I bought a similar one almost 10 years ago. Track drive. Five HP B&S
Engine. First oil change I went to Mobil 1, 5W30,. Never need the
electric start. It always starts on first pull. Most important is to drain
all gas at the end of season.
Mine does have 6 speeds forward and 2 in reverse. Multiple speeds are not
really necessary. The reverse is needed with the track drive as it doesn't
I think the reason most snow throwers are 2 cycle is because they are
easier to start with no cold, thick, crankcase oil. If you are
keeping it in an attached garage (or a heated garage) it's probably no
issue, and is probably no issue with electric start either.
Other than that, only disadvantage of 4 cycle I can think of is that
you have to change the oil periodically.
My 18 HP 4 cycle garden tractor is garaged in a detached non-heated
shed. After the last mow of the fall season, I take the mower deck off
and mount a 48" snow blower to the front. I use the tractor throughout
the year. The only problem I may have in the winter is that the choke
cable may freeze up and I can't start the tractor because I can't pull
the knob out to choke the engine. A few minutes with a propane torch
I would hate to think about freezing my butt off, mixing gas and oil,
because I ran out of the mixture, or forgot to do it. Worse, I check my
shed and find I forgot to buy more 2 cycle oil, and now I have to make a
run to the store to get some, in a foot of snow. 2 cycle engines are for
A 4 cycle engine is just a vastly superior mechanism. It will last longer,
pollute less and work better. I have had the same experience someone else
mentioned here. Never use the electric start because it goes on the first
pull, even when it's well below zero. Just be sure to use fresh gas and to
clean or replace the plug regularly.
Until last winter I'd have said the same thing. My MTD always started
on either the first or second pull. One morning with the temperature
hovering around zero I got considerable resistance. Pulled the cord
slowly a couple times just to loosen things a bit then gave it one
good pull. Result was the cord separated. At that point it was very
nice to have an electric start option.
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