Re: Old Girl Needs Some Electrosity

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Posted by Tim Daley(MI) on March 15, 2019 at 15:42:06 [URL] [DELETE] :

In Reply to: Old Girl Needs Some Electrosity posted by Kimberly on March 15, 2019 at 11:07:49:

That comment about converting to 12V is a big myth and incorrectly thought of as a solution to electrical problems. Your tractor, do what you want but if the 6V setup isn't working now, a 12V may or, most likely NOT fix anything. You've done half the battle by testing and isolating you have a battery that will no longer sustain a charge. Simply attaching a battery charger means nothing if the cells are depleted and specific gravity isn't met. A starter shop or auto parts store can bench test it. They will test and take your old battery in for the lead/core charge too on a new unit. There is a ton of archived info on batteries here. Most of the brands you mention are not worth the time or money as they have poor lifespans. 7 years is a good run for a 6V battery. Briefly in a nutshell, you want a GP-1 6V AG battery -no Deep Cycle or RV/Gold cart type. I suggest to invest in one of the better brands. Those would be DEKA, INTERSTATE, EAST PENN/DURACELL, or EXIDE. I'm not sure who makes the NAPA one but I've heard good things about it and is the only one you listed I'd consider. Get at least a 550 - 650 CCA with the average cost at about $125. I buy from my local buddy who stocks DEKA and INTERSTATE but the last DEKA I bought was at my local no-brand/franchise Mom & Pop auto parts store. I was at a local tire center months ago and they had a DURACELL (EAST PENN) display. Don't know what your local places stock but wallywonderworld and TSC house brands are junk in my opinion. Auto Zone brand is DURALAST I believe. The best thing you can do to prolong a battery is also invest in a float charger. DELTRAN BATTERY TENDER JR. is the 6V unit and priced about $30

Tim Daley(MI)

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