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bobbie-g is not online. Last active: 5/3/2013 7:51:31 PM bobbie-g
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Magnetic pan heater or block heater for 863?
Posted: 09/05/2011 07:42 PM
Anyone know how to put a block heater on an 863? It has the Deutz oil-cooled engine, so I assume the standard block heater that installs through a freeze plug is not an option. I assume that the oil drains out of the radiator and into the pan when the engine is not running, since I get about 2-1/2 gallons out of it during an oil change. A magnetic pan heater wouldn't put the heat in the head where it's needed, but might be better than nothing. Not sure I really need one, but we occasionally hit -15F here in the southern Colorado foothills and I would like to be able to heat the block. Have block heaters on my T180 and 751 and love them. Few hours plugged in and they spin right up. Smiley ---Bobbie G.

RC in Trinidad, CO - 1995 751C (Peugeot engine), 1999 863G, Thomas 4-in-1 bucket, Versatec brush grapple, antique backhoe attachment, 4-way snow blade, home-built stump grubber, forks, Dymax tree shear, Ammbusher mower
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Re: Magnetic pan heater or block heater for 863?
Posted: 09/06/2011 04:08 PM
standard bobcat heaters only go into the oil pan in the plug kinda below and behind the starter. only a pan heater. no head heater is available. mag heaters do the trick around our shop.
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Re: Magnetic pan heater or block heater for 863?
Posted: 09/08/2011 06:13 AM
I'll check with Bobcat on the pan heater you described. I see the large 2" diamater plug you referred to. --- I'm not familiar with magnetic heaters, only read about them on this forum. I assume they just stick on the pan and heat the oil? Which brand do you use and where did you get it? Smiley ---Bobbie G

RC in Trinidad, CO - 1995 751C (Peugeot engine), 1999 863G, Thomas 4-in-1 bucket, Versatec brush grapple, antique backhoe attachment, 4-way snow blade, home-built stump grubber, forks, Dymax tree shear, Ammbusher mower
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Re: Magnetic pan heater or block heater for 863?
Posted: 09/08/2011 09:44 AM
Wow! Bobcat wants $118 for their gen-u-ine in-the-oil-pan heater. Must be some kinda heater! Let's think about that magnetic pan heater. Smiley ---Bobbie G.

RC in Trinidad, CO - 1995 751C (Peugeot engine), 1999 863G, Thomas 4-in-1 bucket, Versatec brush grapple, antique backhoe attachment, 4-way snow blade, home-built stump grubber, forks, Dymax tree shear, Ammbusher mower
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Re: Magnetic pan heater or block heater for 863?
Posted: 09/11/2011 09:09 AM
I think we use zero start but I am 100% sure of the brand we use. Biggest issue is getting one the will fully mount flat on the engine. The bigger the amp the bigger the mating surface.
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