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Hi All. I recently jumped on a clearance deal at Lowe’s and bought a Husqvarna ST224P that I think will serve my needs but I am very concerned when it comes time to do an oil change. Date of manufacture was 10/2018. Besides the crappy plastic and tiny dipstick, the drain plug is flush against the engine with no sort of extension! Has anyone on here come up with a good solution? I know Husqvarna has a two inch drain pipe I could probably get but, is there anything longer and more convenient? What a poor design. I’m not even sure what the plug hole size would be to rig up something myself. Is it 10mm? I’m considering simply buying a hand pump to go in through the filler hole and just suck the oil out when it comes time to change it. Thanks in advance for any solutions you can share! I contacted the company days ago. The “expert” acted like he never heard of this and bumped me to somebody else whom I haven’t heard back from. I tried to make contact again but have not gotten a response yet. Certainly there must be others with this poor set up.
 

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There is a thread in the Husqvarna section here: https://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum/husqvarna-snowblowers/62441-husqvarna-st224-fill-me-good-bad.html that includes some information on your problem. It appears that there was a chassis re-design that precluded the use of the short and long oil drain tubes. The short comes out the side of the engine while the long goes out the rear of the engine. Post 27 and post 40 provide pics of the machines for your info. Other posts give some other insights.

It appears there is a hole in the chassis under the engine drain plug which may allow oil onto the transmission. So the option of sucking out the oil from the fill plug seems like a good one. There does not as yet appear to be an answer to whether one or two short drain plugs will fit or whether your engine has a rear port for the long tube drain.

You may want to keep track of that thread to see if a solution is identified. Good luck.
 

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Thanks for your reply and link. I read through it. Seems like others are going through the sane thing. I haven’t been getting anything out of Husqvarna which is also concerning from a customer service standpoint. By now, they should have devised a solution to the lack of a decent oil drain method. I’ve been looking at something called a Drainzit hose that would replace the oil drain plug but can’t seem to find anyone that knows the drain hole size. I guess I could tilt the unit and take the plug out and figure it out myself. Or I am still on the fence about just returning the whole thing and search for a better alternate brand. The last blower I replaced was a tiny little thing that lasted about 30 years in our family! A Dynamark! Which was a bargain brand back then! But had a Tecumseh Snow King engine that was unstoppable. Never threw a shear pin or anything. I gave it away a couple days ago. The carb was leaking and it seemed to be losing compression under load but was still functioning! They sure don’t make them like they used to!
 

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any pics of the machine in question maybe even some of the side and back? even if it don't have the drain tube it isn't that hard to change the oil. it is not like you have to change it every year. i would say oil is likely good for 5 years after the first break in oil change depending on how much it is used. usually you go by color or hours of use. i usually take the wheel off engines like that and use a old oil container that has been cut up as a funnel to keep the oil off the machine and drop into my oil change pan.
 

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What make engine is it? You could contact the manufacturer of the engine about an extension, or the size and thread of the drain hole. I had a similar problem with my Predator 212, but was able to buy a thread adaptor on Ebay, and used NPT extension found at my local hardware store
 

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I bought a ST224P at Costco and was disappointed to find out that the machine didn’t come with an extension tube for draining oil. The manual implied the engine contained one at the rear, but my unit didn’t, having side drains instead.

After some research, I order the official 2” drain extension for the purpose of determining the oil drain hole size and thread size. With extension in hand, I visited my local hardware store and was able to determine the oil drain hole is 10mm with a 1.25mm (fine) thread.

I then called Drainzit to ask for the thread size on their 10mm model 1010 extension hose (also sold as HON1010). Turns out the 1010/HON1010 is a 1.25mm thread too, so I had found a match. Drainzit advised me their hoses were available on-line only, from Home Depot, NorthernTool and Amazon. I choose Amazon and two days later I had the 1010/HON1010 hose in hand.

Since I still hadn’t put gas in the unit, I was able to lay the unit on its side and remove the original drain plug without any oil coming out. It was a hassle to install the new Drainzit since I could only use a small open-ended wrench and tighten about 1/8 a revolution at a time, but I finally got the Drainzit installed. I chose to put the Drainzit on the left side (as you stand behind the unit), but it would work on either side. I also chose to mount the Drainzit hose to the frame using Velcro since that keeps the hose more securely away from the wheel during operation.

I have included images of what the Drainzit 1010/HON1010 looks like installed.
 

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