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Jump starting Super A

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06-05-2002 17:46:03

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I have a Super A with the original 6 volt system and I dont use it much and was wondering if it would hurt anything to jump start it using my Ford pick-up which has a 12 volt system. I dont want to damage anything or cause a battery to explode.

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06-06-2002 11:29:34

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 Re: jump starting Super A in reply to Ricky, 06-05-2002 17:46:03  
The others are right, this is hard on the tractor, in particular the regulator and battery.
That said I've done it, alot...
DON'T leave the cables on for a long time, and DON'T use cheap cables. Mine are a real good big set that I, uh, swiped from a well drilling outfit. They used it to jump 24v systems, its hefty. My great Uncle had a cheap set any finally the connections where the clamp and cable meet wore out.
Oh, like the others said DON'T let the truck touch the tractor!

You might as well plan on a new battery though, theres going to become a point where you'll get tire

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Hugh MacKay

06-06-2002 02:32:15

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 Re: jump starting Super A in reply to Ricky, 06-05-2002 17:46:03  
I have never jump started my Super A, if one takes hand crank in hand you would have going before you could hook cables up. If it doesn't start that quick with hand crank you have distributer, and ignition problems.

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gene b

06-05-2002 19:28:24

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 Re: jump starting Super A in reply to Ricky, 06-05-2002 17:46:03  
be a good way to ruin your regulator it wont like the 12v also like the other post said a good way to blow the top of the batt off get a new batt also your points and coil could fry

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Andy Martin

06-06-2002 05:22:30

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 Re: Re: jump starting Super A in reply to gene b, 06-05-2002 19:28:24  
You won't have any problems jump starting a 6v from a 12v, just watch the polarity and don't leave the cables hooked up except to start.

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06-05-2002 19:20:46

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 Re: jump starting Super A in reply to Ricky, 06-05-2002 17:46:03  
batterys explode when sulfuric gas is ignited by a spark. makes a big mess, ruins your clothes, could get in your eyes. follow instructions for clamping cables (hook positive end to tractor frame away from battery, assuming tractor is positive ground) don't let pickup touch tractor.

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06-05-2002 19:25:05

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 Re: Re: jump starting Super A in reply to howard, 06-05-2002 19:20:46  
Thatsounds about right to me. It worked on the C with no adverse effects. We did eventually fix the no start problem. Worn out magneto impulse coupling.

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