Break in period T/F

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by lawnchopper, Jan 16, 2004.

  1. lawnchopper

    lawnchopper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 211

    Is there such a thing??? The saying is that you want to take it easy on a new piece of equipment during the break-in period.
    One time a snapper dealer told me that its a old myth and should'nt have to worry about a break in period.
    I know when we buy new equip they get the snot worked out of them right out of the crate there isn't time to putz when there is schedule to maintain.......the only thing we do is change oil after 10 hrs or so to get out any metal filings that might be in there for manufacturing otherwise its balls to the walls.
  2. xcopterdoc

    xcopterdoc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 752

    Most owner manuals are pretty explicit on break in procedures. Also the maintenance schedule will note when the first change of any fluid needs to be done. Thats good you change the oil at the 10 hr mark, dont forget the hydraulics though if it is a hydro machine. On our new 2 stroke stuff, I run it at an idle til hot then shut off and let cool to the touch. I repeat this 3 times. This helps seat and wear the rings in.

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