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Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by f350dieselemt, Nov 8, 2007.

  1. f350dieselemt

    f350dieselemt Member
    Messages: 89

    Does Anyone recomend any specific type of batteries for a 2005 F-350 Diesel? I heard Optima batteries are amazing they are also $200.00.. any feedback would be great
  2. JeepPlow18

    JeepPlow18 Senior Member
    Messages: 658

    I know the thread says dual setups but then it shows you that alot of guys say the biggest duralast works very well. Many have different opinions and many say optima was good but not worth the money. Hop this helps. Mike

  3. Mudman78

    Mudman78 Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 103

    Optima's aren't necessary unless you off-road a lot. They're meant to withstand excessive shock and being inverted. If you're plowing with a street truck, any name brand high CCA battery will do fine. Most name brand batteries are all made by Johnson Controls anyway.

    Walmart Everstart Maxx 65N; 850 CCA
    Motorcraft® silver BXT-65-850
    Auto Zone (Duralast Gold)
    Interstate Mega-Tron Plus
    Toyota (TrueStart)
    Mitsubishi (Diamond Car Care)
    Advance Auto (Autocraft Titanium)
    Costco (Kirkland Signature)
    Pep Boys (ProStart & Energizer)
    btw, Johnson also mfg. Optima brand

    Wherever you can find the cheapest price on any of the above batteries is where you should buy.
  4. Daner

    Daner PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,187

    I agree with Mudman...go for the high cranking amps...you Don't need the optimas
  5. flykelley

    flykelley 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,127

    Well Guys
    I would buy the Yellow tops. Yes they are alot of $$$ but they will not let you down. The amount of times you can draw most of the power and recharge them is alot better than any of the other top batteries. This is their biggest assest, Most of the other only have a discharge cycle that will take a full discharge a few times. When you have alot of draw, like you do when plowing, salting and warning lights running the yellow tops are the way to go IMOA. I know alot of you won't agree with me, but I have been running yellows for a year now and have not had one issue. I run a 8.5 boss with a snowex vbox, led bar on the roof and a whellen 6 head strobe in the headlight and taillights along with the heater and radio running.

    Regards Mike
  6. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    I agree,
    I run duel batteries made by Orbital there Optima copies.
    they look the same just all black, their rated at 1000cca-770 cold .

    A cheap battery or one with plates can leave you with a dead battery mid stream, the plates will fail and short the batt the result is a dead battery or one that will not hold a charge.
    At this point the warranty is worthless as you are now out of business until you get a new battery.
    Penny wise, dollar foolish.:waving:
  7. TLS

    TLS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    I run dual red top Optima's.

    I don't believe there is a time when we are fully discharging any battery while plowing. The alternator is always maintaining charge.

    Dual batteries hooked up in parallel, recharged by a 140+ A alternator is a plowers dream.

    I do believe in the Optima's though. The banging and bumping that occurs while plowing is rather extreme.

    I've never had a standard type battery last it's full rated life in a plow truck. EVER.
  8. Wicked500R

    Wicked500R Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    Yellow tops are deep cycle wich means they are meant to be fully discharged many times... That is worthless for a plow truck! Dual red tops here !
  9. ppease

    ppease Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 55


    Looking at the Optima website, looks like yellow might actually be better for plowing.

    "The YellowTop is one of the only true dual-purpose batteries available. It is commonly used in any application that demands cranking power and heavy cycling. Trucks with winches, cars with high-demand audio systems, commercial trucks and equipment all rely on this battery to provide ultimate starting and deep cycle power."

    I think plowing would qualify as "heavy cycling"