See, I knew a mechanic such as yourself, and a computer tech, I knew you would understand that. I've noticed that weird film on fan blades before, I didn't know how it got on there, since the computer didn't come in contact with any chemicals. I guess oil on dead skin cells explains it.
Smokers are even worse, you get that grose smelling yellow film all over everything inside, and it gets nasty. Once you've cleaned out a smokers computer, you will have earned a right of passage lol.
And yes, Briggs was claiming that I kid you not! It was one of the strangest campaigns I've ever seen. I can tell you right now, having worked on them, yes they were made with a better manufacturing standard, they used tighter clearances, so their would be far less breakin shavings going on in the oil, and they had a magnet in there to catch any anways.
But yes, the reason that it was losing oil, was not so much that it was leaking from a seal, (Although that has been known to happen from a worn oil seal before) but instead through combustion. I never felt that Briggs engines were built as well as Kawasaki engines or Honda engines.
But hey, look at the cost of a Kawasaki or Honda small engine, and then look at what Briggs was charging for their engines, and its not hard to see what most consumers are gonna buy based on price alone.
And then when you tell them, hey, you know how all of you hate changing oil cause your folks are always telling us how its always a messy job for you? Well, you no longer have to change your oil, just check and add as needed. People be like, oh heck ya, lets buy the engine we don't need to change oil for lol.
And Aravisian is also correct that oil does break down over time. Heat can break oil down, which is why Aravisian talked about cooling. With better cooling, you can extend life of the engine oil. Which was also one of Briggs deals. But its my opinion that, unless you start water cooling small engines, your not going to really improve upon standard airflow based cooling.
Think of it like overclockers with computers, eventually you get to a point where you gotta admit, water cooling is gonna that hot chip better then air right? Also, Aravisian is right about oil degrading while sitting. Oil that sits in an engine say even 10-years not being used, will be pretty sludgie in the bottom of the oil pan lol.