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advice cold start.

I've got a '08 New Holland tnva 75 td. Normally used for farm use but in winter time plowing my driveway.
It does not have a block heater but a pre glow button that you have to hold for 25 seconds. I'm trying not to bite the bullit and saving $$ on installing a block heater.
After preglow i let i run for about ten minutes to get the oil going and what not more.
So now i'm wondering if that's enough time for a modern day diesel tractor without doing damage to the block and hydrolics.
Let me know what you think of it.
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Depends on the temp. With my Kubota which is hydrostatic I let it warm up for 2 min or so down to about 45 deg. maybe like 6 or 7 down to 32 and 10 plus below that. If it's really cold like below 0 let it run 15 or 20 at part throttle 1300-1500 rpms. Usually wait for gauge to at least show some temp on it. My old Ford was the same way except it wasn't hydro so I didn't risk the tranny as much. Either way I'd make sure it's good and warm before you really work it.

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I try to let and engine idle for at least 10-15 min when its cold. All our stuff generally gets plugged in so the water temp is up when you start it. I also try to drive easy starting out until the hydraulic oil gets warmed up.

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You could get an inexpensive magnetic heater or two to stick on the oil pan and transmisson.
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The heater is a very good idea. If nothing else, it keeps the oil warm for coming up to pressure quicker. Saves strain on the starter and batteries.

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