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#4679555 - 02/27/18 10:11 AM Recommend an oil/weight for Lawn Tractor
sasilverbullet Offline


Registered: 08/22/04
Posts: 1422
Loc: San Antonio, Texas
2014, 22 H.P. Briggs & Stratton V-twin, using a WIX oil filter running a 42" cutting deck.

High dust, high heat, six hours mowing at a time every 3 weeks or so.

What brand/weight of oil would you guys recommend?

Oh, and anyone know a link to the specs from Briggs & Stratton? I searched high and low and couldn't find any.
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#4679558 - 02/27/18 10:18 AM Re: Recommend an oil/weight for Lawn Tractor [Re: sasilverbullet]
expat Offline


Registered: 05/12/09
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Loc: Canada
Rotella or Delvac 15w-40

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#4679566 - 02/27/18 10:32 AM Re: Recommend an oil/weight for Lawn Tractor [Re: expat]
GravelRoad Offline


Registered: 05/30/15
Posts: 163
Loc: Virginia
Almost all our customers summer equipment get 30w API CH4/SJ above 40f. Except the engines that require 20w50.
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#4679571 - 02/27/18 10:38 AM Re: Recommend an oil/weight for Lawn Tractor [Re: sasilverbullet]
mattwithcats Offline


Registered: 06/13/13
Posts: 1659
Loc: Virginia
Use a longer filter.
The OEM filter is around two inches long
A Fram 3614 (Wix 51348) is three and a half inches long, and holds four more ounces of oil...
A Fram 3600 (Wix 51516) is five, and holds eight more....
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#4679577 - 02/27/18 10:40 AM Re: Recommend an oil/weight for Lawn Tractor [Re: sasilverbullet]
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#4679578 - 02/27/18 10:41 AM Re: Recommend an oil/weight for Lawn Tractor [Re: expat]
gman2304 Offline


Registered: 08/11/11
Posts: 3051
Loc: n.c.
Originally Posted By: expat
Rotella or Delvac 15w-40


X2, plus in a dusty setting I would be more concerned with the air filtration than the oil weight. Add a prefilter if it doesn't have one and clean often. These Briggs engines will run forever on most any oil.

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#4679583 - 02/27/18 10:49 AM Re: Recommend an oil/weight for Lawn Tractor [Re: sasilverbullet]
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Registered: 06/13/13
Posts: 1659
Loc: Virginia
For oil, Shell Rotella T6, in 5W-40.

The new CK formula has less additives than the old CJ spec,
so I would put in 2-4 ounces (quarter to half cup) Mobil 1 Racing 0W-30.

This has double the normal levels of additives...
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Mobil-1-Racing-Synthetic-Motor-Oil-0W30-1-Quart/55502854

A cheaper alternative would be Rotella T5, in 10W-30,
but that should be changed at 50 hours,
verses yearly (100-200 hours) for the T6...


Edited by mattwithcats (02/27/18 10:53 AM)
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#4679605 - 02/27/18 11:10 AM Re: Recommend an oil/weight for Lawn Tractor [Re: 2004tdigls]
sasilverbullet Offline


Registered: 08/22/04
Posts: 1422
Loc: San Antonio, Texas


Just ordered a six pack of the Castrol HD40, and I'll use the Wix 51516 for more capacity.

Thanks for the help everyone!

Oh, link to Brigss & Stratton specs? Anyone?
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#4679606 - 02/27/18 11:10 AM Re: Recommend an oil/weight for Lawn Tractor [Re: sasilverbullet]
ARCOgraphite Offline


Registered: 05/17/09
Posts: 11965
Loc: N.H, U.S.A.
I think when I hit 60 year old I stopped worrying as much.



Mercury Marine 4stroke 25w-40


Edited by ARCOgraphite (02/27/18 11:11 AM)
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#4679638 - 02/27/18 11:46 AM Re: Recommend an oil/weight for Lawn Tractor [Re: sasilverbullet]
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#4679649 - 02/27/18 12:00 PM Re: Recommend an oil/weight for Lawn Tractor [Re: sasilverbullet]
JLawrence08648 Offline


Registered: 01/20/17
Posts: 234
Loc: NJ
30 wt

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#4679656 - 02/27/18 12:10 PM Re: Recommend an oil/weight for Lawn Tractor [Re: sasilverbullet]
IndyIan Offline


Registered: 09/23/08
Posts: 9092
Loc: Ontario, Canada
I run RT6 5W40 because that's what I have around, but I would run 15W40 if I had that too.
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#4679657 - 02/27/18 12:12 PM Re: Recommend an oil/weight for Lawn Tractor [Re: ARCOgraphite]
boraticus Offline


Registered: 04/19/09
Posts: 2905
Loc: Canada
Originally Posted By: ARCOgraphite
I think when I hit 60 year old I stopped worrying as much.

Ain't that the truth!

At that age, just about any new machines will likely outlast us, so why worry?

I know guys in their 60s who've actually gotten worse. Serious OCD issues at that age can really compromise one's enjoyment of life.

Life's too short for that nonsense and the older we get, the more valuable our time. No sense getting wound up about stuff.

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#4679710 - 02/27/18 01:38 PM Re: Recommend an oil/weight for Lawn Tractor [Re: sasilverbullet]
rooflessVW Online   content


Registered: 12/24/11
Posts: 4041
Loc: North Carolina
M1 15W-50 and Fram PH8170 on my Intek.

No need to go to a bigger filter. The PH8170 is built tough.
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#4679734 - 02/27/18 02:06 PM Re: Recommend an oil/weight for Lawn Tractor [Re: sasilverbullet]
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Registered: 10/28/17
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Loc: Georgia
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