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been a while #4584905
11/25/17 09:52 PM
11/25/17 09:52 PM
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93cruiser Offline OP
93cruiser  Offline OP

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So I was thinking. It has been at least 10 years, probably closer to 12 years, since I changed the oil in my mower.
Got it in 2000. Used 1 hour per week from April-November. I know it had Mobil 1 5w30 last change. Up until the last time, I would change it every season.

[censored] thing still starts first pull, two after sitting the winter. Craftsman with a Briggs, 6.5 HP. Could probably use a blade sharpening, never had one.

Re: been a while [Re: 93cruiser] #4584959
11/25/17 10:36 PM
11/25/17 10:36 PM
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MTL, CANADA
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I just replaced my blade instead of sharpening. I change my oil in Spring every year. Probably not necessary but I have tons of oil and a change is 1/2 a quart. Just toss in whatever oil you have lying around.


2007 Corolla Red Pearl 155k miles
PP 0w20 & ST 4967

Re: been a while [Re: 93cruiser] #4585026
11/25/17 11:55 PM
11/25/17 11:55 PM
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Connecticut
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I do annual oil changes or approx 30-60 hours, depending on whether I do neighbor's lawns. In looking at my B&S booklet they recommend 25 hr OCI's. Maybe I'll start doing 2 per mowing season. The oil always comes out black.


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2001 Lincoln Cont 4.6L DOHC/ 39K mi / QS HM 5w30 / FUG XG2
1999 Camaro SS M6 /19K /Mobil 1 0w40 /Fram UG /GM MTL-ATF
1969 Ply GTX/RRs
Re: been a while [Re: 93cruiser] #4585043
11/26/17 12:14 AM
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Have you had to top it off in that 10 years?


03 Jeep WJ 4.0 202k Edge 10w40 HM Fram XG16
02 Volvo S60 2.4T 186k M1 0w40 Mahle OX149D
97 Chevy Blazer 4.3 153k Synpower 5w30 Supertech ST3980 (Ecore)

Re: been a while [Re: 93cruiser] #4585078
11/26/17 01:12 AM
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ON, Canada eh?
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ON, Canada eh?
My dad's Tecumseh engine mower was 22 years old when the deck finally rotted and it had been changed maybe a handful of times in 22 years. It was used for about 2 hours a week for about 6 months of the year. Aside from a blue puff of smoke on start-up it didn't use any measurable amount of oil. He also never used high ZDDP oil meant for 4-strokes either. It was whatever oil he had on hand.

I change my mower and snowblower with Amsoil 4-Stroke every 2 years. The lawn mower sees enough use it could be changed yearly but I don't bother.

Just FWIW.

Last edited by StevieC; 11/26/17 01:16 AM.

'18 Dodge Grand Caravan GT - 25k KM - AMSOIL SS 0w20

Fear 20wt oils if you want your engine to last. smirk2
Re: been a while [Re: 93cruiser] #4585203
11/26/17 08:13 AM
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Further evidence that Briggs really don't care and almost anything, every few hundred hours, will keep them running like a top.


To quote a friend, "Synthetics, man."

'85 GMC C3500, 454, 132K
'82 Mercedes 300CD, OM617 turbo, 173K (totaled 2018, in rehab)
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Re: been a while [Re: Alex_V] #4585227
11/26/17 08:34 AM
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Something about straight 30 appeals to me.
When the mower turned 35 I jumped to 40.

Something which wallows in the dust like a lawn mower deserves clean oil.

Re: been a while [Re: 93cruiser] #4585299
11/26/17 09:52 AM
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One Step Beyond
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I like to keep clean oil in my Toro with B&S engine because:



2002 Ford Ranger
2 Wheel Drive
3.0 Liter Engine
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Re: been a while [Re: 93cruiser] #4585314
11/26/17 10:10 AM
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Nylon demands a synthetic, too

Re: been a while [Re: 93cruiser] #4585991
11/26/17 07:44 PM
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As long as you keep oil in them, they will run for a long time. I do notice that the engines that never have the oil changed usually start smoking a bit faster than the ones that have had the oil changed.


2000 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L (181k) - Pennzoil 10w30, Napa Gold 1516, Magnefine trans filter
2009 BMW 328i (38k) - Castrol Edge Euro 0w40, MANN HU816X
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