Re: What Is Wrong With The Lawn Tractor Batteries:
I had bad luck with several Exide batteries in the past,that were bought at K-Mart new,they died within a year ,just after the free replacement warranty was expired..
From the beginning they never seemed to crank "briskly" and could be discharged quickly if you had a flooded engine or had to crank it awhile before it would start..
I have noticed many batteries now only have a 90 day "warranty".most of the ones sold at Tractor Supply and some of the "economy" batteries sold at Walmart and other box stores no longer offer a warranty more than a few years now no matter how much you paid for it..
I bet some batteries sit for a long time on a shelf waiting to be sold,and I wouldn't be surprised if the date code labels simply get "updated" so they will appear "fresh"..
I have heard from several mechanic friends they have even had some Interstates go sour quickly and it wasn't due to a charging system defect or "drain" from sitting..the quality is going downhill on many "good brand names" lately..
One of the mechanics had an Interstate display and kept several batteries "in stock",he got disgusted enough with their excuses when he told how some of the batteries were "not right from the start" and got tired of them saying "sorry" but not backing up their products when one did fail "early" ,so he told the guy who comes every month or so to rotate the batteries and replace any that were sold to take them back,and shove 'em!..
I'm about to buy a new battery for my J-D L110 and I'm most likely going to get a "Ever-Start" from Walmart,much as I dislike going to that store..
I feel it is a crap shoot nowadays whether you'll get a good battery,or any other auto part no matter who's name is on the box,you just end up paying more for the "good brand name" while the part in the box is likely the same one you could buy cheap and may even be made at the same factory..so you may as well buy the cheapest one ..
I rarely get more than 2-3 years out of any lawn tractor battery no matter who's name is on it..the Walmart "cheap" battery is only $22 with the core exchanged and is 230 cca,most of the costlier ones at Lowes,Home Depot and Tractor Supply are less powerful,some are only 160 amps and cost $35!..