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    I've noticed that on some tractor sites people have started using garden tractor batteries on smaller tractors, like 8Ns and such. The thought is that with as much as 340 cca available in these smaller batteries, and their cheaper prices, (about 1/3 that of a typical 12v battery), they are ok for something that is used very little, sits around a lot, and doesn't probably last for too long anyway.

    I installed one in my Allis G, and also in my 8N tractors, and they seem to work just fine there. I would never advocate using one in a model A that is driven regularly, but perhaps for something you rarely start, or something that pretty much stays at home, perhaps they would be ok there.

    Just an idea, what do you think?
    CB the Wonderful

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    There is more to consider than CCA. A series of small flashlight batteries could be wired so that they will give a large amperage delivery, but they wont do it for very long.

    The larger the battery, the larger the capacity, the longer you can use it. Call me old fashioned, but I've always held the belief that for engines, batteries and speakers, 'there is no replacement for displacement'.

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    • #3
      I prefer to oversize the battery, rather than undersize it.
      My first choice is to check on Craigslist for batteries, as I've bought new batteries (less than 60 days old) for $25.
      Next choice is junk yards, but check the date code on the battery.

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      • CarlG
        CarlG commented
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        Many moons ago, I had a 25ft travel trailer that I wanted to put a battery in. I wound up getting an 8D battery that was going to be discarded by the shipyard that I was working for at the time. That big ol' battery lasted me quite a few years, and was still there when I sold the trailer years later. For those that don't know what an 8D battery is, it's about twice the size of the largest 12V truck battery you've ever seen, and weighs a ton. Lots of capacity!

    • #4
      Just pulled a 6v battery out of an old tractor, and it seemed a bit light to me, so I weighed it. 26 lbs, for BiMart's "Heavy Duty" 6v tractor battery. I happened to have a Wall Mart $21.99 Lawn Tractor battery sitting close by (thier cheapest one), so I weighed it as well. 24 lbs, for that one. Not really much difference, and this was an expensive 6v compared to a super cheapie lawn battery.

      I've always been told that the weight of a battery was very indicitive of its plate size and capabilities. This surprised me!
      CB the Wonderful

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      • #5
        Originally posted by Corley View Post
        Just pulled a 6v battery out of an old tractor, and it seemed a bit light to me, so I weighed it. 26 lbs, for BiMart's "Heavy Duty" 6v tractor battery. I happened to have a Wall Mart $21.99 Lawn Tractor battery sitting close by (thier cheapest one), so I weighed it as well. 24 lbs, for that one. Not really much difference, and this was an expensive 6v compared to a super cheapie lawn battery.

        I've always been told that the weight of a battery was very indicitive of its plate size and capabilities. This surprised me!
        Yep, a couple years ago my Panasonic junk yard lawn tractor battery finally quit. The cheap replacement felt like about half the weight.

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