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Local dealer wants 16.00 for an OEM filter. I called around and can get one for about 9 bucks less. Fram is even cheaper, but I've never been a fan of them, no do I feel they filter as well as a Napa/Wix. There is a Napa filter that will work on my unit. I know the OEM probably filters better, but for what I use this mower for ( residential) would going with something more affordable be alright? I can get two Napas for the price of an OEM and have 2 bucks left.
 

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OEM might be a smaller micron (better) filter and/or have a larger surface area, maybe not. They both might come out of the same factory. Unless you have a buddy working at the filter factory it is near impossible to know for sure.

Personally I tend to stick with OEM. I figure since it is residential use it's not like I'm changing them every other week. So it takes years before any cost savings really add up to that much and I know for sure that it has what it's design engineers specified.

In other words there are two ways of looking at it. Commercial use is harder duty but you likely will be swapping the parts out a lot sooner then when the unit is used for home use. Then the question can be asked will the cheaper parts physically hold up over the long haul as well as the OEM parts.

Toss a coin. :D
 

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OEM might be a smaller micron (better) filter and/or have a larger surface area, maybe not. They both might come out of the same factory. Unless you have a buddy working at the filter factory it is near impossible to know for sure.

Personally I tend to stick with OEM. I figure since it is residential use it's not like I'm changing them every other week. So it takes years before any cost savings really add up to that much and I know for sure that it has what it's design engineers specified.

In other words there are two ways of looking at it. Commercial use is harder duty but you likely will be swapping the parts out a lot sooner then when the unit is used for home use. Then the question can be asked will the cheaper parts physically hold up over the long haul as well as the OEM parts.

Toss a coin. :D
Makes sense..........Being that I only run this thing about 35-40 min. once a week I guess it's a wash really.
 
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