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Dean    Posted 12-16-2018 at 13:32:29 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Interesting Battery Coincidence
  • Yesterday, a local man called to see my 55 860 which is currently advertised on CL.

    Knowing that it had not been started for about six weeks, I decided to start it before he arrived. I usually do not do this so that potential buyers can see a cold start, but the temperature was around 40 F and the 860 has summer formula gasoline in it, which will make it start much harder in cold weather.

    Hmmm, no crank. I always charge storage batteries periodically during periods of non use and this one had been charged about two weeks ago.

    Checked records and found that battery had been installed 11/10. OK, eight years pretty good for 6V but due for replacement. Connected AC charger/booster and 860 started right up. Everything working as it should.

    Caller arrived and looked at tractor for over an hour. I explained to him upon arrival that battery had failed and I would replace it whether he bought it or not.

    Caller interested in tractor but he told me that he wanted it to replace a worn out 60 PTO HP IH 656 diesel to run a round baler. I told him that it was not big enough and he went on his way. Had he told me what he had planned to use it for on the telephone I could have saved him a trip but he had not. Fortunately, he was only about 10 miles away.

    Decided to remove battery from non used 64, 4000 potential retirement project to install in 860 for sale. Will buy new battery for 4000 in future. Did so this morning. Again no start. 4000 had not been started in months but battery had been charged routinely with maintainer every 4-5 weeks. Checked records again and found that 4000 battery had also been installed in 11/10. Coincidence.

    More of a coincidence that both batteries installed at same time failed at same time. Batteries were identical and from receipts bought from same store in same month but not same day. Never happened to me before.

    Interesting

    Dean

    steveVa    Posted 12-18-2018 at 10:14:35 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Many years ago I found a great sale on a sealed Delco battery for my Jeep Cherokee. It took a group 57? I think. Anyway they were a odd short fat batery with lugs on the bottom sides so you could clamp them down. The sale was so good in fact, I bought 4 spare ones to use in boats and other vehicles. Those batterys lasted for 15 years. I am still amazed and wish I knew why they lasted so long. I used them with trolling motors and solar collectors and they all lived outside in the snow and rain and they all lasted an amazing long time. 4 of them finally died in the same year but one of them lasted a few xtra years. I sure wish I knew why they lasted so long and who made them, and who makes them now.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 12-17-2018 at 03:02:05 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Interesting Battery Coincidence
  • 8 years on a 6V battery is pretty darn good. What brand? You may want to invest in a few Battery Tender Jr.'s to keep them up. Who knows, maybe with these you'll get 10 years life out of them. FWIW, I do not subscribe to the 'summer gas' 'winter gas' crapola. My 8N sat for well over a year and it fired right up with the same gas that was in it when parked. Back in the day farmers would run kerosene, alcohol, old gas, new gas, whatever was available. Where are you located -send me email and LINK to ad. My buddy with the starter shop is looking for something like this -an 800 with a FEL...

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Dean    Posted 12-17-2018 at 08:32:59 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Interesting Battery Coincidence
  • Both batteries were Orschlein (SP?) house brand. I do not know who made them.

    Yes, I'm happy with 8 years life.

    I do have several smart chargers and keep all storage batteries charged during periods of non use but do not leave the maintainers connected all of the time because I have more batteries than maintainers, especially 6V maintainers.

    Back in the day, one could do many things with gasoline that does not work well post EPA.

    Dean

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 12-17-2018 at 09:51:41 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • LIKE THIS?
  • Doesn't say if 6V or 12V....

    Dean    Posted 12-17-2018 at 17:27:52 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: LIKE THIS?
  • Nope.

    6V commercial. 640 CCA, IIRC.

    Dean

    Richard NY 2N    Posted 12-17-2018 at 16:02:28 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: LIKE THIS?
  • That is a brand not in western New York. I've had an Interstate in my bike for 7 years with a tender on it in the winter.

    Farmer Dan    Posted 12-16-2018 at 14:26:36 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Interesting Battery Coincidence
  • Few years ago the motorcycle battery was dead. I charged it with a trickle charger, few days later drove it to work. Next morning battery dead again. It had no stickers on it so don't know how old. New battery and next day it was dead again. Make a long story short the generator had some gotten polarized backwards and was draining the battery every time I drove the bike. Polarized it and no dead batteries since.

    Dean    Posted 12-16-2018 at 15:53:59 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Interesting Battery Coincidence
  • Yes.

    BTDT, but not in this case.

    Dean

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