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Re: Aluminum battery bracket (pics)

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11-15-2012 17:35:56

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Not tryin to be a naysayer, but

1. Aluminum is easily eaten away by battery acid.

2. Lawnmower charging systems are not designed for much of a heavy load. Putting big lights will drain the battery perhaps faster than the charging system can replenish. Put the battery on a float charger, after you are done using it hard, and it might not fry the charging system. Just my humble opinion, don't shoot the messenger.

3. That is some nice aluminum welding!

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Brad Buchanan

11-17-2012 09:17:14

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 Re: Aluminum battery bracket (pics) in reply to Diydave, 11-15-2012 17:35:56  
Hey Dave.

Thanks for the kind words. I put the battery in a plastic holder to try to minimize the corrosion issue.

These units have a pretty robust charging system however due to the problems listed above it is not in operation.

I may take some time and wire a diode into the charging coils to remedy that.


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11-16-2012 02:14:17

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 Re: Aluminum battery bracket (pics) in reply to Diydave, 11-15-2012 17:35:56  
Also you might check, many of the smaller lawn tractors don't use the battery for lights AT ALL! The lights are AC and run directly off the mag with the engine running (only). You got 'er back there where it's gunna help the traction, however.

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Brad Buchanan

11-17-2012 09:23:38

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 Re: Aluminum battery bracket (pics) in reply to Olddog, 11-16-2012 02:14:17  
hey Olddog!

The weight issue was a factor when I decided to build this bracket.

Has a 42" two stage blower and has plenty of power to swing it but could have used a bit more traction.

Chains, loaded tires and this weight hanging off the back should be much better.


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