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New ST24LE Deluxe in the family...

After last week's blizzard, it was time for an upgrade from our '80s vintage Troy Bilt 21". I was watching our neighbor with an Ariens chew through the stuff with minimal effort, tossing it 30'+ even in the slush. I did quite a bit of reading through the forums here deciding between Ariens and Husqvarna.

I went with the Ariens 24" Deluxe for the bigger 254cc engine, iron gearbox, and bigger auger/tiller with extra bracing. Just finished putting it together (had it shipped to home), checked the fluid levels, gassed it, and off we went. I ran it no-load for 15mins with the auger spinning to let the belts and gears get up to temp, then blew a few trails in the yard to load the engine for break-in. No complaints!

Thanks everyone for all the posts, loads of good information here.

Handwarmer kit should arrive next week...
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After last week's blizzard, it was time for an upgrade from our '80s vintage Troy Bilt 21". I was watching our neighbor with an Ariens chew through the stuff with minimal effort, tossing it 30'+ even in the slush. I did quite a bit of reading through the forums here deciding between Ariens and Husqvarna.

I went with the Ariens 24" Deluxe for the bigger 254cc engine, iron gearbox, and bigger auger/tiller with extra bracing. Just finished putting it together (had it shipped to home), checked the fluid levels, gassed it, and off we went. I ran it no-load for 15mins with the auger spinning to let the belts and gears get up to temp, then blew a few trails in the yard to load the engine for break-in. No complaints!

Thanks everyone for all the posts, loads of good information here.

Handwarmer kit should arrive next week...



Congrats on the new beast!

You made a good choice, that engine is a good fit for that machine. Best of luck with it. Ariens has top notch customer support as well.
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hello waypoint, welcome to SBF and congrats on the upgrade

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I ran it no-load for 15mins with the auger spinning to let the belts and gears get up to temp, then blew a few trails in the yard to load the engine for break-in. No complaints!
Keep track of the first 5 hours of use, then swap out the oil.
I know I keep harping on this fact but lotta people seam to over look this important part of keeping the machine running tip/top for many years to come.

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I ran it no-load for 15mins with the auger spinning to let the belts and gears get up to temp, then blew a few trails in the yard to load the engine for break-in. No complaints!
Keep track of the first 5 hours of use, then swap out the oil.
I know I keep harping on this fact but lotta people seam to over look this important part of keeping the machine running tip/top for many years to come.

OH,,,, and welcome to the forum.
Lot of mention about the first 5 hours on these machines. Does the factory use special oil specifically made for engine break in?

What if one were to change the oil earlier and go to either regular oil or synthetic to get rid of impurities ASAP? Would that cause premature damage? Chances are my new machine won't get to 5 hours before next winter and I'd like to have fresh oil before next winter.
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Vincent, I am in the same boat as you regarding the fact that there is a good chance I will not get 5 hours of use on the machine this season. I have about 2 hours on mine. I will likely not change the oil until next season and will be using Dino 5W30, to allow the piston rings to get hot enough to seat properly. I will either change to synthetic after I have gotten at least 5 hours of under load use or at the 3rd season of use.

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Just got a deluxe 24 myself. I've only got about 2hrs on mine. If I don't get to run it any more I will change the oil before I put it away. Then I will change the oil again after 3 or 4 more hrs of run time. I don't see how this could cause any problems. If these new engines are that senseative then we really have problems. I grew up mowing a hugh yard and my churches cemetery. Those engines lasted for years and they didn't even have the cast iron sleeves, which make a Hugh difference. They also had bushings on the crank shafts instead of the roller bearings that the new ones have. Theses new engines should last for years, and I have rebuilt my share of small engines over the years. Just my 2 cents.

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I forgot to add that my dad used to run the oil he took out of the car in the mowers. He kept the oil from his car oil changes and used it to add to the mowers as they used a little oil each year. My how times have changed. Lol

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