Do you "cool down" your equipment?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by excav8ter, Jul 1, 2013.

  1. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 27,061

    MIne too . Used to have 1 guy that always did it and when it backfired when shut off I would come unglued.
  2. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Messages: 4,281

    With modern lubricants and better manufactured engine components it is just not necassary too cool down the engine so too speak in general. There may be certain situations that may require it but 95% of the time it will not help amything.

    Leaving the throttle wide open and shutting it off is a different story. Big no no.
  3. AEL

    AEL LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,724

    Turbocharged machines have to be cooled down so that the oil doesn't bake in the turbo, give the oil a minute or two to drain.
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  4. deerewashed

    deerewashed LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 883

    yup what has been said before. Got to give the turbo a brake after running them hard.

    if the turbo is stopped without cooling a bit the oil that is there burns from the high heat and "coaks" the bearing surface.
  5. Dirtman2007

    Dirtman2007 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,366

    I try to let stuff warm up and cool down, I run machines at 1/4 throttle till the motor warms up some then turn it up to operating speed. Im bad about not letting the small machines cool down but they don't have turbos either. I always throttle stuff down to idle before cutting them off.

    On all the big equipment I let it run for a few minutes to cool down. I pretty much park it and by the time I sweep the floor off and get all my stuff gathered up from the cab its cooled off and ready to cut off.

    now my uncle likes to switch it right off and you can just hear the turbo still whistling
  6. excav8ter

    excav8ter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 221

    exactly what i was told ....
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  7. excav8ter

    excav8ter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 221

    I think the engines actually gain heat if u don't let them cool off. My T800 dump will do that.....temp will rise if i don't let it cool down for a couple minutes .
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  8. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 6,309

    I understand its not necessary, but I do it just for myself. I feel like it brings down oil temps and gets that cooler oil throughout the motor so the oil lasts longer? Maybe. Probably not, but im an old guy with old habits
  9. goel

    goel LawnSite Member
    Messages: 73

    Cool everything down here. I have a grasshopper with a gas Kohler that backfires extremely loud if you don't cool it down.

    Anyone that forgets drives that for the day to "help" there memory.

    Then of course, the rest of the crew heckles the he!! Out of them for the day for causing minor heart stoppages.
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  10. EH909

    EH909 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    What about when you only do like a 15-30 minute task at a time or someone stops you to talk etc?

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