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Need opinion for battery

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by OrangeToys, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. OrangeToys

    OrangeToys LawnSite Bronze Member
    from SW MO
    Messages: 1,034

    I have to buy a new battery this week for my 2500HD silverado, im hoping to have a plow next year and thats all that i would have pulling extra juice.

    What battery do you recommend?
  2. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    optima yellow or red top!
  3. OrangeToys

    OrangeToys LawnSite Bronze Member
    from SW MO
    Messages: 1,034

    Aren't those expensive batteries?
  4. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    yea they are a lil pricey but well worth the money

    i have twin red tops in my f250!
  5. OrangeToys

    OrangeToys LawnSite Bronze Member
    from SW MO
    Messages: 1,034

    can you explain how they are worth the money? I mean its almost double the price of a regular one.

    Why do you have dual?
  6. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    diesels have two batterys!

    ive been usin optimas for years. had a yellow top in my old truck with tons of lkights on it for the fire dept. had three car audio 1000watt amps running three 15" subs and the voltage never dropped below 14volts!
  7. OrangeToys

    OrangeToys LawnSite Bronze Member
    from SW MO
    Messages: 1,034

    how long do those red tops last?
  8. 360ci

    360ci LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 995

    Optima is the brand to go with. Red top is for greater cranking, where the yellow top is more for deep cycle applications (low speed, high power requirements such as stereos). Red top will be fine for plowing. Both are of spiral cell design so there's no liquid in the battery; the cells absorb it creating a longer lasting and truly maintenance free battery. For everyday driving in say a car to get to work and back, its not really worth while spending the $40-80 extra on the battery. For work vehicles that are consistently turned on and off, require medium to high electrical loads to power equipment (hydraulic plow for instance; salter if electric), and also offer excellent vibration resistance, which is the leading cause of battery failure to begin with. I've owned two Optimas in the past, two reds (same truck) and one yellow (other truck). All were 750CCA rated and lasted nearly 10 years. My average life span with regular batteries has varied between 3-7 years depending on use. Keep in mind that standard batteries are mostly produced by the same few manufacturers, irregardless of what the battery is branded as.
  9. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    Go with the gel cells if you are dealing with the cold and viberation. Optima batteries don't use water/acid.

    Regular batteries are made by couple companies the only difference is the same and some extra lead in the batteries.

    Johnson Controls makes most automotive batteries then they are labeled with different manufactures names.

    A regular battery your lucky to get 4 years out of if your nice to it ie no abuse like jumpstarting and letting it run down.

    Starting batteries will not last if your cycling them by putting a large draw on them dropping the voltage and amperage down and then recharging them.
  10. Lawn Man Dave

    Lawn Man Dave LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 420

    I also like the Optima's.

    Word to the wise though, they are great batteries but DON'T let them go dead...... they don't like it and often never fully recover..... I have heard there is a way to charge them if you do to fix it but hear it is hit and miss..... this is why you don't want to buy one used. Yes it is hard on any battery but I hear it is worse on them.

    You also don't have to worry about them leaking or corroding..... this helps out the battery tray.

    For something that you just drive around I would just get a regular battery but for a good work truck that has a good sized electrical load on it go with an Optima or another gell type battery.

    Like said above they also handle extreme temp's better.

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