Re: how long do batteries last?
Just two comments to add or reinterate here,
1. You are generally offered at least two batteries with two different CCA (cold cranking amp) ratings. For the extra 10 or 15 bucks, always take the higher rating and keep the engine spinning over faster.
2. Always keep the engine tuned up and be quick on the hand choke so the engine fires right up after 2 or 3 seconds of cranking. If you have to crank the balls off it to get it to start, be prepared to buy both batteries and starter motors on a regular basis as they won't last.
As a mechanic, people would always ask, "What's the difference between the cheap battery and the expensive one ?" and I would tell them, "It's the price of the first service call for a boost." and "Then you still have to live with that cheap battery for another 4 yrs."
Just my Cdn nickle's worth.......
Larry ( in Southern Ontario )
"MAYBE NOTHING RUNS LIKE A DEERE"
BUT "NOTHING WORKS LIKE A FORD" "DRIVES LIKE A HONDA"
or "MOWS QUITE LIKE A WALKER ZTR