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Old 02-01-2015, 03:53 PM
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Oil changes not recommended...

Hmmm... seems Briggs thinks they make an engine where all you need to do is keep it topped off...

I know most people either never change the oil on small engine equipment anyway, or change is annually, but for a manufacturer to say that oil changes are not needed... wow...

I'd change the oil yearly if it were me...

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Old 02-01-2015, 05:01 PM
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I was made aware a couple of years ago that they stopped putting drain plugs on the bottom of the engines......People I know just tip the engine over to get the old oil out. Guess B&S figures, like everything else these days, they are one use...throw away
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oil today is good for 8thousand miles plus..
how long do you think it take for a home use mower to get to that amount of hours of use??
After 2 years I changed my oil in mower, and sent a sample off to an oil lab,, they said I could go another 5k between oil changes if I wanted,
the mower would be 20 years old before it logged that many hours..
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oil today is good for 8thousand miles plus..
how long do you think it take for a home use mower to get to that amount of hours of use??
After 2 years I changed my oil in mower, and sent a sample off to an oil lab,, they said I could go another 5k between oil changes if I wanted,
the mower would be 20 years old before it logged that many hours..
I have mowers here that are 45 years old....lol

I dont know if I agree with that 8000 mile on the oil thing....mine still looks dirty at 3000, so I end up changing it....I was always taught that oil doesnt wear out, it gets dirty. Maybe I am just old and set in my ways....
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I will ask the guy that mows my lawn how often he changes his, he's a contractor. Yeah , I know, I should be doing my lawns myself, but my guy mows trims edges and takes everything away for $25. I can't compete with that,lol
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My new Ford Diesel oil computer computes engine load and not miles. could go 10k miles if conditions are met... still 2 gallons of oil is still cheaper than a $20k engine
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Changing oil on a yard machine is a pain in the keister. Tipping it over, trying to contain the oil as it dribbles out, then to make it better, how much do you add to make it full? None of these yahoooz will tell you. I change mine yearly, those cheap foam rubber air filters do a bang-up job...
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All of my yard machines get oil change first thing in the spring (synthetic oil)

Clean / or replace air filter, clean and or replace spark plug(s)

Also run them on gas with NO alcohol in it

It's a LOT cheaper than replacing the machines!
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I'll tell you how cheap I am ! I BUY Philips trop artic at orschlens farm supply for $1.99 a quart and change oil in all my toys for the yard every spring. Buy it by case when they have it on sale. SN quality
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I have year old Honda mower. Manual says tip it over and drain from the filler tube. I saw a drain plug but it's partially blocked by the gear box. Run oil for air-cooled engines. Kinda like my old small block gets ZDDP oil and new motors get Mobil 1, dexos 1, etc. Old Craftsman mower had a drain plug. Didn't cut for $h!#, but it ran until the deck rusted out. Change oil end of season. You have to look for deals for air-cooled oil. Walmart used to stock 20 oz. Pennzoil for $1.17 but that was 10 years ago. I would expect to pay more today but now I can't even find it.
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I will ask the guy that mows my lawn how often he changes his, he's a contractor. Yeah , I know, I should be doing my lawns myself, but my guy mows trims edges and takes everything away for $25. I can't compete with that,lol
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One contractor I worked for did "about every 50 hour" intervals, but I think honestly it's actually closer to 100 engine hours. Actually most small commercial engines 100 hours for a lube oil filter job is what's recommended.
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At least it gets changed. Work load & down time/season's end dictate when it gets done for most but how many home owners never do it at all, ever. I benefitted from a home owner like that. I had a good running Crapfsman with rusted deck. Son found same mower with frozen engine on the curb. Actually, that one did a good job mowing. Got me to buy another, only got aluminum deck. It lasted but it was a bad mower. POS wouldn't break.
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I think Poncho's "throw away concept" is what B&S are banking on. I've got that service looking me in the eye pretty soon and don't know what I'll decide, especially since my yard is relatively small and I use a el cheapo push mower. Been seriously considering the "Whinny Way" if I can afford it but the exercise I get from mowing is about all I get so it's a win win for me so far.
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mower oil changes

i gotta say there is some things i don't give a lot of thought too. mileage on mower oil changes ??? that's one of them.. but your right, to put 3000 miles on my mower would take yrs. but for the price of 2 qts of oil i'll still change mid summer and before putting it to beddie buy winter
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Hmmm... seems Briggs thinks they make an engine where all you need to do is keep it topped off...

I know most people either never change the oil on small engine equipment anyway, or change is annually, but for a manufacturer to say that oil changes are not needed... wow...

I'd change the oil yearly if it were me...

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by the time it needs an oil change its time to get another mower.
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