Engine heater for lawn tractor?

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Old 12-21-09, 11:05 AM
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Engine heater for lawn tractor?

How do people start a lawn tractor when it's below 45 - 50 degrees outside? Does anyone make any sort of engine heater for a lawn tractor (16 hp two-cylinder B&S)?
 
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Old 12-21-09, 12:17 PM
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You can buy a battery blanket at you local auto parts store. What is the problem you have starting it at that temp?
 
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Old 12-21-09, 12:43 PM
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The problem is the battery won't crank the starter more than a few revolutions. The temperature was about 35 degrees. I had just put a charger on the battery for 30-60 minutes. Would it help if the battery was physically warm?
 
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Old 12-21-09, 04:04 PM
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Yes. A warm battery helps. How old is this battery? How many CCA?
 
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You probably have straight 30w oil in it also which is like molasses when it gets cold, I would suggest if you are going to run it in cold weather to change the oil to 5w30 or 10w30, if you don't the colder it gets the worse your problem is going to get. Have a good one. Geo
 
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Sounds to me like your battery isn't up to par. A twin cylinder 16 horse (assuming it's opposed cylinder) takes a lot to crank even when it's warm. You should have no less than 280 cca's on the battery, and even then, it may not be good if it's over 2 years old.
 
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Noooo prooooblem!
You've got access to a hair-dryer, right?
 
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Old 12-29-09, 08:49 PM
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synthetic oil will make a big difference. You can also buy magnetic heaters that will stick to any non aluminum section of the engine
 
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Hi I haven't built a heated garage yet planning a 8' * 7' ish shelter for my tractor until then I have a tarp as a tent over engine and seat with a small heater under it. Running it for about a hour warms things up reasonably.
Good luck
 
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