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Heating Pad for my L.

3184 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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I've used a heating blanket with good success, the problem is getting a heating blanket that does not automatically shut off. I would turn the heating blanket the night before predicted snow and wrap it around the engine, I never had issues starting in the cold. Also you could install a hotter plug, that and a well tuned engine should turn over easily in cold temps oh and a lower weight oil can help. I use SAE 40wt in the summer and, when I lived in MD, 30wt in the winter.

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