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Posted June 06, 2014 - 05:20 AM

I had a friend ask me to find info on using a dry cell battery in a garden tractor. I did a search and found companies that sell them for garden tractors but I would appreciate comments from some one that has used them in their tractors. Any info would be great. Thank you.



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Posted June 06, 2014 - 05:26 AM

Do you mean the Gel type batteries like those used in emergency lights and UPS systems? If you got one large enough I'm sure it would work but I'm thinking it would be pretty pricey.



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Posted June 06, 2014 - 06:22 AM

I have been using take-out  SLA  ( sealed lead acid ) in the Elec-Traks  for a while . They are more forgiving of being partially discharged in cold weather . Some of them are 8 years old .   Over heating and over charging are still a big issue .

 

 

 Big thing is they don't leak even if case is cracked . A big factor to consider because tractors far outlast batteries . At least the good tractors .    :thumbs:


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Posted June 06, 2014 - 07:08 AM

I hadn't heard of these. Are they rechargeable?



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Posted June 06, 2014 - 07:31 AM

Do you mean the Gel type batteries like those used in emergency lights and UPS systems? If you got one large enough I'm sure it would work but I'm thinking it would be pretty pricey.

I think he did mean the gel type because we talked about not needing hazmat info when they are transported. The couple of sites I checked did have them for a price almost double that of an ordinary battery.



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Posted June 06, 2014 - 07:35 AM

I hadn't heard of these. Are they rechargeable?

I'm still trying to learn more about them but I thought that they would be used like a regular battery and be recharged by the charging system on whatever they are installed in. I could be totally off track but maybe some one can set me straight.



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Posted June 06, 2014 - 10:25 AM

There may be versions that are specifically designed for garden tractor use. The standard ones used for UPS and emergency lighting are not really optimized for that application. They can be easily damaged by heat and don't like to be over charged. As said above they are very safe and I have seen them pressurize, swell up and split open from overcharge or over heating in a UPS and not cause any damage to the UPS.



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Posted June 06, 2014 - 04:45 PM

SLA batteries are being offered for golf cars but are very pricey . Putting them in a place that gets adequate ventilation for heat dissipation and away from heat sources such as the recharging transformer can have dividends . Cold weather and hot weather considerations all play into it .

I have not had any go bad because of half charge in below zero weather . A big plus .

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Posted June 30, 2014 - 03:19 PM

I don't remember where it was I saw a lithium ion battery for a garden tractor.






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