Jim Becker wrote:If the goal is to save money, take the generator off and don't have a charging system. Particularly if you don't use the tractor regularly, you need a $17 battery maintainer anyway. Even with battery ignition, it will run for days off the battery. With a magneto, it would probably run half the summer.
The only situations where this isn't a viable option is if the tractor is parked somewhere with no electricity to run the maintainer or if you run it extensively at night. For night operation, a couple LED lights my still be the cheapest option.
To take Jim's suggestion one step further....take off the generator and buy a hand crank. A young guy like you can do a lot of crank turning.