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Dual Batteries

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by gman2310, Jan 24, 2005.

  1. gman2310

    gman2310 Senior Member
    Messages: 170

    Do most of you guys run dual batteries for your plows. It just seems like one doesnt do it for me.
     
  2. avalancheplow

    avalancheplow Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    I'm going to be adding a second one. I don't have my lights or anything on yet and it seems a little weak. My buddy who does car electronics told me to hook the plow up to the second battery and it should take care of my problem.
     
  3. FIREMAN Q

    FIREMAN Q Senior Member
    Messages: 242

    I just installed a 2nd battery in my truck and it makes a big difference. I still get a drop in my voltage but it doesn't drop below 12v and before it would drop to about 11.5v with a very noticable light flicker. I still get the lights dimming but its much better than before.

    I did a little bit of searching on this site about the 2 batteries and some mentioned adding in an isolater for the battery but most said you really wouldn't need it. I chose not to but the isolator in and haven't noticed any problems
     
  4. glenspot

    glenspot Senior Member
    Messages: 255

    When I was running the stock battery (i assume the original one)... the plow was tough going. Low voltage situations all the time.

    I did a lot of debate on putting in a dual battery setup. Instead I decided to TRY a new battery.

    A stop at walmart, and I bought the biggest battery I could find.. a 1000 CCA Everstart. Only $58.

    Ever since its been great. I never get low-voltage situations, and I run 2 55w halogen backup lights, a dual rotator, heater on full blast, mirror heaters, radio, headlights, and usually charging my cellphone.

    In my situation it was $58 well spent.

    I may still put in a dual battery setup next year, since I would expect to have to change that $58 battery in one year. Just seems smarter.

    Glen
     
  5. FIREMAN Q

    FIREMAN Q Senior Member
    Messages: 242

    I had a walmart battery which I believe was their biggest and it was only 1 year old. Going with the second battery cost about $125 but that's because I got the battery at Auto Zone but then I had to get the cable and make up a positive cord myself so that added a couple bucks to the cost.

    I'm glad I did it though makes a big difference.
     
  6. wddodge

    wddodge Member
    Messages: 64

    I've run dual Interstate 900 cca batteries for about the last 10 years. Before the dual batteries, I'd go thru alternators about one every two years. Now I still have the original alt in a '95 truck that I started plowing with in '98.

    Denny
     
  7. gcsupraman

    gcsupraman Senior Member
    Messages: 110

  8. akayii

    akayii Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    Big difference

    I have new 7 1/2' Curtis on my 98 Chevy Z71 Silverado. Ran into same problems... big voltage drop and started frying altternators. I just went to a dual battery set up and a high output (155 amp) alt. WHAT A DIFFERENCE! You'll still get a voltage drop with all things being elec/hydraulic, but not as severe. We just got over 30" of snow yesterday and no prob. at all. Well worth the money.
     
  9. NEUSWEDE

    NEUSWEDE Senior Member
    Messages: 949

    Where do you guys mount the second battery? Is there a kit somewhere with a second platform? I just got an f-350 and looking under the hood I can't find another place for a battery. Is there a relocation? I will be running strobes and other thing next winter so I figured I would want this.
    Thanks
     
  10. Xtra

    Xtra Member
    Messages: 30

    My '04 F-350 has dual batteries (and dual alternators - it's a diesel). The batteries are located behind each headlight. Go to your local Ford dealer, they can order you the extra battery mount.