Kubota B7100 Heater

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I use my B7100 a lot in the winter to plow snow. Last year was especially cold and I finally broke down and bought a golf cart enclosure as shown in this thread http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/customization/300684-b7100-golf-cart-cab-eclosure.html But since then, I've been thinking it would be nice to have heat in the cab.

So, I built a heater from from plywood, a new but scrapped automotive heater core, a fan from a RV stove vent and a Bosch electric water pump. Since the B7100 has no water pump, I had to insert a copper 1 1/4" fitting into the upper and lower radiator hoses. In the top hose, I used a coupling and just drilled a hole and soldered an elbow into the hole. The lower hose had more room and I was able to use a reducing T fitting that was 1 1/4" x 1 1/4" x 1/2" . Heater hose that is 5/8" ID just fits nicely over the outside of a 1/2" copper coupling.

To control the pump I wired in a resistor to give two pumping speeds with a SPDP switch. To control the fan speed, I used a PWM rotating control off eBay plus an off switch, as the PWM draws a small current when off.

I also installed ball valve shutoffs in the heater lines so I can shut off the flow if the heater pops a leak.

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Just a follow up, as today was the first opportunity I got to try out the cab heater. The good news is that it works well to keep the golf cart cabin that I installed, warm.

The bad news is that it almost over cools the engine. I put a cardboard block over the radiator with a cutout for the hydrostatic oil cooler so that it still gets full air. Even with the radiator blocked, it has a hard time maintaining 200 degrees F if I run the electric coolant pump and fan at full speed. Fortunately, if I run the coolant pump at 6 volts through a dropping resistor, the engine warms up and I still get plenty of heat.

I'm sure this would be simpler if the B7100 had a thermostat and its own water pump, but I'm learning as I go.
 
 
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