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28" SHO first use and pic of stuff I found in the gas tank.

Got to use my new 28" SHO today but only about 3" of snow. Obviously it did a great job but wasn't really a true test. With all the negatives I've read about the Auto-Turn I was prepared to hate it but mine seems to work perfectly.

The plow pile at the end was about 6" and posed no problems thankfully.

After I was done I was checking over everything and was surprised when I looked in the fuel tank. It had very fine metallic "dust" collected on the bottom. I used a telescopic magnet to fish most of it out. I didn't see a fuel filter so I hope I don't have carburetor problems down the road.

I looked in the tank before I added fuel for the first time and didn't see anything.

The pile of "dust" is about the size of a penny.

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No way to tell if you got it all. Just wondering how it got there. Is the tank metal or plastic?

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Glad you're happy with the machine, good choice.

Those metal filings are a bit disturbing, I had some scattered about when I changed my break-in oil, which is to be expected. However not sure how they wound up in your fuel tank are they that sloppy at the LCT factory?

I would suggest that you reach out to the dealer get his take and go from there. You can also call into Ariens tech support on Monday or send them an email via their website. Keep us posted.

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Yikes, that's disconcerting. Hopefully there's a fuel filter. But even if there is, steel filings might be small enough to fit through some filters anyhow. Good luck, please let us know what the dealer says.

If you wanted some "protection" against this, you could maybe still a small but powerful magnet on the bottom of the gas tank, near where the fuel line comes out. That way it would hopefully help attract and catch any metal filings that are still floating around in there.

If the fuel line is accessible, you could consider putting a magnet on the fuel line itself. Possibly along with a filter.

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No way to tell if you got it all. Just wondering how it got there. Is the tank metal or plastic?
The tank is metal.
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w. t. f. yikes. i'd be concerned,
like how did it get there, from what did it come from, and did it do any engine damage

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I checked my gas can and its all good. Maybe when they stamp out the 2 halves of the tank some of the steel comes off from the friction?

It's very very fine almost like a graphite dust.
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i would be very concerned about that metal in the tank.....it absolutely should not be there under any circumstances. if that stuff makes it to the combustion chamber, it will lead to a premature engine failure. email ariens with the pic and story.

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Appalling QC...

As for steel tanks... What happened to the plastic tanks... why did they go back to steel?
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looks like might be shavings from drilling out tank for gas shutoff valve
as i understand its threaded in the tank??
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