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Kimberly    Posted 04-03-2019 at 22:37:45 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Cheap Six Volt Battery - Rural King
  • I stopped by the Rural King today and checked to see if they had six volt batteries. My searches on the Rural King's website did not turn up anything and ringing the store I got put on indefinite hold. The answer is yes, Rural King does carry six volt batteries and they are cheap compared to Advance Auto. A Rural King six volt battery is $44.99. Advance Auto's battery is $96.99. The Advance Auto battery lists 640 CCA, 800 CA and comes with a one year warranty. The Rural King battery lists 625 CCA, 750 CA and comes with a one year free replacement and a two year limited warranty. What do you think guys? The Rural King is lower in CCA but look at the price difference and warranty.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 04-05-2019 at 05:44:34 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • RURAL KING is just a brand name. Look at the bottom edge of yours and note the name EXIDE. That is the parent company who makes it. There are only a handful of companies that make batteries and EXIDE is one. They all manufacture low end models and sell as seconds/cheaper units under different brand names. Many of us also suggest you invest in a float charger -the DELTRAN BATTERY TENDER JR. (6V model) is a popular one. $30 at wallyworld. Keep it connected when tractor is idle and this will prolong battery life by years. Keep records so you can track lifespan. Since you are keeping it as OEM 6V/POS GRN, I suggest to go thru the wiring completely (use your WIRING PICTOGRAMS) before connecting the battery power. Make any fixes now before applying power, never with live power connected. The final step can be, but should not be needed, is to polarize the generator. On the 8N, you can do that right on the Voltage Regulator. POWER OFF, Arc Spark the ARM and BAT terminals with a screwdriver and it's done. NEVER arc the FLD terminal.


    Tim Daley(MI)

    Jim    Posted 04-08-2019 at 08:19:14 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • When you say cheap seconds what do you mean exactly? thanks

    Kimberly    Posted 04-05-2019 at 13:24:44 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • @Tim - A Question
  • I am planning on replacing the wiring harness this year, already have it in hand; I wanted to get one of the repos from Just8Ns but the price forced me with the regular harness. I also have a new key switch for the 8N that will go in. I also want to replace the gauges, the amp meter gauge does not work; the oil pressure does.

    The question is on the polarisation. Does it matter which direction to touch the wires to polarise the generator?

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 04-05-2019 at 20:12:48 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: @Tim - A Question
  • Like I said, polarization isn't really needed if just replacing the battery, only if the generator has been removed and/or replaced. No it does not matter how the arc spark direction goes. I just take a screwdriver and touch the VR terminals. On the newer style VR's the ARM and the BAT tabs are towards the outside with the FLD tab on the inner most side of VR and you don't want to touch the FLD terminal. Just remember all harnesses are not created equal. Meaning do not use their colors as a guide. The only correct harnesses -Dennis Carpenter's exact-as-original repoops, also sold at Just8Ns, and the ones Agri-Services make are correctly OEM color coded. DC and Just8's sell OEM NOS key switches -get one of those -cloth covered is best. Aftermarket ammeters can be gotten there as well. These have screw terminals. If you get a reverse reading when tractor runs, the charging needle goes negative, simply switch the wires around but if you follow the wiring diagram you should be good the first time. Kim -where are you located? Maybe one of us could pop in and help/advise in person?


    Tim Daley(MI)

    Kimberly    Posted 04-05-2019 at 21:48:27 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: @Tim - A Question
  • I see two wiring harnesses on Just8Ns; one is $16.00 and one is $105.00; the one that is $105 states just like the original. I guess if I am careful and use an ohm meter I should be OK. The Old Girl will never be a show tractor until I am gone and someone else takes her on. I will pull the wiring harness out tomorrow and take a photo to post.

    Kimberly    Posted 04-05-2019 at 21:23:10 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: @Tim - A Question
  • Thanks Tim. I didn't buy the wiring harness at Just8Ns; thanks for the warning. I can't remember where it was from now. I have had it a couple of years but haven't installed it. I am a little nervous about putting up personal information on the net; especially in an open forum.

    Kimberly    Posted 04-05-2019 at 13:14:35 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Cheap Six Volt Battery - Rural King - More Info
  • I did some searches, the CarQuest battery that Advance Auto is selling is made by East Penn, the Rural King battery is an Exide battery. It is hard to say more since I don't know about the construction of each battery, the Advance Auto battery may be a better battery and thus worth the 115.58% increase in price over the Rural King Exide battery. Such things as impurities in the lead, thickness of the plates, etc. affect the life of the battery. The old AutoCraft battery that Advance Auto use to sell was made by Johnson Controls; that battery lasted me seven years. Tractor Supply sells a Traveller branded battery; from what I can find, it is manufactured by Exide. It lists a 700 CCA so that would indicate that it may have more stuff inside. Price for the Traveller battery is $74.99. The last TSC battery I got had a two year warranty; now it only has a one year warranty. The TSC battery lasted for three years before I replaced it with the AutoCraft. One question I have here is one needs to know how these companies come by their ratings; is there an industrial standard testing method to give CCAs? Or is this manufacture by manufacture?

    I am leaning to trying the Rural King based on the price alone; even though it has the lowest CCA rating of the three.

    Kimberly    Posted 04-04-2019 at 16:46:04 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Cheap Six Volt Battery - Rural King
  • I am planning on getting one to replace the current old battery; I didn't have my core return with me that day. I like to take the core return with me because I tend to forget things like returning the core, filling out the rebate form, etc.

    John in Mich    Posted 04-04-2019 at 15:24:46 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Cheap Six Volt Battery - Rural King
  • I have 2 6 volt Rural King Batteries in Ns. About a year so far. No problem. I also have 3 garden tractor batteries from Rural King. I did have one fail. It was on my shelf too long and was too late to take it back.

    Rustyal    Posted 04-04-2019 at 05:53:19 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Going to rural king next time!

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