This morning I started up my new 921045 Deluxe 24 for the first time.
I only put in enough gas to run it a short time, so I only ran it around five minutes before it ran out of gas. I just wanted to run it enough to make sure everything worked.
It certainly took me more than one or two pulls to get it started. Once it caught and I adjusted the idle speed control it ran nice and smooth.
Boy! Was there ever a lot of vapor/smoke coming off of it as the stuff on the outside of the engine and muffler area heated up. Scared me a bit at first. As the gas started to run out it, it started surging a bit, but I suspect that's normal.
While it was running I checked to make sure the auger ran OK and then drove it about 10 feet out and back to the garage to get some feel for the auto steering, which seemed to be a bit jerky when making a u-turn. Seemed to be easier to do with the wheels turning free.
I ran it until the engine quit, then shut it all off. Let it cool down a couple minutes, then started it up again to make sure I got all of the fuel out of the lines as it will be sitting for several months before we get our first snow. It ran for about another minute, then quit. After that, I checked to see if the gas tank was empty but found that there is still about 1/16" of fuel in the bottom of the tank. I hope that's OK as it wouldn't start back up after the last run. It would fire one or two times, and that was it.
The gas does have Sta-bil in it as I also use the gas in a wood chipper that only gets used twice a year and also for my lawn mower that sits for a few months over the winter.
Now begins the wait for the snow.