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    Arctic Temperatures

    So were experiencing arctic temperatures (-10 and below) in Wisconsin right now with snow coming tomorrow. Last i seen was 13.5 inches. My question is anyone have any hacks to keep the engine warm and keep the fuel from gelling up? I’m already running additives in my fuel and keep the tank topped off.

    I plow afew driveways and the farthest one is a 20min trailer ride.
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    If you are buying winterized fuel locally, you are probably good to go. In your area it’s probable has 20% #1 diesel blended in.
    If you are curious, you might ask your fuel supplier what they recommend. It’s about to get a whole lot colder, so depending on when you bought your fuel, it may not be blended with enough #1.

    Do you keep your machine inside a semi heated building? That will make things allot more forgiving.
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    -10F really isn’t cold. That is usually the temps that I run my tractor in. Make sure it has plenty of time to warm up. And if you have to trailer it do so with rear of tractor facing truck and leave running slightly above idle
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    Quote Originally Posted by dombougie View Post
    -10F really isn’t cold. That is usually the temps that I run my tractor in. Make sure it has plenty of time to warm up. And if you have to trailer it do so with rear of tractor facing truck and leave running slightly above idle
    If you back your tractor on to the trailer make sure you strap the hood down.

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    Yes I’m using winter blend diesel. I keep my tractor in my garage also.

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    Hey Z. I use Power Kleen in all my diesel equipment including my daily driver work truck. I use twice as much per gallon in the really cold spells. Good products. The white bottle stuff is mostly all I use. If you’re going to use the cleaner (green accented bottle) plan on changing your fuel filters after 2/3 of that tank.

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    Last week was -30c (-22F) today it’s +10c (+50F) man Fahrenheit is hard to spell and a goofy way to measure temperature

    I have a 400L slip tank in my truck with a filter on that. I never keep it full maybe 200L on average and just fill it up when it stops pumping fuel. I’ve never treated my fuel in any way and have never had any issues with my equipment. I will run 5w30 vs 15w40 as we run in the cooler temperatures
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    Here is what I use in my tractor and my pickups. I get it though my wife’s work. I only had my pickup gel up in the filter once and that was 3 days of -20F. I’m just manly concerned with the little amount of fuel a 1025R holds with the temps the next few days. I’ve always been told a full tank of diesel is better then a low tank in the winter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dombougie View Post
    Last week was -30c (-22F) today it’s +10c (+50F) man Fahrenheit is hard to spell and a goofy way to measure temperature
    Ah, the Chinook zone. Can go from -20°F to +50°F in hours. Or the other way in about the same amount of time.

    I used to regularly travel up in your area. One Friday on my way home, everything was in MPH, °F, Gallons (albeit Imperial gallons), Miles, etc. The next week it was all in KM/Hr, °C, Litres, Kilometers, etc. Just a cold turkey switch over. No easing into it at all.

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