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    6 volt System on 12 volt radio

    I have a 1953 John Deere 40 on 6 volts, I want to use a radio on in can I use a 12 volt radio with the 6 volt system or not. Any ideas on radios I can use

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    Will you also need a radio that is positive ground?

    Below is a link to a 6V to 12V step-up converter.

    http://www.dx.com/p/dc-4-5-32v-to-5-...0#.VpfN910o7CM

    Here is a link for a device used to provide power in older cars. They offer units for positive and negative ground.

    http://www.radiosforoldcars.com/power.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by loganman01 View Post
    That's a negative ground unit. I see the consumption is listed as 7.5A maximum. That would be more AMPS than either of the two solutions listed above can handle.
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    jgayman is right, first things first, is your tractor positive or negative ground?

    you may have less money in it if you just converted it to 12 volt, battery not included haha

    that being said...if you dont want to drill holes to mount an umbrella, where are you going to mount a radio?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlock0331 View Post
    jgayman is right, first things first, is your tractor positive or negative ground?
    I should have looked it up before asking... Tractor Data shows the Model 40 as Positive ground.
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    I'd convert the tractor to 12V. You can have a starter/generator shop convert your 6V generator to 12V. I put Delco 10si alternators on both my antiques when I converted them to 12V but the alternators are hidden.

    12V battery technology is light years ahead of 6V. You would also be able to power GPS, inverter to power a laptop, charge your cell phone. I run 12V electrically heated gloves with my old tractors pushing snow in winter. I'd like to get 12V socks, jacket and pants but those are more $$$$$.

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    OPTION 2: For less than $75 you can get a nice pair of noise reduction earmuffs with built in radio/headphones. No tractor alterations are required and they can be used while operating your other power equipment too. For what it's worth, I love mine.

    If you are planning on doing much more than parades with your 40, you are going to need (not want, need) some kind of hearing protection. My mom was the first to notice that my grandfather, both my uncles, and I all have hearing loss in our left ears... and that when we work in the fields we all tend to sit sideways on the tractors.

    Food for thought.
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