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    Winter storage / start the Yanmar up periodically?

    x750 with about 90 hours on the clock. I am running a diesel additive (can't remember the name).

    Temps were in the upper 40's here over the weekend, and I got to spend some quality time in the pole-barn / shop, organizing, putting things away (just moved in to this acreage in July).

    The x750 hasn't run since early November. Manual says not to let it idle for long periods of time. Wondering if I should fire it up, run around the yard a for a while, or just let her sit for the duration of the winter(?). Thoughts...

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    Assuming you have a battery tender on the battery - which is important for winter storage.. unless you are going to get it out and run it enough to get it good and hot, you are better off letting it sit. Starting it periodically in the cold and not allowing it to fully warm up is not a good idea.
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    Thanks jgayman.

    I don't have power to the shed yet, so battery tender is not an option right now. Hopefully this spring : )

    I'll let her sit until it's time to mow grass again. Daubs
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaubsNU1 View Post
    Thanks jgayman.

    I don't have power to the shed yet, so battery tender is not an option right now. Hopefully this spring : )

    I'll let her sit until it's time to mow grass again. Daubs
    I don't have power in my shed either. I use a Deltran 10-watt solar Battery Tender. It works quite well for the battery in my 2720. I don't have any south facing windows so I just stick it in the west facing window and it works fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaubsNU1 View Post
    Thanks jgayman.

    I don't have power to the shed yet, so battery tender is not an option right now. Hopefully this spring : )

    I'll let her sit until it's time to mow grass again. Daubs
    Second best option with no power to a battery tender is to remove the battery and store it in a semi-warm place. If a battery gets to be discharged then it will be susceptible to freezing.

    Other than that I agree with jgayman above 100%.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    Second best option with no power to a battery tender is to remove the battery and store it in a semi-warm place. If a battery gets to be discharged then it will be susceptible to freezing.

    Other than that I agree with jgayman above 100%.
    Just was going to say that. Pull the battery and put it inside it will last longer. If you do not have a tender charge it up a couple times during the winter to top it off. Having the top of the battery clean is good too it keeps stray voltage from draining it down a little faster. Starting it with out making it hot enough to burn out the water condensation will just make more. I let fire pumps and other gas engines sit all winter with out starting them. Important to treat or get all the gas out of them including running them dry.

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    Since we are slow I cranked everything on the lot today. Some have not been started in 2 mo. All started with a lil fart and gag but cleared up with in 20 sec. By the time I got to the end of line I increased the throttles and let em run for a while. Maybe .2 hrs. All did fine.

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    I have an old 1972 Chevy K20 4x4 that has been sitting in a storage lot for a few years. The battery is home on the tender in the garage...I started it two years ago, was rough.

    Master cylinder blew out, so will have to get it towed to the brake shop.

    Not looking forward to starting up that old 350 V8...

    Crossing fingers...
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    My X-758 is in a heated shop I may charge the battery in the spring .
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    Daubs, Your fuel is treated in your X750, so that's not a problem. Keep battery warm and on a battery tender and that won't be a problem either. You'll be good to go in the spring without starting during the storage season.

    For your "old 350," do you use a fuel stabilizer? Gas will "go bad" after a month or 2. I use StaBil in my gas in all of my small engines. I use very little 2-cycle fuel, but I use StaBil in that also. I'm on my 4th or 5th year on a can of 2-cycle fuel and my saw & weed wacker start after 3 or 4 pulls. Add a stabilizer to your K20 and keep tank FULL...prevents condensation. Bob
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