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Kat's 1153 Handi-Heat 200 Watt Magnetic Heater

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  • Uses include snow blowers, chainsaws, snowmobiles, or other small engines
  • Applications can include oil pan, engine block, battery holder or intake manifold
  • May also be used for warming hydraulic systems or thawing frozen gutters, livestock feeders, locks, and pipes
  • Convenient, reliable with no mechanical installation
  • Thermostatically controlled
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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandKat's
Item Weight12.8 ounces
Product Dimensions12.5 x 8.5 x 9.5 inches
Item model number1153
Manufacturer Part Number1153
  
Technical Specification
Additional Information
ASINB000BOABS6
Best Sellers Rank #945 in Automotive (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableAugust 17, 2005
  
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Product Description

A magnetic heater is an electric heater that heats the engine or transmission of a vehicle to give quicker starts and protects your engine from damage that can occur during cold weather starts. Warmed engines also deliver better fuel economy, plus improves oil flow to provide better lubrication to the engine, which reduces wear and increases engine life. Oil and transmission fluids thicken and do not circulate well at cold temperatures. Magnetic heaters transmit heat continuously to keep oils fluid, giving you instant lubrication when starting your engine. Magnetic heaters appeal to the automotive, heavy duty, and farm supply segments, as they have a myriad of uses.


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Customer Reviews

Five Star Mfg.
Amazon Customer
This little device clamped on the under side of the oil pan this Winter kept the engine warm enough to start without the danger of damage.
Gene L. Smith
The compresser is inside.
Nate

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence K. Larson on February 16, 2007
For my old tractor, with no room in the water jacket for a freeze plug heater, this is an excellent solution. The magnet is powerful enough that you feel secure leaving it attached for a while unattended, and it transfers the heat to the oil and metal more effectively than a dipstick heater, which has very little surface area. The nice thing about attaching this device to the bottom of the part you want heated is that any heat that escapes flows up and around the part it's stuck to.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By D. F. Lowe on March 28, 2008
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I've used this heater for the past year in Northern Wisconsin, where the weather can go to fifty below. Just put it on the oil pan and plug it in. It maintains sufficient warmth and oil viscosity to start the engine the next morning despite the cold.

I bought the smaller one and it's worked great. If I had one complaint it's that, while the unit functions in extreme weather, the electric cord insulation cracked due to constant use in sub-zero weather. I will replace that, since this unit is indispensable to someone living in a very cold area.

I have a specialized engine block heater in one of my cars and have used this unit on the others. It functioned as well as the engine block heater, despite it's small size.

I would highly recommend this unit. The magnet is plenty strong to attach firmly to a flat metal surface and the small size is actually an advantage when sliding it beneath the engine to attach it.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 13, 2011
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I have purched three of these heaters (two from Amazon, one from an auto parts store). Two of the three have melted the plastic case resulting in a very hazardous condition. Five Star Mfg. Co. was unresponsive. I strongly caution against this product for use on anything of significant value or in an area containing combustable materials.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Thomas H. Lawler on November 17, 2011
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I looked at this and one of the "150 watt heating pad" units & wasn't sure which was best, so with both being ~$25 (where it's not like buying a car) I got one of each (figuring I may put one on a car and keep one for other uses). One of the places I wanted to be able to use them was on a small engine (like for a generator or snow-blower) and with those having an aluminum block (where the magnet won't stick) I got a steel plate ~1/8 thick I could bolt up to the engine base. I put this heater on the plate (without it on the engine yet) & plugged it in, after 1 minute the plate seemed totally cold still. I pulled the plate off and put my hand near the unit where it's base was warm, so put it back on. Apparently, the magnetic bars (that we assume holds the hot iron to the plate) stick out enough that it leaves a 1/16-1/8 gap between the base creating the heat and the attached plate. I'm not sure if that's intentional (giving the magnets full contact to be sure they hold it where placed), but the heat either needs to "jump" the air gap or all be funneled thru the little magnet bars to get where you want it to go. If we're talking about temps of 20 or less where you want to warm an engine, having the air gap around it doesn't seem great to me. After leaving it for 1/2 hour the plate did get up to ~130 degrees, but that was it (so this does have temp controls that cycle it on & off shown from the max temp and I checked the power draw). Seeing another review of "The plastic melted on multiple units" make me wonder how it'll hold up in the long run.

I then tried placing the "heating pad" unit on the same plate (after cleaning it as per instructions and putting a bead of silicone around the edge that needed to dry).
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jason T. Rolfe on March 19, 2007
Works well, would suggest a higher wattage for diesel engines though. The package insert (in fine writing) states "indoor use only," which is ridiculous since if my vehicle was indoors I wouldn't need a block heater.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gene L. Smith on March 15, 2010
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I have a Kubota B7800 tractor with a diesel engine. This little device clamped on the under side of the oil pan this Winter kept the engine warm enough to start without the danger of damage.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Weigel on November 26, 2009
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Worked perfectly out of the box. Gets my home generator engine quite warm. I live where it gets down to 30 below. I really need this to keep my emergency generator in condition to start when it is cold. The magnet is no wuss. It adheres very well to the engine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Roberts on November 21, 2013
This is an absolutely horrible worthless product. I would have given it zero stars but that is not an option. I bought this item and attached it to the oil pan in my truck. I plugged it into a watt meter so that I could verify it was working. It wasn't. It cycles on and off every few seconds, and I can't figure out why. The total power consumption averaged over 1 hour is less than 10 watts, not 200.

The plastic case on the product does get slightly warm during use, but the oil does not. This probably fools a lot of people into thinking it works, because there is no other way to know if you don't plug it into a watt meter. I sent the item back to Amazon and got a replacement, same thing. Do not buy this product.

I attempted to contact Kats, the manufacturer, three times with no response. Reading other reviews of their products this is their normal customer service policy.

Don't waste your time! Thank god this is magnetic and I didn't have to glue it to my engine before finding out it doesn't work.
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