My new 1025 r is up to 3.5 hrs on the clock. Still shiney and has only been used to blow wet heavy snow 1 time. Other than that, just been started to show friends, and yesterday with a wet heavy snow falling on my soft gravel drive after 3 days of rain, I actually just drove the tractor around to pack down the 2 inches of snow so when I do blow snow, maybe today, it wont dig in as much. Not being frozen, the shoes on this heavy blower have been digging in too much and pucking up stone even whenshoes are lowered all the way. Itll get better. Anyway I am wondering what I can expect to change as this engine breaks in. For the little I have used it, it seems to gulp fuel but I assume thats the wet heavy snow it blew and a tight engine. Does it get better? Also is there anything you suggest I keep an eye on as it breaks in? So far Ive spent more time standing and staring and waiting than actually using it. Keeping an eye open for rotary cutter and tiller but I guess I have a long winter to find those perfect deals. Im also thinking about a TSC carry all and/or bucket forks as well as the HH tooth bar. By spring it should be well decked out!