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    a couple of operator questions..

    Just wondering.. When you guys start your tractors.. Do you have your throttle all the way down at idle, or do you start it with more throttle than that?.. Next.. When you're done mowing and put your machine away.. Do you turn the height control to install so the deck is sitting flat on the floor or do you leave the height set where you like it and just lower the deck to that point and forget about it?.. I've been turning mine to install and letting it sit flat on the floor.. Figured I was taking the weight off of the arms etc and that it might be better for the machine in the long run.. Wondering if it really matters or not.. Thoughts?..

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    I start my tractor on idle, give it a few seconds then bump it up just above idle for a minute and then off I go.

    As for the deck, I always put it in the full up position when I finish cutting and leave it there. Dropping it to get the weight off isn't a bad idea but probably unnecessary
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    I always start & stop at idle & just leave the mower height set at my mowing height.
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    I throttle back to about 1200 RPM, idle there or a few seconds and then shut down.

    I don't have a mower on the tractor but I guess if I had a mechanical lift I wouldn't worry about it. If I had a hydraulic lift I'd probably drop the mower deck to it's lowest point.

    On my D160 mower I leave the deck all the way up. It doesn't hurt anything to leave it there and there is less chance of me forgetting to lift it before I start moving.
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    I start and stop the motor at idle speed. I usually remove the mower deck after mowing because the next job involves work where the deck would be in the way or I just don't want to carry around 240 lbs. of dead weight.
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    Start and stop at idle speed, let it sit for about 30 seconds, the set it to desired RPM and go get dirty. I don't mow, so I can't answer that.

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    Start and stop at idle. I let it warm up a bit at idle too. Heck, if I'm not working it hard, I tend to do everything at idle (except mow and other pto work).

    I always lower the deck to the floor when not in use. If it's on the floor, it can't fall if there is a failure of the locking mechanism if I didn't quite set it right (and I did have it happen once when it slipped off the cam because it wasn't fully in the lock position).
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    Think that pretty much covers it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by golf12 View Post
    Just wondering.. When you guys start your tractors.. Do you have your throttle all the way down at idle, or do you start it with more throttle than that?.. Next.. When you're done mowing and put your machine away.. Do you turn the height control to install so the deck is sitting flat on the floor or do you leave the height set where you like it and just lower the deck to that point and forget about it?.. I've been turning mine to install and letting it sit flat on the floor.. Figured I was taking the weight off of the arms etc and that it might be better for the machine in the long run.. Wondering if it really matters or not.. Thoughts?..
    I start and stop at idle. The Manuel says "start at "1/2 to 3/4 speed" but I don't like that. I do move the throttle to about 1/3rd to warm it up.

    I put my deck down to where I mow.

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    Cold start

    Up here in NW Wisc in the cold months, Oct - Apr. I start at lowest throttle setting on my 1026R
    & walk away for 5 - 10 minutes & let it warm up slowly.

    A couple of diesel mechanic friends have told me the WORST way is to fire it up & rev it up or take off & start working right away. The colder it is, the longer I let it warm up slowly, max of about 10 minutes.
    One has worked at Bobcat for 30+ years & knows his stuff well.

    I hope this helps!
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