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Heating Pad for my L.

3181 Views 9 Replies 9 Participants Last post by  Gravely Frank McM
I'll have to admit,I really can't stand winter time.

The only fun I'm gonna have is using my two Gravely's to remove the snow from my 4-car driveway and short city sidewalk. Overkill....I know. My neighbors just shovel or have an old,junk bottom-of-the-line snowblower that is useless.

Not me! I've got the 10A (see avatar)that is a beast and an old cast-iron carb'ed L of unknown year that will be pushing a plow that I restored.

The only problem with the L is the thought of pulling over that ice-cold engine.

I know with airplanes,there are sticky metal pads that owners stick to their oil pans,then plug in to 110V.

*** Q: Have any of you installed engine block heaters on these machines? Before I start looking,I'll bet some of you have excellent ideas.

Attached is a pic of the plow I restored. It now has a 3/8 edge. This plow was found sunk in the ground,rusted,covered with moss. Now it's almost a shame to use it:


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There were block heaters for L model gravelys. Apparently they didn't work all that well, and also had a tendency to catch fire :Stop:

I've run strap start gravelys in quite cold weather. I'd always choke it all the way, pull it once, then back the choke off to 1/2 to 2/3, then pull again. I could almost always get it to fire on the second or third pull like that.

I've also used the light bulb trick. A 60-watt bulb throws off quite a bit of heat. To enhance, the effect, ditto Dayton_king, throw a blanket over the whole works to hold the heat in.
How about one of those 110V plug in starter motors, crank it 'til it starts. :dunno:
In WWII the Russians operated aircraft and other machinery in insane cold temps. It's hard to bring a fighter plane inside and heat it up when you're at the front, so they didn't bother. They had steel spinners with couplers in them, and a 50hp engine mounted on a truck, with a driveshaft to the spinner. 50 below? No problem! Just crank that sucker up until it catches!
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