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Is my mower battery going to die one day? #5166995 07/21/19 08:26 AM
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I have a 34" gravely compact pro ztr with 550hrs and I believe it was bought new around September 2014. The battery is still kicking in it. Researching on here all I here is they only last a couple years max. It's a Duracell. Lol who makes those? I make sure I don't turn it off unless it's on the trailer. This battery isn't exposed to heat since it's under the seat and away from the engine.

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Re: Is my mower battery going to die one day? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #5167000 07/21/19 08:30 AM
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Yes, it will last forever as do all batteries.


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Re: Is my mower battery going to die one day? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #5167002 07/21/19 08:31 AM
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Your policy of wasting gas seems inarguable.

Re: Is my mower battery going to die one day? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #5167019 07/21/19 08:45 AM
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It will eventually succumb to its age. If you don't use it in the winter you could just keep using it until it becomes obvious that you have to replace it. If you need it for winter duty you may want to get it tested and see what condition it is in or simply replace it soon.

Re: Is my mower battery going to die one day? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #5167076 07/21/19 09:44 AM
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Penny wise and dollar foolish. Just think, you would have 400 hours on it instead of 550, to save a 25 dollar battery, long past is prime. Go figure.

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Re: Is my mower battery going to die one day? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #5167128 07/21/19 10:44 AM
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Yup, these garden batteries are cheap. Makes sense to change it out.


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Re: Is my mower battery going to die one day? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #5167130 07/21/19 10:45 AM
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MY JD garden tractor battery made it 10 years.


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Re: Is my mower battery going to die one day? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #5167132 07/21/19 10:47 AM
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How expensive it is it to replace, and how hard is it to replace?

I have one of those 12hp lawn tractors and I limped a battery along for a couple of years that had lost a cell. I'd hit it with an old school charger to get it up high enough to start. Eventually though even that didn't work so I had to replace it. That's a pretty light battery so worst case, if it ran out in the corner of the yard, it wouldn't be that hard to carry it around to charge back up (although usually I could just push the whole works back for a recharge).


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Re: Is my mower battery going to die one day? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #5167176 07/21/19 11:32 AM
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The battery in my Snapper 2446 lawn tractor only lasted 4.5 years. You're on borrowed time. Change it.


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Re: Is my mower battery going to die one day? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #5167180 07/21/19 11:35 AM
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iirc the duracell for sams club was an east penn/deka, but no guarantee its the same for mower battery.


whats your next question? Am I going to die eventually? Seems pretty silly question.

if its having trouble starting you should probably pick up a replacement.. if its going good.. wait.

If you have a jump box keep it handy?

Its not like you are crossing the outback and need it to start 500miles out in the bush.

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Re: Is my mower battery going to die one day? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #5167193 07/21/19 11:46 AM
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If you got 5 years out of the battery in your mower, it doesn't owe you a thing.
I have had my riding mower since 2003, and have put 4 batteries in it.


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Re: Is my mower battery going to die one day? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #5167212 07/21/19 12:19 PM
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I had mine die yesterday. No warning but 2.5 years old and original. I changed out the solenoid last year and everyone including a Master tech said it was battery as original are only supposed to last one season. Anyhow it was 40.00 with taxes. Small enough to carry in middle of yard where I shut off.


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Re: Is my mower battery going to die one day? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #5167242 07/21/19 12:47 PM
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A charge top off with my HF floater every so often keeps the 4yr old O'Rielly $19.99 on sale U 1 size . Pleasantly surprised. 3yrs on a U1 is about average.


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Re: Is my mower battery going to die one day? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #5167348 07/21/19 02:33 PM
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Why the heck would you replace a perfectly fine working mower battery?

In terms of mower batteries lasting a ridiculously long time for the standard home owner, the key is keeping a float charger on it during the off season like andyd said above. The mower battery in my 2007 craftsman rider is from 2008-09. I keep a $5 HFT trickle charger on it all winter.


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Re: Is my mower battery going to die one day? [Re: motor_oil_madman] #5167356 07/21/19 02:41 PM
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Troll title? Of course all batteries die some day.

Unless you're a commercial mower (time is money), under extreme time pressure, or just wealthy and don't care, I would wait until the battery dies before replacing it. But it's your battery, and up to you.


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