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post #1 of 58 Old 08-17-2007, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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Battery????

Whats the best Batteries out there right now for the money?? Going to replace the dual batteries in my 1999 Ford F350 Diesel. Thanks
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We run yellow top optimas in both of our trucks and a friend of mine has red tops in his trucks and we both run front and back blades. But these batteries arent cheap.

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post #3 of 58 Old 08-17-2007, 05:04 PM
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I like diehard (sears) for the warranty, and prorating if they don't make it the whole warranty.

I think the gold have a 7yr warranty
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I second the optimas. They arent cheap. But you asked what was the best not what was the cheapest.

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NAPAs 80 series is all well run in the plow trucks 900cca 1200 ca dual set ups i run top and side posts at 80.00 a bat i just change them before the warranty is up lol dad run the same batts in just a top post about 75.00 a bat and they came highly recommened by some far smarter than i am when it comes to this stuff on a side note we have plow truck running two wal mart special those exxtremes with a hypo motor and no probs but it has 100 amp alt and duel batts.

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I always ran Deka, either 1100CCA or 1050 CCA, don't remember which. I loved the top and side on one battery, as it made jumper cable hookup a breeze, and adding accessories a breeze too. Had one replaced from my 77 Chevy under warranty. I think I got $40 off a new one. That truck never plowed though. I only see Optimas in boats around here, and I don't know anyone running them in vehicles locally, only on here. They are always said to be the best by many on here and elsewhere, but I have no personal experience with them. I ran a Die Hard for my trolling motor

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battery care? desulfate?

Batteries are a costly item on our trucks. Has anyone looked into making the batteries last longer by using a desulphating unit? I have been looking into this for other vehicles. If I can make the batteries last 1 year longer I will pay for this unit in a year.

Might be something to look into. Dont want to steal thread but is a part of battery maintenance most dont look at. Including me. But am looking now.

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Batterys i sell Delco and Motorcraft in the shop and i have started to use Napa Batterys again since they dumped Excide, there now Deka.

I have Optimas but there a hard sell mostly for race cars, restos, or offroad use.

Personally i run Wonch in my trucks for plowing a company most may not of heard of. Jonhson Controls just took back the Sears contract three years ago after Sears lost a ton in rep and sales because of Excide.

A DT series battery should be used in anything for plowing DT duel Terminal makes all the extra hook ups clean and tight.

On the Optima's from the inside the company is very difficult to deal with for my warr's i take care of my cust's but have been bent over more than once on warr.

For those that dont understand prorate which most dont since somedays i would just has soon blow my brains out has to listen to people whine heres how it goes.

Delco and Motorcraft and some others have a 24 month non prorata meaning if the battery craps out during the first 2 yrs its a direct replacement, however any battery once it hits 25 months is prorated from the date of purchase at a rate of 2 dollars a month for every month its been in service and yes the first 24 count. So all the cust that insist on buying Autozones and Wally world Exides because they can get them for 55 bucks dont understand that at 24 months when THEY do crap out just lost 48 bucks on the prorata so they get a whopping 7 bucks off there next piece of junk.

Wonch has a 36 month free replace for fleet use, most of ,u 75 series threw group 120's are wonch they cost around 125 bucks my cost per unit but are built like a brick crap house and probley will out live a Opty.

Napa would like to force there batterys down my throat because of the Autocare center but until they prove to me they have purged there intire stock of Legend /Excides i wont use them.

Sears when they switched back was suppose to have distroyed there warehouse stock of Exides i dont belive any company would trash that many and the coding ingraved on the case with its juilan date proves they used up there Excides.

There is really very few battery companys left if you havent picked up on it yet Excide Battery company has left more people stranded than any other and cost me many nights out late jump starting people. Excide does all the private label batterys for most chains. Then theres Johnson Controls= "Interstate and Sears"- Motorcraft, Delco, wonch, Deka, Optima.

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Fred, any idea who makes CarQuest batteries? When looking for batts for the buzz box, they were $40 cheaper for the 70 month batts versus the interstates I usually buy. I haven't had as good of luck with interstates lately as I have in the past, so I'm willing to try something else, and my truck is due for an upgrade soon. I've had the horrible napa batteries and would also be pretty leery there...
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post #10 of 58 Old 10-11-2007, 03:36 PM
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CarQuest are made by Deka.
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If I may hijack this thread for a little....Often when I am in my groove and hitting the snow hard, if I raise my plow and shift between forward and reverse at the same time, the truck will die and the battery will be completely flat. This usually only happens in the most inconvenient places, and results in me calling in help or running for my jeep and jumpers. I'm in a 98 k1500 with a sno-way, the truck has done 150k miles, and my boss is a huge tight-ass. So my question is, will a new battery help this (I may be able to talk him into one) or is it all the alternator's fault (I have little hope of squeezing one of those out of him)?
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If I may hijack this thread for a little....Often when I am in my groove and hitting the snow hard, if I raise my plow and shift between forward and reverse at the same time, the truck will die and the battery will be completely flat. This usually only happens in the most inconvenient places, and results in me calling in help or running for my jeep and jumpers. I'm in a 98 k1500 with a sno-way, the truck has done 150k miles, and my boss is a huge tight-ass. So my question is, will a new battery help this (I may be able to talk him into one) or is it all the alternator's fault (I have little hope of squeezing one of those out of him)?
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Ill make a suggestion has long has you dont get pissed at me? Happy Hands learn to leave them at home.

No offense ok all my guys at one time suffered from happy hands and its not that iam a tight ass owner i set all my trucks up with the best charging systems and duel battery setups before the blades ever hit the deck, however happy hands can deplete even my setups.

I made it a point to always run with each new guy i hired at least two storms some were turn key and some had me were i wanted to ram my own trucks. Use your blade smart be aware of the movement its not ness to raise a plow but a small amount when pushing lots and when windrowing, The truck is dieing because the alt cant keep the battery up with your usage thats why most anyvech once below 10 volts drops power to the ing and shuts down.

Denton my little BIG buddy of 8 years was the worst to break this habit he was also the first to kill one of my diesels he knew calling me for a jump start was gonna be a bitch session when i put him in a Blizzard equiped truck he learned in short order to leave the happy hands at home. BTW his name is Denton Gilmore which he kindly earned the nick name with the crew of HAPPY Gilmore.

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Consumer reports voted for Johnson Controlls as the #1 manufacturer for batterys.
I use Wally world yellow as they have a FREE 3 year replacement and many stores are open 24 hours so you can get one IF it failes in the middle of the night.

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I have had good luck with the autozone batterys. I had to replace my delcos one night and would have gone with interstate as they served me well in the past but needed them and thats what was open. They were not that cheap and have a 3 year free replacement and a 6 year warranty I think.

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auto zone batteries are made by johnson controls, have sold some at work over the past year as a test bed for them and so far have not had any come back yet, like Fred i hate explaining battery adjustments for noone understands how it works
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auto zone batteries are made by johnson controls, have sold some at work over the past year as a test bed for them and so far have not had any come back yet, like Fred i hate explaining battery adjustments for noone understands how it works
Towman its a dieing task explaining it

I should take the time to see whos selling what again because just like Napa dumping Excide for Deka iam sure others have done the same , i dont trade at Autozone so i didnt know they had switched but i did in fact see a Walmart battery the other day in a cust car that did say manufact by Johnson Controls.

Johnson controls based out of Wisc is probley one of the best companys out there i have said it many times, i also carryed Interstate for awhile but dumped them because of the driver not the battery. I just did a duel battery install on the 85 Chev yesterday and installed 2 Napa 800's and you can bet i made sure they had a Deka label .

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Well, just because I have nothing better to do with my money than send it to the MI Dept of Treasury, I just ordered a couple of those very, very, very spendy () Odyssey batteries for my personal truck. I realize it isn't fully electric, but it's also more or less a backup truck, so if it does go down, I'm the only one walking. They do have a full 4 year warranty, so we'll see.

Still sort of pissed that I'm only getting a little over 2 years out of my OEM's.

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Still sort of pissed that I'm only getting a little over 2 years out of my OEM's.
You too? 50k on the clock and I'm replacing the stock batt. Unbelievable! But I guess I'm still counting my blessings that that's all this truck's needed so far... Course, it's not a power-get-stroked either...
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I would go with the yellow battery.

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I remember consumer reports doing a test and wal-mart and auto zone were on top....
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Sears has a Diehard Platinum AGM Battery .

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Latest consumer report rated NAPA the best. Not that consumer report is the all knowing on everything (trucks for example) but it can't hurt. I took Fred's advice a couple months ago and put one in my F-250.

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i was doing a search for batteries and found this thread and thought i would throw in what i have learned.
Napa east of the Mississippi river sells Deka, west sells excide. i guess excide could not keep up with all the demand so deka (east Penn) was chosen to make up the rest.
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We have three F-250's with the PowerStroke diesels. All 3 trucks use the NAPA Legend 75, 1040 CCA, they are around $75 each as someone else mentioned. We get around 5 years of life and then replace them before they completely fail. It helps that the trucks use 2 batteries in parallel.

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Check into the Sears Diehard Platinum . It's not your regular Diehard . I believe its the beat battery available unless one has access to military spec batteries .

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