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#1 David Brown OFFLINE  

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Posted November 25, 2013 - 06:42 AM

Has anyone used a heat lamp on their diesel to achieve easier starts on very cold days?  I didn't get a block heater put on the Massey when I bought it because I figured I could use something like a light bulb of small ceramic heater to give it a boost.  It was pretty cold here yesterday and the tractor started with no problems.  I'm just looking to give it easier cold weather starts.  Thought a heat lamp might be a good choice.  Opinions?


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Posted November 25, 2013 - 06:50 AM

We have one of these lower radiator hose heaters on the fork lift at work , not much $$ if you have the room and can get the correct size

http://www.fleetfarm...CFWJo7AodcmsAPQ


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Posted November 25, 2013 - 06:54 AM

I use a magnetic block heater on the GTs.

Works fine. It's a bit tricky though trying to get it

to stick to the aluminum blocks.


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Posted November 25, 2013 - 07:08 AM

My main problem (and a bit of a surprise) is that once I got the tractor started, I couldn't go above idle.  The tractor would do it but not from the throttle.  The cable froze or something.  I have to look today because it may have gotten pinched or something.  Can't imagine what on but you never know.  Not a big deal, just a speed bump in the learning curve.  I just figure a heat lamp under the tractor will eliminate that and give it an easier start.  Got a snow storm coming in tomorrow and my old plow tractor is gone.  It's been years since I've relied on a diesel in the winter so I have to get acclimated to it's little quirks before I am comfortable.  They do kick up quite a fuss on a cold weather start, don't they?


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Posted November 25, 2013 - 07:18 AM

Take your hair dryer to the throttle cable.

Oh hang on a second. You took your hat off when we had

lunch at WPGTA plow day.

Take your wife's hair dryer to the throttle cable.


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Posted November 25, 2013 - 07:23 AM

Take your hair dryer to the throttle cable.

Oh hang on a second. You took your hat off when we had

lunch at WPGTA plow day.

Take your wife's hair dryer to the throttle cable.

LOL I was going to say something, but you beat me to it.  Can you tell I raised two girls?  I had a full thick head of hair before they learned to make 32 ponytails on one head!  My eyes still haven't returned to their normal shape.


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Posted November 25, 2013 - 07:28 AM

:rolling: Will, just because he's a member of the "Hat Club for Men" ...
I would think a new tractor with good glow bars should start, but I agree on making it as easy as possible.

They used to sell dipstick heaters when I was a kid... I wonder if they still do?
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Posted November 25, 2013 - 07:34 AM

They used to sell dipstick heaters when I was a kid... I wonder if they still do?

 

 

From the same FleetFarm site:

 

http://www.fleetfarm...ategoryId=02319


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Posted November 25, 2013 - 07:34 AM

Oh, please dig up a picture of that. You, with 32 pony tails would

be an interesting look.

Honestly, we won't laugh. :smilewink:


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Posted November 25, 2013 - 07:35 AM

:rolling: Will, just because he's a member of the "Hat Club for Men" ...
I would think a new tractor with good glow bars should start, but I agree on making it as easy as possible.

They used to sell dipstick heaters when I was a kid... I wonder if they still do?

Well, like I said, the problem is not starting.  It start right up in spite of me.  Having never had a new tractor, I want to take care of this thing so it lasts as long as possible.  You know, pass it down to my kids and such.  They won't have a clue as to what to do with it but whatever.  The Satoh has a block heater and still has a lot of problems starting in the cold.  That's why I put it away for the winter.  This one starts up great.  I just want to give it easier starts.

 

Oh, and you're right, I am a member of the hat club for men as well as a charter member of the social network site "Nobody wants to see my FACE...  BOOK".  My wife like it when I grow my beard.  I tell people that she likes as much of my face covered as possible.


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Posted November 25, 2013 - 07:36 AM

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They used to sell dipstick heaters when I was a kid... I wonder if they still do?


Yes, they still do... Wonder how well they work?

http://www.ebay.com/...heater&_sacat=0
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Posted November 25, 2013 - 07:37 AM

Oh, please dig up a picture of that. You, with 32 pony tails would

be an interesting look.

Honestly, we won't laugh. :smilewink:

I'm afraid I'll have to leave that one to your imagination as all printed material has been destroyed.  This was before the digital age.


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Posted November 25, 2013 - 07:51 AM

I would also suspect the fuel may have "gelled" abit. It has happened to my 71 Ford 2000 diesel. The fuel strainer was blocked by thick fuel. I have used an old comforter over the engine and a 100w drop light to keep an engine warmer for easier starting. Keep the heat source low to let the heat rise through the engine. I then cover the entire tractor with a tarp to keep out breezes. It helps alot. Substituting a 200w magnetic heater onto the bottom of the oil pan works even better. Of course a 5 bay heated garage would be best. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted November 25, 2013 - 07:56 AM

I would also suspect the fuel may have "gelled" abit. It has happened to my 71 Ford 2000 diesel. The fuel strainer was blocked by thick fuel. I have used an old comforter over the engine and a 100w drop light to keep an engine warmer for easier starting. Keep the heat source low to let the heat rise through the engine. I then cover the entire tractor with a tarp to keep out breezes. It helps alot. Substituting a 200w magnetic heater onto the bottom of the oil pan works even better. Of course a 5 bay heated garage would be best. Good Luck, Rick

If it had trouble starting, I would say it may have gelled.  I have an additive in the fuel to prevent that.  It's in the shed, not outside.  This is a throttle cable issue only.  Throttle works great, cable, not so much.  Tractor starts and runs as it should.  I do plan to put the heat lamp under the tractor to let the heat rise and do it's thing.  I suppose a regular light bulb (remember those?) would do the trick but I felt the heat lamp would work a little faster.  Just wondering in anyone used one and what kind of luck they had with it, that's all.


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Posted November 25, 2013 - 01:01 PM

You can keep a heat lamp under it to keep the oil pan warm and the rest of the block too from the rising heat. Also, the glow plugs are a great asset on diesels since they help it during the winter to start by heating the air in the intake manifold. what you could do also is put a heat lamp under the rear end so it keeps the oil warmer and flows better to keep everything lubed while your out playing in the snow.


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