On my 1025 I had a lot of chances to move equipment around the yard, mow a little, and putz around with small projects for the first few hrs, then use it for blowing snow for the winter before really opening it up and making it work hard. Fast forward to 2019. My new 2025 has 2.1 hrs on it. Other than using the back hoe for 45 minutes at little more than an idle, this machine has not even mowed my lawn. I just went to look at a job that will be brush hogging 5 or 6 acres of pasture that has not seen cattle for about 2 or 3 yrs. No trees or brush but a lot of 5 ft goldenrod and grass. Id guess 5 or 6 hrs of steady brush hog, maybe more, work with 2 .1 hrs on the engine. Ive heard "vary the rpms occasionally". Ive heard "open it up and leave it there". Ive also heard "start low and increase it as you go". Brush hog work seems like a good way to get used to the machine and break it in. Steady work and not as tough as something like tilling or plowing but do any of you have a favorite routine or theory of working a brand new machine? In the past I have always just worked a new machine the same way I plan to run it in the future, near WOT but varied it somewhat every 20 minutes or so. I figure "breaking it in" is a one shot deal so if anyone with knowledge has suggestions, Im all ears. Im sure as usual, Ill be on edge listening for any unusual sounds, lurches, or blips. With 90 hrs on the 1025 I was jusr getting to the point where I felt like I could depend on it. Im always like a new papa for the first few months.