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Cold weather skidder start timberjack 230
« on: November 04, 2014, 09:45:43 am »
Just curious about a good method of starting the skidder when you are not able to plug the block heater in.

I have read about exchanging anti freeze and am curious if this is a viable solution.

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Re: Cold weather skidder start timberjack 230
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2014, 12:11:33 pm »
I have the antifreeze exchange on my skidder (81' TJ240 453 detroit) a little afraid to use it though heard of people cracking their block on the truck don't know if its true or not. I always turn it over till it smokes then give it a little snort of ether. Hasn't fail me yet..

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Re: Cold weather skidder start timberjack 230
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2014, 01:02:24 pm »
I just crank a little, stop, crank a little. Stop, let's the cylinders warm up. Have not had Zn issue in cold weather doing this way. Have tried dryer vent from tailpipe of puck up in engine block. Works ok, takes a while. If you try that method keep away from starter.  A lot of condensation occurs.  Oh this us on an 84 tj 240 w/4-53. I would stay far away from ether.  Just my opinion though. 
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Re: Cold weather skidder start timberjack 230
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2014, 01:12:18 pm »
The first thing to do is switch oil to a 5W-40 full synthetic oil. You will be amazed at how much difference this will make. Does not guarantee it will start as everything else must be up to snuff, but every little bit helps.
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Re: Cold weather skidder start timberjack 230
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2014, 05:02:12 pm »
I bought a 1700 watt generator and just plug it in for a half hour. If it's not real cold and will only take a little either I'll just do that. A little either will not hurt them it's really feeding it too them that gives trouble
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Re: Cold weather skidder start timberjack 230
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2014, 06:04:41 pm »
Quite a few folks do the coolant exchange around here. Be interesting to hear if anyone knows it can crack a block or head. I worked at the Ford dealer here for a few years and saw one cracked head on a new truck. The owner of the dealership said the exchange caused it but others have done it for years with no issues. Has to be safer then the old fire under the belly pan trick though. :-p
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Re: Cold weather skidder start timberjack 230
« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2014, 06:25:40 pm »
Straight 30WT (Cf2 Rating) oil in a Detroit two stroke for cold weather, Block heater, small portable gen set and run for 1/2 to an hr. No either and she starts every time.

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Re: Cold weather skidder start timberjack 230
« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2014, 06:27:08 pm »
I've done quick coupler route to exchange antifreeze for many years. Many different vehicles and never had a problem. I did know a guy years ago that connected one of his  hoses to a oil pressure sending hole. That didn't work out to well.  ::)

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Re: Cold weather skidder start timberjack 230
« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2014, 06:38:34 pm »
A small generator is well worth the money.  Plug it in for bit while you drink your coffee or get your saws ready.  A little ether is not a bad thing.  Also park the machine out of the wind.
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Re: Cold weather skidder start timberjack 230
« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2014, 07:00:09 pm »
Oh ya, I almost forgot. Last year I bought a tile heater blow gun and would also heat the primary and secondary fuel filters when it got real cold. Say 10 degrees and below. Lighter viscosity Diesel combust's easier as the flash point is different than heavy Cold diesel. They will run, but you have to be patient unless you got the Duetz.

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Re: Cold weather skidder start timberjack 230
« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2014, 10:56:04 pm »
One thing I've found with ether, is don't use a cold can. Keep it warm, it atomizes but if it's cold it sprays as a liquid. I have a 3.9 Cummins that ether locks if you use a cold can, I think that's how people throw rods and what not.
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Re: Cold weather skidder start timberjack 230
« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2014, 12:02:28 am »
I think it's all about compression and cranking amps. When your engine gets a little sloppy  and you batteries  are getting week, that's when you get in trouble.  Cooling exchange , ether, warming up the intake air, that all helps.
What engine are you talking about roadrunner and what temperatures ?
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Re: Cold weather skidder start timberjack 230
« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2014, 05:45:34 am »
Lopet, good thought, there is a gear reduction starter clip some where in the forum. If I recall it was from Masco and was used in the marine industry and they make one for the 53 series detroit. Spins twice the speed as the old AC Delco. they also make a higher amperage starter ( AC Delco ) but is pricey. Mine is getting weak and the masco will be on the machine this winter.

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Re: Cold weather skidder start timberjack 230
« Reply #13 on: November 05, 2014, 08:16:24 am »
my 3.9 cummins has a gear reduction starter. 24 volt starters work better in the cold

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Re: Cold weather skidder start timberjack 230
« Reply #14 on: November 05, 2014, 12:23:45 pm »
The engine is a 353 Detroit and temps here in Ontario can get as low as -30 deg Celsius.

I need to change the oil out soon anyways, so maybe I will try the synthetic oil route to see if that helps any.

The portable generator root may be viable as well.  Not sure what kind of wattage the block headers need though.

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Re: Cold weather skidder start timberjack 230
« Reply #15 on: November 05, 2014, 04:11:29 pm »
David the Clark I'm renting has a gear reduction starter the 453 that's in it. It's so much better it's not even funny! Roadrunner when I bought my block heater he said they came in 750 and 1000 I bought a 1000 and at -17F 35 min on the generator and it would start in 3 flips with no either.
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Re: Cold weather skidder start timberjack 230
« Reply #16 on: November 05, 2014, 05:09:45 pm »
the generator that I have (it was my fathers) is a diesel as well. not to sure on how it would start on cold weather days as well.  Might just be a long stream of trying to get one thing going in order to start the next thing.  Such is life.

Thx everyone for your input.

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Re: Cold weather skidder start timberjack 230
« Reply #17 on: November 05, 2014, 07:08:04 pm »
Not quite sure where you are located in Ontario, but I can appreciate your issues with your TJ and cold weather starting. My ol' girl has a new starter, well set fuel system and a stubborn streak regarding cold starts !! A few rolls, a very light sniff of ether and away she goes, but when I say a light whiff I mean it. Plus, as previously mentioned, I keep my can on the dash of the pickup and its always warm. I have the i n-line heater for the coolant so I can plug it in, still looking for the time to install.......
As mentioned above, go easy on the ether, it's great stuff but has a definite down side !!!

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Re: Cold weather skidder start timberjack 230
« Reply #18 on: November 05, 2014, 09:49:10 pm »
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In my part of Northwest Ontario this style of propane circulating heater was very popular. I still use mine.
It uses quick couplers to connect the heater to the system. The "fire" is remote from the machine. In really cold weather I would let it run all night fire it up at the end of the day and it keeps the heat in the head and block.
 I have a couple of "nose" blankets made out of used mill felt that I would use to tarp in the engine compartment to keep as much heat in.
In he morning it may be -20F but it starts up just like summer.
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Re: Cold weather skidder start timberjack 230
« Reply #19 on: November 05, 2014, 10:05:55 pm »
Ontario Al, who makes that style of propane heater? I've heard of heaters like that, but nobody I know uses one. I might like to get one of my customers to be first!!
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