Arctic Blast & Tractor Preparation / Protection

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JGY

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Hello all,

I know you're not going to believe this but some of us folk down here below the Mason-Dixon line need some information and advice. I will make the question as broad as possible. (I live in SC but others down this way may also be helped.)

My question is "What preparation / protection do we need to do and/or give to our tractors to insure nothing being busted or broken by this C*O*L*D weather headed our way?" (Some of our tractors are either outside or in open buildings.)

The forecast in the next 48 to 72 hours will have the lows in the S*I*N*G*L*E digits. (This is a once in ninety (90) years occurrence that it gets this cold down here; I am NOT ninety (90) years old, and what's this I keep hearing about global WARMING!)

ALL responses are greatly appreciated ....

Joe :(
 
   / Arctic Blast & Tractor Preparation / Protection #2  
I do not know if your fuel would be (treated) or not so I would add some 911 fuel additive to off set gelling or any moisture you may have in the tank!;)
 
   / Arctic Blast & Tractor Preparation / Protection #3  
If you are not expecting a large dumping of snow with the cold snap and needing the tractor for snow removal (which I doubt you are implement equipped)......then this is what I suggest;

A) Park tractor where it is easily visible through a house window.
B) Cut and prepare fixings for a pot of stew (I prefer deer meat).
C) Slow cook stew until ingredients can easily be fork cut.
D) Slice up a loaf of deli style bread ant top with real butter.
E) Set back and enjoy the stew and bread.
F) Sip on your drink of choice while enjoying the meal.
G) Occasionally look out the window just to make sure everything is O.K.
H) After the passing of the cold snap and things get bact to normal....start tractor up and forget it ever was cold out.

:)
 
   / Arctic Blast & Tractor Preparation / Protection #4  
If you are not expecting a large dumping of snow with the cold snap and needing the tractor for snow removal (which I doubt you are implement equipped)......then this is what I suggest;

A) Park tractor where it is easily visible through a house window.
B) Cut and prepare fixings for a pot of stew (I prefer deer meat).
C) Slow cook stew until ingredients can easily be fork cut.
D) Slice up a loaf of deli style bread ant top with real butter.
E) Set back and enjoy the stew and bread.
F) Sip on your drink of choice while enjoying the meal.
G) Occasionally look out the window just to make sure everything is O.K.
H) After the passing of the cold snap and things get bact to normal....start tractor up and forget it ever was cold out.

:)

Ha! Excellent advise!
 
   / Arctic Blast & Tractor Preparation / Protection #5  
If your not going to use them at that time, the only thing you might worry about would be the coolant, but as long as you have anything in there besides straight water it wont be a problem.

If your gonna use the equipment then besides possible gelling, old batteries are not going to be happy, also older equipment that is OK/borderline mechanically in warmer temps may not start with out some extra attention.

You should be conscious of any other equipment that has water in it, like pumps, sprayers, tanks rollers and shallow buried plumbing. That 9.5% that water expands at 32 degrees when it freezes wreaks havoc on anything trying to hold it back.

Good Luck!
JB.
 
   / Arctic Blast & Tractor Preparation / Protection #6  
If your not going to use them at that time, the only thing you might worry about would be the coolant, but as long as you have anything in there besides straight water it wont be a problem.

If your gonna use the equipment then besides possible gelling, old batteries are not going to be happy, also older equipment that is OK/borderline mechanically in warmer temps may not start with out some extra attention.

You should be conscious of any other equipment that has water in it, like pumps, sprayers, tanks rollers and shallow buried plumbing. That 9.5% that water expands at 32 degrees when it freezes wreaks havoc on anything trying to hold it back.

Good Luck!
JB.
 
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If you are not expecting a large dumping of snow with the cold snap and needing the tractor for snow removal (which I doubt you are implement equipped)......then this is what I suggest;

A) Park tractor where it is easily visible through a house window.
B) Cut and prepare fixings for a pot of stew (I prefer deer meat).
C) Slow cook stew until ingredients can easily be fork cut.
D) Slice up a loaf of deli style bread ant top with real butter.
E) Set back and enjoy the stew and bread.
F) Sip on your drink of choice while enjoying the meal.
G) Occasionally look out the window just to make sure everything is O.K.
H) After the passing of the cold snap and things get bact to normal....start tractor up and forget it ever was cold out.

:)

Excellent! I now have the rifle ready for the hunt first thing in the morning. Hopefully by this time the next day ... I will be watching, eating and drinking!!

Joe

P.S. Do you recommend Glenlivet (Scottish) or Bushmills (Irish)?
 
   / Arctic Blast & Tractor Preparation / Protection
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If your not going to use them at that time, the only thing you might worry about would be the coolant, but as long as you have anything in there besides straight water it wont be a problem.

If your gonna use the equipment then besides possible gelling, old batteries are not going to be happy, also older equipment that is OK/borderline mechanically in warmer temps may not start with out some extra attention.

You should be conscious of any other equipment that has water in it, like pumps, sprayers, tanks rollers and shallow buried plumbing. That 9.5% that water expands at 32 degrees when it freezes wreaks havoc on anything trying to hold it back.

Good Luck!
JB.

Good info! Thanks JB!!

Joe
 
   / Arctic Blast & Tractor Preparation / Protection #9  
"You should be conscious of any other equipment that has water in it, like pumps, sprayers, tanks rollers and shallow buried plumbing. That 9.5% that water expands at 32 degrees when it freezes wreaks havoc on anything trying to hold it back."

For sure the most important advice!
Water can split the engine block wide open! and crack heads!

If in doubt drain the coolant (after all only water) and save the tractor.
OR
Add 2 qts of Glenlivet (Scottish) or Bushmills (Irish)
 
   / Arctic Blast & Tractor Preparation / Protection #10  
Excellent! I now have the rifle ready for the hunt first thing in the morning. Hopefully by this time the next day ... I will be watching, eating and drinking!!

Joe

P.S. Do you recommend Glenlivet (Scottish) or Bushmills (Irish)?


JGY, you're not serious about going deerhunting this week are you??? Deer season closed for the entire state of SC on Jan. 1st. I deer hunt as well but I put all my hunting gear away after Jan. 1.

Btw, what part of SC are you in? I'm in the Lexington area. Supposed to get down to about 14 or so here on Friday morning I think. Btw, back in '83 or '84 we had some single digit temps in December. I remember that well cause I deer hunted in it! I think I lasted about 1 hour though before I had to go find somewhere nice and warm!! LOL!!
 
 
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