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.