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lonestarjeff    Posted 02-28-2019 at 20:35:04 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Both the 8N & 860 are still 6V, so I'm always looking for my next battery. I seem to get about 5 years out of one on average. I bought this last one on Sunday from TSC to go on the 860. It's replacing a 5 year old Exide which would have gone longer, but I let it go dry. The one still on the 8N is a 3 year old Autozone. I've noticed looking at the Travellor, Exide, & Duralast all now look like the old original case Ford batteries.

    Dave H    Posted 03-02-2019 at 09:23:27 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Im in the same boat as Bruce, TSC is the place to buy chicken scratch. :)

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 03-02-2019 at 12:44:09 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • TSC and FASTENAL are both on my NO-FLY list. 25 YEARS AGO TSC outlets first started showing up around here. They carried the TISCO line of new parts, many King Kutter brand implements, and many new replacement parts for implements like Ford & Dearborn, as well as the other stuff like paint, lawn mowers, and hardware. Over the years they slowly changed for the worse. Today they carry very little tractor parts, using the County Line brand now. they stock more pet food and clothes now, but I wouldn't buy either there. They also use to carry the VALSPAR brand paints but switched to the MAJIC brand which is pure junk. I rarely go there anymore and if I do I regret it. They don't stock much in bolts, nuts, and screws and I can never get the sizes I need. If they do have it, the price is ridiculous. They charge like $3 per pound for raw hardware but I can get nuts and bolts at my local CNH dealer 15 miles away for $2 per pound and they almost always have the size I need. This plus the FASTENAL outlet is right across the road from TSC but I have the same issues with them -never have what I need, if they do, too high priced and they won't split open a package for only a few items -you have to buy the bulk package. PLUS they are not open on Sundays. I will buy from my CNH dealer if I need it now, don't mind driving 15 miles to get there, though not open on Sundays, they are open til 5 on Saturdays. I'll buy in bulk from McMaster-Carr, can get a box of 100 nuts or bolts for the same price fastenal wants for one or two of theirs. I could go on -we have an electrical supply store here but when I went to buy some capacitors they said, 'what's a capacitor'? We have a welding supply business here but when I went buy some plain old 60/40 solder, they said 'what's solder'? Well you know what I'm saying anyway. The EPA has banned lead and lead products so they don't/can't sell the good solder anymore here.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Kimberly    Posted 03-02-2019 at 19:45:35 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I agree wholeheartedly. All the good old hardware shops are gone here; driven out of business by Lowe's and Walmart and places like TSC. Use to be a hardware shop in a nearby town that was a dream to go to. They also had a small engine shop and I could buy anything to fix a small engine. There isn't a decent hardware shop left anywhere in my county; and probably all the surrounding counties.

    Bruce (VA)    Posted 03-01-2019 at 08:07:15 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I routinely get 8 years out of 6v Deka or Duracell batteries made by East Penn and Deltran float chargers. Got almost 10 years once.

    I have the Battery Tenders hard wired to 6 tractors, 2 Model A's and a golf cart.

    I buy chicken feed and shirts at TSC, never tractor parts.

    lonestarjeff    Posted 03-01-2019 at 18:25:09 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I haven't seen Deka or Duracell tractor batteries around here. I'll have to look around a bit more.

    Larry Holbrook    Posted 03-01-2019 at 08:51:16 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I have two of these. They cost a little to much I think but Schumacker has been making battery chargers for years. I have an old one on wheels that has a 200 amp boost that is almost 40 year old. Weights a ton but still works perfect. I'd make sure that whatever I bought had charge capability also. Some of the cheaper float chargers will only work if your battery is fully charged when you put it one. Ones like this will charge and maintain your battery.

    lonestarjeff    Posted 03-01-2019 at 18:20:58 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I have a couple of Schumacher 6/12v float chargers. They are very helpful, but only as much as the operator is consistent :-)

    steve19438    Posted 03-01-2019 at 06:15:33 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I buy them. they are ok. not great but ok. I leave them in long after they are dead and use a battery pack to start engine. but thats me.

    lonestarjeff    Posted 03-01-2019 at 18:28:58 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Sounds familiar......:-)

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 03-01-2019 at 03:05:33 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I've never got more than two years out of the TSC/WillyWonkaworld low budget batteries and switched to Interstate years ago. I got 8 years on my last one. DEKA, EXIDE, DURACELL, seem to be the best. I worked on a MF tractor last year for a friend who had an Auto Zone battery in it less than a year old and was junk. Don't know about 'original Ford case' but 6V AG GP-1 battery is what you want - no DEEP CYCLE type or golf cart type. The best thing you can do is invest in a battery float charger. The DELTRAN BATTERY JR. brand is good. Note, 'float' not trickle charger -not the same thing. Keep battery on it when tractor not in use. The worse thing to do to diminish battery life is the constant discharging and recharging. Simply connecting a charger every now and then isn't helping. Wallyworld sells the Battery Tenders but I bought mine online for $30 shipping included.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Jim    Posted 03-01-2019 at 05:16:54 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • What is the difference between the float and trickle chargers? Are they another name for a battery tender or maintainer? Thank you

    Frank (WNY)    Posted 03-01-2019 at 07:23:05 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Hi Jim,

    A float charger can be connected to the battery all the time without damaging it. It will constantly monitor the voltage and top it off when needed and then automatically shut off.
    The trickle charger is cheaper, but does not stop charging the battery. If it isn't disconnected when the battery is fully charged it will overcharge the battery and damage it.
    I have a few Deltran battery tender's for my 6 and 12 volt battery's

    Jim    Posted 03-01-2019 at 08:13:12 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Thanks. The battery tender's you have then are float chargers and not trickle chargers

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 03-01-2019 at 15:14:56 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Jim-
    There are a few manufacturers of trickle and float chargers. DELTRAN®™ is only one of them and is the parent company that makes the BATTERY TENDER®™ brand of FLOAT chargers. The BATTERY TENDER JR. is the 6-VOLT unit. Based on positive user/customer reviews, and priced economically, the DELTRAN units seem to be the most reliable and popular ones in use. Note package has “5-YEAR WARRANTY”

    BATTERY TENDER JUNIOR -6 VOLT UNIT:

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Jim    Posted 03-01-2019 at 16:29:15 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Thanks, Tim for the information.

    Frank (WNY)    Posted 03-01-2019 at 09:01:13 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • That is correct. I have an older Shumacher battery charger that provides a high charging current that will bring a discharged battery up quickly and then reduce the current to a trickle charge. I never leave that on after the voltage is at the full charge level. Since I bought the float charger, I use that unless I have a need to use the battery quickly. It is also a good idea to buy a voltmeter to check the voltage.

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