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Gary Ostby    Posted 12-26-2017 at 00:23:55 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I have an 8 volt battery tender. If I don't use my headlights can I use an 8 volt battery without causing problems ? Will I damage my points or anything else ?I have a 2N and 641 Ford. Thanks, Gary.

    Gary Ostby    Posted 12-26-2017 at 11:53:16 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • An 8 volt battery tender by Deltran. Presently 6 volt + ground, good wires. All tuned and usually starts without hesitation, recently overhauled. Only problem was yesterday, 15 degrees out, it turned over slow before starting. I'm thinking, if no harm occurs, an extra 2 volts might help during winter. Cost is not a problem although I'm not springing for a heated garage. Gary

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 12-26-2017 at 14:08:20 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Gary -it is not the VOLTS you need to crank the engine, it is the AMPS. If the battery is more than 5 years old, it may be time for a new one. Battery must sustain a full charge under load. Only way to check that is with a hydrometer for specific gravity on each cell. Or, any starter/alternator shop will do it on their special equipment. I just take my stuff to a buddy with starter/alternator shop and have him bench test everything if I have any doubts. You can charge a battery all day every day but if it won't sustain that charge, it will be hard to crank over a cold engine. 2 volts ain't gonna mean diddly. I have had my early 8N as original -6-volt/positive ground since I bought it like that. I have had it parked outside many times, tarped, and never had any problems starting it cold weather. Why? I followed the 6-volt Mantra -Clean Bright and Tight. I keep the PM up and every fall ensure it is ready for winter -fresh oil, tune-up, tested and charged battery, and all in working order. If you still had slow cranking, Id suspect the battery is not at 100% and look into that before buying parts you may not really need. Most starter shops will bench test for free. Some franchise auto parts stores will too, but I'd only trust a familiar one so they don't just tell you it is bad so they can sell you a new one. The cold will affect your battery no doubt, especially if weak or discharged. Good correct battery cables are also necessary for the 6-volt system.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    poderac    Posted 12-26-2017 at 12:34:06 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • A heated dipstick for the crankcase is much cheaper than a heated garage. A radiator heater installed in a radiator hose will also keep the whole engine warm. Also cheaper than a garage.

    Gary Ostby    Posted 12-26-2017 at 13:40:18 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Poderac; I have several heated dipsticks and block heaters didn't think they worked that well, maybe I should try a new one. Now for an embarrassing note. I have radiator heaters on both tractors, Willys, and pickups. I put them on years ago, tucked and taped the wires out of the way and forgot about them. I used the one on the 2N once and it worked perfect.
    Now what to do with the 8 volt charger? Thanks for the input N Tractor members. Gary

    AL CT    Posted 12-26-2017 at 11:47:19 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Buy and using a 8 volt battery is a waste of money. A properly maintained 6 volt system will serve you for years. 6 volt generator only puts out about 6.7 volts, so the 8 volt battery never gets to full charge. I purchased a tractor once with a 8 volt battery in it, got rid of the 8 volt faster then I could say jack rabbit.
    My humble opinion.
    AL CT

    Gary Ostby    Posted 12-26-2017 at 12:03:28 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • AL CT; Wouldn't the charger maintain the 8 volt charge? The present battery was installed in 2008 and works perfect but I still face the cold starting issues on very cold days. I'm just thinking an old tractor might benefit by having an extra 2 volts. Kinda like my half pot of coffee every morn to get me going. Gary

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 12-26-2017 at 06:19:24 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • BATTERY TENDER is a brand name for float chargers made by the DELTRAN Company. Is this what you have? Note I said float charger, not trickle charger. There is a difference. A trickle charger can damage your battery if it overcharges. Like Farmer Dan asked, what is your electrical setup? Do you have a 6-volt/positive ground system or a 12-volt conversion? Or an EI installed -we need more information.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Farmer Dan    Posted 12-26-2017 at 00:45:20 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Is your tractor 6 volt or 12 volt?
    Is your battery 6 volt or 8 volt or 12 volt?

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