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New Snowblower break-in period...

I will be breaking in a Ariens Pro 28 RapidTrak Hydro....

It's going to be cold...below minus 20.

I will leave factory 5w-30 in and will be parked where it's warm.

I have read some guys put a little 2-stroke oil in first tank of fuel to give valves a little lube?

How many hours should I run before first oil change?.. I will switch to synthetic after break-in period...
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Personally, I change the oil at 2 hours, 5 hours and 10 hours then pick up a normal schedule from there (change at end of season or at manual spec-ed number of hours, whichever comes first). The whole "you can't break in an engine on synth" thing is a bunch of BS. I've seen plenty broken in on synth with no issues and I've personally switched a few to synth or semi-syn at the 2 hour change and had no issues, no oil consumption, etc.
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For the FIRST 5 Hours run the machine FULL BORE under load. with regular type oil. then after said 5 hours change it oot to whatever flavor oil that floats your boat or Trips your Trigger finger. ALOHA From The Paradise City.

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Today is the day that production begins for the 2019 Corvette model year. Hard to believe how much has changed in the last year, from the assembly plant completing its major renovations to the launch of the 755-horsepower ZR1, the most powerful Corvette ever offered.

The 2019 Corvette is mostly a carry-over from 2018 but there is one major change coming from the factory and our friends that participate in track events are going to love it: All 2019 Corvettes will now feature Mobil 1 ESP Formula 0W-40 synthetic motor oil as the new factory-fill.

Mobil 1ís new 0W-40 motor oil will be available from dealerships starting on February 1st and will show up in retail stores in next six months or so.

All 2019 Corvettes Now Factory-Filled with Mobil 1 0W-40 Motor Oil

Mobil 1 has served as the factory-fill for motor oil at the Corvette Assembly Plant since 1993 and is the official motor oil for the Corvette Racing C7.Rs.
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Blower came 75% full of Ariens oil.

I drained and filled with Mobil 1000 conventional oil.

I used premium non-ethanol fuel...put 1 cap full of 2 stroke oil in first tank.

Electric start not necessary...started on 2nd pull.

Warmed up engine, tested controls and did about 2 hours blowing.

Thing is a BEAST....controls are opposite my old MTDnsona little bit of a learning curve...totally amazing machine otherwise.

Dropped oil and refilled...wasn't that dirty.
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The whole "you can't break in an engine on synth" thing is a bunch of BS.


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1st negative report....

The design of the bottom cover(access to drive gears/chains) is absolutely ridiculous....

The bolts should NOT be on the sides of the bottom panel....they should be on the bottom!!!

The clips and bolts they use on sides are absolute Chinese garbage!!!!

I pulled the clips all off.

Found 4 bolts and nuts.

Cleaned off paint off inside of tab of bottom cover....screwed bolt and nut through. Smeared grease on threads to stop spatter from sticking....and welded nuts on back side....and reinstalled panel.

For a part that you need access too quite often why would they put those stupid metal clip things that always strip out???
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1st negative report....

The design of the bottom cover(access to drive gears/chains) is absolutely ridiculous....

The bolts should NOT be on the sides of the bottom panel....they should be on the bottom!!!

The clips and bolts they use on sides are absolute Chinese garbage!!!!

I pulled the clips all off.

Found 4 bolts and nuts.

Cleaned off paint off inside of tab of bottom cover....screwed bolt and nut through. Smeared grease on threads to stop spatter from sticking....and welded nuts on back side....and reinstalled panel.

For a part that you need access too quite often why would they put those stupid metal clip things that always strip out???
Makes for a faster production line.

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No doubt ....without ANY thought of customer...

They also must put the tires/tracks on after that cover goes on because the front bolts are in a horrible location.

Again easily solved if they put the bolts on bottom of plate instead of sides....

Horrible design flaw.
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I think putting a mix of 1:100 (1 oz of 2 cycle oil per 1 gal of gas) is reasonable to lubricate the upper cylinder. This has been discussed in this site and BITOG.

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