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  1. #1
    New Member
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    Jun 2003
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    Penticton, BC Canada
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    Cub Cadet EX3200

    Default Newbie Question? starting / running / shutting off

    As a newbie to my own yanmar tractor I have a couple questions about starting / running / shutting off a diesel tractor.

    I have a 1500d

    1. Does the tractor need to warm up before I start to use it? (no glow plugs)

    2. Is it OK to start a tractor then shut if off shortly after? (eg. 1 minute later

    3. After running the tractor for a while should you let the enging idle at a low rpm for a while before shutting it off?

    Thanks,

    Jeff

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Jul 2003
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    SW Alabama
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    NH TC-33D

    Default Re: Newbie Question? starting / running / shutting off

    Here's what I recommend and have read that you do.

    <font color="blue">1. Does the tractor need to warm up before I start to use it? (no glow plugs)</font>

    Yes, I always let mine warm a bit at a high idle at the first start of the day. I don't go overboard with it, because an engine will warm quicker when working than idling, just enough to ensure good air/fuel mixing.

    <font color="blue">2. Is it OK to start a tractor then shut if off shortly after? (eg. 1 minute later)</font>

    I've always been told that it's bad for a diesel engine, and a gas too I would think, to start it and shut it right back down especially if you do it a few times in succession. See the above quote, Once it's warmed I don't see any prob with shutting it down to hook up implements and such.

    <font color="blue">3. After running the tractor for a while should you let the enging idle at a low rpm for a while before shutting it off?</font>

    I don't know if it makes a huge difference and all my manual says is to pull the throttle all the way to low idle and shut off the engine, but I always let mine idle for several seconds before shutting it off. My lawn mower manual says to idle it for a short period before shutting it down.


  3. #3
    Platinum Member
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    MS
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    John Deere 4110 HST

    Default Re: Newbie Question? starting / running / shutting off

    You asked if you should let it idle for a while before shutting it down. Well, from all I have read on here, you should let it idle for a few minutes to let it cool down some, before you shut it off. That it does do it some harm if shut off without doing that. I only let it idle for two or three minutes, but then I have let it idle down while backing it into my garage to though, which makes for another couple of minutes or so.

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