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Posted: 7/18/2013 7:47:57 PM EDT
I bought a lawn mower 8 years ago, and have yet to change the oil.

It's starting to bug me, so I think I finally will.

But how often do YOU change your lawn mower oil? (mine is a push mower)
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 7:50:05 PM EDT
My push mower, never in 6 years. I just top it off if needed.

Starts on the first pull every time.

My snow blowers and generators are done religiously.
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 7:50:49 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/18/2013 7:51:05 PM EDT by Thedude27]
Every year or 2 (riding mower).
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 7:51:30 PM EDT
Only if it looks like tar.......the shitty gas is going to do them before foul oil will.
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 7:52:28 PM EDT
Every 15 running hours
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 7:52:31 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 7:52:32 PM EDT
They have oil














Link Posted: 7/18/2013 7:53:51 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/18/2013 7:54:46 PM EDT by _DR]
Originally Posted By hondaciv:
I bought a lawn mower 8 years ago, and have yet to change the oil.
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Do your PMCS you lazy git!

I change mine every season. Going on 7 years on the same mower with zero problems.
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 7:54:05 PM EDT
Takes all of 10 minutes every spring, every year. 10 years old and going strong. Had to replace the handle bars 3 times, and a couple of spark plugs but thats it.
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 7:54:31 PM EDT
Never.
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 7:54:42 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/18/2013 7:55:34 PM EDT by maxtrax]
Every year for a mower (more if heavily used)

Quads get changed 1-3x per year depending on use.

Oil is cheap so why not change it to make an investment last. Even if you use wally world supertech oil it is better to have fresh oil than old "high quality" oil.
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 7:55:01 PM EDT
Oil? I just add more gas.
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 7:55:02 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By NineLivez:
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+1
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 7:57:53 PM EDT
Once every year for anything that doesn't go more than 3,000 miles in a year. Usually when it starts getting warmer and I start getting stir crazy I'll change everything: mowers, tractor, generator, land-cruiser...
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 7:59:36 PM EDT
Push mower, never in 8 years.

Riding mower, every 25-50 hours.
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 7:59:52 PM EDT
Twice a year; before first use in the spring and once mid July.
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 8:00:36 PM EDT
Twice a year, about every 50 hours on the rider.

Cheaper than throwing the rods out of it.
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 8:00:45 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 8:00:52 PM EDT
Every 3,000 miles. So at the rate I mow, probably never.
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 8:02:27 PM EDT
Every season
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 8:02:32 PM EDT
Mine is self draining. When it doesn't start, time to top off the oil.
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 8:02:51 PM EDT
every other year

1 acre of grass, once a week, 6-7 months a year
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 8:03:29 PM EDT
I have a Honda push mower that is circa 1994? and the only thing I have done is sharpen the blade ever 3 or so years.

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Link Posted: 7/18/2013 8:04:26 PM EDT
Change it to what?
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 8:04:35 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By DK-Prof:


I've never changed mine, nor have I changed the air filter or spark plug or anything else. I put gas in it, and if the oil seems low (when I check it every other year), I pour a little more in.

Going on 14 years on the same mower with zero problems.
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Originally Posted By DK-Prof:
Originally Posted By _DR:
Originally Posted By hondaciv:
I bought a lawn mower 8 years ago, and have yet to change the oil.



Do your PMCS you lazy git!

I change mine every season. Going on 7 years on the same mower with zero problems.


I've never changed mine, nor have I changed the air filter or spark plug or anything else. I put gas in it, and if the oil seems low (when I check it every other year), I pour a little more in.

Going on 14 years on the same mower with zero problems.


I know a guy with a mower that is at least 12 yrs old that gets used motor oil. These motors are not a car motor, you can easily waste time/$ and still have it fail before us less concerned types.
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 8:04:54 PM EDT
Gone electric battery
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 8:06:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/18/2013 8:06:32 PM EDT by Sand_Man]
Once a year on the rider = ~30 hours...owner's manual calls for 50 hours.
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 8:06:45 PM EDT
Never, 2006 riding mower. Mows over three acres on each use.
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 8:07:16 PM EDT
Every spring when I ran a gas mower.

Electric for the past few years and this will be the last of that bullshit.
Going back to a gas mower when the sales start in the fall.
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 8:09:22 PM EDT
My 15 year old Craftman edger has never had an oil change.

I've thought about it....and when I added up all the time it's spent running,
it's not enough total running hours to justify it.


15 minutes 20 times a year is 5 running hours a year. Times 15 is 75 running hours.

I'll change it at 100 running hours.

I just rebuilt the carburetor and the old warhorse still starts on the first pull.

Link Posted: 7/18/2013 8:10:30 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/18/2013 8:11:24 PM EDT by xd45er]
At the end of every mowing season, new oil, new oil filter, new air filters

Grease everything at the beginning of every season and a couple times during the season


ETA. I mow 3 acres.

Link Posted: 7/18/2013 8:10:40 PM EDT
Every other year for my riding mower...
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 8:11:17 PM EDT
there is oil in there?

I have changed mine once in teh last 5 years
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 8:11:31 PM EDT
Every year. I mow a pretty big yard with lots of dust blowing around so I change the oil, replace or clean the air filter every year and grease the zerks every time I use it. Having blade shaft bearings go out is no fun.
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 8:12:14 PM EDT
as it leaks out, i pour more in. no need to change it.
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 8:12:14 PM EDT
Every year my mower (small lawn tractor) gets an oil change and a new set of blades.
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 8:12:30 PM EDT
I have an electric mower so I guess never
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 8:13:09 PM EDT
once every year
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 8:14:21 PM EDT
Once a year.
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 8:21:15 PM EDT
You can change it?

I just thought you were supposed to buy a new one when the old one stopped working....

Link Posted: 7/18/2013 8:21:19 PM EDT
My mower has a 2-cycle engine on it. Every time I put more gas in it gets fresh oil...
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 8:23:17 PM EDT
Originally Posted By hondaciv:
I bought a lawn mower 8 years ago, and have yet to change the oil.
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Not to worry.

At this point, the oil probably gets burned faster than you could change it anyway.
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 8:24:01 PM EDT
You are supposed to change it?



Link Posted: 7/18/2013 8:24:55 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Skibane:


Not to worry.

At this point, the oil probably gets burned faster than you could change it anyway.
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Originally Posted By Skibane:
Originally Posted By hondaciv:
I bought a lawn mower 8 years ago, and have yet to change the oil.


Not to worry.

At this point, the oil probably gets burned faster than you could change it anyway.


I've never even topped it off.
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 8:28:17 PM EDT
Every 35 hours in my John Deere 2305.


But its a lot more then a lawn mower. Its also my front end loader, wood splitter, snow plow, brush hog and roto tiller.
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 8:28:41 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By justsayin:
You can change it?

I just thought you were supposed to buy a new one when the old one stopped working....

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You're not the only one. I bought a cheapo Murry push mower 2 yrs. ago, and when I went to change oil...no drain plug. WTF?

I guess they're so cheap that you just run em till they don't. It runs like a top btw.
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 8:28:45 PM EDT
Every year at the end of the season. It takes 20 or 22 ounces and I want to make sure my mower continues to run like it did when new.

Link Posted: 7/18/2013 8:37:48 PM EDT
I change it every year or two (pushmower) with whatever extra synthetic, Rotella, etc. I have laying around, but have gone longer. They don't get too hard of a work out, but with the air cooled design, sometimes dusty conditions, and carburetor, probably not a bad idea to change it every once in a while.
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 8:43:10 PM EDT
They have oil in them?

Link Posted: 7/18/2013 8:45:32 PM EDT
Twice a day.
Link Posted: 7/18/2013 8:47:35 PM EDT
Every time the engine gets replaced- whether it needs it or not.

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