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First Snow-blower Purchase - Z518 - Stupid Questions

Hey everybody!

I live in NE Ohio and have never bought or used a snowblower before. I am not mechanically inclined at all (we don't even own a lawnmower - we pay our neighbor to do the grass if that's any indication) but I decided to bite the bullet and look into getting some kind of machine to get through the winter.

I bought a Z518 at Home Depot yesterday - it seemed very well reviewed and it fit our budget. Plus I like the light weight and compact size.

I got it all set up today and the very first time I started it, there seemed to be a lot of exhaust coming out. The engine also seems to be running kind of rough, more jumpy and hitchy than a lawnmower engine.

I used the oil that came with the machine, and 89 octane gas (purchased yesterday). I let it run for probably 3-4 minutes tops. Is there anything I could have done wrong in the setup, or is this expected behavior for a very fresh single-stage machine?

Thanks for your help.
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did you put oil in the gas??????

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did you put oil in the gas??????
I did not. Was I supposed to?
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no you are not suppose to. you filled the crank case with oil right. if u can post a vid of what is going on there. it is a toro am I correct on that.

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I put oil in and checked it with the dip-stick according to the manual.

Here is a video of what is happening.

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Only other thing I'll note here is that I did not use the electric start feature but I used the pull start.
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Looks to me like the choke is on full. If so, turn the choke off after it get running.
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I put oil in and checked it with the dip-stick according to the manual.

Here is a video of what is happening.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEVC...ature=youtu.be
turn the choke off let it run full throttle for a couple of minutes. then every thing should be fine. any more questions let me know.

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Looks to me like the choke is on full. If so, turn the choke off after it get running.


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turn the choke off let it run full throttle for a couple of minutes. then every thing should be fine. any more questions let me know.
AHA! YES! That made it much better!

And after consulting the manual I see that it was mentioned there, I just overlooked it.

Glad it was a simple fix and I came here before the first time I tried to use the thing!

Thanks for the quick responses!
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that is what we are here for.

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