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What type of engine oil do I use for a new kawasaki f600v 19

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What type of engine oil do I use for a new kawasaki f600v 19 hp snapper pro lawnmower. Im in southern louisiana. Some are saying conventional sae 30 and some are saying 10w30 syntethic. What is best for the life of the engine?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Doug E. replied 5 years ago.

Doug :

Hello

Doug :

Newer engines with full pressure oil systems will work best on multi-weight oils, and engines with a splash system work better with a straight weight.

Doug :

Kawasaki recommends either a 10-30 or 10-40 weight oil, and I would probably go with the 10-40 being it will be used in extreme heat.

Doug :

If the engine is new, you can use synthetic oil, but I would break it in with conventional oil first. If it's an older engine with many hours on it, I wouldn't switch to synthetic. At your first oil change would be the time to switch to synthetic. Synthetic oil withstands heat much better. I've seen some tests show them going strong a hundred degrees after mineral based oils had failed.

Doug :

A 10-40 synthetic should give you the best protection during the summer in your mower.

Doug :

Hello?