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Lawn tractor battery help

28,544 3,726 November 18, 2017 at 04:35 PM
I have a JD X530 I use for mowing in the summer but also snowblowing in the winter.

It's about 7 years old, runs fine, but I am putting an LED bar kit on it for better visibility (I usually wind up snowblowing in the dark). While ordering parts for normal maintenance (oil change) I thought it might be a good idea to get a new battery too - I've never had it NOT turnover in the cold, but there have certainly been times I was worried.

Checking it out, the current battery is TY25876, a group 51 (size) battery with 500 CA.

I thought I'd check out AAP - usually the coupons there can make battery prices competitive. To my surprise, there aren't many size 51 batteries, but the ones they do have, the "best" one has a Q&A:

I Read In One Of The Websites That Autocraft Batteries Are Not Recommended For Extreme Winter Conditions, Like Chicago. Is That True?


Verified Reply - SolomonHi Sarav, glad to assist you! Autocraft batteries are good, but these are not recommended for areas with harsh winters, as they tend to do best in warmer climates. These batteries are long lasting and were designed to minimise corrosion. For further assistance, please call us at: 1-877-ADVANCE (238-2623) or contact our "Live Chat" support and one of our Parts Pros will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.


Now this sounds very odd, as Chicago isn't IMHO "harsh winters".

So I have trepidation ordering this battery and it shitting on me. Is the above Q&A completely in left field? I could get that one for around $100 - a JD replacement is more like $150, but honestly I'd rather get a commercial car battery. If a battery can start a car, it should certainly be able to start a lawn tractor.

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3yr replacement $100 at sams
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Sounds like the manufacture just wants to upsell you. Corrosion can be prevented with grease and monitoring. It's heat that kills batteries and it just becomes obvious in the winter. Buying whatever should be fine. I agree with our logic and think the cheaper one should be fine. IS the alternator on the tractor large enough to charge the battery and run the lights?
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Sounds like the manufacture just wants to upsell you. Corrosion can be prevented with grease and monitoring. It's heat that kills batteries and it just becomes obvious in the winter. Buying whatever should be fine. I agree with our logic and think the cheaper one should be fine. IS the alternator on the tractor large enough to charge the battery and run the lights?
Not sure about the alternator actually. I temporarily hooked up the lights and turned them on with the tractor running and it didn't even flinch
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