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Batteries and Plow Trucks

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by 2dogs2, Jan 15, 2011.

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Battery on Plow Truck

  1. Leave battery hooked up after use

    19 vote(s)
    67.9%
  2. Disconnect battery after use

    3 vote(s)
    10.7%
  3. Use a battery kill switch

    5 vote(s)
    17.9%
  4. Use a continuous voltage solenoid

    1 vote(s)
    3.6%
  1. 2dogs2

    2dogs2 Member
    Messages: 81

    I have a 89 Full size blazer on my farm that is used 98% of the time solely for plowing snow. Just curious how many people

    1. Either leave the battery connected all the time

    2. Disconnect the battery after use.

    3. Put a battery kill switch inline.

    4. Put a continuous voltage solenoid inline.
     
  2. fruitcakesa

    fruitcakesa Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 37

    My old GMC plow truck sat so long between jobs the bat would go flat.
    Disconnected it stayed charged all year
     
  3. carkey351

    carkey351 Senior Member
    Messages: 229

    especially on the older trucks/cars I always have a disconnect switch...saves having to jump them all the time.:mechanic:
     
  4. Dr Who

    Dr Who Senior Member
    Messages: 637

    My plow truck is my only truck (for now) :)

    But on vehicales that I do not drive often, I just pull the hot cable off the battery and they are good to go. I just start them up once every week or two, move them around, mow under them ect....
     
  5. acornish

    acornish Senior Member
    Messages: 184

    i use a disconect and batt. tender on my hot rod
     
  6. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,350

    Unless you have somthing draining your battery you should be fine.
     
  7. saabman

    saabman Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 70

    I run dual batteries, and I leave them connected all the time
     
  8. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,432

    Exactly what I was going to say. Unless something is drawint voltage, a battery will last charged a VERY long time. If it's draining, fix the problem rather than giving yourself more work.
     
  9. mayhem

    mayhem PlowSite.com Addict
    from Peru MA
    Messages: 1,016

    Hook it up in Oct so you can fire the truckup and test it with enough warm weather to fix anything broken, diconnect bat aftert ax day when the snow is done.
     
  10. dave_dj1

    dave_dj1 Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 350

    The problem with those year GM vehicles is the computer draws a little juice all the time, in about three days your battery will be dead. Disconnect the hot lead or go with a disconnect switch.
    I had a jeep with a plow (91 wrangler, 6 cyl fi) that would sit for weeks at a time with the battery connected and I never once had to jump it. I have a 79 f150 now that sits for weeks with battery connected and I haven't had to jump it either.
     
  11. metalmeltr

    metalmeltr Junior Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 12

    ALL vehicles with electronic components have small parastatic loads, they draw but a few milliamps and can and will drain the battery over time, a disconect switch and a float charger is the beast way to combat dead batteries on vehicles that are stored for long periods of time.
     
  12. garandman

    garandman Junior Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 6

    Lead-acid batteries have an internal rate of discharge even if unconnected.

    That's why battery tenders exist, and why a lot of classic car owners and others with vehicles infrequently operated have gone to AGM batteries, which are more expensive but have a lower rate of internal discharge.

    If you hunt around you can find the Battery Tender Jr on sale for as little as $20. They come with alligator clips or a quick disconnect. I use two of them for our boat batteries and two for motorcycle batteries.
     
  13. swtiih

    swtiih PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,180

    try a solar charger
     
  14. Dakota Dave

    Dakota Dave Member
    Messages: 44

    I leave the batteries connected in everything. When I've had a one that drains down I find out why and fix it. It takes a long time for the computer to drain a good battery. The worst was my suburban it would intermintaly drain down. was one of the rear Seat DVD players staying on in standby.
     
  15. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,432

    Exactly. GOOD batteries. A lot of people will use a battery if it charges and holds it for a day or 2. That's not a good battery.

    I mean, when that truck was brand new, do you really think the dealer recommended disconnecting the battery if the truck was to sit for a few days between getting driven? If it's draining, there's a problem. It may not be a major one, but it shouldn't be happening.
     
  16. Snowzilla

    Snowzilla Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 397

    I do the same with an '89 k1500. My battery would always drain down. Could never pin point the problem so I installed a permanent Battery Tender and leave it plugged in when not in use. Never had a problem since. Battery is always good for starting and plowing. I used the waterproof version and ran the cord out the grill.

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  17. Chiputz

    Chiputz Senior Member
    Messages: 165

    I have an 89 Chevy 1/2 ton PU I use for plowing only. During the summer I start it about once a month and it stays charged. I usually change out the battery every 2 years simply because a single battery set up is tough on the battery when your plowing.
     
  18. swtiih

    swtiih PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,180

    A standard battery in my opinion is good for 5 or 6 years. Cost is between 75 -$100.
    Because our batteries are used part of the year for snowplows and salters I would say it makes good sense to replace every 4. It just isn't worth dealing with a bad battery in the middle of a snowfall or when the temps get down to zero.
     
  19. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,432

    Exactly.......and that's $20-25 a year. Not too much to ask for peace of mind.
     
  20. theholycow

    theholycow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,180

    It's good enough for something that gets driven 5 times per year.

    Yup.
    Sure, if we're talking about a few days then it's silly to disconnect, but if it's going to be weeks then it's worth disconnecting.