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Mark M    Posted 09-08-2021 at 05:53:41 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Recommendation for winter engine heater
  • Hi Team

    I live in Northern Michigan and want to use my 8N with back blade to move snow around this coming winter. Any recommendations for a way to keep engine warm when not running? I recently acquired a 2N that has a in-line heater in one of the radiator hoses.....is that the usual method of keeping the engine toasty during cold weather? Or maybe a magnetic block heater?......thoughts?

    Thanks in advance

    Ultradog MN    Posted 09-09-2021 at 07:52:37 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Nothing will help your engine start as well as warming the coolant. Cold temps reduce the volatility of the fuel/air mixture. Warming the coolant warms the combustion chamber, increases volatility and makes them start better.
    I am not saying mag heaters won't help but they not as effective as a coolant heater. Warming the oil is not as effective as warming the coolant and combustion chambers and modern multiweight oils mostly eliminate the need for that.
    You can't put a block heater in an N. So install a coolant heater in the lower radiator hose for maximum effectiveness.

    duey    Posted 09-13-2021 at 08:10:35 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Back in the 1950s, my Dad could get his 2N running by pouring a large teakettle of boiling water over the intake manifold and carburetor.. as Ultradog says: INCREASES VOLATILITY... and it worked in weather way below zero.

    Jimmyjack    Posted 09-10-2021 at 18:43:54 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • The Dog is right again, listen to his reccomendation.

    mthomas    Posted 09-08-2021 at 09:17:39 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Personally, I think magnetics have their place. This is especially true with the lousy fuel available today. I stick one on the intake manifold and another one on the oil pan. A warm intake will help the fuel issue, and oil sitting in the bottom of the pan is barely warmed by circulating anti freeze.

    mthomas    Posted 09-09-2021 at 10:08:46 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Agreed on the circulating coolant. Magnetic heaters are best in conjunction with a hose heater. I was not clear on that. Kinda like a belt and suspenders approach.

    Zeked (central Oregon)    Posted 09-08-2021 at 10:39:12 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • +1 on two mag heaters……. Better if you can keep the tractor inside even if unheated

    Lynn Patrick    Posted 09-08-2021 at 08:25:24 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • My first recommendation is a freeze plug block heater (most efficient in my mind), & second would be a lower radiator hose heater. Magnetic heaters are for emergency use only - again just my opinion!

    Ultradog MN    Posted 09-09-2021 at 20:51:15 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Lynn,
    Meant to add this to my earlier post.
    I agree first choice is a frost plug/block heater.
    A 600w block heater will do the work of an 800w inline heater.
    Happy winter tractoring.

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