I have real problems with the batteries for my riding mower. Typically,
these batteries last 2 or 3 years. I've had enough of the cheap junk.
What's the best quality battery I can by for a riding mower??
Or pop for an AGM motorcycle battery of the same size and similar specs .
They're made to withstand vibration better . I like Deka brand batteries for
the Harleys , usually get 5-7 seasons from one - I usually ride 6,000-8,000
miles per year .
From what little I know about batteries is they are all made by only a few manufacturers. Those manufacturers will
make a production run of what they determine to be the most effective for their operation. When the batteries a done
"cooking" at the end of the assembly line the first xx off the line will get the Die Hard label, the next xx will get
the Interstate label and so on. If the specs for two or more batteries of different brands are identical there is a
good chance they rolled of the assembly line one after the other.
One thing to keep in mind -- batteries do not like heat. That may be why yours only last a few years. If heat is the
culprit in your case you could move farther North.
This is the one we've had for 5 years now in our rider.
Snag has the right idea. Those batteries will run about $100
though. A mower with a dead battery is a nuisance. A bike with
a bad battery can be a royal pain.
I had one go bad when I was riding one day. I pulled off on
a side road to stretch. The bike wouldn't start. A tow truck
got me home. The battery showed over 12 volts but would
do nothing when I hit the start button. Nothing. The voltage
would just drop to about 0.
Jump starting wouldn't do much either. The bike died as soon
as the jumpers came off the way I remember. The alternator was and is
On Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:31:32 +0000 (UTC), Greg Heinz
I got one at Walmart for $30 with a 3 year swap out warranty. It is
not worth spending much more than that.
You can always take it back late in year 2 and get a new one that
should last another 2-3 years.
The last time I went to the Harley dealer for a battery for the
Sportster, they said they would have to order it. I'm running Yuasa now.
Pretty sad when they have a few thousand square feet of boutique bling
and no frigging batteries.
You're about average, I'd say. If you live in a cold clime, stow the
battery indoors over the winter, maybe with a battery maintainer in place.
Mine is stored (Northern Illinois) in an unheated garden shed with no
electricity. Bought a small battery maintainer with solar cell at
Harbor Freight for under $25 on sale and I get about 4 years or better.
I doubt I'd get more than a year if I left the battery mounted in place
over one winter.
I also use a plug-in maintainer on the standby generator battery that
sits outside in its little box all year. That finally died last month
after 6 years.
Hmmm...I had a Diehard battery in my lawn tracgtor for nine years.
Maybe I just got lucky, but I replaced it last year with another one.
Incidentally, I just disconnect the cables for winter storage. Don't
bother doing anything else with it.
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