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Conventional or Synthetic oil?

Trying to figure out which to use. I use synthetic in all my cars and wondering if you guys would recommend synthetic in the blower? I think they are delivered with conventional oil and I was going to do the first oil change with synthetic. Any thoughts?

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I doubt that a snowblower will get enough use in its' lifetime to see the advantage synthetics give but if you want to essentially eliminate internal wear go for it.
I use synthetic.
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There are plenty of threads on this forum that go over this very topic, a search will come up with a ton of information.

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So far with mine ( same as yours) I changed the oil at around or just under 5 hours of run time with conventional oil. I am thinking of doing the same in another 5 + hours . After that I may switch to synthetic

One thing I struggled with on mine was taking the cap off the drain-tube extension.. The cap had a blue ( lock-tite ? ) stuff on the threads and the whole tube wanted to unscrew from the engine . I gave up trying to use a wrench to hold the tube still and ended up using a pair of vice grips on the tube and a socket on the cap. I used a plumbing paste thread sealant when I put the cap back on.

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Thanks guys. I will try the search function again. First time it stalled out. My machine was just delivered. The guy said he would use regular oil, but if I wanted to switch, he recommended waiting 2 seasons to allow the machine to break in with the conventional oil, then switching.

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Don't wait. There are acids in the products of combustion that find their way into the oil. While the oil is sitting in your machine over the summer the acids do their thing. You don't want that.
Change the oil every spring.
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I use Amsoil synthetic in everything I own. after breaking in the engine it just takes a little longer with synthetic. right now I have over 350,000 on my according to certain members worst of the worst Hyundai Elantra. someone argue that a snowblower will never see conditions that warrant the use of a synthetic. I hate buying the same thing over and over again so go for it if it last longer that's great. It's going to only cost you a couple bucks at most more and if your engine last longer that's a good insurance to me.
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Don't wait. There are acids in the products of combustion that find their way into the oil. While the oil is sitting in your machine over the summer the acids do their thing. You don't want that.
Change the oil every spring.
Sorry, I meant he wants me to run conventional for the first two seasons. He specifically said to change the oil at 8 hrs and use conventional, then change it again before putting it away. I change my oils before the off season on my engines.
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I use Amsoil synthetic in everything I own. after breaking in the engine it just takes a little longer with synthetic. right now I have over 350,000 on my according to certain members worst of the worst Hyundai Elantra. someone argue that a snowblower will never see conditions that warrant the use of a synthetic. I hate buying the same thing over and over again so go for it if it last longer that's great. It's going to only cost you a couple bucks at most more and if your engine last longer that's a good insurance to me.
350k is impressive. I use synthetic in all my cars and bikes. I will break in the snowblower with the conventional oil like the dealer said and use full synthetic after that.
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