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oil for Briggs #4719496
04/07/18 01:36 PM
04/07/18 01:36 PM
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Columbus Nebraska
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I have several mowers with small Briggs and Tecumseh engines and I have always used straight 30 HD oil in them. But I know that Briggs now recommends 5/30 synthetic oil as their first choice. I have in my stash a lot of 0/30 M1 , and am wondering if that would be ok to use in place of the 5/30 ? I have 5/0 in a syn blend, would that work? I suppose the worst that would happen is that it might use more oil than before, right? And that would be no big deal as I check and top off the oil in everything before every use.


2017 Nissan Frontier 4.0 5w30
1965 Mustang 200 c/4 10w30 QS defy
1964 Ford Ranchero 302 c/4 15/40 Delo
1929 ford model A No filters, and 15/40 oil
Re: oil for Briggs [Re: old1] #4719500
04/07/18 01:39 PM
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Wet side WA
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I've been using my left over top off oil in my Briggs and it is usually 5W-30 full synthetic and its been doing just fine on it for 5 years or so now.

Last edited by JohnnyJohnson; 04/07/18 01:41 PM.

2004 Corolla 125400
Out: VML 5w-30 TG4967 OCI 5007 Miles
In: EDGE EP 5W-30 Bosch 3311 122537 7-18-18
2006 Duramax 74277
Out: T6 5W-40 M1-303
In: T6 5W-40 XG9100 74705 4-22-18
Re: oil for Briggs [Re: JohnnyJohnson] #4719503
04/07/18 01:43 PM
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Columbus Nebraska
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Yes, but would 0/30 be ok?

Last edited by old1; 04/07/18 01:43 PM.

2017 Nissan Frontier 4.0 5w30
1965 Mustang 200 c/4 10w30 QS defy
1964 Ford Ranchero 302 c/4 15/40 Delo
1929 ford model A No filters, and 15/40 oil
Re: oil for Briggs [Re: old1] #4719505
04/07/18 01:44 PM
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SE British Columbia, Canada
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30 weight oil is still good for 40 F to 100 F. Your choice. No difference.

https://www.briggsandstratton.com/eu/en_gb/support/faqs/browse/mower-oil-type-and-capacity.html


If you want the job done right......do it yourself.
Re: oil for Briggs [Re: old1] #4719508
04/07/18 01:46 PM
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Jacksonville, FL
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Originally Posted By: old1
Yes, but would 0/30 be ok?


If you're out of SAE 30 no harm in using what you have in a 0/5/10W30. My OPE has 15w40 Napa All Fleet CI-4+ because it's what I had around and open when I serviced it last.


Luke
P-3C and P-8A Maritime Weapons and Tactics Instructor, Instructor Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander
Re: oil for Briggs [Re: old1] #4719510
04/07/18 01:47 PM
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Waco, TX
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Any engine oil will work.

When I was a kid, I once filled a Briggs mower engine with Hy-Tran, then mowed two acres.

That engine lasted another 20 years after that.

0W-20 or Aeroshell 100... it'll run just fine for many years

Originally Posted By: old1
And that would be no big deal as I check and top off the oil in everything before every use.


BINGO!

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Re: oil for Briggs [Re: old1] #4719529
04/07/18 02:01 PM
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KY
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Do they still call for a 50 hour oil change interval?

Re: oil for Briggs [Re: old1] #4719543
04/07/18 02:11 PM
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Use whatever oil you have. The most important thing on them is keepin the oil level where it should be. As long as you do that it will last longer than you care for it to last.


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1995 Chevy K2500 Suburban lt 5.7
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Re: oil for Briggs [Re: old1] #4719554
04/07/18 02:20 PM
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South Florida
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If they are high hour machines stick with conventional oil.

Any of the oils you have will be fine, especially considering you check the oil so often.


17 Chrysler Pacifica Mobil 1 5W30
13 Yamaha XT250 Valv MC 10W40
12 Suzuki S40 Rotella 15W40
10 Acura TSX 2.4 PZL Plat 5W30
06 GMC Sierra Nextgen 10W30


Re: oil for Briggs [Re: old1] #4719583
04/07/18 02:46 PM
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Florida
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Looks like you're already using 15w-40 Delo in another vehicle. I'd use that in your mowers.


2013 F150 5.0, PUP 10W-30, Wix 57502
2010 Camry 2.5, GTX 5W-20, Fram Ultra XG9972
Re: oil for Briggs [Re: old1] #4719588
04/07/18 02:57 PM
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Pennsylvania
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Originally Posted By: old1
Yes, but would 0/30 be ok?

Sure, so long as you routinely check the level and change at the prescribed frequency.

Re: oil for Briggs [Re: old1] #4719631
04/07/18 03:44 PM
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Virginia
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A cheaper option would be Shell Rotella T5 semi-synthetic, in 10W-30...

Save the $10 a quart Mobil 1...

Wal-Mar has quarts of Delo and T5 for $2.50 on the discount shelf...


2009 Smart Pure
Pennzoil Platinum Euro 0W-40, Purolator Synthetic PSL 14610, 45 mpg...
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Re: oil for Briggs [Re: old1] #4719636
04/07/18 03:47 PM
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North Carolina
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Several mowers?

Pick up a 5 quart jug of M1 15W-50.


"Zed's dead baby, Zed's dead."
Re: oil for Briggs [Re: old1] #4719650
04/07/18 04:05 PM
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Georgia
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I use 5W30 Synthetic or SAE 30 in my 21 Commercial Snapper. I just bought a Toro MX5000 Zero Turn yesterday and was going over the oil recommendations. Ive come to the conclusion that Shell Rotella T1 in 30W is what I will be using in both. For you, operating temperature will have an effect on what you use.
http://www.briggsandstratton.com/lam/es/support/faqs/oil-recommendations-for-the-equipments-engine


2013 KIA Optima EX 2.4L. Now: QSUD 5W30 & STP S2808ML
2017 Ford Escape SE 2.0T Now: Mobil 1 5W30 & NAPA Gold 1348
Re: oil for Briggs [Re: old1] #4719695
04/07/18 04:52 PM
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Texas
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Im running Delo 400 10w30 in the Briggs smooth and quiet

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