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post #1 of 16 Old 02-03-2015, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
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Fuel Efficiency

Snow blowers really don't have a rating for F.E. because I guess it completely depends on the depth and type of snow along with the speed you use on the drive (or if you even use the drive). I understand that the engine tries to maintain consistent RPM and that the gas load can vary greatly depending on the loads put on the engine with all those variables I mentioned.

That being said, I have a brand new Craftsman 24-in. 208cc Dual-Stage Snowblower (model 88173) and I only got 3 clearings plus a dry test run out of a full tank (0.5 gallons).

The 3 clearings were 5", 8" and another 6" of snow. None were very wet heavy snow, but none were light and powdery.

My driveway volume is about a 5 car capacity (900 square feet including a stoop walkway).

The dry test run was maybe 5 minutes. On all 3 clearings I did let the snowblower idle a little while doing other tasks like some shoveling touch ups or cleaning my car off. Maybe 15 minutes idling total on all 3 clearings. All 3 clearing sessions were probably approximately 30-40 minutes of engine run (even with the idling). Finally, I did favor the slowest drive speeds (speed 1) the majority of the time because the snow wasn't light and powdery.

So I'm not really sure if I'm getting normal fuel efficiency or if it's not that good. Like I said it's brand new and runs great! No carburetor issues, no smoke, assuming the carb has no buildup since it's brand new. Just wondering if I should be concerned with only getting 3 clearings from that full tank.

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So I'm not really sure if I'm getting normal fuel efficiency or if it's not that good. Like I said it's brand new and runs great! No carburetor issues, no smoke, assuming the carb has no buildup since it's brand new. Just wondering if I should be concerned with only getting 3 clearings from that full tank.

As I don't have experience running your engine size, I do know the engines of today being OHV and with smaller jet orifices have better gas economy.
1/2 gallon is a small quantity especially American gallon size. You have to keep in mind that with a new engine and blower unit, everything is still tight even more so for the engine so it can get better.
My 358cc Tecumseh and 30" blower last 1 1/2 hr with a regular 6" snow but with a full gallon Imperial and those engines are not the most economical being a flat head design.

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I also have a 208cc that is new. So far, I've put 10 hours on it with the heavy snow we've had here in Connecticut. I've only used about 2.5 gallons of gas. Not too bad in my opinion!

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I used a little less than 2 tanks(.5 gallon tanks) with my 212cc engine last week clearing the 20-24" dump last week. I went out twice for a total of 5 hours. At today's gas prices I was able to run my blower for 5 hours at a cost of $2.04, I'd say it's rather fuel efficient.

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Honestly, I never even considered it. Just put some gas in it when it runs out.

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So 3 clearings on 0.5 gallons is nothing to worry about and I'm fine?
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I would say it's normal.
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Honestly, I never even considered it. Just put some gas in it when it runs out.
That or switch machines, like the Pony Express.


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Like Normex said you are still breaking in the engine.

After about 5 hours of total run time change the oil and put in a synthetic 5w-30.

Then see how you do.

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My old 8HP Tecumseh powered BearCat drank gas (as it turns out). I'd have to take a gas can out to the work area with me to fill it up every 45 minutes or so. I didn't think anything of it at the time; I've long been accustomed to running small engines longer than their fuel tanks' capacity.

Then I got an old, used-up Yamaha YS-828. It would run for hours on a tank.

Now I have a Honda 928TA. It positively sips fuel. I think I could run it run all day on a tankful. I've already run it for 2+ hours and it wasn't even down to 3/4 full. I honestly think a tank of gas would outlast my endurance to operate the machine. Admittedly these were not monster snowfalls, but still it amazes me how little it uses. And the Tecumseh never cared about snow depth - it just guzzled away.

So, for me, 3 different experiences with fuel consumption. All 3 are/were similar sized machines, all 3 have tanks of roughly similar size. It's plain to me that newer engines use much less fuel than the golden oldies.

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