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Oil Recommendations for the Equipment's Engine

What kind of engine oil do I use in my unit?

The specific oil recommendations for your engine would be dependant on the engine's manufacturer. Your best source of information regarding the type and grade of oil for your unit's engine would be the engine's operator's manual.

If your unit is powered by a Briggs & Stratton engine, please refer to the chart and information below:

Oil Viscosity Chart

For information regarding the oil capacity for your Briggs & Stratton engine, please visit our Oil Capacity FAQ.

Oil Recommendation

  • SAE 30 40° F and higher (5° C and higher) is good for all purpose use above 40° F, use below 40° F will cause hard starting.

  • 10W-30 0 to 100° F (-18 to 38° C) is better for varying temperature conditions. This grade of oil improves cold weather starting, but may increase oil consumption at 80° F(27° C) or higher.

  • Synthetic 5W-30 -20 to 120° F (-30 to 40° C) provides the best protection at all temperatures as well as improved starting with less oil consumption.

  • 5W-30 40° F and below (5° C and below) is recommended for winter use, and works best in cold conditions.

Type of oil to use

  • Use a high quality detergent oil classified "For Service SF, SG, SH, SJ" or higher.

  • Do not use special additives.

  • Choose a viscosity according to the table above.

Synthetic Certification
For your convenience, Do-It-Yourself parts and products, such as Briggs & Stratton Lawnmower Oil, can be purchased through the Maintenance Products & Accessories section of our website.

To view the most current information on oil type, please view/print your engine online.

Engine Break-in procedures for both Synthetic and standard oil remain the same.

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