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 12-22-2004, 19:32 Post: 102748
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Any suggestions on a good inexpensive block heater and where it can be bought? I have a few machines so it would be nice to get a magnetic one if they made one like that. I'd use it on my bx2200 and an old international I have. Also, is the pan on the bx's steel or alloy and will a magnetic one work? I fired this up the other morning and it was 3 outside - pretty cold. It statred buy made a sick feeling with the effort it took from being so cold.






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 12-22-2004, 20:38 Post: 102756
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Tractor Supply has two different size magnetic block heaters, they sell for about $25 and $35 respectively. Not sure you will find anbything it will stick to though. If you do, let me know. I haven't checked my 7800, but I would suspect there isn't much it would stick to.






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 12-22-2004, 21:02 Post: 102758
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Tractor Supply .com? I looked and put block heater in the search and it didn't come up? It is a steel pan on the bx. I just put a magnet on it and it stuck.






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 12-23-2004, 04:08 Post: 102772
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 What is a good block heater

How do they compare with the Kubota coolant heater?
Does heating the oil pan warm the rest of the engine?
I like the idea of the coolant circulating through out.






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 12-23-2004, 07:07 Post: 102779
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 What is a good block heater

Personally, I'd rather start a diesel that had thinned oil - before one that simply had warmed water. On that count, I recommend the Wolverine heating pad - but it's not transferable. The trade-off is that it uses much less electricity than the magnetic type. Had one on my Yanmar. With oil already warmed and thinned, I didn't even have to use the ThermoStart on a 7 degree morning last winter.

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 12-23-2004, 08:20 Post: 102781
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Heating the oil to help it flow better is good as everyone knows that the engine wears the most at start up. The best place for heat to start an engine is at the head. That is were you need heat to make an explosion while cranking and compressing the fuel air mix. If you can't make enough heat then you have no explosion and all the warm oil you want can't start the engine. The BX uses a heater that goes into the head area heating the area most critical to a good start.






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 12-23-2004, 10:33 Post: 102785
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Art, would a magenetic heater stick to the oil pan of my 7800? I suspect the pan is aluminum, but have never checked. Anyone else know? I would consider a magnetic heater if there is something it will stick to.






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 12-23-2004, 14:57 Post: 102798
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 What is a good block heater

The best engine heater that I have ever used is a tank type heater. The only problem with a tank heater is that they take up more room than other heaters, but they work better. They heat the water and circulate it through the motor. You can touch anywhere on a engine when it is 0 degrees out and it will be warm.






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 12-23-2004, 20:30 Post: 102842
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After a good many Alaskan winters, I would agree that the tank type heaters are the best thing made to warm an engine. Next best are the freeze plug heaters followed by the magnetic/contact heaters.

A magnetic heater coupled with a battery blanket would serve very nicely in the horse latitudes.






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 12-24-2004, 06:39 Post: 102871
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Main reason I've allways liked thak types is that a couple minutes after you plug it in just feel the heater and you know for sure it's working. Frank.






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