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28" Deluxe arrived assembled 1/3 full oil

Okay, do I just mix it off with any 5w-30 de jour, or drain and fill it up with one brand? It was -20c last night and going down to -15c tonight. Thanks in advance.
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Did you receive a bottle of oil in the crate with the machine? If so, use that. If not, any high quality oil, in the grade specified for the range of temperatures in your area will do fine. Be careful adding not to overfill.

Make sure the oil meets or exceeds the specifications shown in the manual. After about 5 hours break in use, you have to drain the oil, and I would suggest refilling with synthetic oil of the appropriate grade and weight. Your manual probably recommends this as well

After you fill it, let it sit for a while so the oil in the fill tube has time to run down to the crankcase, otherwise, its a bit hard to get accurate reading off the dip stick.

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IMO, Drain it, and fill it with Dino Oil. Just for the break in procedure. It's vital to get the rings to seat asap.

Then fill it with a quality oil of choice.
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No oil gifted. I'll drain her and fill up with some fresh stuff. No hurry now, big rain coming tomorrow night. Everybody wanted me to buy something right away ... because they knew if I did .... the winter would be officially over. With mild temps scheduled til Sunday, they might be spot on. March can break your heart though ....
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Good thing is usually if you can just sit a couple days the sun takes care of it. But there's work to go to, shopping ...

Drain and fill or just top off it's not going to be critical. Just stick with the Mfg. recommended stuff.

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No oil gifted. I'll drain her and fill up with some fresh stuff. No hurry now, big rain coming tomorrow night. Everybody wanted me to buy something right away ... because they knew if I did .... the winter would be officially over. With mild temps scheduled til Sunday, they might be spot on. March can break your heart though ....
Personally, I don't see a reason to drain whatever is in there....
I would just top it off and wait for a good storm to give it a good break in with a decent amount loading on the engine

Dump at 20 minutes, then dump at 1 hr and then at 5 and swith to syn.

For the amount of qty of oil we're talking about, I suppose it does not matter.....but you dump the oil earlier anyhow, just to get any Glitter out....any oil in the block is fine IMO...
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Personally, I don't see a reason to drain whatever is in there....
I would just top it off and wait for a good storm to give it a good break in with a decent amount loading on the engine

Dump at 20 minutes, then dump at 1 hr and then at 5 and swith to syn.

For the amount of qty of oil we're talking about, I suppose it does not matter.....but you dump the oil earlier anyhow, just to get any Glitter out....any oil in the block is fine IMO...
Agree with this, and have gone one step more and run a new engine with no load and variable rpm for the first 20 minutes. Did this with a genuine Honda engine generator and there was a lot of glitter in the oil. Theory is that at no load the loads on the bearings are lower, so glitter circulating in crankshaft bearings will not get pressed into the surface.

Of course I have no evidence this really matters, but the oil used costs less than a beer at a bar in a state with no Happy Hour, and makes me feel about as good.
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Moisture!! Yup, big difference between a shovel full of snow @ 0f & a shovel full @ 33f. You're a tiny bit further south latitude wise but probably there are some similar conditions in late winter / early spring. One thing I love are snowflakes, as big as silver dollars, that only seem to fall at that time of year.
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