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I have a 2016 x580 with the after market soft sided, hard top cab, glass windshield and wiper etc. I am thinking about installing a windshield heater of some type on it. Looking for suggestions as to what may be the best application for my cab. Not looking to be able to go out in a pair of shorts and t-shirt heat, just going to keep the windshield clear while snow blowing etc.
 

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You could enclose part of your exhaust system and suck air from it and blow it on your windshield like the old VW's did to get heat from the engine. Not sure you want to tap the oil filter like I did for heat or if your smaller engine is water cooled tap into it. 100_0353.JPG
 

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I thought the amp rating on the X500 was 15 amps. That is what stopped me from picking up one of those heaters. The 15 amp
heaters I have found have the users complaining it doesn't generate enough heat.
 

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I thought the amp rating on the X500 was 15 amps. That is what stopped me from picking up one of those heaters. The 15 amp
heaters I have found have the users complaining it doesn't generate enough heat.
The heater will be wired directly to the battery +/-. 15 amps is the allowable continuous load on the generator circuit, which is also the charging circuit for the battery. The draw is through the battery, not the tractors electrical system, and the battery is usually capable of at least 300CCA. As long as the charging circuit stays up with the battery usage everything will be fine.

As an example, I have a winch that attaches to my X580 rear integrated power sleeve hitch through a rear electrical distribution box. I use #8 wire from the battery to the winch relay, and then through a 250A fusible link inside the box. It works perfectly with no strain on the tractor wiring or electrical system, and the tractor charging circuit stays up with the load.

You can use the 20A heaters, just make sure you wire them directly to the battery using at least #8 wire. You can use $10 jumper cables for the wire if you need to, just cut off the ends.
 
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