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 04-19-2004, 16:31 Post: 83647
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I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Here we get extremly hot summers and extremely cold winters. Are the Summers going to be too hot to run my L3400 all day long? Is there proper warm up/cool down techiques that diesel engine need to follow, such as a hot hot day let the engine idle for 5 min to cool it to a certain temp before shutting of the engine..etc. The winter I don't think will be an issue as it will be shedded and heated, and I am aware there is always warm up times hot or cold days. Any info would help.






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 04-19-2004, 19:44 Post: 83660
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You do have good temperature swings but they work in worse for a living. The cool down period just like a warm up will be better in the long run.






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 04-19-2004, 19:47 Post: 83661
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How hot does it get there in the summer? I figure if they can run in Phoenix they can run almost anywhere.






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 04-19-2004, 20:21 Post: 83669
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We get a good average of 30-40 degrees celcius. That's 86-104 in fahrenheit, on a normal summer day. It's a different kinda hot, you have to visit to understand.






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 04-19-2004, 20:27 Post: 83671
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I'm sure it's a humid hot (high enthalpy value), but I think the tractor only cares about dry-bulb hot. In that regard Phoenix has you beat. The day I moved from Phoenix it was 122 degrees F.






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 04-20-2004, 05:37 Post: 83693
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There's probably an oil grade/temp chart in the owner's manual but such charts tend to be based on older oils and are conservative.

If you want to follow the chart and only change oil once a year then maybe using a synthetic (which wouldn't be on a chart) would be good. Synthetics have both good low as well as hot temp characteristics. If you're really interested, viscosity/temp charts are available for many oils.

I haven't been that interested and I use a semi-synthetic NH 5W-30 year around. The 30 weight oil may thin a bit doing heavy work on a hot day but I just avoid working the few days we get in the 90's--good for the tractor and me too. At the other end, a first number that's too high during the winter slows down the starter and the engine won't start as easily unless the oil is heated. I have used 0W-30 because we get far more days a year below -20F than we do above 90F here. I went to the 5W-30 version because I don't want to change oil more than once a year unless the hours warrant and I'd just as soon have greater viscosity at start up during the summer. Fortunately I can avoid really low temps because it seldom snows when it's that cold here. I do use a block heater generally and a battery blanket when it's really cold.






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 04-20-2004, 08:25 Post: 83704
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Zippy, I run a few Kubota's here in Canada (see my pic. 6) and have a bit of experience, summer & winter with them.

Trust me, the only way you will overheat a Kubota is if the rad screen plugs full of debris.

As for cold weather operation, same deal, they will handle it just fine as you can see by the plows on those units.

We find the best warm up / cool down is to run them at about 1500 rpm's for about 5 minutes.

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