First oil change question - Snowblower Forum : Snow Blower Forums
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 4 Old 03-07-2016, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Sussex County, NJ
Posts: 25
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 1
Thanks (Received): 1
Likes (Given): 4
Likes (Received): 12
First oil change question

This was my first season with my new 24" Ariens. From what I read, I was supposed to use it for between 3 and 5 hours for break in and then drain the oil. I planned on doing that and replacing the original oil with synthetic. Problem is, with only one significant snow fall this year, I used the blower for only about 2 hours. Should I treat this as I would the break in or should I replace with regular oil for the off season, run for another hour or two to finish the break in next year and then switch to synthetic?
JTD771 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 Old 03-07-2016, 02:24 PM
Senior Member
Elt31987's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Derry, NH
Posts: 206
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 44
Thanks (Received): 14
Likes (Given): 235
Likes (Received): 47
Check out

This thread has a lot of activity on it.

2016 Ariens Deluxe 28 SHO AX306cc (921044) | Drift Cutters | Front Weight Kit | Handwarmers
1965 Ariens 10ML60D with 1970 10,000 Series Sno-Thro Attachment 10995 | Tecumseh H70-130216G (7HP)
2016 Ariens Razor SP Mower AC159cc (911175)
2016 Predator 8750 Peak/7000 Running Watt Generator 13HP 420cc (69671)
Elt31987 is offline  
post #3 of 4 Old 03-07-2016, 06:49 PM
Senior Member
uberT's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Boston suburbs
Posts: 1,480
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 101
Thanks (Received): 85
Likes (Given): 261
Likes (Received): 144
JTD, I'm kind of in the same boat as you. My new 24" SHO probably has 5 hours on it. I've changed the oil but just used a traditional 5W30, not synthetic. I'm hoping for a bit more time this season to get some more hours in, but that's looking less likely at this point. I haven't even started the 28" blower yet and that's got me a bit concerned about the gasoline in it from last season...

2014 Ariens 21" Path Pro 938030
2015 Ariens 24" SHO 921038 | poly skids
uberT is online now  
post #4 of 4 Old 03-07-2016, 07:00 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Lowell area, MA
Posts: 3,568
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 140
Thanks (Received): 306
Likes (Given): 408
Likes (Received): 733
I would change the oil with regular (dino) oil. Then go synthetic after at least 5 hours of actual use, not just letting it idle in the driveway.
RedOctobyr is online now  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Snowblower Forum : Snow Blower Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome