Over the winter should I

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Over the winter should I

Postby ShawnAgne » Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:16 am

My Cub is getting used periodically since mowing season has been over hauling trash or plowing snow (once we get some). The 300 though won't be used till it warms up and time to mow. Should I fire it up and run it periodically or is it ok to just let it sit?
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Re: Over the winter should I

Postby Shane Nelson » Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:18 am

Won't hurt it to run it periodically. Mine sit more than they should, I try to crank them at least once a month but it doesn't always happen.
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Re: Over the winter should I

Postby Urbish » Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:28 pm

ShawnAgne wrote:My Cub is getting used periodically since mowing season has been over hauling trash or plowing snow (once we get some). The 300 though won't be used till it warms up and time to mow. Should I fire it up and run it periodically or is it ok to just let it sit?


It should be okay if it is in a climate controlled environment. On the contrary, my 1946 B sat in an unheated, but clean, pole barn for 12 years without being run once. I put some gas in it and it fired right up on the 3rd crank. No smoke!

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Re: Over the winter should I

Postby Don McCombs » Tue Dec 19, 2017 2:26 pm

I would add some Stabil in the fuel, run it for ten minutes and put a battery maintainer on it.
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Re: Over the winter should I

Postby ShawnAgne » Tue Dec 19, 2017 5:03 pm

Yeah it is in a clean pole barn, just isn't heated yet. Thanks for the advice. I'm using 91octane no-alcohol gas in the tractors should I still use the Stabil?
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Re: Over the winter should I

Postby Don McCombs » Tue Dec 19, 2017 5:08 pm

Yep. The other additives break down, too.
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Re: Over the winter should I

Postby Eugene » Tue Dec 19, 2017 5:38 pm

ShawnAgne wrote:Still use the Stabil?
I use Marine Stabil, advertise to keep the fuel fresh for one year. Have had no problems starting machines/tractor that sat for over one year with Marine Stabil in the fuel.
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Re: Over the winter should I

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:35 pm

Eugene wrote:
ShawnAgne wrote:Still use the Stabil?
I use Marine Stabil, advertise to keep the fuel fresh for one year. Have had no problems starting machines/tractor that sat for over one year with Marine Stabil in the fuel.
:Dito: The little bottle of Marine Stabil treats a lot of gas. I have 10 cans and the last major power outage we had we were out for 6 days and I had to drive about 60 miles each way to find a station with electricity so it could pump fuel. I now try to keep all of those cans full and with Stabil in them and rotate through them so I am always using the oldest first. The exceptions to oldest first are if I am mixing 2 cycle, or if I am fueling generators, which get the newest fuel since they tend to set quite a while before fuel is used.

As to the H, I also have one that is only used a couple times a year. Once to mow a neighbors field that is next to my house and once to drive the 5 miles to town and in a parade. I keep a battery maintainer on it and once a month, give or take a little I fire it and both my generators up and let them run about 10 or 15 minutes. The only time it has ever failed me in the several years I have done that was when I was about a mile from home and across a creek when the steering knuckle under the hood came loose, and I had to drive it home steering with the brakes. I have never figured a way to blame that on the fuel. :P
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Re: Over the winter should I

Postby pokitisme » Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:43 am

Well like I said I am no expert but here's my experiences with my H during this winter and we have had wind chills as low as like 10 below or so.. well as far as I can remember I have gotten the Farmall H to start and operate as low as like 10 degrees outside. But when it's gotten really cold the battery on my Farmall H just does not have enough power to kick it over now the other day I went outside and started it and the oil pressure gauge was jumping all over the place. So I would suggest not letting it run for too long in cold weather without warming up the oil. there was a post on here perhaps it was in this very Thread about putting a heat lamp on your Farmall to heat some of the fluids up. But my Farmall h has ran perfectly fine in this weather as long as it wasn't like 10 degrees or below and that's simply because the battery didn't have enough juice to kick it over. I've even ran out of gas once already... Albeit it only had about six gallons in it at the start of winter. And I recently put another five gallons in and started it just yesterday when it was about 20-something degrees out maybe 28. And it's been sitting outside this whole time uncovered open to the elements
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