Running in cold temps

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mcwlandscaping, Dec 2, 2005.

  1. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
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    Will running equipment in colder temps damage the engines? Reason im asking is because tomarrow im doing my two biggest cleanups (one .75 acre and the other .5 acre) and its suppose to be around and under 20 degrees until noon or so. Im starting early, just wanting to make sure i wasnt going to harm anything my doing this. Ill be using the redmax, echo handheld blower, exmark, honda 21", and my billy goat leaf vac for these jobs. Thanks
     
  2. Brianslawn

    Brianslawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    just let things idle a few minutes before going full throtle, mike. that way they can warm up. its cooling off a bit here, too.
     
  3. pjslawncare/landscap

    pjslawncare/landscap LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Dont use starting fluid in a 2 stroke because it will break down the lubricating elements in the mix and can scar cylinder walls. Be sure u didnt use air filter oil on the cleaners, oil gets thick in cold and causes rich fuel mixture (run air filters dry). And like Brian said, let them warm up a little, they will be fine once their going. Mite use thinner oil in your Billy Goat like 10w 30
     
  4. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
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    Air filters are always dry and i don't use starting fluid at all so i think i should be all set then. The billy goat has 10w 30 in it already, so thats all set. And yes i deffinatly will warm them up a bit, ill have them warming up while im layering up my sweatshirts!! Thanks guys for the quick responses!
     
  5. green acres lawns

    green acres lawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    Liquid cooled engines and synthetic oils don't care what the outside temp is. Just warm it up a little first.
     
  6. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
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    it's just like any other motor, let it warm up at a high idle, and work it as usual. The cool air actually helps them make more power.
     
  7. TURF DOCTOR

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
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    Let it warm up then pin it's ears back.
     
  8. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
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    Well, it all worked out fine today, everthing like it usually does and i did let it warm up for a little while extra!
     

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