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pianotuna

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Posted: 10/04/13 08:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi Paul,

I would be interested in a "remote stop". But if the price were right--yes it makes sense.


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At those temps... I'd only shut it down to refuel and change oil. smile

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I'd consider a remote start kit as well. Just so that you don't have to go out in the weather to turn the key or yank the pull handle.

Of course, one nice thing about the Yamaha generator, if it won't start due to the battery being low from the electric ignition, there is always the pull rope.

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If the manual calls for 10w30 that is exactly what I would run.


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smkettner wrote:

If the manual calls for 10w30 that is exactly what I would run.


Have you ever experienced -30 or colder temps?

If you've ever had to start equipment in those temps you would realize a 0w-30 vs a 10w-30 can mean the difference in getting it started vs just having a cold lump of steel to look at.

FWIW The coldest I have started our gensets have been -62c. Not gonna happen with 10w-30 without a heat source.


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No. IIRC never been below -10F. Truck started just fine. My old car used to have trouble with the carb icing up so it would not idle for 5 or 10 minutes. Still started.

IMO getting started has more to do with fuel, compression and ignition. Oil may come into play if the electric start system becomes marginal at those temps. Pull start should still work. Diesel is another set of trouble but does not apply here. But I have never owned a diesel either

At -30 overnight my generator would have been running all night and most of the day. It would never really get cold. Pianotuna knows his limits.

My concern would be less protection when warmed up and running for extended periods.

-62c? was that Monday, February 3, 1947 Snag, Yukon?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_extreme_temperatures_in_Canada

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In -40f my old Ford wouldnt turn over fast enough to start no matter how many batteries and how good they were. Cold temps make its own rules.

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I would always use a full synthetic no matter what temps... but 0w30 Amsoil would be my choice here.

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My Yamaha EF2600 has a chart, and calls for straight 10w below 32f.

Might want to look in your manual again.


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smkettner wrote:



-62c? was that Monday, February 3, 1947 Snag, Yukon?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_extreme_temperatures_in_Canada


No sir, It was Mile 115 of the Alaska Hwy then another 120 miles north of that. About 1998 or 99. Brrrrrr...........

Nice link.....thx

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