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Auger Gear Box - Oil? Grease?

Trying to figure out what to use in my Auger Gear Box. My maintenance manual does not mention if Oil is used, or Grease. What products does everyone on hear use? I have seen people pack them with Grease as well as use Oil, probably depending on the machine. It also does not mention at what level to fill the Gear box if using Oil. I have a 2017 Briggs & Stratton 27"


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My routine at the beginning of the season is to squirt in some motor oil. I've never had a gearbox failure.
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My routine at the beginning of the season is to squirt in some motor oil. I've never had a gearbox failure.

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I would hold off on using motor oil there, COWBOY!!!!!! what is in there now????? if I would have to take a shot in the dark here. 80-90 non syn gear oil. leave the machine level and pump it in there till it runs clean oot the hole. if grease is used then use ride the white lightning lithium grease. like I said in screw the plug in the front and have a good looksee to see what comes oot. or what is still in there.

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Yes, gear oil is the way to go. AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, checking your auger gear box for lub should be an absolute must on your maintenance list. I lost a gear box once on my Bolens which was ran dry. I do not believe it had ever been lubricated prior to failure.
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You need to post what it is you're working on to get the right info. Going to the B&S site to try and look it up they are asking for model and serial number. https://www.briggsandstratton.com/na...t/manuals.html

Engine oil is better than nothing but it may not provide enough protection for a gearboxes longevity. Some of us have machines that have been moving snow since the late 60's and early 70's and that's due the the robust nature of their construction and good maintenance. I can't say what's in that B&S gearbox but rather than just saying I use "X" and it hasn't failed yet I'd rather look up what is supposed to be in there to make sure it doesn't fail.

If I had to just pick something out of the air I'd go with 00 grease. Have you tired to remove the plug and use something to dip in there to see what you have ??

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00 ariens syth grease set it and forget it
no leaks never have to touch it again
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Checking with my local John Deere mechanic, his advice is, if the snowblower has an aluminum gear case it uses grease, if it's cast iron it uses 85w oil.

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I would hold off on using motor oil there, COWBOY!!!!!! what is in there now????? if I would have to take a shot in the dark here. 80-90 non syn gear oil. leave the machine level and pump it in there till it runs clean oot the hole. if grease is used then use ride the white lightning lithium grease. like I said in screw the plug in the front and have a good looksee to see what comes oot. or what is still in there.

I don't plan on using motor oil, I will have to see what's in there now. Gear oil seems to be the correct answer. Ill have to take a look in the maintenance manual again, but I looked a few times and did not see any mention about the Auger Gear Box.
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