Your choice for a new mower battery?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by GarPA, Dec 10, 2004.

  1. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
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    The Douglas battery in the Z is about 4 years old and is about worn out.
    Any preferences out there for what I should replace it with? I dont know if SEARS makes a mower battery or if I should stay with Douglas since Exmark uses them from the factory...thanks
     
  2. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
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    I use Ever Start fron Wal mart. They seem to be pretty good.
     
  3. work_it

    work_it LawnSite Senior Member
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    I use a DEKA I bought at the Scag dealers. It has 275 CCA which saves wear and tear on the starter.
     
  4. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,585

    does CCA mean something like cold crankling amps?? I am equipment stupid..so I want a high CCA rating then?
     
  5. work_it

    work_it LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yes, you're right on the money GarPa.
     
  6. swim

    swim LawnSite Senior Member
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    I think the batteries that I use are either 300 or 350 cc amps. The brand does not matter that much to me, as long as it has a warranty, most are prorated from the time of purchase. Carry your old battery to the store with you, they will give a core rebate for it and you don't have to dispose of it. For me the higher cc amps really help in the morning or this time of year when its cold outside. The oil is thick and the temps are low. This is when the cc amps really help get things turning. My mowers have 18hp, 20hp, and 25hp engines on them. The bigger the engine the higher cc amps as well.
     
  7. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,585

    thanks guys...did a little research at Consumer Reports except it was for car batteries....they like the Duralast (AutoZone) and another one from PEP Boys. Both I think are like 700 cca and are only $60 but thats a car battery. I dont know what they have for mower batteries so I'll see if Duralast has a website
     
  8. work_it

    work_it LawnSite Senior Member
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    I tried a 12V battery for Lawn and Garden tractors from NAPA and found it to be nothing more than a waste of money. The problem was that it only had 165 CCA and did a horrible job turning the starter over. Be careful what you buy. It's worth spending a little more money for a good battery so you don't mess up your starter.
     
  9. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,585

    I hear ya...after a number of online searches about all I can find for a mower is an Interstate battery ...looks ok at about 350 cca's
    I'll call Autozone and post back here if they carry one for a mower in case anyone else needs to go shopping for one
     
  10. work_it

    work_it LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 976

    I would also check my users manual or call up a dealer to find out what the maximum CCA's your mowers starter can handle. Too many and you might end up frying the starter.
     

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