pro Series 18/42 Lawnmower, MTD 6.5 HP  Self Prop Lawn Mower,  Weedeater 1500 Blower, Web Gensis  2000 
AZinOH


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Re: How Often Do You Change Your Oil?
Reply #3   Feb 12, 2005 7:52 am
For the lawn tractor, in April...when the straight 30 goes in, and October...when the 5w30 goes in. For the Toro snowblower...never.

AZ 

Snowblower...Toro Power Max 726te 2004

Lawn tractor...AYP w/ 14.5 Briggs-42in 2000

Highwind


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Re: How Often Do You Change Your Oil?
Reply #4   Feb 12, 2005 8:34 am
Termy,

I change mine after it has run the number of hours recommended by the engine maker, or at the end of the season. Last year I had one that made it to an oil change based on hours, the rest I did at the end of the season. The way the snow has fallen this past month, I'll be changing it in the snow blower at the end of season.  After 2 winters it still hasn't run enough to do its first break-in oil change.  

Thanks to FaithfulFrank and his post on WTB about those wireless hour meters, I no longer have to track on paper the run hours.

Honda stable: HS 724 snowblower;  HRS216 lawnmower; BF2 UWWW; 5 HP, 2200 psi/2.9 GPM pressure washer.

Electric: BV2500 B&D Leaf Hog/snow duster; old 12" Weedeater.

ChrisS


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Re: How Often Do You Change Your Oil?
Reply #5   Feb 12, 2005 9:04 am
I change it when I can.

C

Honda 928TA, Ariens 924 STE, Toro single stage S-620, 95 Jeep Wrangler with a 6 foot Fisher Plow, many shovels, one 14 year old boy.  Craftsman 01 1000 LTX pimp Gold LT 20hp Briggs OHV V-twin.  Tough as it is ugly.
buttlint


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Re: How Often Do You Change Your Oil?
Reply #6   Feb 12, 2005 9:29 am
Every 5000 miles or until it spits a rod.....which ever comes first.
ChrisS


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Re: How Often Do You Change Your Oil?
Reply #7   Feb 12, 2005 9:39 am
LOL....

C

Honda 928TA, Ariens 924 STE, Toro single stage S-620, 95 Jeep Wrangler with a 6 foot Fisher Plow, many shovels, one 14 year old boy.  Craftsman 01 1000 LTX pimp Gold LT 20hp Briggs OHV V-twin.  Tough as it is ugly.
18Degrees


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Re: How Often Do You Change Your Oil?
Reply #8   Feb 12, 2005 1:43 pm
alot - new breakin, then my choke was stuck making the oil dark and the exhaust black.  Fixed under warranty :)                        18degrees

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Dave___in___CT


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Re: How Often Do You Change Your Oil?
Reply #9   Feb 12, 2005 2:02 pm
Hi...


BCS 2-wheel tractor & 21" mower... maybe once a year or two...  depending on use...

1980's Gravely garden tractor used for mowing... 25 hours or so... and before winter storage...

Compact utility tractor... at recommended hours event hough I switched to full synthetic...


Dave...


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Henry Ford

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Marshall


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Re: How Often Do You Change Your Oil?
Reply #10   Feb 12, 2005 2:41 pm
I shoot for 25 hour increments.
Termy


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Re: How Often Do You Change Your Oil?
Reply #11   Feb 12, 2005 4:28 pm
Cool. It seems that most people change their oil every year like I do. Thumbs up to all of you. I have heard of some that change their oil every 2 years. And yes there are those few that don't care, and then it comes back and bites them in the a** later.


ChrisS


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Re: How Often Do You Change Your Oil?
Reply #12   Feb 12, 2005 5:08 pm
In my perfect world I change the oil at the end of the season pending the machine.  I run syn right now in everything. 

My LT does not get much use really but gets pounded when it is used.  My Honda gets a good workout every season, some more than others.

Now reality is I get to it when I can. 

C

Honda 928TA, Ariens 924 STE, Toro single stage S-620, 95 Jeep Wrangler with a 6 foot Fisher Plow, many shovels, one 14 year old boy.  Craftsman 01 1000 LTX pimp Gold LT 20hp Briggs OHV V-twin.  Tough as it is ugly.
Termy


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Re: How Often Do You Change Your Oil?
Reply #13   Feb 13, 2005 3:15 am
To those of you who don't know, (which is only a few) if you don't change your oil, eventually you will either have a engine seisure, or you will have a broken rod, or worse, all of that and a cracked cylinder! Please change your oil at least once per year. Glad to see that most of us are doing the right thing!


Jonathan


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Re: How Often Do You Change Your Oil?
Reply #14   Feb 13, 2005 8:51 am
I change mine at the intervals prescribed in the manual and at the end of the season even if this means changing the oil only after a few hours use. I don't want used oil sitting in the engine.

2004 Ariens 11528LE, Troybilt Horse "Big Red" Tiller (original), Troybilt Tuffy Tiller (original), Sears LT1000 mower, Lawn Boy 7073 21" mower, Stihl FS55 RC trimmer, Poulan Countervibe 3400 chainsaw
Ben07


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Re: How Often Do You Change Your Oil?
Reply #15   Feb 13, 2005 10:58 am
End of season.  I empty and usually don't refill till next season. ( tag them, mark them, fool proof them from starting to help ensure someone don forget to put new oil in next season).  Is that a good practice, yes if yor are gonna fog and store it for a couple of years, r in the case of a lawnmower, then you can store a couple with the handles off standing on their side,  but for yearly storage, your probable just the same refilling it right away).

Ben07

Ariens 8524LE, Toro CCR2000, Jacobsen S-B S-blowers, Generac 10hp Gen-convt. to N.G., 5 L-boys(D's F's &Dura( 74,77,80,88,00), Antiq. 1960 AYP 20 in. mag w 3.5 Tech mower. Ryan/Ryobi gas Trim. AYP 205 gas blwr. Mac c-saw,Toro E-blwr, 2 Weed-E e. stg. trims. outboards, boats, util trail, 2 Jeeps 
Dave___in___CT


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Re: How Often Do You Change Your Oil?
Reply #16   Feb 13, 2005 5:17 pm
Small OPE engine invemtion...

Wouldn't it be nice if there was an easily removable oil cartridge that unscewed and discarded with most of the old oil in it... and a new one filled with oil put back on... ?

EZ off...   EZ on...


Dave...

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Henry Ford

   BCS Tractor & snowblower

Marshall


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Re: How Often Do You Change Your Oil?
Reply #17   Feb 13, 2005 5:59 pm
LOL, that would be cool!

How about an engine that didn't need oil, it used super lube impregnated steel. A steel so slick that it lubed itself even as it wears. 

OK, you're cartridge idea might be easier. 
robmints


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Re: How Often Do You Change Your Oil?
Reply #18   Feb 13, 2005 7:20 pm
Ben07 wrote:
End of season.  I empty and usually don't refill till next season. ( tag them, mark them, fool proof them from starting to help ensure someone don forget to put new oil in next season).  Is that a good practice, yes if yor are gonna fog and store it for a couple of years, r in the case of a lawnmower, then you can store a couple with the handles off standing on their side,  but for yearly storage, your probable just the same refilling it right away).

Ben07


Ben07,
I do something like this with my outboard. I just leave the bowl drains out so I don't forget. All I need to think about in the spring is the spider that might like to nest in the bowl. Not much of a concern.
This message was modified Feb 13, 2005 by robmints
Le_Quebecois


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Re: How Often Do You Change Your Oil?
Reply #19   Feb 14, 2005 3:54 pm
I change my oil when it's getting a little dark and when it smell like metal but it's important to clean the engine after the drain pour some fresh oil crank the engine without starting it re-drained so you will be sure that all contaminant are going to be out ,

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snowshoveler


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Re: How Often Do You Change Your Oil?
Reply #20   Feb 14, 2005 5:28 pm
every time i replace the rod i change the oil.

just kidding ,i change it after last snow of season and after first snow of season.

gives me fresh oil all the time.

later chris 

craftsman 10/28 snowblower with tracks   husky 372xpg chainsaw   sachs dolmar bc212 bushsaw   mondo trimmer   monster tractor with trailer    cheep wheelbarro and couple shovels and a partridge in a pear tree 
skippertoo


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Re: How Often Do You Change Your Oil?
Reply #21   Feb 14, 2005 6:05 pm
I do mine at the end of the season but in the South that is December !
millwright


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Re: How Often Do You Change Your Oil?
Reply #22   Feb 14, 2005 8:46 pm
What does a liter of oil cost $3.00 after 2 uses pour old stuff on fire when out on rink with the kids.

millwright

Termy


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Re: How Often Do You Change Your Oil?
Reply #23   Apr 22, 2005 3:55 am
Ayone remember this thread? ...haha...

anyway, with many people out there bringing there mowers out for mowing, mabie they should take a look at this old thread. And if anybody wants to add there opinion, please do...


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