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Is a single battery enough?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by mkwl, Oct 30, 2007.

  1. mkwl

    mkwl 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,362

    I'm wondering- is the single battery in my 03 GMC 2500HD w/145A alternator enough to run my Fisher plow on resi's this winter?
  2. lawnMaster5000

    lawnMaster5000 Senior Member
    Messages: 105

    and I guess I have to keep talking to make it 10 characters

    ADLAWNCUTTERS Senior Member
    Messages: 212

    Yes it will work fine.If you only have one truck .i would buy a new factory battery.Yours is starting to get a little old. if its from 2003 .
  4. oldmankent

    oldmankent PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,322

    Two definitely wouldn't hurt the situation.
  5. Lubold8431

    Lubold8431 Member
    Messages: 92

    My truck is 1999. It has the plow prep package. In 99, that was a 100 amp alternator. It also has one battery. Everything is 8 years old. Last season, everything worked fine for my resi route. This year I am adding a Federal Signal Highlighter (two strobes) and some backup lights. I am a little worried about this alternator and battery being able to handle it, but not enough to run out and buy another battery.
  6. mkwl

    mkwl 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,362

    Then I should be okay with the single battery if you've done okay with that alternator and battery for the past 8 years. Do you notice the voltage dropping much from where it should be (in the middle of the guage)? Your battery is 8 years old?
  7. Lubold8431

    Lubold8431 Member
    Messages: 92

    I should have added, that this truck hasnt been plowing for eight years. Last year was the first season for that truck. I notice a dip in the gauge when I have headlights on, warning beacon on, and the plow is being angled. Other than that, I dont notice any drop. It comes right back up, and no problems so far. I'll let you know after this season. I am considering a second battery, just don't want to spend the $$$ right now.