Oil is the lifeline for the engine, it is the same that the circulating blood in humans is mandatory for life, similarly, oil circulating in the engine is mandatory, and without oil, your engine ceases and stops working in severe cases. Therefore, the oil level must be at the correct level. If you are not aware of the oil type, oil quantity, and checking methodology of oil in your expensive machines, you may lose your machine because of an oil shortage and get in trouble. Therefore it is very important to maintain the oil level in your lawnmower additionally also change the oil at the correct time as mentioned in the user manual of your lawnmower.
TYPES OF OIL USED IN LAWNMOWERs
Different types of oil are used in lawnmowers, the oil is made according to different ratings, temperature requirements, and different engine types. A few important types of oil are:
- SAE-30 (This kind of oil is used in higher temperatures and most commonly for small engines).
- Synthetic SAE 5W-30 (The synthetic oil is made with a high rating and the consumption of this oil in running engines is very low).
- SAE 10W – 30 (This oil is designed for different temperatures).
- SAE 5W – 30 (This oil is designed for extremely cold temperatures).
- Vanguard 15W – 50 (The oil is designed for commercial use)
NOTE: THESE TYPES OF OILS ARE GENERALLY USED IN LAWNMOWERS HOWEVER, ALWAYS SELECT THE OIL WHICH IS RECOMMENDED BY YOUR LAWNMOWER COMPANY
OIL CAPACITY IN LAWNMOWERS
The capacity of oil in lawn mowers is different according to the type and manufacturer, however, general recommendations are mentioned below:
FOR SMALL LAWNMOWERs
For small lawnmowers, the oil capacity of 15 ounces to 18 ounces is used and changed after 50 hours of use or annually which comes first.
FOR LARGE (RIDING) LAWNMOWERs
The oil capacity in large lawnmowers is approximately between 48 ounces to 64 ounces and is used and changed after 100 hours of use.
CHECKING OF OIL LEVEL AND ADDING NEW OIL TO THE LAWNMOWER
The checking of oil and refilling is very easy and everyone can change and check the oil at home easily for this purpose follow these essential steps:
STEP 1: STAND THE LAWNMOWER IN A STRAIGHT POSITION:
The first step is to check and refill the new oil in a lawnmower, you must stand the lawnmower in a straight place because if you check the oil level on hilly surfaces or the rock the level does not check correctly due to the tilted position of your lawnmower so you must stand the lawnmower in the straight position for checking of oil level.
STEP 2: CHECK THE LEVEL USING A DIPSTICK:
Now you can check the oil level so for this purpose, you remove the dipstick (cap) from the oil inserting place and clean through the cleaning cloth or whatever you have, dry the dipstick and now you can see the L and threaded area in the dipstick and H in the top, after seeing these marks now you dip the stick into the oil housing and pull out and see the oil level if the dipstick is wet with oil to the threaded level or the H level then it is OK, else you change the oil immediately.
STEP 3: REFILLING THE OIL IN LAWNMOWERS:
After checking the level of oil, now you refill the recommended oil by using the funnel. Refill slowly so that the oil settles down in the engine. After refilling close the housing by tightening the dipstick.
USE OF SYNTHETIC OIL IN LAWNMOWERS
Synthetic oil is a type of lubricating oil that is chemically formulated to offer specific performance characteristics. Synthetic oil is designed to provide superior lubrication and also provide protection for engine performance that is not reduced even after years of use.
Many people are asking questions about the use of synthetic oil in lawnmowers. My opinion is if you are using a top-brand riding lawnmower or zero-turn lawnmower if you use synthetic oil it is better for your engine health. It is noted that when you buy these expensive gardening machines if you spend a little and buy a synthetic oil for your lawnmower it will definitely create a difference in the longer run. Additionally, sometimes you notice that the performance and fuel average of your mower are better than before. So, if you are able to afford the synthetic oil it will be better to use it on your riding lawnmowers.
FREQUENTLY ASK QUESTIONs (FAQs)
Oil is mandatory for the engines, and changing the oil in time can lead to increased engine life and efficiency. If you do not change the oil at the correct time, you bear serious repercussions so you must change the oil on time. In this article, I address all the issues related to lawnmower oil. I hope you find this article informative and give us positive feedback for improvement.
About Naveed A Hashmi
In my childhood, I used to see my parents while working in the land, for these reasons today I have been serving the same as our own tradition and culture. I thus love to stay in it, because I want to learn something advanced and new so that I may improve my farm’s contour and help others with my experience.