Recently a relative was bragging about their new mower, with a new Briggs and Stratton "Just Check and Add" engine, with no oil change recommendation. Better than sliced bread.
I remember when a loud bang followed by a thud was heard from a neighbor's riding mower one Saturday morning. His still shiny mower, about three years old, had thrown a rod. The oil sump was dry. When asked, he said that no one told him he ever had to add oil.
That memory ran through my head with the pitching of the Just Check and Add engine.
Then I thought about it, and wondered just how often people didn't even check the oil on their mowers. Perhaps on some it got changed at the annual "servicing" from a local small engine shop.
Probably better to have some oil, even if it is old, than none.
What is the track record on the B&S engines which are being marketed as "Just Check and Add"? Are the engine failures lower than on other similar engines, without the same marketing hype?