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6V battery calbes

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HenryV11

04-13-2014 07:10:02
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I replaced the battery cables on my 6V W-9 with 2/0
welding cable. The starter turns the motor over faster than before. How high should the liquid be in the battery cells? Mine is just covering the plates.
I have had this tractor for over 40 years. I wished I had changed those cables back in the day when it was my main tractor.




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Red Mercury

04-13-2014 13:16:06
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 Re: 6V battery calbes in reply to HenryV11, 04-13-2014 07:10:02  

HenryV11 said: (quoted from post at 15:10:02 04/13/14) I replaced the battery cables on my 6V W-9 with 2/0

welding cable. The starter turns the motor over faster than before. How high should the liquid be in the battery cells? Mine is just covering the plates.

I have had this tractor for over 40 years. I wished I had changed those cables back in the day when it was my main tractor.


Yes, that is the best & easiest thing to do for a 6V tractor. I have seen several hard starting 6V tractors with small battery cables. I am just going to add a simple explanation here in case others don't quite understand the science behind using larger cables. The larger cables reduce the voltage drop that occurs across the cables during starting, meaning there is more voltage available at the starter terminal. The same voltage drop will occur on 12V tractors too, but since the battery voltage is higher the voltage drop across the cables isn't as noticeable.
This post was edited by Red Mercury at 13:16:47 04/13/14.

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rustyfarmall

04-13-2014 09:06:43
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 Re: 6V battery calbes in reply to HenryV11, 04-13-2014 07:10:02  
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Actually the 00 size battery cables are over-kill. Original cables were of #2 gauge, so #1 gauge is a BIG improvement. The #1 gauge is also a lot easier to work with than the #00, as well as being less costly, but if #00 is what you wanted, I won't argue with you.



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HenryV11

04-13-2014 10:10:29
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 Re: 6V battery calbes in reply to rustyfarmall, 04-13-2014 09:06:43  
I had a roll of the welding cable that I purchased at a auction some time ago so it was kind of available. It did take some looking to find the ends that would accept the cable.
Now it looks like the old girl has a rear main seal leaking badly. I guess I will have to pull the engine to repair that.



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rustred

04-13-2014 08:42:58
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 Re: 6V battery calbes in reply to HenryV11, 04-13-2014 07:10:02  
the battery gets filled to the rings below the filler caps. and yes the 6 volts take the thickest cables, if you cant remember #'s they are double the thickness of 12 volt. cables. and will crank over just great without doing a 12 v. conversion. good job.



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David G

04-13-2014 08:15:44
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 Re: 6V battery calbes in reply to HenryV11, 04-13-2014 07:10:02  
I would do welding cables if I did it again, good choice.



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