Mowers on a cold day

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by IN2MOWN, Oct 25, 2007.

  1. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Hey guys, Im looking for some advice on cold days. My shop is not heated and this morning was a real PITA getting the mowers going. Anyone have any tricks to keep the mowers warm at night so they are easy to start in the morning? My cold starts on the mowers dont work to well.
  2. JTF40

    JTF40 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 875

    How cold was it in Kansas this morning? I like a wood-burning stove, personally. Fortunately, I just preheat with the ignition key for about 5-10 seconds. :usflag:
  3. jsaunders

    jsaunders LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You souldn't really be having a problem- make sure the choke is fully closing- one of my machines was a b#tch to start and found out that the choke wasn't fully closed-

    Now I also start my mowers 38' F on some days- You def. have a choke issue.
  4. grasswhacker

    grasswhacker LawnSite Gold Member
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  5. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
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    It was 34 this morning and in the winter when Im still doing cleanups it can get down in the teens and twenties.
  6. GreenT

    GreenT LawnSite Fanatic
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    Move to Florida! :weightlifter:

    Sorry, couldn't resist.
  7. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
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  8. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sounds like a good idea !!
  9. JJS

    JJS LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 334

    use lighter weight oil, 10w40
    mine start right up all the time
  10. stumper69

    stumper69 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Try synthetic oil. It won't thicken up when temps drop.I use 10w-30 in all my equipment.

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