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View Poll Results: How long do you warm up your engine
30-60 seconds 17 35.42%
1-2 minutes 15 31.25%
2-4 minutes 16 33.33%
I start blowing immediately with no warm up 0 0%
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post #1 of 20 Old 01-02-2018, 06:56 PM Thread Starter
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How long do you warm up your engine?

I usually let it warm up about 3 minutes before starting to blow snow
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2 min if iam running clean full synth oil which i always do
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I probably give it around a minute, at maybe half throttle or so, and gradually turn the choke off. Once the choke is off, and it's still running smoothly, I go to full throttle and start blowing. Maybe I should give it more time to warm up, but at least it seems gentler on the machine than starting it, and immediately driving into the snow.

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I drive into the snow as im pulling on the rope, Is that bad? Lol

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Probably two to four minutes - however long it takes me to do some hand clearing in front of the garage door. I also run it a low throttle for about a minute before shutting down.

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Until it runs with the choke off......
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No option on the poll for me as I usually run for 5 minutes before use and throttle down for 2-3 minutes before shut down. Could be the reason why I have machines with original engines from the early sixties but what do I know and will wait for a desk jockey insurance salesman tell me otherwise.
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Both of my machines (Ariens 624E w/Tec OH195SA, and single-stage MTD w/Tec HSSK50) seem to run well unchoked as soon as they are started, so I don't need to give them a long warm-up. I use full syn 5/30 oil in both of them.
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5 -10 minutes.
I start it up and then shovel the steps before blowing.
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