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Old 09-23-2007, 04:47 PM
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Best battery For Snowplowing

I am heading into the fourth winter with my "new" truck . Since I dont trust batteries after 4 years I am replacing mine now . Who has the best battery for snowplowing application ?
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Old 09-23-2007, 05:09 PM
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Just find one with a yellow case and you can't go wrong.
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Old 09-23-2007, 05:17 PM
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Just find one with a yellow case and you can't go wrong.
The Optima yellow top is good ? Kind of pricey .
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My last truck I used the Optima red top batteries. I thought they were kinda pricey, I don't know if they were worth it. My new truck I'm just going to double up on the stock batteries.
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The yellow top optimas have worked out great in my operation. They are pricey but they seem like great batteries. I have dual yellow tops in my 2 trucks and will keep using them till I spend the money to outfit new ones to central hydros.
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We should just start calling them "another battery thread"... Seems we've had so many battery threads lately... Best post I think so far was by Fred outlining which batteries are made by which company, and which ones to stay away from. Of course, the debate will continue to rage on the optima's, I personally dont think they're worth the money... I just replaced my battery a couple weeks ago and went with an interstate, so there's my vote...
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The Optima yellow top is good ? Kind of pricey .
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You asked who had the best batteries, not the cheapest. Unfortunatly being the best usually refers to superior design and production materials that happen to cost more.
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Bill.
You asked who had the best batteries, not the cheapest. Unfortunatly being the best usually refers to superior design and production materials that happen to cost more.
Where's that dang biting the tongue smiley?

I had a link for some different ones that were supposed to be the best of both worlds, there's a link someplace, I think I might just try some as my truck has the central hydros so I don't need to the deep cycle necesarily.
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Best post I think so far was by Fred outlining which batteries are made by which company, and which ones to stay away from. ...

I missed that one and am probably not alone. Could someone post a link to it please.
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You asked who had the best batteries, not the cheapest. Unfortunatly being the best usually refers to superior design and production materials that happen to cost more.
I suppose the cost of an Optima is not that far off from a HD battery from whoever . I was asking not just for the " best " battery made but a battery that was designed to meet snowplowing application.
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Just find one with a yellow case and you can't go wrong.

Interesting my C9 (see above ) is yellow .
How about a yellow CXT with a Yellow C7 , yellow XLS and Yellow Optimas
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In last years Consumer Reports battery test they said for the $$ spent that the Walmart battery made by Johnson Controlls was one of the top choices. Johnson makes batterys for many different people with private labels.
Besides there is a 24hour Walmart everywhere and as long as you keep the reciept in the truck they have a pretty easy warranty policy and FREE 3 year replacement no questions asked.
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First CGSI beats me to the Best isn't equated with cheapest all the time and then Bill hijacks his own thread to equate Yellow being the best of everything................

I've been running Interstates in my vehicles for years with good sucess. Prefer the MPT 78DT as an all around Cheve/GMC battery. They have an 800CCA,1000CA designation and have held up well for plowing applications. I also make sure that the alternator is matched to the load and wired properly. Of course I'm Partial to the White case though too.

The OPTIMA's in Red and Yellow have been a good battery also.

We get a lot of trucks in the with Walmart / Sam's Club Marine and Deep Cell batteries and they seem to do well until they see there first major discharge.

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Johnson Contols is probley the most soild company making Diehard, Interstate, and i guess Walmart .

Excide is the worst battery money can buy.


Has far has the colored batterys well i have pulled enough of them along with the fryed Alt to know maybe they need to offer a White one.

Wonch and Deka are what i use not cheap but again i would hate to be bargin shopping somthing that could leave me stranded in the middle of a storm.

I am not doubting the walmart deal just seems that would go beyond Sam Waltons master plan. Somewere i have a master sheet of all the companys Johnson controls builds for, i have a cust that summers up here that is a higher up in Wisc for Johnson Controls.

Just a FYI on Interstate Sorry Jerre i know your probley a dealer Interstate is a consignment battery with repair shops you need to make sure your repair shop is not planning on dropping them and that there is other dealers close. I like Interstate but my problem here is there dist center is out of Bay City and much like waiting for the tool truck guys my Dist center was getting to the point were i had to call and nagg to much to get inven checked , rotated and restocked, battery sales are wierd my rack can be full one day and empty the next.
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Bill hijacks his own thread to equate Yellow being the best of everything................

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If you read the thread one will see that Steve started the yellow business
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Interesting that Diehard and Interstate are the same . Interstate is only available at a small time dealers around here . There hours of business are not even close to Sears hours of operation and as Fred said who knows what will be on the shelf and how long its been there ! . Looks like a Diehard or Optima .
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Interesting that Diehard and Interstate are the same . Interstate is only available at a small time dealers around here . There hours of business are not even close to Sears hours of operation and as Fred said who knows what will be on the shelf and how long its been there ! . Looks like a Diehard or Optima .

If you call your intersate distributor they will deliver right to your door if you are commercial.
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I buy Interstate Now direct from the distributer. They have batterys for everything I might need, included but not limited to boat, cell phone, cordless tools, trucks, atv. They dont deliver to me, but there only 20 minutes from the house.
I have a Wally World battery in the GMC, My Alt. was crapping out one night at 2am. So I grabed a battery to just to keep in the truck.
When I replaced the alt next day I threw it in. Has about 5 storms on it and so far so good. We shall see.
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