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lawn mower batteries............ which brand is the best?

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littleschnebs

02-26-2008 16:09:21
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My dad has a 318 john deere lawn mower. The battery went bad in it. We haven't had any luck with the john deere strongbox batteries. We would use the mower more in the summer(to mow lawn) and maybe some in the winter (to blow snow). My question to you guys and gals is which battery do you think will last the longest, and perform the best? THANKS IN ADVANCE!!!!




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Mike M

02-27-2008 12:27:29
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 Re: lawn mower batteries............ which brand is the b... in reply to littleschnebs, 02-26-2008 16:09:21  
I can't tell you how many John Deeres I have seen with their green paint blue from the junk batteries leaking all over them ! The best battery I ever had was Yuasa that came in our brand new JD 750 it lasted very long and never had any corrosion at all.



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hd6gtom

02-27-2008 09:23:25
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 Re: lawn mower batteries............ which brand is the b... in reply to littleschnebs, 02-26-2008 16:09:21  
I have a STX 38 and a JD 16o. The 160 I bought 8 years age the STX 38 I bought 7 years ago. They both have JD strong box batterys in them. They were in them when I bought them. Started both last week at 10 below zero.



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greygoat

02-27-2008 07:28:30
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 Re: lawn mower batteries............ which brand is the b... in reply to littleschnebs, 02-26-2008 16:09:21  
I too had problems with a Deere STRONGBOX battery
I bought a trade-in Toro from a Deere dealer, it
had the new Deere battery. It only lasted 3 months
They gave me a new one, under warrenty. The 2ed
one lasted less than a year. They refused to
replace it. I am now using INTERSTATE brand
from a local starter-generator rebuild shop, and
getting exceptional performance. Have them now
in car, truck, tractors, mower, power generator.

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Kentb of SWMO

02-27-2008 06:22:53
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 Re: lawn mower batteries............ which brand is the best in reply to littleschnebs, 02-26-2008 16:09:21  
The ONLY automotive batteries I use are Duralast from Auto-Zone. In L/G batteries I only use their 425 cranking amp unit. From my axperiance cranking single cylinder B&S engine this battery has average a four year life span. They cost about $30 or about 8 bucks a year. I also have two of them in a military generator the Fire Department has. Be cause of fuel cost I had NOT been exercizing the generator for two years . ME BAD A year ago this last january we had a bad ice storm. Power was of fo about a week. We had somewhat of a warning of ice the preciding Dec. so I decide I had best get the generator running. This generator has some panel lights. I turned them on. They barely glowed. I took the batteries to my small six amp charger. The amp meter barely moved. I left both batteries on this charger for 24 hour. I reinstalled the batteries and started the generator which is a 10 KW unit powered by flat four military standard engine. These batteries started this generator through the entire ice storm. It was used to power a local gas station to pump gas, diesel and LP during the power outage. Now a year later I exersize this generator every six weeks and these abused batteries are still starting it. These batteries are are DURALAST brand from Auto-Zone.

One Last thing that will make ANY lead-acid battery last longer is the use of distilled water to refill the cells. I did not do this at one time even though I knew better because you could not find distilled water. There is NO excuses now as you can buy it for about a dollar a gallon at WallyWorld.

Kent

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TomTex

02-27-2008 12:01:03
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 Re: lawn mower batteries............ which brand is the best in reply to Kentb of SWMO, 02-27-2008 06:22:53  
AutoZone does not manufacture batteries. Duralast is nothing but a name/brand/label put on a battery made by someone else. Who makes the batteries? Tom



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Kentb of SWMO

02-27-2008 19:09:14
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 Re: lawn mower batteries............ which brand is the best in reply to TomTex, 02-27-2008 12:01:03  
I was told by a guy who is on the same Volunteer Fire Dept. I am. He works for the local Hospital maintaining ambulances. He said that Auto-Zone batterys were made by Bosch. I do not know if this is true But he said the hospital was alway have problems with their battery in the ambulances until they change to Duralasts. I found this out after I had determined that the ONLY batteries to buy were Duralasts.

Kent

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TomTex

02-27-2008 06:05:30
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 Re: lawn mower batteries............ which brand is the best in reply to littleschnebs, 02-26-2008 16:09:21  
First of all, get one that has NO removable caps to add water; sompletely sealed except for small air vent hole. fI have had best luck with batteries made by East Penn Mfg. You may see EPM on the battery. O'Riellys batteries are made by them. Deka batteries are EPM. My Miller Bobcat 225 welder has a Kohler 18 HP V-Twin. Has the original Deka battery. Bought welder new in 1999. Have never had to even clean the battery posts, clean as new, absolutely no corrosion after 9 years. Tom

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IH2444

02-26-2008 20:24:15
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 Re: lawn mower batteries............ which brand is the best in reply to littleschnebs, 02-26-2008 16:09:21  
I have had good luck with the better grade of wally world batteries in my lawn mowers. About 4 years so far on two of them.
One is in a MTD riding mower the other is in a Gravely 812, which actually calls for a larger battery.



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HENRY E NC

02-26-2008 20:18:40
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 Re: lawn mower batteries............ which brand is the best in reply to littleschnebs, 02-26-2008 16:09:21  
I had a sears sealed battery in my sears mower for 7 years. Replaced it with a Walmarrt special that lasted 3 months. Whatever you do make sure you buy a sealed battery. I spilled the acid from the WM battery taking it out a what a mess. four months and still causing corrosion problems. I was trying to save money because sears batteries are expensive, I guess 7 years is a long time so I finally ended up with another. Henry

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36 coupe

02-27-2008 02:10:47
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 Re: lawn mower batteries............ which brand is the best in reply to HENRY E NC, 02-26-2008 20:18:40  
Have to disagree,I check batteries with a hydrometer.uneven cell readings give you warning that a battery is headed for failure.Most lawn mower batteries on mowers fail because they sit idle for 6 months without being charged.My sawmill starting battery gave 4 years of service.I replaced it when cell readings got very uneven.A fellow I talked with got 5 years or service out of the same battery on his mill that mower owners crab about only lasting 1 mowing season.Acid spills can be cleaned up with a baking soda solution.Dealer I know wont sell the cheaper mower battery,too many problems.

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Bob

02-26-2008 18:35:29
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 Re: lawn mower batteries............ which brand is the best in reply to littleschnebs, 02-26-2008 16:09:21  
WHY are the DEERE batterys failing... is there a slow power drain (through damp grass, dirt and debris around electrical parts), which is common, and after running dead during periods of non-use so many times the batterys fail?

I pull a cable off of the battery on stuff that sits around unused for a while, and it REALLY makes a difference in battery life. That would be something to try, as well as cleaning things up a bit.

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littleschnebs

02-26-2008 19:03:50
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 Re: lawn mower batteries............ which brand is the best in reply to Bob, 02-26-2008 18:35:29  
Bob, my dad has the SAME exact problem. He HAD john deere batteries in his 720. At the second year, they were junk!



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Bob

02-26-2008 19:42:30
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 Re: lawn mower batteries............ which brand is the best in reply to littleschnebs, 02-26-2008 19:03:50  
My point was that no matter WHAT the brand of battery, it's life will be shortened if it discharges from time to time, and sits for a while in that state.



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504-2

02-26-2008 17:06:41
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 Re: lawn mower batteries............ which brand is the best in reply to littleschnebs, 02-26-2008 16:09:21  
I put in a used Strong Box 4yr ago and it started the 430 two weeks ago. But if I remember right a small car battery will fit and is cheaper than a l&g batt.



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Russ from MN

02-26-2008 16:36:38
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 Re: lawn mower batteries............ which brand is the best in reply to littleschnebs, 02-26-2008 16:09:21  
Interstate has been very good in new stuff, boats, campers,lawn tractors, ect, but any good battery should last 4-5 years. If you are going to use it in the winter I would recomend the higher output.



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