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  • A little Lawn Tractor love

    Yeh yeh yeh I know but I like it. I had a problem with my tractor because its more of a workhorse than a mower and most of the time its just putting along at an idle. Well at an idle the motor wont charge the battery properly so I decided to hook a switch to the headlights so I can shut them off. That fixed the problem. Now when it gets dark I just flip a switch and the lights come on. I went up and above that and decided to add a few lights to the back. No real reason other than I wanted to.
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    Just a quick note, I am going to assume this is an air cool unit, running it at idle doing any type of work will cause it to run a lot hotter than it should be reducing the life of the engine.
    Andy
    Halifax, Nova Scotia

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    • #3
      Just a quick note, I am going to assume this is an air cool unit, running it at idle doing any type of work will cause it to run a lot hotter than it should be reducing the life of the engine.
      Really? I did not know that. I have putted it around for about 8 months now and had no over heating problems. Shoot the header is not even discolored yet lol.
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      • #4
        That is awesome! You should take some night pictures too! I love the lights!
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        • #5
          Really? I did not know that. I have putted it around for about 8 months now and had no over heating problems. Shoot the header is not even discolored yet lol.
          Air cooled engines have a fan that usually runs off the top of the crank, this fan is what keeps the engine running cool, the slower the rpm, the slower the fan turns resulting in less cooling.
          Andy
          Halifax, Nova Scotia

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          • #6
            Air cooled engines have a fan that usually runs off the top of the crank, this fan is what keeps the engine running cool, the slower the rpm, the slower the fan turns resulting in less cooling.
            Steve thanks, I like them to. I will get some shots of them this coming weekend. I dont normally get home from the office until almost midnight and dont think my neighbors would appreciate me firing up the beast at that time lol.

            picframer. I understand how that works, maybe its possible it was engineered good and doesn't have a cooling problem at idle. Thats not to say other machines wont have problems I just have not run into any but I will keep my eye on my temps, thanks.
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            • #7
              That is awesome! You should take some night pictures too! I love the lights!
              Steve. I closed the4 shop doors and shut the lights off. Something is up with my camera but you get the idea, here they are.
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              • #8
                Andy is correct about the cooling. On top of that, there are other problems with not running your engine at full throttle. Here is an article I posted on my forum several months ago. Hope it helps.

                F.A.Q. Why should I run my engine at full throttle when it is working?

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                • #9
                  Those lights look great! Fantastic job!
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                  • #10
                    Andy is correct about the cooling. On top of that, there are other problems with not running your engine at full throttle. Here is an article I posted on my forum several months ago. Hope it helps.

                    F.A.Q. Why should I run my engine at full throttle when it is working?
                    So whats the difference from a chain saw engine and any other. I am not talking 2 and 4 stroke, your article says not to run chain saws at FT for more than 5-10 seconds.
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                    • #11
                      So whats the difference from a chain saw engine and any other. I am not talking 2 and 4 stroke, your article says not to run chain saws at FT for more than 5-10 seconds.
                      The reason is that chain saws (or any small high RPM 2 cycles) tend to over heat and burn up if they are operated at no load speeds. It starts with too much heat being generated with not enough cooling capacity. At the same time your lubrication burns up quicker, creating more friction, which creates more heat, which burns the lubrication up even quicker, creating more friction..... Well you get the point.

                      I can't really explain all the fine detail but let it suffice to say that that if the engine runs at full RPMs for any amount of time then the engine will almost alway burn up. I have seen it happen too many times. Trimmers and blowers are not really affected by this as long as they have the normal "load" on them from being operated. Example: a blower is automatically under load because of the blower tubes and a trimmer has to turn the shaft and trimmer head.

                      However, a chain saw still needs to be run at full throttle while it is cutting. Another words, don't cut with the throttle at "half throttle". That will over work the engine and burn up the clutch.

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                      • #12
                        Steve thanks, I like them to. I will get some shots of them this coming weekend. I dont normally get home from the office until almost midnight and dont think my neighbors would appreciate me firing up the beast at that time lol.

                        picframer. I understand how that works, maybe its possible it was engineered good and doesn't have a cooling problem at idle. Thats not to say other machines wont have problems I just have not run into any but I will keep my eye on my temps, thanks.
                        Our tractors are liquid cooled but I still run them at least half throttle, one thing to consider as it's cheap to do is add a temp gauge, I know years ago there was a really cheap solution or at least super east, it had what looked like a super thin washer the size of your spark plug that was placed on the spark plug with a wire running back to the gauge. I ran them on snowmobiles when we were racing as we were running aviation fuel.
                        Andy
                        Halifax, Nova Scotia

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                        • #13
                          Our tractors are liquid cooled but I still run them at least half throttle, one thing to consider as it's cheap to do is add a temp gauge, I know years ago there was a really cheap solution or at least super east, it had what looked like a super thin washer the size of your spark plug that was placed on the spark plug with a wire running back to the gauge. I ran them on snowmobiles when we were racing as we were running aviation fuel.
                          That might not be a bad investment to look into.
                          White Company

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                          • #14
                            That problem should be solved as long a you run the engine at least half throttle unless of course you are working it like mowing, etc. If you are mowing you need to run the engine at full RPMs so you aren't lugging it. Doing that you should never have an overheated engine. If you operate at the suggested RPMs a temp gauge would be of no need.

                            If you decide to install a temp gauge, I don't know for sure how you will know what temp the engine is suppose to run at. I don't even have access to these so the only place I know to look for them is online. The ones I saw were $50-$60. I contend they are unnecessary if you keep your RPMs up while the engine is working. If it is sitting doing nothing, idle is fine. But if it is working, give it some RPMs.

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                            • #15
                              That problem should be solved as long a you run the engine at least half throttle unless of course you are working it like mowing, etc. If you are mowing you need to run the engine at full RPMs so you aren't lugging it. Doing that you should never have an overheated engine. If you operate at the suggested RPMs a temp gauge would be of no need.

                              If you decide to install a temp gauge, I don't know for sure how you will know what temp the engine is suppose to run at. I don't even have access to these so the only place I know to look for them is online. The ones I saw were $50-$60. I contend they are unnecessary if you keep your RPMs up while the engine is working. If it is sitting doing nothing, idle is fine. But if it is working, give it some RPMs.
                              Now that's a whole nother story. When working I do run the RPM's up. if I engage the blades at low RPM it will vibrate my head off. I have a good one though. My throttle falls into a notch at about 75% There is no mention of this in the manual. Is this notch where I should run it while cutting? Also this may go without saying but is there anything wrong with starting it and letting it sit and idle for a few minutes to warm it up before putting the peddle down and going? I mean its a lot better for the motor to warm up first right?
                              White Company

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