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Jan 11, 2020 | 16:08 1 Have had a lot of trouble starting kohler motors at -20 and colder
Put one of those stick on rubber heat pads from canadian tire and works great
Yesterday minus 32 with it plugged in and a couple coats overtop started like summer Reply With Quote
Jan 11, 2020 | 17:14 2
Quote Originally Posted by caseih View Post
Have had a lot of trouble starting kohler motors at -20 and colder
Put one of those stick on rubber heat pads from canadian tire and works great
Yesterday minus 32 with it plugged in and a couple coats overtop started like summer
Hand Priming pump helps to. The brant conveyor that showed up in the spring has one. Reply With Quote
Jan 11, 2020 | 17:23 3 Are you talking about the Koehler with the high set carb with the intake exposed? They are a cold blooded beast. I have a couple with the low set carb and cold kit. They’re decent starters but if you could warm them up it would be easier. Dad used to use a stove pipe and tiger torch but those engines didn’t have all the plastic Reply With Quote
Partners's Avatar Jan 11, 2020 | 17:40 4
Quote Originally Posted by caseih View Post
Have had a lot of trouble starting kohler motors at -20 and colder
Put one of those stick on rubber heat pads from canadian tire and works great
Yesterday minus 32 with it plugged in and a couple coats overtop started like summer
What are you doing hauling grain at those temps?
There must be something else you can do in the house? LOL... Reply With Quote
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  • Jan 11, 2020 | 18:58 5
    Quote Originally Posted by Partners View Post
    What are you doing hauling grain at those temps?
    There must be something else you can do in the house? LOL...
    thats the problem , too many jobs in the house Reply With Quote
    Jan 14, 2020 | 21:35 6
    Quote Originally Posted by caseih View Post
    thats the problem , too many jobs in the house
    Okay so I can start my motor but can’t move my self-propelled auger. Even detached the hydraulic motors that drive the wheels and tried to warm up the system by circulating oil but it was complaining so much I quit. Too cold nothing works right I guess!? Reply With Quote
    Jan 14, 2020 | 21:49 7 That's the problem with every thing plastic, oil tanks, engine shrouds, tiger torches are forbidden. Reply With Quote
    brs
    Jan 14, 2020 | 22:28 8
    Quote Originally Posted by Livewire View Post
    Okay so I can start my motor but can’t move my self-propelled auger. Even detached the hydraulic motors that drive the wheels and tried to warm up the system by circulating oil but it was complaining so much I quit. Too cold nothing works right I guess!?
    What kind of oil in the hydraulic system. Bought a auger in 13 or so and that one moved way better then the 08 model. Asked the dealer said different oil in the 13, but sold us some additive and and added that and it is way better. Reply With Quote
    brs
    Jan 14, 2020 | 22:30 9 Usually carry around those little propane bottles with torch end and direct the propane into the intake really helps for starting in the winter. Reply With Quote
    Jan 14, 2020 | 23:13 10
    Quote Originally Posted by brs View Post
    Usually carry around those little propane bottles with torch end and direct the propane into the intake really helps for starting in the winter.
    I heard of using a tiger torch over the intake to run the auger. Propane injection. Reply With Quote
    brs
    Jan 15, 2020 | 06:05 11
    Quote Originally Posted by WiltonRanch View Post
    I heard of using a tiger torch over the intake to run the auger. Propane injection.
    Don't light it just use it as a starting aid. And keep running aid till running good. Reply With Quote
    Jan 15, 2020 | 06:53 12 I use a small heater or interior car warmer for 1 -2 hours with a couple of old parkas to cover the engine. Works well. Reply With Quote
    Jan 15, 2020 | 07:09 13
    Quote Originally Posted by caseih View Post
    Have had a lot of trouble starting kohler motors at -20 and colder
    Put one of those stick on rubber heat pads from canadian tire and works great
    Yesterday minus 32 with it plugged in and a couple coats overtop started like summer
    Take an old electric frying pan, cut legs and 3 sides off. Slide it under engine, plug in at min temp for half hour or so Works great Reply With Quote
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  • Jan 15, 2020 | 09:12 14
    Quote Originally Posted by Livewire View Post
    Okay so I can start my motor but can’t move my self-propelled auger. Even detached the hydraulic motors that drive the wheels and tried to warm up the system by circulating oil but it was complaining so much I quit. Too cold nothing works right I guess!?
    it must have too heavy of oil in it , back in the patch days , we used to add kerosene to hydraulic oil after -30, i would drain it and add really light hyd. oil
    this one moves fine after disengaging wheels and circulating oil
    i presume you are covering air intake as well?, we just have a 12" circle of tarp hanging on a zip tie and throw it over after engine is running Reply With Quote
    Jan 15, 2020 | 09:37 15 Yes I think I’ll have to change to lighter hydraulic oil. I also use an interior car warmer and cover the motor with blankets. Works great Reply With Quote
    Jan 15, 2020 | 09:39 16
    Quote Originally Posted by caseih View Post
    Have had a lot of trouble starting kohler motors at -20 and colder
    Put one of those stick on rubber heat pads from canadian tire and works great
    Yesterday minus 32 with it plugged in and a couple coats overtop started like summer
    Is your kohler a fairly new motor? I have one of the old blue 70’s vintage single cylinder kohlers that starts in minus 30 or colder with out heat. I have 0w-30 synthetic oil in it and have the battery in the heated shop overnight. I rarely used any heat on it. It was common to be called to haul malt barley in minus 30 weather. Reply With Quote
    Jan 15, 2020 | 09:54 17 ATF works good in the cold for hydraulic oil. Reply With Quote
    Jan 15, 2020 | 11:17 18
    Quote Originally Posted by AC man View Post
    Is your kohler a fairly new motor? I have one of the old blue 70’s vintage single cylinder kohlers that starts in minus 30 or colder with out heat. I have 0w-30 synthetic oil in it and have the battery in the heated shop overnight. I rarely used any heat on it. It was common to be called to haul malt barley in minus 30 weather.
    Yes newer command pro , all the same , poor starters
    But good engines
    We always use 0w30, and ATF is very good for cold Reply With Quote
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  • Jan 15, 2020 | 13:37 19
    Quote Originally Posted by TASFarms View Post
    ATF works good in the cold for hydraulic oil.
    Geeze I was thinking about frozen hydraulics on the auger and using coal oil and how it’s hell on seals when it warms up, but ATF would solve that. Use it in the steering system on a big truck so why not. Reply With Quote