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#1 Tractorbuds OFFLINE  

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Posted January 12, 2013 - 11:27 AM

Well, we have done a little snow plowing with the new Bolens. It puffs out a pretty good cloud of smoke on startup, but clears up after about 30 seconds or so. However, the exhaust during operation is a little 'toxic' and we can see that oil is being consumed on the dipstick. We are running 10w30 in it with a bit of Lucas oil treatment.

 

My question: other than pulling the motor and re-ringing it, are there any other options for me by way of oil type to get it burning less oil. What if I were to thicken up to 15w40? It is rarely used in frigid temps - we'd just like to hobble this thing through the rest of the winter without taking too many years off our lives breathing in that exhaust!

 

If I were to re-ring it, are rings readily available? Cost?

 

I have to admit I'd probably sooner repower it with an 18hp Vanguard that I have sitting on the shelf.

 

Cheers



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Posted January 12, 2013 - 11:47 AM

Vanguard is a very well built engine cant go wrong there.



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Posted January 12, 2013 - 11:50 AM

Yes, Rings can still be purchased.

I'd stick with the original if at all possible.



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Posted January 12, 2013 - 12:39 PM

try  regular 30 w. oil  it worked for me  maybe get you through the winter then rering or repower.   in Christ   bobby



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Posted January 12, 2013 - 01:27 PM

Thanks everyone.



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Posted January 12, 2013 - 04:09 PM

When was the last itme that you changed the oil? If it is fairly new, smell it when it is cold. If it smells of gas, check your float and valve, then change the oil. If it doesn't smell of gas, run it until it is warmed up. Pull the spark plug and pour in about an ounce of Marvel Mystery Oil (MMO). Put the plug back in and let the engine sit for as many days as you can. The oil will seep down into the ring grooves and dissolve some of the carbon that traps the rings. Then run it for about half an hour or more. Add MMO to the gas at about half an ounce per gallon(or a little more). After a few more hours running the oil consumption usually goes down and the compression goes up. Use MMO in all your older engines gas and save a lot of problems. I've been using this in cars and tractors for over forty years. 


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Posted January 12, 2013 - 06:34 PM

Check the carb mixture adjustments.






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