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Old 06-26-12, 06:06 PM
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A friend of mine is considering purchasing a Cub Cadet with a 18.5 Kaw engine. Is it best to use Kawasaki brand oil or can he use Briggs oil. If he doesn't use Kaw oil will it smoke? Thanks
 

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If warranty is an issue on a new one, you may have to comply with the Kaw oil.

Oils that are used in similar applications and made for that application share a lot of common ground. But that isn't to say they're just alike. Some may be made for closer tolerance engines. So you may see a lighter viscosity quality to aid in lubrication and allow the oil to pass through a tighter bearing in higher volume. This aids in not only lubricating the bearing but to cool it as well.

If you have a manual that specifies a certain oil, it's best to use that oil.
 
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You don't have to use Kawasaki brand oil, but you do need to use oil that meets or exceeds manufacturer recommendations or warranty may be an issue. Most oils will meet those standards I believe.
 
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Thank You,,,,,,,,,,,,he used Briggs oil in a Kohler one time and it smoked like a freight train, he went back to the Kohler oil and it stopped smoking.
 
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Thank You Cheese. I will pass this information one to him.
 
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I have another question for you all. Are there any on-line coarse's one can take to get certified in Small engine Repair? Thank You
 
 

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