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Posted by nospam.clare.nce on December 7, 2005, 3:46 am
 




Not -40 every day, but I HAVE used ether to start MANY deisel engines
at below zero.I grew up and worked in the "snow belt" of southwestern
Ontario, and a LOT of the industrial equipment I worked on was used
extensively for snow removal through the winter months. What are you
taking issue with? I've stated that ether IS used, effectively and
safely, to start deisels in extreme cold.There are situations where
simply blowing it in the intake is not adviseable. I have also stated
it is not adviseable for starting gasoline engines - although if
CAREFULLY used it can aid in starting  a cold gasoline engine.

Posted by Steve Spence on December 1, 2005, 3:47 pm
 


Me wrote:

Ether is the only way to get a cold diesel truck running in our end of
the country. It's like a chainsaw, safe if you know what you are doing.

--
Steve Spence
Dir., Green Trust, http://www.green-trust.org
Contributing Editor, http://www.off-grid.net
http://www.rebelwolf.com/essn.html

Posted by Me on December 2, 2005, 12:48 am
 



No, ether is the only way, YOU have figured out, to start that
2-71 Jimmy engine on your genset.  There are giant differences
between your 2 cycle Jimmy and any 4 cycle diesel, in starting
proceedures.  Also your 2-71 isn't naturally asperated, as it has
a Geartrain Driven Blower, which makes it different, in starting in cold
Wx, from any naturally asperated diesel engine.  If you have an
Exhaust driven Turbocharger, you would be looking at another
basic cold Wx starting proceedure, altogether.  These things are
just not as generic as some folks think......


Me

Posted by Steve Spence on December 6, 2005, 7:04 pm
 

Me wrote:

I said truck, not generator. All the tractors around here are started
with ether as well. -40 is pretty cold.

--
Steve Spence
Dir., Green Trust, http://www.green-trust.org
Contributing Editor, http://www.off-grid.net
http://www.rebelwolf.com/essn.html

Posted by William P.N. Smith on November 29, 2005, 12:35 am
 


Can you turn this heater down?  You don't want to keep the generator
_hot_ all the time, just warm enough to  start when it's cold.

My air-cooled 8.2KW NG generator's never failed to start or run it's
weekly exercise cycle in a Boston suburb, if that helps.  I use
Mobil-1 synthetic 5W30, FWIW...

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