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#1 Texas Deere and Horse OFFLINE  

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Posted February 04, 2013 - 01:58 PM

I have been wanting one of these for a couple years now and wanted to get some input on them. I have seen them from $50.00 up to $400.00. I want to get a good one and have to jump off or temporarily run a GT or 2, but also start a car or truck if I need to.

 

If you respond, please include the Brand, Price and Size, also why you chose this one.

 

Thanks for your help in advance !!

 

Here is a picture of one Alan "MH81" just ordered,

 

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Posted February 04, 2013 - 02:02 PM

My jumper pack consists of a car battery and jumper cables ....:) i think i am going to add a plug on the front of my one tractor to be able to plug jumper cables into use it as the Tow tractor ..  

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Posted February 04, 2013 - 03:31 PM

Don't own a booster pack. Mine requires dragging drop cords out so I can hook up the Battery Charger with the 200 amp boost.


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Posted February 04, 2013 - 04:22 PM

I like the volt meter on the one pictured. That lets you know how much the voltage is dropping when you are cranking. Nice feature. 


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Posted February 04, 2013 - 04:22 PM

I've had 2 of the cheaper HF units.  While they work, they do good, but don't last more than 2 years.  The Craftsman I won at my local show was awesome....but for just around 3years.  Inside it is just a Diehard large motorcycle battery, plus the charge & monitor electronics.  After a bit over a year, all the electronic readouts quit.  Truly, you're better off just getting a good grade smaller automotive battery that has a built in carry handle, then adding 6' of jumper leads to it, with one of the battery terminals that have a disconnect built in to prevent shorts at the cable ends.


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Posted February 04, 2013 - 04:25 PM

I like one that also has a compressor for blowing up the tires.  Mine also has a 110 outlet and a 12v outlet.  I have used them once in a while.  I have had mine for about 7 years.  I got it at Sam's.  It has to be charged a few times in the winter to still jump a car.


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Posted February 04, 2013 - 04:30 PM

I like one that also has a compressor for blowing up the tires.  Mine also has a 110 outlet and a 12v outlet.  I have used them once in a while.  I have had mine for about 7 years.  I got it at Sam's.  It has to be charged a few times in the winter to still jump a car.

 

Dang...7 years is awesome!  I miss my Craftsman...it was 1,000 amps and would start my biggest farm tractors, Cat loader, or our Cat 3208 in our grain truck.


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Posted February 04, 2013 - 05:09 PM

 I'm with the battery jumper crowd too.

 

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Years ago when engines were a lot bigger than today I worked for a tow company, we tried a Snap-on(I think) one that did work on some cars but charge didn't last long.

All of the trucks had a remote start gas generator with 30' leads made just for jumping cars/trucks, now that would start anything.

I finally gave up on the battery - pack unit, unless it was a parking garage that the truck wouldn't fit into. 


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Posted February 04, 2013 - 06:16 PM

or go out and get a new miller Trailblazer 302 air pak with jump start option 450 amps continuous jump start it also has a Air compressor built in 31 CFM at 140 psi rotary screw air compressor fills the biggest tires 30 Hp kohler V twin engine list price 13000 Usd And i forgot to mention its Shiny :) LOL

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Posted February 04, 2013 - 06:17 PM

My old one was about 6-7 years old when it gave up... I use it all the time too.

One thing I discovered was to not use the on board charger. I use a smart charger instead.

It was a HF unit also.
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Posted February 04, 2013 - 06:27 PM

I have been wanting one of these for a couple years now and wanted to get some input on them. I have seen them from $50.00 up to $400.00. I want to get a good one and have to jump off or temporarily run a GT or 2, but also start a car or truck if I need to.

If you respond, please include the Brand, Price and Size, also why you chose this one.

Thanks for your help in advance !!


Brian, I am back home and can reload that pic as a PDF in a few. You might want to hold off until mine shows up, just in case it reads better than it is.

If there was a PepBoys near here, I would have checked theirs out, I've heard good things about the, too.
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Posted February 04, 2013 - 06:33 PM

I have to agree with Daniel on the battery with the built in handle. I use it for just about everything including my boat. A short set of 6 or 8 ga. jumper cables and your set. 


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Posted February 04, 2013 - 06:44 PM

Sorry Brian, I had to fire up the PC.

Attached File  HF Jumper Packs.pdf   3.41MB   73 downloads

Here is the link to a similar unit. http://www.pepboys.c.../booster_packs/
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Posted February 04, 2013 - 08:37 PM

I really like this one, but it's BIG.  I took some photos because I have never seen one like it before or after I bought mine.

 

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Posted February 04, 2013 - 08:42 PM

I went with a small one, something that was small enough to take up little room in my truck, but large enough to do the job. So are it has worked for me.

Bought it at Sears a year or so ago Plus Start is the brand. It is my second one, my first was a prestone that I loved......it lasted about 3-4 years.....the battery was going to cost almost $50 so I just went and bought another .....that is when I picked up the Plus Start.

 

I will post a picture.....seems like it was around $40.

 

 

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