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Home depot or lowes 2 AWG as Battery Wire ok?

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by Snowhoss, Nov 21, 2013.

  1. Snowhoss

    Snowhoss Junior Member
    from ct
    Messages: 4

    I would like to add the second battery but the spot is on the other side of the engine bay diagonally. I figure I'll need 10 or 12 ft to do it, and the longest premade battery cable I can find is only about 6ft.

    I saw home depot and lowe's sell 2 AWG wire like this


    Will I be ok using that as battery wire to connect the first battery to the second one? Thanks
  2. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,681

    For use as THWN-2 in wet or dry locations at temperatures not to exceed 194 ° Fahrenheit (90 ° Celsius) or not to exceed 167 ° Fahrenheit (75 ° Celsius) when exposed to oil or coolant

    This would be only concern with using that wire. Maybe find a car stereo shop. They should sell battery cable by the foot.
  3. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,980

    napa sells by the foot
  4. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,398

    If I remember correctly that's thick copper not thin. I would either Napa it. Car quest. Or order it online from a reputable electric place. I can give you a few names
  5. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,660

    Tractor supply also has some pretty long pre made battery cables.
  6. clark lawn

    clark lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    from NE ohio
    Messages: 1,233

    You want to use strand wire not solid core wire. The strand wire will bend and flex as the truck moves the solid core wire will end up breaking. Go to a heavy truck shop and tell them what you need. They will have it.
  7. osomany?s

    osomany?s Member
    Messages: 48

    battery cable

    i use my local heavy truck parts store.they sell by the foot and carry ends to solder on.Hopefully you are only running a positive wire?The negative can just jump down to the block or frame.:mechanic:
  8. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,440

    Weld shop supply will have weld lead. That will work too if the above suggestions don't.
  9. Snowhoss

    Snowhoss Junior Member
    from ct
    Messages: 4

    Thanks for all the replys and the info. I will get the correct stranded stuff from a parts store and leave the stuff at lowes and hd for the walls ha. I can see where the solid could eventually crack just wondered if I could use it.
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2013
  10. Snowhoss

    Snowhoss Junior Member
    from ct
    Messages: 4

    I'm going to order some of this stuff seems like a decent deal.


    Does it need to be 2 AWG or could I go 4 or 6? I don't think the plow's wires or the 1st battery's wires are that big so why do the 2awg between the batteries? and I was planning on doing 4awg off the alternator

    Will I be ok if just run this everywhere? or should i get 2awg from one battery to the other?

  11. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,398

    Go with 2 gauge. Don't bother with anything smaller its not beefy enough.