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post #1 of 36 Old 12-27-2019, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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What if I don't use my new snowblower this winter?

I just bought a new snowblower a couple of months ago for the first time. Last winter on long island was mild and we barely had any snow. My question is, if I don't use it at all this season is there anything to do?

I have NOT filled it with gas yet and only plan on using tru fuel. Would you recommend changing the oil at the end of the season if I don't use it at all?

Also, I plan on leaving tru fuel in my snow blower in the shed during the year if I do use it.

I'm a total noob so any help would be appreciated. The snowblower I bought is in my sig.

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No, if you don't use it, no need to change the oil, if you do use it then change oil after first 5hrs. of use, normal break-in time.
If you want to store with fuel, fill up tank and add a stabilizer, won't hurt to be on safe side and stabilizer won't hurt anything.
I'm sure others will comment to help you out also.
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If it was me, I would be making sure that the proper oil is in it and at the proper level (I use only 5W30 Full Synthetic in all my equipment, new, old, summer, winter), I would fill it with gas (I only use regular gas with Stabil and half the rate of SeaFoam) and make sure every other lube area is properly lubed and greased. I would initially put a nice coat of wax on it for protection (looks great also).

Whether it is run in snow duty, or if it is just sitting in off season, or never run in the season, I periodically fire all my machines and run them around the yard. I am a believer that it is never good for any machine to just sit there idle, never getting used.

I have never encountered a gas issue or carburetor issue in any of my machines, and the tires stay just fine as well, in all my years, lol, which is many.

I will tell you though, I have encountered many problems from many machines where people let them sit idle for long periods of time with never paying attention to them. I have never purchased any of my 7 machines, as they were all obtained for free and repaired and restored by me over the years, from people who discarded them because they never maintained them properly.

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Thanks for the reply.

Yeah the manual says 5W30 oil. I never considered synthetic oil. Do you also put that in your car as well?

I'll change after the first 5 hours (which could be next season). I have a smallish driveway, prob would take under an hour to complete.

Good point about running the snow blower. I guess I'll give it a go to run it for the first time.

The tru fuel says it can stay for 2 years so I'll fill it up and just leave it in there.

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What if I don't use my new snowblower this winter?
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What if I don't use my new snowblower this winter?
You will have validated Murphy's Law, Article 4, Section 6A, Sub-paragraph 2, which specifically states that when you purchase a brand-new snowblower, it will NOT snow.

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Some of us think blowing snow is fun!


That said, oil is not an issue to sit, it can go for years.

Fuel, that is a perishable item if you are in hotter areas. Best not to store it if you can avoid it.

Synthetic oil is great for snowblower because it does not thicken up like conventional, more so if you store in an outdoor shed.

Tough situation to be in a warmer area that the machine just sits. Really should be run even just to see if it all works ok and any issues involved.
I don't have knowledge of stabil and the like needed. Up here fuel preserves well because even in the summer we are cool. The only place I had an issue was inside diesel tanks that were 77 deg all year around. It sounds like you might be in one of those areas you should add it.

I have never run anything but winter fuel in my stuff and its fine (Ethanol) but again we are cooler than most stateside places.
Oil changes are now no sooner than every 5 years. Synthetic is really good and it just does not get the hours on it to need changing

I was remotely responsible for (and visited once) a diesel generator at Clarke Air Base in the Philippines. It had a metal mesh screen, no filter. We got the oil changed every 50 hours per the mfg (way hot and humid) and it had an estimated 20,000 hours when it got burried by Pinatubo. then they dug it out and last we heard it was running backup for a hospital section on Subic Bay.

Good oil last a lot longer than people think. Even in a snowy winter I don't put 25 hours on the machine.

It does not hurt anything to change sooner but its not a have to.

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Even with Tru Fuel, I'd add some stabilizer, if you have it. It's cheap insurance. If you only use Tru Fuel for your outdoor equipment, maybe you don't really need to have stabilizer around. But if you're using ethanol gas for any equipment, I'd add stabilizer to that. Again, cheap insurance against carb problems (an ounce of prevention is a lot easier than cleaning a clogged carb).

I wouldn't change the oil if it's not being run. I understand wanting to keep gas out of it. But I'd want to run it before I need the machine, to make sure it's working properly. I'd add a little Tru Fuel (like a few ounces), and run it long enough to use up that gas, so it dies and leaves the tank empty again. No need to change the oil after just that.

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What if I don't use my new snowblower this winter?
Consider yourself very blessed.
Yes, X2! …also, your snowblower will still be "new" one more year!

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