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Old 07-05-2015, 01:06 PM
 
Location: God's Country
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Is it necessary to attach the positive alligator clip directly to the pos. terminal or can I attach it to the nut/bolt setup on the pos. terminal?

The grounded (negative) alligator clip I attach to the tractor's body.
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Old 07-05-2015, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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Your fine; just make sure that you get a good connection. Since those alligator clips have serrated teeth you can move the clamp back and forth to expose good, fresh, metal. Always make sure you make your negative connection last and to the frame away from the battery. If you make a spark, by an overheated battery, you could cause an explosion from the hydrogen gas. I actually had two blow up on me years ago. While I was stupid enough (in one case) to try to charge a twelve volt from a six volt; at least I was smart enough to immediately hose myself off and prevent terrible acid scaring or loss of eyesight. I was very lucky! Just be careful and you should be fine. Don't perpetually crank any motor that does not want to start - that will cause the battery to overheat.
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Old 07-05-2015, 03:04 PM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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I'm looking at where you live. Chances are if you parked your tractor without a full charge before winter set in the battery is shot. Yes you can throw a charger on it to get it started, but it will never hold a charge to re-start it again. Buy a new battery, and make sure it is fully charged before you put it away for the winter. I pull my battery out, and store it in the house after I make sure it has a good charge on it. Or buy yourself one of those trickle chargers.
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Old 07-05-2015, 03:35 PM
 
Location: God's Country
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OK, guys. Thanks for the excellent responses.
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Old 07-06-2015, 08:07 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I'm looking at where you live. Chances are if you parked your tractor without a full charge before winter set in the battery is shot. Yes you can throw a charger on it to get it started, but it will never hold a charge to re-start it again. Buy a new battery, and make sure it is fully charged before you put it away for the winter. I pull my battery out, and store it in the house after I make sure it has a good charge on it. Or buy yourself one of those trickle chargers.
I bought a solar trickle charge for about $30 on the internet, and have never had to charge the battery on my riding mower since, even the first time using it in spring after the winter in an unheated shed.
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