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#4668204 - 02/16/18 07:32 PM Snow Joe Ultra SJ623E Motor Break-in Help
gathermewool Offline


Registered: 01/09/09
Posts: 6064
This corded snow thrower was on sale for just over $100, shipped a couple of weeks ago.

The instructions say that the motor and augur are lubricated for life, but WD-40 can be added at the chute swivel point. I've got a couple of questions:

1. I have Deep Creep, silicone spray, and a 3-in-1 bottle. What would you use in place of WD-40 for the chute and rotating arm bushing?

2. DC motors typically benefit from a good break-in. My Google-fu is lacking and I haven't been able to find out what type of motor this thing has, but I'm guessing A/C wound, which leads me to believe no break-in is required. What say you all?

There seems to be another snow storm coming and I want to give this thing every chance not to let me down. I understand full well that it's a thrower, not a blower...


Edited by gathermewool (02/16/18 07:36 PM)
Edit Reason: specified corded snow thrower

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#4668320 - 02/16/18 09:49 PM Re: Snow Joe Ultra SJ623E Motor Break-in Help [Re: gathermewool]
muddawgs Offline


Registered: 01/14/05
Posts: 203
Loc: midwest
I use whatever is cheaper at the time for chute lube for my Honda. I would caution getting too much or getting the paddles oiled. Those should last you a few years.. The motor would be a simple ac motor. Really no maintenance can be done but maybe tilt it back and run it freewheel for 5 to 10 minutes before first use.

Ive heard mixed reviews on the snow joes. Let us know how it works out.

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#4668332 - 02/16/18 10:16 PM Re: Snow Joe Ultra SJ623E Motor Break-in Help [Re: gathermewool]
gathermewool Offline


Registered: 01/09/09
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Thanks, muddawgs. I've never heard of breaking-in an A/C motor. When swapped out on ships, we just swapped them out and turned them on - no fuss, no muss.

For RC brushed motors, I know there are various regiments for breaking-in a motor, from free-wheeling to disassembly and a longer submersed run. I think I'll take your advice and free-wheel it for a bit before first use.

I did already hand-rotate and then run for 30 seconds to ensure no binding or issues. I'll do it again, for a longer time, before first use. Can't hurt.

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#4668521 - 02/17/18 08:19 AM Re: Snow Joe Ultra SJ623E Motor Break-in Help [Re: gathermewool]
muddawgs Offline


Registered: 01/14/05
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Loc: midwest
I always run mixers,drills, fans and saws for a bit to listen for noises. It's funny you say that because I worked at a hobby store and broke in hundreds of 27turn trinity stock motors for races. I still have most of my rc stuff today. Let us know how that machine works out for you.

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#4670050 - 02/18/18 05:46 PM Re: Snow Joe Ultra SJ623E Motor Break-in Help [Re: gathermewool]
gathermewool Offline


Registered: 01/09/09
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Came back from wife's family and the driveway snow had already melted...all well, maybe next time.

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