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First oil change?

Bought a SnowMaster 824 at the end of last year and so far it's been used for 2 hours. For the first oil change do you guys recommend to go directly to synthetic? or run dino oil for the rest of this winter?
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Go directly to synthetic. It is probably as "broke in as it is going to get.
The important thing is to get all the new engine crud flushed out.

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i wouldnt switch over to synthetic until it has had recommended break in hrs. if it wont get enough run time this winter to be broken in properly, change it at the end of the season and replace with the same grade it has in it now. jmo

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Well, the manual says change oil after 2 hours, then it's pretty much once a season after that.
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I have synthetic in all mine, including new engines ....
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I use only synthetic.
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Well, the manual says change oil after 2 hours, then it's pretty much once a season after that.
first one ive ever heard of that is under 5 hours for first change.......yer good to switch over to full synthetic !

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I also use synthetic not only in my blowers, but anything with an engine on it. New, old, rebuilt, anything. All three of my blowers which have significant use on them I use Royal Purple for the sole purpose of telling how dirty the oil is. I get about a season out of this oil before it becomes too dark to tell that it's a purple color and that's when I change it. I also have several mini bikes that use synthetic, one with a new engine and others have used engines.

Never have I had a leak when switching from conventional to synthetic and it seems that synthetic has a much better shelf life. Correct me if I'm wrong but it doesn't turn to sludge nearly as fast just from sitting.
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I really don't think it matters.....I use synthetic...but only because it takes 24 ounces and doesn't cost S**t..... changing oil is what is important....and not letting it get low!
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Thanks, I will do synthetic. When the winter is over, do you change oil before putting it away for storage or at the beginning of next snow season?
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