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Briggs and Stratton Lubrication #4535116
10/06/17 04:54 AM
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Queensland, Australia
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I am tossing up between 2 HDEO oils for a Briggs and Stratton L-Head (Side Valve) engine. I am looking for an all year suitable oil. I have access to Delo Silver 30W and Delo 400 15W-40. Our temperatures vary from 0C to +40C throughout the year.

I am leaning towards the 15W-40 for cold lubricity and easier starting in winter. It is also 40W when warm, which would help on those +40C days. It is a HDEO Oil, so it should keep the engine clean.

Re: Briggs and Stratton Lubrication [Re: Jabbo] #4535135
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I'm down with your leaning.


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'07 Lex GX470 65K
Amsoil in last two.
Schaeffer in the first two.

Re: Briggs and Stratton Lubrication [Re: Jabbo] #4535138
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Coastal South Carolina
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what does the briggs manual say?


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Re: Briggs and Stratton Lubrication [Re: edwardh1] #4535140
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Queensland, Australia
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Briggs and Stratton recommend 30W for temps above 4C. Under that use 10W-30, but expect more oil burning at over 38C.

Re: Briggs and Stratton Lubrication [Re: Jabbo] #4535146
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I have a old, 2000-2001?, Briggs push mower. It's had everything from Harley Davidson 20W50 to 0W20 in it. 10W40 is the quietest, easiest pull start of all oils that I've dumped in it yet. The only oil that stuck out being noisy was the 0W20.

Last edited by oldhp; 10/06/17 06:15 AM.

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Re: Briggs and Stratton Lubrication [Re: Jabbo] #4535205
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M1 15W-50 in my Briggs.


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Re: Briggs and Stratton Lubrication [Re: Jabbo] #4535233
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T5 10w30 is one of B&S approved viscosity. No mention is made of any 40 WT or 1540 oil.


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Re: Briggs and Stratton Lubrication [Re: Jabbo] #4535236
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15W40.

Works fine in highly stressed diesels. Pretty sure it will handle the demands of a lawnmower.

Re: Briggs and Stratton Lubrication [Re: Jabbo] #4535243
10/06/17 09:02 AM
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Ontario, Canada
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I run T6 5W40 in my ancient briggs because that's the thickest oil I regularly buy. I'd go for 15W40 as they seem to get quite hot even in 30C. Mine will sizzle water on the crank case after half an hour of tilling, so the oil temp is up there.


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Re: Briggs and Stratton Lubrication [Re: Jabbo] #4535259
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Port Orange, Florida
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I think a Briggs Stratton will be happy with anything you dump in there. I like the monograde 30HD but 15w40 would be fine to. Nothing lighter than 10w30 would I even consider.



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Re: Briggs and Stratton Lubrication [Re: Jabbo] #4535304
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South Texas
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We've had good luck just using super tech conventional 10w30 or straight 30 for the past 14 years we've had our Briggs and Stratton push mower. Haha
It's generally only 10-42 degrees C all year here though..


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Re: Briggs and Stratton Lubrication [Re: Jabbo] #4535360
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My riders and my generator get 5W-40, T-6 or M1 TDT. The push mowers get whatever is in the drain can, (I drain all my empties), including ATF.


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Re: Briggs and Stratton Lubrication [Re: Jabbo] #4535425
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Had 15w40 DELO 400LE in my B-S for a couple of years. It's still a lawnmower...

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Re: Briggs and Stratton Lubrication [Re: Jabbo] #4535470
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Canyon County Idaho
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15w-40 hdeo is a great oil. 15w-50 syn oils work as well if you want to spend more money.


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Re: Briggs and Stratton Lubrication [Re: Jabbo] #4535472
10/06/17 02:44 PM
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Florida, Cape Coral
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I never thought of spitting on a running lawn mower engine to help me decide on the oil viscosity to use. What a delightful, scientific idea. I just checked with the B&S site and the commendation for all engines is 5w30 synthetic refereed,or 10w30 or 30. Ed


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