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 02-19-2007, 13:00 Post: 139870
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It's been cold here for the past few days and my tractor is back outside. It starts really rough but is fine when it is warmed up. I do have a block heater. My question is, how long can/should I leave the tractor plugged in? Can I leave it plugged in over night or should i just plug it in 20 minutes or so before I go to use it?

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 02-19-2007, 13:34 Post: 139871
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I don't know what your definition of cold is, but up here in Cannuckistan, about an hour, two if it's real cold (read: well below about 0° F.) is lots.

We also use a magnetic heater on the bottom of the sump too to help get / keep the hydraulic fluid warm.

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 02-19-2007, 13:35 Post: 139872
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Oliver; there are all kinds of opinoins on time duration for pluging a tractor ot truck in. Some say leaving it plugged in all the time helps keep moisture out of the engine, probably does under certain conditions, not sure. I've allways tried to give it a couple hours for a good warm up, it won't get things much warmer with a longer time period. we hope summer gets here soon so we don't need plug ins. Frank.






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 02-19-2007, 16:51 Post: 139879
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So basically if I plug it in when I wake up (around 6) and leave it plugged in until I am ready to use it around 9 or 10, I am ok. Or, plug it in around dinner time and use it after the kids go to bed...

In terms of cold, it was a few degrees below zero last night and a degree or two above this morning when I went to use the tractor.






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 02-19-2007, 17:49 Post: 139883
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Oliver; I think that will work just fine. I've heard of people plugging them in thru a timer so you don't have to go out in the cold to plug them in too. It may take a heavier duty timer than you plug a lamp into, I don't know much about that, better ask someone who knows more about it than I do. Yes, we have finnaly gotten out of our two week strech of below zero mornings too. Keep warm. Frank.






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 02-20-2007, 19:53 Post: 139921
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I need a cooler for mine--it was 73 here today.
Sorry guys.

I'm jis' sayin'






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 02-20-2007, 20:25 Post: 139923
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EW; Yeah, rub it in, but we aren't swatting any bugs up here. Was that you pulling a float in the Marti Grais parade on TV?






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 02-20-2007, 20:52 Post: 139925
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No bugs today.

Was my shirt off and my manboobs showing? Wasn't me then.

Mardi Gras, FYI, is "celebrated" like Christmas around he-ah---from Florida/Alabama border to New Orleans.

People even say "Happy Mardi Gras" to you, which is code for "have 'notha bee-ah will ya wit dem beads?"

Being a "boring yankee" I find it yet another reason to get drunk and be loud (them, not me)--legally.

Last week they had a parade of floats or "Krewes" coming down a two-lane that was one-and-half-lanes wide and two decks high---I'm already riding with two wheels in the ditchbank and the a--hole float driver veers right for me because he was too high for the tree limbs. Arggggh! Danged rednecks I-tell-you!






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 02-22-2007, 16:12 Post: 139953
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My tractor has 2 heaters - 300W engine block heater and a 150W hydraulic sump heater (it's a HST). Total = 450W. At 12c/kWh thats 450W / 1000W/kW * 30*24 hours in a month * 0.12 dollars per 12c = $38.88. So nearly $40 per month just to keep the tractor warm = NO WAY. I heat it up when needed.






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 02-22-2007, 17:04 Post: 139956
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Ann makes a very good point, but missed one other aspect in her mathematical (financial?) calculations.

If you leave the heater plugged in 24/7, you will be running it (them?) 720 hours a month, times who knows how many months a year, depending on where you live.

Like anything, a heater element has a finite life. Take my word for it, changing a burnt out block heater, definitely falls into the category of PITA. Even if it's only the magnetic or other external heater that burns out, replacing it will cost you more money.

It's easiest if you can leave it all pliugged in, but don't energize the plug, or extension cord, until a few hours before you actually need it.

As Ann so correctly pointed out, 2 heaters would cost you ~$40 a month, so for the cost of a few months of saved electricity you could easily install a switched outlet or put in a timer at least.

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