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Old 12-01-2018, 07:25 AM   #1
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Magnetic block heater


I bought the tractor mentioned in another thread. Haven't
used it much so far but it seems good.

It is hard to start in cold weather. Doesn't appear to have a
manual choke or any other levers/buttons intended to help
with cold starts.

Thinking about different ways to warm it a little before starting.
120V outlet is nearby.

Any thoughts on the magnetic block heaters?

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Re: Magnetic block heater


Last year I purchased a 200 watt version but haven't really tried it yet. I have a diesel Kubota 7500 with a lawnmower size battery, but when temps are negative a lot of batteries perform poorly. But when the driveway needs plowing the tractor needs to start. My battery charger has done the trick so far but wanted a little extra heat to help. It is on the table next to me because this is the season so will know soon if it helps.

The other change I want to make is to switch to synthetic engine oil. Used it in my old Oldsmobile V8 many years ago and it cranked like a champ.

My diesel has glow plugs to get it started and usually that is all I need, if it will crank.

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I bought the tractor mentioned in another thread. Haven't
used it much so far but it seems good.

It is hard to start in cold weather. Doesn't appear to have a
manual choke or any other levers/buttons intended to help
with cold starts.

Thinking about different ways to warm it a little before starting.
120V outlet is nearby.

Any thoughts on the magnetic block heaters?

TIA
Ayuh,..... The Kioti CK20 mentioned in the thread ya never responded too,..??

A magnetic heater is better than nothin', but far from the Best strategy,...

Heatin' the coolant is 2nd Best, especially if the heater cycles through the oil cooler when it's on,.....
Heats both the water, 'n oil,.....

The Absolute Best, is of course a fully heated garage,.....

The magnetic heater on the oil pan is probably 3rd,.....

'n magnetic heaters are really yer only option on air-cooled diesels,.....

Glow plugs are a different topic, but no doubt can make a world of difference, in most cases, so long as the motor is designed for glow plugs,....
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Ayuh,..... The Kioti CK20 mentioned in the thread ya never responded too,..??

I didn't respond, but I did appreciate the advice.

Also appreciate the advice on this thread.
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I'm kinda surprised it didn't come with a block heater. No chokes on a diesel. You could pop a block heater into one of the frost plugs or, as Bondo suggests, install a circulating coolant heater. I'm not that familiar with magnetic block heaters.
Are you waiting for the glow plug indicator light to go out before cranking?
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I'm kinda surprised it didn't come with a block heater. No chokes on a diesel. You could pop a block heater into one of the frost plugs or, as Bondo suggests, install a circulating coolant heater. I'm not that familiar with magnetic block heaters.
Are you waiting for the glow plug indicator light to go out before cranking?

Can't find a block heater cord so pretty sure there isn't one.
Yes, waiting for glow plug indicator go out.
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Can't find a block heater cord so pretty sure there isn't one.
Yes, waiting for glow plug indicator go out.

Google "Kioti CK20 Block Heater". It seems OEM doesn't offer one but there are aftermarket ones available. Installation would probably be a pain unless you have a nice warm place to work. There is a link to an oil pan heater that installs with tape - not sure I'm big on that.


You could hang a trouble light by the oil pan for a quick fix. It's only going to get colder! Good luck.
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Mice will like the elevated temperature. It may pay to check one of their favorite nesting locations, in the radiator shroud.
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