Gotta use the snowblower for 1st time this year. Haven't had a chance
to change the oil since last year.
Bought it last year and used it about 10 to 15 hours.
It's a Sears 9.5hp two-stage unit. Manual recommends changing oil
every 25 hours or on a yearly basis.
Can I use it today safely without changing oil right now?
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Yea, use it today and change the oil when you are done. Draining the
oil right after use is preferred as the oil takes out more of the gunk with
it and it drains better warm. You will not do any damage to the engine, but
do it soon. I'll bet you don't have oil handy so buy some next time you go
Most manufacturers recommend changing the oil after two hours of initial
operation to get rid of break in oil. Since you ran it way past that another
couple hours wont doo any more damage. Change it while it is hot when your
It would be better to change it at the end of the snow-season. Used
oil has contaminents that aren't always that friendly to the insides
of the engine. Even if you use it once or twice after that (hey who
knows when the last snow fell) that is still better than leaving a
full season of old oil in there.
Change it when it is hot, drains faster and more oil.
That's why I said; Even if you use it once or twice after that. It's
still better this way. HEck, oil is so cheap, you could even replace
it near the end of the season, and drain/refill it again when you are
sure that the season is over. (without heating it up)
On Sun, 07 Dec 2003 10:39:40 GMT, "Joseph Meehan"
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