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Solar power for loaders

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by pdmissle, Dec 26, 2011.

  1. pdmissle

    pdmissle Member
    Messages: 33

    Does anyone use solar power for equipment left on site? One of my new lots does not have a place that I can plug in my loader. I would like to keep a battery tender and the block heater plugged in. I was thinking solar might be the answer? Any ideas??? :confused:
     
  2. Plow man Foster

    Plow man Foster PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,153

    i wanna say its not gonna work...
    I dont use any Block heaters on any of our diesel equipment..
    You can use a Solar panal for charging the batteries but a block heater plugged into a Battery for what 1-3 hours would require over 9 batteries so i hear!
    I just read it here, not saying its 100% accurate but it sounds about right! http://www.powerstroke.org/forum/ge...eaking-block-heater-can-run-off-inverter.html

    Never been a fan of waking up 3 hours before to turn on a loader! SUCKSSS!
    i know a generator would suck but i know people who do it.
    what kind of place is it where you dont have access to a plug???
     
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2011
  3. pdmissle

    pdmissle Member
    Messages: 33

    The loader is going to be kept across the street for a church in an overflow lot. It wouldn't always need to be plugged in, just on the colder nights.
     
  4. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    I'm going to have to agree. Depending on the Block heater, some are up to 1500 watts.

    Depending on your loader, you probably better off taking the time and going through the glow-plug system and making sure that is operating at peak performance.

    That and the generator isn't a bad idea to have as a back-up plan. Not only to warm the block, but to use a battery charger if need be.

    Can you work it out with the church also to pull it close to the building and plug it in only when you know your going to use it?

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  5. Plow More

    Plow More Senior Member
    Messages: 172

    to run a block heater you will need a HUGE solar array. I agree with the others, make sure your glow plugs,injectors, starter and battery are in good shape, run a solar charger to keep the battery's topped off. Maybe drop a generator and let if run for awhile while you do some other property's if its a really cold night.
     
  6. pdmissle

    pdmissle Member
    Messages: 33

    What size generator should I pick up?
     
  7. Plow man Foster

    Plow man Foster PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,153

    Well I would say a Honda Eu2000 should work. Your block heater should be 1000 to 1500 WATTS. So a Honda Eu2000 should work in THEORY. Hondas are the by far best! i really dont think i have to explain. They're also the quietist i've ever heard.

    With a generator you can also Wire up your trickle charger and block heater into the same surge. As shown in the pic below.

    Now you have to think about theft. Definitely gonna want to chain that honda up. I dont care if it is 2, 3AM
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  8. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,033

    So you plan to use a solar pannel which uses sunlight to power a block heater at night via moonlight???
     
  9. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,033

    I have a better suggestion that will reduce theft of an actual generator unit.
    Get a diesel fired generator that will run off your loader fuel tank to power your block heater and make sure you use anti gel. And if It gets really cold, get a fuel tank heater.
     
  10. jhenderson9196

    jhenderson9196 Senior Member
    Messages: 615

    I work in the woods. There is no elect. We use jumper hoses off the heater in the pick up. We install quick couplings to the block of the machine. By the time I sharpen and gas my saw, the machine is up to 100 degrees block temp. It starts like it's summer. It costs about $150 in material and about 1 -2 hours to install.
     
  11. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,382

    I would love to be able to plug in at a box store we do but for two years they said no. It gets pretty cold around here (except this year so far) but I just spray a squirt of either and it fires right up. I've since switched to using WD-40 instead of the either, fires right up. I let it warm up for 15-20 minutes and she runs great.
     
  12. Plow man Foster

    Plow man Foster PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,153

    I have a buddy at the race track who has a setup like this But instad of warming his Sled he cools it. Just immagine going 100+ MPH on a Snow mobile on pavement. After that they hook it up to a pump that circulates the Trans fluid(?) through a Cooler with ice then back to the tank. SO COOL!

    Do you do any other sites that are close by that would allow you to plug it in there? If not carry soe starter fluid and let it warm up for a little, if you dont wanna use the generator.
     
  13. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,609

    wish i could do that with my stuff. heard of it before and thought it was a great idea

    Between oil cooled skid loaders and dex-cooled chevys it wont work
     
  14. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,285

    Diesel fired Block Heater

    A buddy of mine put a diesel fired block heater in his Land Rover, I seem to remember it was less than $450.00. It's does draw a few amps to run the pump but not enough to put a strain on the batteries. He runs it all night and all day while he's at work and never had an issue. All you really need to do is fire it up up a few hours before you plan to start pushing.

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  15. Plow More

    Plow More Senior Member
    Messages: 172

    That is awesome, could you find out who makes that nifty block heater?
     
  16. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,285


    http://www.webasto.us/general/en/html/8245.html

    Thermo Top C model, I was mistaken on the cost......it's about $1000.00.



    So where in Colorado are you?
     
  17. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Plow More, your Avatar creeps the hell out of me......... It's almost like it belongs in silence of the lambs or something.



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