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Block heater timer

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by Deershack, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. Deershack

    Deershack Senior Member
    Messages: 797

    I'm looking for a timer to attach to the block heater that will allow me to turn the heater on at various times during the day. I don't want to leave it on 24/7 but rather cycle on and off at say 3 hrs on and an hour off on a continuing basis. Does anyone know of a supplier?
     
  2. farmer1009

    farmer1009 Junior Member
    Messages: 25

  3. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
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  4. salopez

    salopez Senior Member
    Messages: 873

    go to depot or lowes, they have outdoor timers for xmas lights...they are cheap and rugged.
     
  5. clark lawn

    clark lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    from NE ohio
    Messages: 1,233

    just make sure it will handle the pull, they draw alot of juice
     
  6. Grassman09

    Grassman09 2000 Club Member
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  7. Deershack

    Deershack Senior Member
    Messages: 797

    Thanks to all for the replies. Most of your suggestions unfortunately seem to be able to turn the heater on and off only once a day.

    Glassman: do you know if the controller you suggested is able to operate more then once in a 24 hr period? It's a little spendy but if it would turn on for an hour and then off for say 3 hrs continuously, it would be worth the money. My equipment is stored about 2 mi from the house. I am running a salt truck so I don't get a lot of notice when someone decides they need service, not like plowing when you know the storm is coming
     
  8. farmer1009

    farmer1009 Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    The timer that I recommended will let you cycle it to come on and off multiple times a day. I use one very similar to that to control the fans and misters in my aquarium. I have mine set to turn on every hour for 15 minutes.
     
  9. flykelley

    flykelley 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,124

    We have one for our airplane to keep the oil warm but if Im not mistaken it goes by temp not time, will have to stop by the hanger today and take a peek.

    Mike
     
  10. flykelley

    flykelley 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,124

    I just stopped by the hanger, we have a outdoor timer with multiple times to start and stop and then we also use a heating cube, which only lets it power up the oil heater if the temps are below a certain temp.

    Mike
     
  11. festerw

    festerw Senior Member
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  12. dan67

    dan67 Member
    Messages: 97

    timer

    I use a intermatic timer. I have a couple of timed plugs out at my p/u. Make sure you know amp draw. My powerstroke heater draws 1500 watts. I have it now set for one time but its cap. of multable on offs

    timer 001.jpg
     
  13. Grassman09

    Grassman09 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,806

    I'm not sure. I heard about it on another site. From the sounds of it you can keep your truck or whatever plugged in for as long as you like and it will always work as long as its cold enough out.

    They do have a # you can call

    Located in the heart of the Greenbrier Valley
    Rhododrendron Lane. Alderson, WV 24910
    PHONE: (304) 445.2718
    FAX: (304) 445.2463
    Manufacturing facility open daily.....Monday - Friday EST 8:00am thru 3:30pm

    there site is http://www.eleproducts.com
     
  14. Mattsautobody

    Mattsautobody Member
    Messages: 89

    if you turn it off based on time, you'll lose your warm engine... all that electricity will be wasted.. the only real feasible option would be to switch it based on temperature, but a block is sposed to keep an engine warm after it's already at temperature, not heat up a frozen motor.. my two pennies here
     
  15. dan67

    dan67 Member
    Messages: 97

    mine is set for a couple hours before i leave for my day job