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You use Optima batteries?
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Mike D.    Posted 10-24-2003 at 07:28:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
O.K.- I'm replacing the third 31 series battery in my crawler/loaderin 8 years. I've been good about keeping batteries charged, water level correct, and desulfated. It is the jarring motion that kills wet cell batteries in farm tractors and construction equipment. Even with the batteries snugged down well in their boxes.
I'm convinced.
Just bought an Optima from Battery Mart in Winchester.

Greg F.    Posted 10-24-2003 at 09:19:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think they are a good battery and have used them in a few different things. I think you will be very happy with it. Lots of cranking power, they donít leak and cable connections and battery boxes stay very clean. They seem to tolerate lots of vibration and heat as well.
The one I have now is five years old and still going strong. It is the model that has both the side and top posts. It started out in my chevy pick-up. After about two years the threaded insert in one of the side posts pulled loose and made it unusable in that vehicle. It is in my tractor now and seems to be doing just fine. The truck got a lead acid put back in it only because the dealer would not warranty the battery for a bad post so I decided not to buy another one for the truck. At the price you pay for one of those things I think the posts should last the life of the battery. It was probably just a fluke but just the same I was not willing to find out.

What I have noticed though is that if they ever get run completely dead they do not come back very well. On the plus side they seem to recover a charge faster than a lead acid battery will after being discharged a little after use.
They also donít seem to perform well in an application where the load is heavy for an extended amount of time such as supplying power to a large inverter. They will run the inverter just fine but donít have the endurance of the lead acid type even in the deep cycle model. I was disappointed when I found that out. We have a 4000-watt inverter that gets used hard and the maintenance of the lead acid type is a big pain in the rump. They use gallons of water a month (bank of twelve batteries) and are in a place that is hard to get to and they always seem to be a mess. Bummer. A battery like the Optima would be nice in this application if they would just hang in there a little longer.

Greg F.

Willy-N    Posted 10-24-2003 at 08:04:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
I haven't used one myself but have heard as lot of good things about them. There are several different types of them also. Here is a site about them from the manufacture. Mark H.

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