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#3286746 - 02/18/14 09:27 PM Re: Best oil for new 17.5 HP engine? [Re: Volv04Life]
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I'm running amsoil mcf 10w 40 motorcycle oil in the Kawasaki engine.
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#3286761 - 02/18/14 09:47 PM Re: Best oil for new 17.5 HP engine? [Re: Volv04Life]
Boczech Offline


Registered: 11/19/05
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Loc: Norcal
Originally Posted By: Volv04Life
Thanks guys. Ill probly run T5


Good oil to run !!! I picked some up last year at Napa that came out to $11.99 after the $5.00 mail in rebate.

Cheers
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#3286766 - 02/18/14 09:52 PM Re: Best oil for new 17.5 HP engine? [Re: Volv04Life]
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Registered: 03/21/04
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Amsoil 4-Stroke small engine oil. The engine probably only takes a QT or so, and thus cost is not really an issue.
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#3286859 - 02/19/14 01:37 AM Re: Best oil for new 17.5 HP engine? [Re: Volv04Life]
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Mobil 1 10w30 has proven itself as the perfect sae 30 small engine oil by many members. You can substitute your favorite brand here but it's really the only reason 10w30 synthetic gets the sales they do since 5w30 synthetic is superior in almost any PCMO application.
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#3286872 - 02/19/14 02:38 AM Re: Best oil for new 17.5 HP engine? [Re: Volv04Life]
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Directly from Briggs and Stratton. Their number one recommendation is 5W30 Synthetic followed by SAE30. I would myself go buy a 5 qrt jug of Mobil 1 5W30 Synthetic High Mileage oil at Wal-Mart and then have several oil changes and top off oil available.

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Oil Recommendation

Synthetic 5W-30 -20 to 120° F (-30 to 40° C) provides the best protection at all temperatures as well as improved starting with less oil consumption.

SAE 30 40° F and higher (5° C and higher) is good for all purpose use above 40° F, use below 40° F will cause hard starting.

10W-30 0 to 100° F (-18 to 38° C) is better for varying temperature conditions. This grade of oil improves cold weather starting, but may increase oil consumption at 80° F(27° C) or higher.

5W-30 40° F and below (5° C and below) is recommended for winter use, and works best in cold conditions.

Type of oil to use

Use a high quality detergent oil classified "For Service SF, SG, SH, SJ" or higher.

Do not use special additives.

Choose a viscosity according to the table above.
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#3286875 - 02/19/14 02:49 AM Re: Best oil for new 17.5 HP engine? [Re: Donald]
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Registered: 03/18/08
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Originally Posted By: Donald
The engine probably only takes a QT or so, and thus cost is not really an issue.


The engine takes 48 ounces of oil, which is about a quart and a half.
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#3286876 - 02/19/14 02:55 AM Re: Best oil for new 17.5 HP engine? [Re: Volv04Life]
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Registered: 01/21/05
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Loc: Charlotte, NC
Originally Posted By: Volv04Life
I just got a new lawn tractor at lowes. Can I run 15w-40 in it? I have a huge supply. If not what is the best oil?

Volv04Life
What is the chance that you will be outside mowing when the temp is -30 or +30?? Really... All of this theoretical tooing anf froing is the downside of bitog, you already have an excellent oil for your briggs, it will be just fine. grin2

I've run just about everything in my old rider, including Aeroshell 15-50 aircraft oil, (it was free). If you want the very best oil get Amsoil 10w-30 Small Engine Oil, Rotella T6 5w-40, or M1 5w-40 turbo diesel. Otherwise use what you got. Do your first oil change at 5 hours, after that, every 25 to 50 hours. Service your air filter often, it is just as important as the oil. Enjoy your new toy. smile

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#3286902 - 02/19/14 05:50 AM Re: Best oil for new 17.5 HP engine? [Re: Oldmoparguy1]
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Registered: 07/14/13
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Loc: North Carolina
Originally Posted By: Oldmoparguy1
Originally Posted By: Volv04Life
I just got a new lawn tractor at lowes. Can I run 15w-40 in it? I have a huge supply. If not what is the best oil?

Volv04Life
What is the chance that you will be outside mowing when the temp is -30 or +30?? Really... All of this theoretical tooing anf froing is the downside of bitog, you already have an excellent oil for your briggs, it will be just fine. grin2

I've run just about everything in my old rider, including Aeroshell 15-50 aircraft oil, (it was free). If you want the very best oil get Amsoil 10w-30 Small Engine Oil, Rotella T6 5w-40, or M1 5w-40 turbo diesel. Otherwise use what you got. Do your first oil change at 5 hours, after that, every 25 to 50 hours. Service your air filter often, it is just as important as the oil. Enjoy your new toy. smile

Wayne



I like this recommendation!!!
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#3286908 - 02/19/14 06:21 AM Re: Best oil for new 17.5 HP engine? [Re: Volv04Life]
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Kinda funny how they recommend syn 5w30 over entire temp range but they only recommend dino 5w30 for less than 45F or so. Wonder why that is?
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#3287042 - 02/19/14 09:41 AM Re: Best oil for new 17.5 HP engine? [Re: Oldmoparguy1]
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Loc: Virginia
I wanted to use it to plow my gigantic driveway in the winter. So there is a good chance.
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#3287239 - 02/19/14 01:09 PM Re: Best oil for new 17.5 HP engine? [Re: Volv04Life]
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Registered: 05/27/02
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Loc: Saratoga, NY
The best oil for a new OPE engine is one you don't mind dumping after just a few hours of use. It's especially important if the engine does not have a spin-on oil filter. You need to flush out all that break-in debris.

Put in any XW30 oil, run it 2-3 hours, dump it and watch the glitter show!

After that? I'd get a 10W-30 HDEO oil for about the first year of use. If you experience consumption or run it for extended periods in severe heat, etc ... switch to a HDEO 15W-40.
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#3287291 - 02/19/14 02:10 PM Re: Best oil for new 17.5 HP engine? [Re: Volv04Life]
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Registered: 12/07/03
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Loc: Florida, Cape Coral
The 20 HP B&S in my John Deere suggests dumping the factory fill at ~ 5 hours and refill with a 10w30 oil. At every 50 hours thereafter change the oil and spin on oil filter. I run 10w30 PP. Ed
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#3287454 - 02/19/14 05:13 PM Re: Best oil for new 17.5 HP engine? [Re: Eddie]
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Registered: 05/27/02
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Loc: Saratoga, NY
"The 20 HP B&S in my John Deere suggests dumping the factory fill at ~ 5 hours and refill with a 10w30 oil. At every 50 hours thereafter change the oil and spin on oil filter."

Consider that the minimum care for engine break-in. I ran my new snowblower's engine for about 90 minutes (under load) then drained the oil and it looked like quicksilver/mercury.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee149...zps40854167.jpg

I drained it again 3-4 hours later, still a lot of visible glitter. Drained it a third time at the 16 hour mark and you could still see visible glitter in the oil.

The first oil was B&S factory fill. 2nd and 3rd fills were leftover Pennzoil HM 10w40.

I can't tell whether the original poster's engine has a spin-on filter or not. Briggs makes a lot of 17.5hp engines, some with, some without. A full-flow filter will catch a lot of the metal bits so 5 hours might be a good point for the 1st change. I wouldn't let the 2nd go the full 50 hours, though. Maybe 20-25? Then start your 50 hours or once-per-year schedule.
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#3289142 - 02/21/14 04:59 AM Re: Best oil for new 17.5 HP engine? [Re: Volv04Life]
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Registered: 04/05/05
Posts: 119
Loc: Ohio
Go to the B&S web site. You can download your engine users manual PDF based on model number.

If you bought the TB Pony, 5W30 synthetic is recommended.


Edited by knerml (02/21/14 05:00 AM)

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#3289996 - 02/21/14 08:43 PM Re: Best oil for new 17.5 HP engine? [Re: Eddie]
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Registered: 01/03/09
Posts: 9871
Loc: Illinois
Originally Posted By: Eddie
The 20 HP B&S in my John Deere suggests dumping the factory fill at ~ 5 hours and refill with a 10w30 oil. At every 50 hours thereafter change the oil and spin on oil filter. I run 10w30 PP. Ed


My 2 year old Craftsman 20HP Briggs calls for 10-30 and gets M1 10-30 and a new filter every year. No need at all for a 40wt oil in these engines.
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