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Who would replace their battery every year?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mowerdave, Sep 18, 2006.

  1. mowerdave

    mowerdave LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    I had the battery go bad on my mower the other day. Not a big deal, just replaced it for $20 and was on my way. I was talking to another guy that said he replaces his battery every spring if it needs it or not. (I am guessing not). He said that it was like buying a $20 insurance policy without the down time. Seems to me like a waste of money. Maybe I am wrong. Does anyone else shange their battery every spring regardless of its condition?
     
  2. LLandscaping

    LLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,016

    You should get at least 2 or 3yrs out of a battery.
     
  3. WildWest

    WildWest LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 384

    I wouldn't do it EVERY year, but every other ain't a bad idea, definitely every 3 years!
     
  4. JTF40

    JTF40 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 875

    Several years ago, My NEW Cub Cadet battery lasted for 7 years. It was the original battery and it was still in the tractor (model 1641) when I traded it for my ZD21. :usflag:
     
  5. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    Run them till they die. Not only do you waste money by replacing every year but you are wasting a battery that is good for another 2 years probably. Seriously, how much down time is there from a dead battery? 1 hour? Big deal.
     
  6. grass disaster

    grass disaster LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,692

    i take mine out every winter and store it in the basement. if i feel ambitious i'll stick the trickle charger on it for a couple days. mine is going strong at 4 years.
     
  7. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,852

    I run mine till they die.
    I have an '01 Dodge that has been used a plow truckfor 3 years and still has the origional battery. I am considering replacing this one before winter though.
     
  8. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,024

    Thats your problem right there. You get what you pay for. Batteries are like everything else...available in different grades. We carry interstate batteries. We really only stock the top 2 models...the SP30 and SP40. Although now I think they have an SP35. There used to be a 20 which I think is gone and now they have an SP18 and SP24. They range quite a bit in price. We normally use the SP30 in homeowner equipment and the SP40 in commercial equipment.
     
  9. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,700

    I'm on my fourth year on my Dixie battery. It's a Deka and I swear they are the best small equipment battery you can buy. Although I do clean the terminals ocassionally they never have any buildup on them. A lot of the junk batterys out-gas all over themselves and require constant cleaning.
     
  10. ATL Lawn

    ATL Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 318

    i just carry one of thes in each truck
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