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  1. #11
    Platinum Member 2ndhalf's Avatar
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    Default Re: Worked on the Massey GC today

    Quote Originally Posted by ray66v View Post
    If you had turf tires, and enough weight on the back, you would be even more surprised.
    Probably right but I do too much dirt work in tacky soil for turfs.
    One year my dad bought my mom a mood ring, when she was in a good mood it was blue... when she was in a bad mood it made a red mark upside my dads head!

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    Default Re: Worked on the Massey GC today

    First time starting the tractor today using the block heater and silicone pad heater, plugged them in for about 3 hrs, it was 14 degrees. about 30 seconds on the glow plugs, the GC started pretty easy. I let it warm up for awhile, then I brought about 8 or 9 buckets of firewood in.
    Glad I did both heaters and switched to synthetic oil.

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    Default Re: Worked on the Massey GC today

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocko View Post
    First time starting the tractor today using the block heater and silicone pad heater, plugged them in for about 3 hrs, it was 14 degrees. about 30 seconds on the glow plugs, the GC started pretty easy. I let it warm up for awhile, then I brought about 8 or 9 buckets of firewood in.
    Glad I did both heaters and switched to synthetic oil.
    3 hours may be okay for the block heater. 15 seconds of glow plugs will probably be enough, because it's not really a cold start, with the heater.

    However, that silicone pad heater isn't doing much in 3 hours.

    It takes a long time to warm that much oil.

    I plug mine in a few days before the forecast suggests I'll need it.

    If you use your tractor a lot, I would just leave the trans heater plugged in when it's cold.

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    Default Re: Worked on the Massey GC today

    I don't use the GC that much in the winter, maybe twice a month.

    Tractor sits in a TSC garage in a box.

    If the outside temps are mid teens low 20's...
    5 to 6 hrs for the Block heater?
    2 to 3 days for the Pad heater?

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    Default Re: Worked on the Massey GC today

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocko View Post
    I don't use the GC that much in the winter, maybe twice a month.

    Tractor sits in a TSC garage in a box.

    If the outside temps are mid teens low 20's...
    5 to 6 hrs for the Block heater?
    2 to 3 days for the Pad heater?
    I can't say for sure on the block heater, I don't have one. But, I believe most people have said 3 hours is enough?

    Three days on the Pad heater would probably be the minimum. Mine sometimes runs for a week or more, and parts of the housing are still cold.

    I don't know your wattage. But, mine is only 140 watts. That's only enough to keep the oil from getting really cold at those temps.

    It's more of an insurance policy, than a work around for the extended warm up periods.

    I would still allow a while running at high idle.

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    Default Re: Worked on the Massey GC today

    Thanks for the tips.

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    Default Re: Worked on the Massey GC today

    FWIW: The M-F block heater (you know, the pricey one!) is 400 Watts. I'll often leave mine on for several hours.
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    Default Re: Worked on the Massey GC today

    One time I left it plugged in for 8 hours and it was hoooooot. I think I heard the water boiling-is that a bad thing?
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    Default Re: Worked on the Massey GC today

    Quote Originally Posted by cdaigle430 View Post
    One time I left it plugged in for 8 hours and it was hoooooot. I think I heard the water boiling-is that a bad thing?
    I guess it's possible it's boiling in a very small amount, right at the heater, but the heat is dissipating as you move away from that area.

    If you boiled all your coolant, you would build very high pressures, and the radiator cap would let that pressure escape, leaving you low on coolant.

    I don't know if it can get too hot. My guess is no. Especially, when it's very cold.

    I am sure someone has left theirs plugged in a lot longer than 8 hours. And, there does not seem to be any dire warnings here.

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    Default Re: Worked on the Massey GC today

    Yeah I was worried it might cook something like a gasket. It was just coming from the area of the block heater. Now I just plug it in 1-2 hours before using it just in case.
    2010 MF GC2410 TLB, 2006 Husqvarna YTH 2448, 2004 Honda Rincon 650, 2007 Honda Shadow Aero 750, 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited-Hemi.

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