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i was wondering if anyone else had battery trouble from running the winch when plowing.i plowed for two winters now my battery is almost done.im thinking its likely not getting charged up when plowing(low rpms).what is a good battery or solution for this?
The biggest thing with ATVs is that they don't usually get the usage that a car gets, so as they sit, the battery loses a little here and there and the alternator on an ATV isn't really supposed to bring one back from discharge state. The best thing I can tell you to do is use a battery tender, and get the one that charges and maintains. Other than that, if it's carbureted, try to pick up the rpm's a little bit.
From my understanding two years on one of these small batterys isn't bad, OK, OK every one that's going to tell me they are on the original 6 year old battery, save it, i don't want to hear a bunch of ,my battery lasted this long post's.
Sounds right to me that so little use on the off season won't keep it charged. I use my winches alot for plowing and if i don't run it at higher rev's i end up using the pull start. I've never had anything start as easy as my 500 with a pull start.
Any way, I'm on my third season with the second battery and it should be changed. I will when it won't hold a charge anymore.
If anyone has input as to battery tenders I'd like to hear about it. I have '86 Porsche that i store all winter and i think i should use something on it. It too goes through batterys, probably from sitting.
Also on ATV batterys, What is a better brand, I'm thinking if i get one from Tractor supply, it's going to last a year or so. I can't see spending whatever Polaris is going to get.
just another suggestion here...........You can get a manual lift for your plow........I am getting a plow this year and AM going to get the manual lift ...I was going to get it due to the fact of wearing out the end of the cable.............but now I have another reason.............caper................
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anybody who doesn't have a battery tender ....get one !!!! they are great..i switch it between the hot rod and the wolvy. always have a super crisp start,cant overcharge,makes battery last longer. i have the jr. and only paid like $25 or so for it. best thing since sliced bread. and no i don't work for them or sell them.my so-called good charger isn't needed anymore!