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How long are your mower batteries lasting? #4478953
08/04/17 10:20 AM
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funflyer Offline OP
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Just wondering how many seasons or months you guys are getting out of your rider mower batteries. My Cub is just at two years old and the battery is starting to go south. Mower wouldn't start last weekend without help from a charger, that was after not being used for about three weeks. I checked the voltage the day after I mowed and it was at 12.7 but today, 5 days later, it was down to 12.3 and would barely start the mower.


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Re: How long are your mower batteries lasting? [Re: funflyer] #4478958
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Charge fully overnight then start. Measure battery voltage while running.

Re: How long are your mower batteries lasting? [Re: funflyer] #4478991
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4 years on the original MTD battery on my TroyBilt. Stopped holding a charge last week.


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Re: How long are your mower batteries lasting? [Re: funflyer] #4478998
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If you don't keep a maintainer on it over the winter, 1-2 years is typical. With a maintainer, 3-5 years is attainable.


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Re: How long are your mower batteries lasting? [Re: funflyer] #4479001
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A good maintainer over the winter helps you get several years.


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Re: How long are your mower batteries lasting? [Re: funflyer] #4479025
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12.3v and barely starting the motor? Sounds like your losing a cell. What brand?


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Re: How long are your mower batteries lasting? [Re: funflyer] #4479027
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I just bought a Wall Mart battery for my lawn tractor replacing an identical battery after only 2 years. I noticed they are being made in Columbia.The Johnson Control walmart battery of the same age on another machine is still going strong.

Re: How long are your mower batteries lasting? [Re: funflyer] #4479038
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A coworker recently had the battery go dead on his rider between cuts. He noticed that he had stacked something on the seat during that time, and the only thing we can figure is that the ignition circuit was energized by the weight on the seat activating the seat safety switch. I wouldn't think it would matter if the key were off, but that's the only thing that remotely makes sense.

Just something else to think about.

Re: How long are your mower batteries lasting? [Re: funflyer] #4479048
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No long at all. I use one to power a drywasher. I have had 2 or 3 go bad even with a maintainer on it.


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Re: How long are your mower batteries lasting? [Re: Chris142] #4479063
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They only have a 6 month warranty on them because few people use maintenance chargers to keep them charged properly.

Re: How long are your mower batteries lasting? [Re: funflyer] #4479079
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Mowers with electric blade clutches have a somewhat real electrical / charging system with a voltage regulator. Those without usually only have an unregulated charging coil which can over or under charge.

Re: How long are your mower batteries lasting? [Re: funflyer] #4479088
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I think another cause of short life is the vibration a mower battery receives.


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Re: How long are your mower batteries lasting? [Re: funflyer] #4479111
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I just this week replaced the original on my 2009 CC.

Re: How long are your mower batteries lasting? [Re: funflyer] #4479142
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My first one lasted 4 years, then I got an Odyssey PC 625 and it's never had a problem since for the last 14 years. I don't even need to boost it in the spring.


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Re: How long are your mower batteries lasting? [Re: funflyer] #4479144
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funflyer Offline OP
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Thanks guys. I think I try to finish out this season then replace it next year. I might even do what I do with the old Pontiac's battery. Every winter, it stays disconnected and hooked to a charger that is on a wall timer set to come on for 1 hour a day.



Originally Posted By: mk378
Charge fully overnight then start. Measure battery voltage while running.

I fully charged it last weekend when it wouldn't start and tested when running at 14.1v

Originally Posted By: exranger06
If you don't keep a maintainer on it over the winter, 1-2 years is typical. With a maintainer, 3-5 years is attainable.

I don't use a maintainer but do charge the battery once a month during the winter. The mower was stored in my workshop which never drops below 40 degrees

Originally Posted By: Propflux01
12.3v and barely starting the motor? Sounds like your losing a cell. What brand?

It says MTD products, made in USA, no other name.

Originally Posted By: Eddie
I think another cause of short life is the vibration a mower battery receives.

My yard is one acre and pretty rough. My wife also took care of the next door neighbor's acre so it could have been beaten to death.


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