Sun Jun 20, 2010 9:51 pm
Sun Jun 20, 2010 10:20 pm
Sun Jun 20, 2010 11:03 pm
Mon Jun 21, 2010 7:54 am
Eugene wrote:Interesting question.
Try this first. Put the battery on your charger, 6 volt setting. After about an hour on the charger check the voltage across the battery terminals with the charger working. Guessing - you will see about 7.8 - 7.9 volts, maybe a little more. This should be sufficient to charge the battery to around 80 plus percent.
Reason I'm suggesting the 6 volt setting is that I purchased a battery charger with digital readings. The display giving voltage readings showing in the upper 15 volts and sometimes in the 16 volt range when charging a 12 volt battery.
Why not jump start the tractor and let the tractor charge up the battery?
Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:06 am
Mon Jun 21, 2010 3:37 pm
Eugene wrote:There is a reason the 8 volt battery was installed in the tractor. Probably the starter is beginning to drag.
It would cost about the same to convert to a 12 volt single wire alternator as to buy another voltage regulator. Maybe cheaper to convert.
Mon Jun 21, 2010 4:16 pm
Mon Jun 21, 2010 7:11 pm
Hi Al - it seems like replacing those would be one of the first things to do. I'd be looking around for an old inner tube to make a replacement.Super A wrote:The rubber strips that insulate the voltage regulator box from its mounting hardware have both dry rotted in two. I think I may need a new regulator....
I was told years ago that with a 6 volt system, the battery cables should be "as big as Groucho Marx's cigar". TM's website has 6v cable that's #2 gauge copper wire, so if it's smaller than that you might think about replacing them. Their 12v wires are #4 gauge.Super A wrote:Wouldn't an 8 volt battery require a heavier cable, much like a 6 volt? This one has little bitty, suitable for 12 volt, cables on it. I might just go ahead and get some decent 2/0 battery cables made and go ahead and put a 6 volt battery in it.