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Tony in Tx    Posted 03-04-2017 at 13:13:37 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I need to replace the 12v battery on my 8n neg grnd. Any suggestions ?

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 03-06-2017 at 15:07:26 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I have been using Interstate batteries for several years now with a pretty good success rate as they last at least 5 years, often longer. The next time I do buy one, in the next 5-7 years as I just bought a new one for my 8N a year ago, I am going to get a DEKA and go with them for comparison. The trick is as Bruce states is to maintain them with a battery tender and fire up the machines every 30 days to keep them from discharging. I haven't needed to plow snow here in the Michigan Thumb region since December, thank God as I broke my Dearborn Back Blade then. I do go out every two weeks and fire up the 8N and drive it around the neighborhood for a few hours, head back into the woods, and visit neighbors. This is my ski-doo, so although no snow, I love driving the tractor anytime.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    TonynTx    Posted 03-05-2017 at 12:10:43 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Thank you'll for the information on the battery. Its was very helpful and appreciated!

    SelectOSpeed    Posted 03-05-2017 at 08:52:33 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I've used Deka batteries for years with mostly good results in longevity. During a visit to Tractor Supply, I discovered they carry Exide batteries at lower prices than I can buy Deka at wholesale. I am trying 6 and 12 volt versions to see how they hold up. I had a Exide 6TF last 7 years in my 851D. Unfortunately that big battery is no longer produced. Time will tell. SoS

    Bruce (VA)    Posted 03-04-2017 at 16:09:39 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • The original 6V battery is Group Size 1 - 9-1/8 (L) x 7-1/8 (W) x 9-3/8 (H).

    12V Group 25 & Group 35 batteries are just slightly smaller at 9-1/16 x 6-7/8 x 8-7/8.

    When I purchased my 1951 8N, in October, 2002, it came w/ a Deka, model 901MF (made by East Penn). The date code on the battery was April, 2000. I'm not sure how the PO maintained the battery the first two years of its life, but given the overall condition of the tractor when I purchased it, my bet is it sat unused most of the time.
    I always run the N's to operating temp every 3 or 4 weeks if they haven't been used. To make sure the battery doesn't discharge, all the N's now have Battery Tender float chargers. (And that will extend the life of any battery because it stops them from discharging.)

    I also keep everything "clean, bright & tight", use the braided strap & 00 gauge negative cable.

    So, in addition to it being a well made battery, doing everything else right probably helped this battery to make it 8 years & 6 months!

    It finally refused to turn the 1951 over in Sept 2008, so I replaced it w/ a new one. Another Deka, model 901MF. Itís still in the tractor today, no problems.

    Got a Batteries & Bulbs store near you? They sell Duracell 6v batteries.....also made by East Penn. $75 w/ exchange, 640 CCA. They also sell Group 25 & 35 Duracell batteries for $119, and Battery Tender float chargers for $35.

    Charles (N.C.)    Posted 03-04-2017 at 15:39:24 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I've switched to Interprise battries for all my vehicals and have been very satisfied.Can be a bit pricey but.No matter what battery you will still need a battery tender to keep them charged.Measure the old tractor battery to get the same space size.Most all batteries die 30days after the warrenty goes out.

    Charles(NC)    Posted 03-10-2017 at 10:11:44 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • My switching to different batteries I misspoke the name.It's an Interstate battery I switched to.And,,I acquired a 52N sometimes back that did have a Deka Battery in it and proved to be a swell one.Can't find them here in the south east N.C. sandhills.

    Bruce (VA)    Posted 03-04-2017 at 15:37:47 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Size or manufacturer?

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