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    Diesel in winter

    Just purchased a new Ď19 1025R with FEL, 54Ē snow blower, 54Ē deck & rear bracket with suitcase weights. Itís getting delivered in a few days. I traded in my x585 to upgrade. Super excited. This is my first diesel so I requested the block heater and Iíll keep the battery on the tender. Other than activating the block heater for a brief period before starting (30-45min), what else should I know about diesel engines in winter. It will be stored in our garage (unheated).
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    Congrats on the new tractor. I am entering this winter with my first diesel as well. This video was very helpful.

    1. you are likely going to want to winterize your diesel and do it before the diesel gets cold in the unheated garage.
    2. you can turn your ignition key on, to let the starting aids get warm, then cycle the key again, 2-3 times to let them get good and warm before actually cranking the tractor. You wont need to do this if you have a heater as the engine will already be heated.

    my tractor starts fine cold but it does cough and smoke for a bit. I went with a 5w40 full synthetic as I expect winter cold starts to be a common practice with my snowblowing tractor.
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    @rjm240 - I actually watched that video last night, still need to order some additive. Was going to research the JD one vs the top one in the video.

    Do you know what weight oil comes as factory fill?

    How long is the glow plug cycle? 15-25 sec?

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    I'm sure the fuel sold up in N. Vermont is winter blend. You shouldn't have too much issue with gelling or freezing unless it gets extremely cold. A proper dose of a winter fuel additive should be all you need to keep things going smoothly.

    Does the 1025R have a glow plug light on the dash? I know my 3039R does - when the light goes out, it's ready to crank. The plugs are automatic, and only come on if the temps are cold enough to warrant it -- below 30F or so.
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    when it is very cold out I find it is very helpful to cycle the glow plug two or three times before starting the engine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hammong View Post
    I'm sure the fuel sold up in N. Vermont is winter blend. You shouldn't have too much issue with gelling or freezing unless it gets extremely cold. A proper dose of a winter fuel additive should be all you need to keep things going smoothly.

    Does the 1025R have a glow plug light on the dash? I know my 3039R does - when the light goes out, it's ready to crank. The plugs are automatic, and only come on if the temps are cold enough to warrant it -- below 30F or so.
    Just to note for a first time diesel user - the fuel will be treated if you buy it in winter. If you buy it in the summer or fall it will not be treated. Go to use that fuel in the winter and you will have problems.

    This is why I and others treat our fuel with winter additive all year round - no wondering if you have winter or summer fuel.
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    Diesel in winter

    I actually asked today at Maple Fields (Mobil fuel) about the diesel being winter blend. They had no idea what I was talking about. I am assuming it is winter blend starting in early fall since we had our first frost in early October and itís been below zero already.

    Iím not sure if there is a glow plug light on the dash, itís getting delivered next week. Iím looking forward to having a little more power in the heavy snow storms. My x585 was very good, but I think this 1025R is going to be even better.
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    I plug my 1026R in 2-3 hours before I want to use it. There is a lot less smoke in my garage and the cab heater warms up a lot faster than a shorter plug in time. In an emergency, other than the smoke and rough idle, I have started in below zero Fahrenheit temps so the heater is not an absolute requirement, just extreamly nice to have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ebg18t View Post
    I actually asked today at Maple Fields (Mobil fuel) about the diesel being winter blend. They had no idea what I was talking about. I am assuming it is winter blend starting in early fall since we had our first frost in early October and it’s been below zero already.
    Not a safe assumption, my main supplier just started blending with 10% kero this week. Myself and a few other retailers actually cornered them at a meeting/dinner Wednesday night and asked about blending earlier in season, they'll look into it was our answer. If I have a customer with a 1000 gallon tank and say he still has 500 gallons left and we now add diesel blended with 10% kero, he still has not enough kero blended after our delivery to even mention.
    As far as asking a station attendant, most station attendants wouldn't have a clue what difference between gasoline and diesel is, let alone whether or not the diesel is blended. Add to that you actually ask to what percentage it is blended and you will literally blow their minds. They will however think you are one smart fella for even having knowledge that such a thing exists.

    It varies by region, but my point is that they never start blending right off at 30%. They will build it up as time goes on, unless it just slams off with record cold, then they will take more aggressive action.
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