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« on: January 01, 2018, 03:47:11 PM »
The only time we have seen double digits is with a minus sign.
Those block heaters sure are nice. Mighty nice. My tractor will fire right up. This tractor has the fuel tank behind the seat. My other one had it front of the steering wheel,kinda over the engine. I use to throw an old piece of carpet on the hood to keep the fuel warm. I use it every few days to bring wood up to the house. I still let it idle for a while. I can hear the hyds whine on it,until it gets warm.
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Re: block heaters
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2018, 04:36:26 PM »
Ray I have a small tank heater on my little trackter that  I keep in a shed and at 20 below that thing will fire up like it's summer
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Re: block heaters
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2018, 04:45:04 PM »
Yeah Ray a block heater is a wonderful thing.So are warm hydraulics.I like to give my Kubota a little time before we head out.
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Re: block heaters
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2018, 07:19:01 PM »
Electric block heaters should be rigged up with timers.  Besides saving electric costs, keeping an engine warm for long periods [with no use]  increases corrosion.

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« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2018, 07:27:51 PM »
My tractor don't sit too long. Maybe 48 hours at the most. I will unplug it at times. Just to save on the electric bill. That poor tractor does not get much of a rest.
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« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2018, 07:37:59 PM »
  My 2355JD has a block heater but it doesn't get plugged in very often, because I avoid work when it's that cold. On those occasions where I need to start it in the teens or colder I plug it in for about an hour and she fires right up. So far my Kubota has always started without one.
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« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2018, 09:17:16 PM »
 I have a magnetic heater I use occasionally on my truck since the block heater it has doesn't work and on the tractor as well. I stick it on the bottom of the oil pan for a couple hours before I plan to start the engine. It makes it easier on the starter and battery in really cold weather. I'm sure it doesn't work as well as the internal block heater but helps alot.
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Re: block heaters
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2018, 09:35:33 PM »
Some of our heaters are on timed outlets, others get plugged in before chores. My Kubota is a hydro, so I let it warm up after it starts, but it sure is nice to just crank it over once and have it running.
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« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2018, 09:38:00 PM »
I had an old subaru. That thing would not start in the singles numbers. I put a halogen light under the hood and covered the hood with an old blanket and it would start like it was 30.
My FIL says it cost too much to run them block heaters. So he would rather start it cold and save a dollar.  ::)
I feel any heats helps out some,if you can.
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Re: block heaters
« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2018, 09:43:41 PM »
I think cold starts, especially below 10 F, are really hard on an engine. Even a 1500 watt  heater only costs 20 cents an hour, at least on my residential meter.
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« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2018, 10:54:54 PM »
We keep block and oil heaters on them, it is not uncommon during cold spells for someone to start their rig and toast an engine because the oil is too cold to pump with just a block heater. I have one heater that just has an oil heater on the oil pan and one on the tranny too, no block heater, it will start easy enough at 20 below, but I usually don't use it once it gets that cold.
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Re: block heaters
« Reply #11 on: January 01, 2018, 11:24:29 PM »
Here is a Thermostatically Controlled Outlet that would work for a heater. I use one on a heat lamp.

https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/farm-innovators-thermostatically-controlled-outlet?cm_vc=-10005

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Re: block heaters
« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2018, 12:08:10 AM »
Even though my diesel truck is in a heated shop, when its this DanG cold I'll plug the block heater in for a couple hours before I go plow.

Cuts the warm up time down.

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« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2018, 12:58:01 AM »
Electric block heaters should be rigged up with timers.  Besides saving electric costs, keeping an engine warm for long periods [with no use]  increases corrosion.

Would you elaborate on the corrosion issue?
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Re: block heaters
« Reply #14 on: January 03, 2018, 05:46:39 AM »
Ed, I keep my truck in a heated shop, so that there is basically no warm up time, I crank it and back out, rear ends tranny everything is sitting at 60 degrees, so she is ready to roll out.
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Re: block heaters
« Reply #15 on: January 03, 2018, 06:30:59 AM »
I have them on the John Deere and cat. Put them on a timer for a 3hr heat up before I turn the key.
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Re: block heaters
« Reply #16 on: January 03, 2018, 07:22:11 AM »
Block heater and battery tender trickle charger are plugged in all the time on my tractor that I feed cattle with, other equipment gets plugged in as needed.

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« Reply #17 on: January 03, 2018, 08:04:14 PM »
I have a battery tender hooked up to my little JD-1023E all through the Winter and I have a block heater on order for it now, should be here before the weekend!

This cold snap has been brutal and the heater will be a blessing!
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« Reply #18 on: January 06, 2018, 07:55:34 AM »
Have a block heater on my 20 year old Kubota 2900 that's never been used. No electricity. When glow plug light goes off starts the same winter or summer. Let it idle for 20 minutes or so for hydraulics to loosen up.

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Re: block heaters
« Reply #19 on: January 06, 2018, 08:19:46 AM »
I got a block heater for my Kubota even though it fires right up regardless of the temp. However, with single-digit temps, I think it's easier on everything to be a little warmer at startup.
However, of course, installation would seemingly (should) be straight forward and easy...no deal.  :-\ :-[
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