Ok, there is a lot to learn about batteries, extending their life, and
charging... I am assuming you just want to get your lawn tractor to
work, so I will really try to simplify this.....
1)When delivered , your lawn tractor battery is probably charged.
2) When you buy a new one, your battery is probably charged...
3) This is important !! Your normal useage of your lawn tractor will
NOT keep the battery optimal. Most peope can expect to replace
their battery every two years or so. Read the manual on your
4) If you want to make your battery last for 5 years or more, you
to pay attention to it. It is a lot of trouble. But this is how:
a) By a hydrometer for lead-acid batteries that measure the
specific gravity. Read the instructions and google
using "lead acid specific gravity" which will give
you a lot
of hits on understanding the amount of charge in the
b) Buy a charger that will charge the battery at a ONE amp
rate and one of those 24 hour appliance timers. If you
use the timer and the charger for ONE HALF HOUR each
and leave it permanently attached, you can leave it
permanently attached and your battey will stay "topped
c) Check your battery at least once a month, every cell.
down the reading and the air temperature. If the
says "fully charged at above 90% ", then you can
the charging system in "b" for a month or so.
state of charge falls below 90%, then hook it back
This will change over the years.....
5) If this is more trouble than you wanted to go to, then go back
to "3" and just replace the battery every 2 years. Thats what
most people do........