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I think I saw something on here a while back, and I know it is far from winter, but I am trying to be proactive for a change. My 1050 with the TRA-10D doesn't care to start that well when it is really, really cold in WI. Any suggestions on a way to warm it up a bit other than heating the entire garage or a torpedo heater?
 

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Yep, living in Wisconsin as well I can tell ya the Polish Black Berry Brady doesn't work, but tastes good! J/k

Seriously now lol, a little engine warming pad you can get at Fleet works good on the bottom of the oil pan, dipstick oil heater is good, and even a 60 watt light bulb under the engine works good. Of coarse it wont get cast iron hot in negative temps, but every little bit helps. Even taking a propane torch right to the side of the block works, but be sure no gas leaks are present, and oil leaks are somewhat dangerous too.

One other consideration is the viscosity of the oil, if you did know. Some oils turn into a hard sludge in cold temps cause they are a warmer blend, and yes, they will make the engine start hard primarily because the oil is thick, so the engine turns over slower from the pressure of the oil holding everything tight, but also chances are the battery is weaker too. Food for thought; ) Cheers
 
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Switch from SAE 30 to 10-w30 and richen the carb up a little for the winter months.Check your valve lash And use your Clutch when you go to turn it over.If the valve lash is to loose your ACR (Automatic Compression Release) will not work.It will crank over very slow even with a healthy battery with the ACR not working.

Manual here Page #21 intake .006 exhaust .012

http://gardentractortalk.com/forums/files/file/1743-wisconsin-tr-and-tra-10d-service-and-repair-manual/

If your still having problems cranking it over than you might want to take your starter generator apart and check the bearings,brushes and commentator are in good condition.

Those cheap 230cca batteries are ok for a Lawn Mower but not a Garden Tractor.Especially a healthy Wisconsin engine on a shaft driven Bolens.When I need to buy a battery I Do not buy the cheap ones.I look for a battery with atleast 350-400CCA cold cranking amps.I usually end up getting a good Deka battery or a $50 Huskee battery from TSC.They both seem to last pretty long.I have a Deka 420ca 350cca battery in the shed that's 10 years old and it still works.

These are not to bad.They last atleast 2x longer than a $30 NeverStart battery.(The cheap EverStart batteries only last 2 or 3 years before they start to fail) My neighbor has this one in his Cub Cadet 169.It's 5 years old and it's still healthy.Starts his tractor in the winter no problem.It has a Very healthy low hour Kohler K341 16hp in it.

http://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/huskee-lawn-tractor-battery-gtxhdmt?cm_vc=-10005
 

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Since I try to use what I already have, I set a halogen work light to shine on the filter side of the engine for half an hour. But I don't have the extreme temps you guys deal with.
 

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Since I try to use what I already have, I set a halogen work light to shine on the filter side of the engine for half an hour. But I don't have the extreme temps you guys deal with.
We use this on the smaller hp units, seems to be fine. On the 50hp and up we use a turbo heater for about 1/2 hr. set at engine height on a 55 gallon barrel. Always put clutch down on any standard shift unit, keeps from spinning all the tranny-gears, PTO, etc. with cold-thick oil as well.
 

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What kind of cranking amps does your battery have, here in WNY it can be negative temperatures but my tractors will always start with a fresh battery .

I always push in the clutch petal when starting.

I also let the machine warm 10-15 minutes before I use it
 

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I too use a magnetic block heater.. On my tractor as well as my truck when temps get sub zero.. I cringe at that thought of the engine getting no oil for the first min. or so till it warms up enough to get moving and lubing around and doing it's job..
 

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I too use a magnetic block heater.. On my tractor as well as my truck when temps get sub zero.. I cringe at that thought of the engine getting no oil for the first min. or so till it warms up enough to get moving and lubing around and doing it's job..
One trick is to not step on the gas or give it choke. The starter works harder but oil gets pushed around at slow speed for the first few revolutions. When it does start there is oil on the parts. Good Luck, Rick
 
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