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Folks,

I was up in the shop yesterday and the battery in my 915B barely turns the motor over. I originally thought that it was the infamous PTO switch again, but there is juice getting to the starter - just not enough. I(I keep the battery on a battery tender.)

JD wants almost $100 for their Strong Box battery. Is it worth paying the premium rather than picking up a $40-50 version from one of the big box stores?
 
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Folks,

I was up in the shop yesterday and the battery in my 915B barely turns the motor over. I originally thought that it was the infamous PTO switch again, but there is juice getting to the starter - just not enough. I(I keep the battery on a battery tender.)

JD wants almost $100 for their Strong Box battery. Is it worth paying the premium rather than picking up a $40-50 version from one of the big box stores?
The last Not So Strong Box I purchased made it just long enough to be out of warranty before it died.

I'd say no.
 
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The last Not So Strong Box I purchased made it just long enough to be out of warranty before it died.

I'd say no.
Yikes - and the warranty is only 6 months!
 

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Folks,

I was up in the shop yesterday and the battery in my 915B barely turns the motor over. I originally thought that it was the infamous PTO switch again, but there is juice getting to the starter - just not enough. I(I keep the battery on a battery tender.)

JD wants almost $100 for their Strong Box battery. Is it worth paying the premium rather than picking up a $40-50 version from one of the big box stores?
Do not buy the DRY CHARGED battery! Get the wet charged battery (same part number with an "A" on the end). It is the same battery for $60.97 after core return.

Part Number:
TY25221A
Part Price: 69.97 USD
Core Value: (9.00 USD)
End Price With Core Return: 60.97 USD
On Hand:
0 (Supplier Direct - Contact your dealer for availability) Check Other Stores
Description: Wet Charged Battery - BATTERY,WET,12V,BCI U1,CCA 342
 

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Yikes - and the warranty is only 6 months!
To be fair, the warranty on it was one year. Apparently they still had too many fail while under warranty and shortened it.

Double no if the warranty is now only 6 months.
 

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I'll check with the dealer about the TY25221A part number. Thanks.
 
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I had the same problem this past January, when I went to start my Z710A that had a battery tender attached, which I thought was good to go. Although the battery ...2013 factory installed Strong Box had 12.7 volts, It turned out the battery didn't have enough cranking amps to start the engine and turn the PTO clutch. So, I looked into buying a larger more CCA and cold starting amps, which after many hours of searching that size of battery wouldn't fit in the space provided.

I found that O'Reilly's Automotive has the best buy. It is a Super Start Group Size I! to post with 350CCA's and 430 CA's. Cost $7.99 with old core supplied.
 

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I'll check with the dealer about the TY25221A part number. Thanks.
I just called my local dealer - they charge the same for the dry as for the wet charged battery. just shy of $100 out the door. I asked about the dry charge, and he said "we fill 'em up here" and chuckled.

I take it the dry charged battery isn't sealed?
 

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I had the same problem this past January, when I went to start my Z710A that had a battery tender attached, which I thought was good to go. Although the battery ...2013 factory installed Strong Box had 12.7 volts, It turned out the battery didn't have enough cranking amps to start the engine and turn the PTO clutch. So, I looked into buying a larger more CCA and cold starting amps, which after many hours of searching that size of battery wouldn't fit in the space provided.

I found that O'Reilly's Automotive has the best buy. It is a Super Start Group Size I! to post with 350CCA's and 430 CA's. Cost $7.99 with old core supplied.
We don't have an O'Reilly's here in Maryland. So far, it looks like Lowes is the winner, unless somebody has a better suggestion or a bad experience with this battery.
 

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Just read my old Post #7 and see that I failed to add another number to the battery cost. It should read $47.99 plus tax of course, and youi bring the old bad one to exchange cores.
 

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I just called my local dealer - they charge the same for the dry as for the wet charged battery. just shy of $100 out the door. I asked about the dry charge, and he said "we fill 'em up here" and chuckled.

I take it the dry charged battery isn't sealed?
They are screwing you. The only difference between the dry charged and wet charged is with a dry-charged battery the dealer adds the electrolyte before they sell the battery. With a wet-charged battery the battery is delivered to the dealer charged and containing electrolyte. Otherwise it is the SAME battery.

If they are filling the batteries themselves then it is a dry-charged battery and it carries the higher price (why it costs so much more I have no idea).

You should sign onto JD Parts and look up the A-suffix part number for different dealers in your area. Why pay $100 when you can get the SAME battery with the SAME warranty for $61?
 

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Any update on the battery quest?
It turned out that I had a spare that I swapped in for the first mowing today. But, it sounds a bit tired on the third or fourth start after I take it off the battery tender. So, on with the search...

Sorry for the late reply - I've been off line for a bit.
 

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I just get my batteries at the local Farm Supply store. Around here we have something called Fleet Farm and I have never had an issue. A battery is a battery. As long as it fits, it doesn't matter. There are some things I will go to the dealer for (John Deere or automotive for that matter) but this isn't one.

I guess I should also say that in addition to physical size, CCA and Voltage are the obvious things to check. Oh and sometimes the polarity on the posts come into play because the wires may not be long enough if backwards. Though CCA are less of an issue with a dedicated mower like a ZTrak. I don't use it to blow my snow.
 

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Out here we have tractor supply company, aka TSC. $50 for 340 CCA batteries.
 
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I'm done with Strongbox, too, after my misadventures with batteries late last summer.

Brian

The last Not So Strong Box I purchased made it just long enough to be out of warranty before it died.

I'd say no.
 
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Many John Deere lawn tractors owners don't realize that John Deere doesn't make their batteries. So, why would anyone want to pay ups to $100 for their battery when you can buy the same battery at Tractor Supply (the Exide brand) for about $50.00.

I had the problem making that decision and decided to check out the why's and don'ts on a battery for my 2013 JD Z710A. I bought a Exide that fit right in the same battery space for $49.99.
 

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Many John Deere lawn tractors owners don't realize that John Deere doesn't make their batteries. So, why would anyone want to pay ups to $100 for their battery when you can buy the same battery at Tractor Supply (the Exide brand) for about $50.00.

I had the problem making that decision and decided to check out the why's and don'ts on a battery for my 2013 JD Z710A. I bought a Exide that fit right in the same battery space for $49.99.

It is easier for them to buy the $50 battery, thrown on a $2 sticker on it and sell it for $100 than to mess with setting up the processes to make batteries.
 
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