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Jim Patrico Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

Thursday 01/09/14

Cold Weather Hard on Batteries, Diesel Fuel
If you don't take proper steps before the cold air hits, machinery will not be able to operate.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 9:12AM CST 01/09/14 by Russ Quinn | Post a Comment
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Fuel additives do help, but do not make #1 fuel out of #2. In Mn., we can also purchase bio-free #1 in Winter. While we promote and have used bio ever since it was available, it does start clouding at higher temp. than diesel. To prevent moisture build up and separation, we do add a conditioner and on occasion we recirculate the stored fuel within the storage tank with the use of the pump (Summer and Winter) In extreme cold, we will cover the tractor with a small tarp to use heat from the engine block to warm the filters while feeding. Also, if one turns off all electric in any motor vehicle prior to turning off the engine, the battery will have a chance to charge a little. Get trapped in the skid steer with the door closed and a haybale on the spear for while, one learns to prepare a bit.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 8:18AM CST 01/21/14
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