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My new 10hp 32" Driftbreaker - what a beast!

My new-to-me Craftsman snowblower - model# 536.918500. It had been sitting in a garage for years, picked it up last month, just got to play with it tonight. Carb was reasonably clean, just a little gas must have been left in it, but the little that was turned in to a hard, thick varnish. LOTS of carb cleaner and elbow grease, put it together, tank flush and new plug, fired right up! We got a couple of inches here in the Pittsburgh area tonight, this guy made quick work of it. Really, REALLY throws the snow! Time to give it a real good once-over - change hoses, belts, lube, etc. Hoping to find a manual, nothing online - anyone have one? Also, looks like the oil was changed before storage, but I'd like to give it a fresh one. A Sears manual from the same era, with a 7hp Snow King recommends 5w30. That's probably 40 year old technology, wonder if there's a better oil recommendation. What do you all think? Think that's the best weight? Dino, synth blend or synth? Thanks in advance!
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congrats on getting the driftbreaker up and running. as for oil most here use 5w 30 synthetic

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I don't know if I'd do synthetics on a guy that old. Stick with tried and true Dino on it. As a matter of fact I ad ZDDP in my old ones. Bobistheoilguy.com is a great reference place on all things oil



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That'a a great machine, should have bought one when I had the chance years ago. I have been using synthetic on my machine, FH Tech for the last 25 yrs. Original 50 yr Tech still runs great, and I never even have had the head off. As a concession to it's age, I only go 3/4 throttle, and it runs and throws snow great. Hoping for another 20 yrs, if I last that long.
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I'm running 0-40 Mobil 1 in my 1032 (and others). Walmart has the best price. No problems
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Nice machine, nice to see it still getting the job done in a big way. Who made these for Sears back in the day, was it Gilson?
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Not Gilson. I would guess AMF.
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Congrats on a nice blower. I have one almost identical but
mine has the white housing for the lights.
As for oil, I have been using synthetic in all my snowblowers
with no issues at all.

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Congrats, you found yourself a great machine. Happens that one has the Tecumseh gear transmission in it vs a friction disk drive. It's a mean beast.
I have one of them, one of many I have bought, rebuilt and sold

Happens I have a garage door that's too narrow for a 32" auger housing to go through so I took a narrower auger housing and swapped it out for that one so become my perfect machine


Here's one thing to watch:

The bolts that hold the transmission to the mounting shaft inside the tractor unit can work loose, or if you have the drive chain jam it can break the mounting points on the transmission (note the top 2 mounts I've cut off. I came up with a repair method so if it happens don't trash it out as there is a repair method.

Biggest problem you may have is the drive cable from the hand control to the belt tensioner breaking or rusting up. Again there are options so don't give up on it.

One last thing. There is a way to split the auger and drive from a common control and have done that to one machine. Finding the right parts take a little time and you need to make a part but it's possible.
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