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Unhappy Ariens' dipstick virtually illegible

I can't figure this out and my eyes aren't that bad. I can barely read the dipstick on this new machine (921030). Upon first blush, you'd say there is nothing on the dipstick at all to indicate LO or MAX levels. With a bit of magnification and some contrast adjustment, you can see some very faint markings:





Am I missing something I'd never be able to read that with or without glasses let alone verify that the level is OK.

Also, supposedly there's an "owner's manual" for the engine but I can't locate it. Thanks for any guidance.

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looks like the markings were very lightly stamped . mine are hard to see but don't appear as bad as yours.
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Mine's the same way on my Path-Pro......I can see them though so that's all that matters
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Any way you guys could post a picture or make a measurement to the MAX line and I might be able to scribe something on mine indicating full?

Should I complain to the mfr about this? It's kind of ridiculous. Thanks.
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Any way you guys could post a picture or make a measurement to the MAX line and I might be able to scribe something on mine indicating full?

Should I complain to the mfr about this? It's kind of ridiculous. Thanks.
I'm guessing the Chinese may have better eyes than us Americans I will go grab mine quick and measure and will post the results.

As far as the engine manual, it looks like this:
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OK, using my digital caliper and my dipstick shown in the attachment, I get 11/16" from the very bottom edge of the dipstick to the very top end of the hatching. Then I get 3/4" from the very bottom edge of the hatching to the very bottom edge of the word "FULL".
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JR, thanks for checking that. I assume the top of the cross hatched area represents FULL?


I found this statement on their website:


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Why does my AX engine, not have a High Oil Fill Dipstick?



The Ariens AX 254cc, 291cc, & 414cc engines do have a High Oil Fill Tube, but not a High Oil Fill Dipstick. These engines do have a yellow cap/dipstick below, seen on the side port next to the oil drain tube.



This allows the owner or service center to view the oil level, at the same time they are putting the oil in the high oil fill tube. When comparing this process to an engine with a dipstick, you have to stop pouring oil in order to check the oil level with the dipstick, and you may have to repeat this in order to bring the oil level up to par. The new AX engines make it easier to fill engine oil.



Although the yellow cap has a dipstick on it, as long as the oil level comes up to the last thread, the oil level is good. If the oil level is lower then this point but still registers on the yellow dipstick, then you are in the OK zone.



Note: When utilizing yellow dipstick, the cap needs to be screwed in all the way, to check for proper oil level.


These nice folks are doing an awesome job confusing me. My unit does not have this secondary "yellow dipstick".

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Wow that is hard to read.i lucked out an have a yellow one which is easy to read.but thats ridiculous how do they expect someone to read that.
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There is probably a lot of variation in the stamping of the lettering..
Probably most of the dipsticks have much more legible writing, more pressure used on the stamping machine, which is probably supposed to be the "normal" configuration..

while some, like the example above, have very light stamping, caused by variations in manufacturing..
for most, that would considered a reject, but to the Chinese, it's obviously "good enough"..

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but to the Chinese, it's obviously "good enough"..
+100. It gave me quite the sinking feeling last night that maybe this is the tip of the iceberg with this brand-new machine - - let's hope not.

[mumbling to self]...and I thought the Ariens is supposed to be the Mercedes of snow blowers...[/mumbling to self]
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