I think both the coolant and block heaters will work just fine. They'll both heat the block up which, in turn should warm both the coolant and oil. You get to the same end either way.
I prefer to use a magnetic block heater just because I'm not adding anything to the engine. No additional places for leaks and less chance of me doing something stupid that might kill my machine. (Not that I've ever done anything stupid before... much. :laugh: )
Yes that is the same with my 1026. I use the block heater any time it gets close to freezing temps and it makes a big difference in how smooth it starts.I had a block heater installed on the 1025R that I bought this August.
The last few times I started the tractor, the temperature in the garage was in the mid forties. There was a lot of smoke when I started. This morning, I plugged in the block heater for about 20 minutes just before starting. It started just as quickly as in the past, but I was surprised at how little smoke there was. I'm going to use the block heater regularly and hope this morning's start can be repeated. Has anyone else noticed this effect?
No pic at the moment but I put it on the block. On my 2032R, if I pop the hood there is a clear area on the block right between the alternator and the starter. YMMV on other machines.Jim,
Do you have a picture showing where you attach this magnetic heater to your tractor?
Do you put it on the block, or on the oil pan?