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LesH

Keeping your tractor(s) battery charged up----

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LesH
How does everybody keep their tractor (s) charged up?? (I always unhook the battery leads first). I mean do you let a trickle charger hooked up all winter or??? Is that safe in letting them hooked up like that??

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goatfarmer
A battery tender is the best idea. A trickle charger would work, but you would have to hook it up for a few hours, then disconnect it, then hook it up a week or so later, and charge a few hours, etc.

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sammiefish
I use a tender... $7 at harbor freight ... essentially a 300mA charger with some electronics.... works great so far this winter... you could use a trickle charger on a timer as well... if you have that stuff around its easy... (free is always best!!)

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JohnMBerst
Since my 5200 has a large room were the original battery was, I switched a good number of years ago to a small auto battery. (24 size I think) Make sure to charge it before winter, and has been good to go. Just started the tractor today to make sure I'm ready for more seat time. Had to crank a bit to bring the fuel back up, but no problem. Always try to let run a bit after blowing, to cool down, and charge some. Sits covered in home made shed next to garage outside. Plug close by if I have to use the charger is needed. sm01 Coach John

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toomanytractors
I use a 10 amp charger for 24-48 hours when I feel the battery needs a charge. As the charge comes up the needle falls toward zero and I've never thought I had an overcharging problem.

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PatrickE
I use a little 2/6 amp charger on a timer, hooked up to two tractors with a little harness I made. Half hour a day is what I have it set for. I do the same with 3 motorcycles too, never had a problem.

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timflury
My tractor has no battery. sm02 But for my motorcycle, a Deltran Battery Tender is connected to it from December 1, until riding season starts!

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Vassal
quote:
Originally posted by Burntime
I just use them:D
Me too, since I tuned up the regulators in my clunkers, I just get in and go! The snow pusher even sits outside (no shelter) but it has an excellent mini Mercedes battery in it.

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