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Old 09-13-2019   #1
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Default Installing Lower Radiator Hose Heater in BX

Hi-

After a bit of research I've concluded that I need to install a lower radiator hose heater instead of a block heater in my BX1860. I've found several threads on this, which are useful. That said, I'd like to know if anyone has installed one of these in a BX1860? Based on my research, it seems like it's going to be a bit of a pain given shape of the hose and the space (limited) available.

I'm also wondering where in the hose the heater should go to allow for proper heating as well as ease of use. I'm considering snaking the plug thru the 'firewall' and into the battery compartment (somewhere) so that I only have to remove the screen and plug in during the winter months.

By the way, I have the Kubota heater seen here:
https://www.messicks.com/part/70000-...r-kit-radiator

Thanks for any information here!
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Hi-

After a bit of research I've concluded that I need to install a lower radiator hose heater instead of a block heater in my BX1860. I've found several threads on this, which are useful. That said, I'd like to know if anyone has installed one of these in a BX1860? Based on my research, it seems like it's going to be a bit of a pain given shape of the hose and the space (limited) available.

I'm also wondering where in the hose the heater should go to allow for proper heating as well as ease of use. I'm considering snaking the plug thru the 'firewall' and into the battery compartment (somewhere) so that I only have to remove the screen and plug in during the winter months.

By the way, I have the Kubota heater seen here:
https://www.messicks.com/part/70000-...r-kit-radiator

Thanks for any information here!
This is the proper heater for a BX1850 and BX1860 It is PN 700000117a
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Default Re: Installing Lower Radiator Hose Heater in BX

Just a question.. What is the issue with a soft plug style block heater over the radiator hose heater?
If you are going to mount the lower radiator hose heater, positioning of it should be where you can get to it easy, where you can route the electrical cord safely and nothing will chafe either the heater, radiator hose or the electrical cord.
I have a factory installed block heater on My diesel powered Dodge truck. I bought a heavy duty Intermatic TN311MX timer. This one handles 15 amps but the pluss is that it is a 3 prong plug outlet. https://www.intermatic.com/en/in-wal...timers/tn311mx
I set the timer to come on 3-5 hours before I needed my truck in the morning so I wasn't running power all night
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Just a question.. What is the issue with a soft plug style block heater over the radiator hose heater?
If you are going to mount the lower radiator hose heater, positioning of it should be where you can get to it easy, where you can route the electrical cord safely and nothing will chafe either the heater, radiator hose or the electrical cord.
I have a factory installed block heater on My diesel powered Dodge truck. I bought a heavy duty Intermatic TN311MX timer. This one handles 15 amps but the pluss is that it is a 3 prong plug outlet. https://www.intermatic.com/en/in-wal...timers/tn311mx
I set the timer to come on 3-5 hours before I needed my truck in the morning so I wasn't running power all night
There isn't a soft plug on the BX1860 suitable for a block heater. There isn't really enough room to get a lower hose heater in there either and due to the design of the cooling system lower rad heaters don't work well anyway.
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Default Re: Installing Lower Radiator Hose Heater in BX

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Just a question.. What is the issue with a soft plug style block heater over the radiator hose heater?
If you are going to mount the lower radiator hose heater, positioning of it should be where you can get to it easy, where you can route the electrical cord safely and nothing will chafe either the heater, radiator hose or the electrical cord.
I have a factory installed block heater on My diesel powered Dodge truck. I bought a heavy duty Intermatic TN311MX timer. This one handles 15 amps but the pluss is that it is a 3 prong plug outlet. https://www.intermatic.com/en/in-wal...timers/tn311mx
I set the timer to come on 3-5 hours before I needed my truck in the morning so I wasn't running power all night
My understanding is that the block heater, once installed in the BX1860, hits the muffler. The lower radiator hose heater is what Kubota says to use for this tractor.

I gave it a try today...itís tight, and was a pain in the butt, but itís now in. No leaks thus far and tractor temp seems ok. Coolant level held while working this afternoon. Iím interested to find out how it does over time. If I thought a block heater would work, Iíd buy a replacement radiator hose and install a block heater, but based on my research, it just wonít fit with the muffler.
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Old 09-15-2019   #6
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There isn't a soft plug on the BX1860 suitable for a block heater. There isn't really enough room to get a lower hose heater in there either and due to the design of the cooling system lower rad heaters don't work well anyway.
That’s for sure; not much room at all! I may take it out and reinstall sometime as I’m not 100% satisfied with it right now. Since it’s still warm here in VT, it remains to be seen how well it will work.
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