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Do you plug your machine in right after you get done using it?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by MatthewG, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. MatthewG

    MatthewG PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,400

    I'm wondering if anyone plugs their machine in after it has been used and the engine is warm?

    I have an 05 LS180B skid steer, I have not used it this year much, last started 2 weeks ago, not plugged in. Went to start it today and it had a dead battery.

    After I jumped it and ran it for 30 min, I parked it, but did not plug it in.

    My question is can you plug it back in even if the motor is warm or will that cause damage?

    I know plugging in is not related to a dead battery, but obviously if it was plugged in it would require less to get it going.

    I'm also wondering if the same is true for my powerstroke, I never plug in when the motor is warm when I park it, rather wait until I know when I will need it again for sure.
  2. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    I plug mine in right when I get home, so far no issues. I would think it has a temp. reading gadget of some type that will shut off and turn on when needed.
  3. blk90s13

    blk90s13 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,157

    Ever thought about a timer ? I set mine 2 hours before time to get out and that's more than enough for my cummins

    your powerstroke does not have high idle enabled ?
  4. MatthewG

    MatthewG PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,400

    Yes the power stroke has high idle, I've actually had a hard time lately getting it started when not plugged in, it spits and shakes for 5 seconds but then is fine. But then again it has been 10-20 degrees out
  5. MatthewG

    MatthewG PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,400

    I'm calling the new holland dealer tomorrow to see if the Skidsteer has a thermostat or something
  6. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    I dont see why it would be any different in a truck.?..Sure makes starting up easier.
  7. ford6.9

    ford6.9 Senior Member
    Messages: 452

    Go ahead and plug it in right after running it if you want, won't do any harm. I personally don't as I try to save some money on my electric bill, I just plug it in the night before I'll be using it.
  8. john1066

    john1066 Member
    from mass
    Messages: 63

    My truck is on a timer I had the electrician hook up one outlet too it comes on at 4 am and is plenty of time for when. I leave
  9. RepoMan1968

    RepoMan1968 Senior Member
    Messages: 439

    yep , with thermostats built in cord.
  10. 87chevy

    87chevy Senior Member
    Messages: 557

    Should be fine. Our truck gets plugged in as soon as it's shut off...
  11. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    All of our equipment gets plugged in after use and we've been doing it that way for over 30 years.
  12. dooleycorp

    dooleycorp Senior Member
    Messages: 121

    we plug trucks in after using them in winter helps when its cold but timers are a good idea some you don;t waste to much juice
  13. Grassman09

    Grassman09 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,808

  14. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,980

    just dont start the engine with it plugged in with a tank type...ie kats...it will burn out the heater
  15. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    I plug my truck in as soon as i pull in, my JD doesn't get plugged in unless i know i'm using it as it hasn't been used much given the sunny cold weather, but even then the JD always starts fine even when not plugged in.
  16. cmo18

    cmo18 Senior Member
    Messages: 815

    my truck is normally good until its -30 out but I plug it in always once its cold and its on a timer.

    My tractor wont start unless its pugged in when its cold for 12 hours
  17. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,796

    Not sure how cold it's been by you but it shouldn't have a problem starting till it gets close to zero or below. Plugging it in is nicer to it and provides near instant heat but sure isn't needed 98% of the time.
  18. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    Most of the time i know its not needed but the truck noticeably starts a lot easier having it plugged in. I've also got three glow plugs out that i'll be taking care of this weekend so that's another reason to have her plugged in!
  19. blowerman

    blowerman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,275

    -5 to -10 F. Most well maintained newer trucks and machines will start even if not plugged in, but as others shared, starts easier and warms much faster. Mainly comes down to money. Some guys leave stuff plugged in all the time, others don't plug in anything.
    I rarely plug in my truck, however with the temps tonight I did.
  20. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,796

    I just put mine in the heated shop :D

    If it was outside I'd have plugged it in too. I've had a bad glow plug in cyl #2 since July, it would probably still start fine at 0* with 7 good glow plugs though I'd think.