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Old 15-07-2013, 13:50   #1
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Forklift Battery

my batteries are old.
i was going to replace them with flooded 8D's for $100 each.
i just want to make sure...
where can i find forklift batteries, and how much are they per 100amp hour?
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Old 15-07-2013, 15:04   #2
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my batteries are old.
i was going to replace them with flooded 8D's for $100 each.
i just want to make sure...
where can i find forklift batteries, and how much are they per 100amp hour?
I take it you are a young man with muscles bulging out your tee shirt. I had those (or were they even larger?) suckers in my boat. And of course the battery box is always located in the bilge area or in some other hard to get at place.

But if you are paying someone to install and later at some time in the future remove them, it does not matter. Anyway, I replaced those huge suckers with 230AH golf carts. Those I can handle AND check the AHs for the 8Ds which is about the same as the golf carts even though the 8Ds weigh about 170#s!

Final comment--- I seriously doubt you will find 8Ds for a 100 bucks when new lead ingots are selling for about $1.60/#
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Re: forklift battery

most forklift batterys are just large car/truck batteries... unless you are talking electric forklifts... and those weigh about 1400 lb if I remember right.
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Old 15-07-2013, 16:07   #4
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whats the name of the trawler company that build those aluminum yachts?
drv or something? they build them long and thin, naked aluminum.
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i was going to replace them with flooded 8D's for $100 each.
Damn where can I get a few? I don't need any but for that price I will get them and put them on a charger till I need them. No, for that price I will find a place to mount them on the boat.
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Damn where can I get a few? I don't need any but for that price I will get them and put them on a charger till I need them. No, for that price I will find a place to mount them on the boat.
That's what I was thinking....that's more than 50% off even discounted rates.

6V golf carts are really just a 1/2 8D in a very general sense and they are usually about $100-150per.

Not sure why anyone would use 8Ds unless you were starting pretty large diesels....6V is the right price usually and mostly the right weight..

Oh yeah ...at $100 a piece for 8Ds...I might go back that way ..once...
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Re: Forklift Battery

They're called traction batteries, the only way to handle them on a boat is to buy them by the single cell and put them in a box.....You'd only need 6 of these. At $1200 a pop you'll want to baby them.

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Old 15-07-2013, 18:13   #8
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They're called traction batteries, the only way to handle them on a boat is to buy them by the single cell and put them in a box.....You'd only need 6 of these. At $1200 a pop you'll want to baby them.

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ouch!
guess i will go with the 8D then.

i cannot tell you where i get them for $100 each until i have gotten 3-4 of them.
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That's what I was thinking....that's more than 50% off even discounted rates.

6V golf carts are really just a 1/2 8D in a very general sense and they are usually about $100-150per.

Prices depend on what and where! Around here Trojans (t105 maybe???) are in the $200 range while the same battery in Florida is in the low $80s.

Last year I purchased mine from Sam's Club for about $85 each.
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Same footprint as a golf cart, but more amps. U2500HC Interstate Batteries
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L16 configuration is smaller footprint, but higher AH. Four of them in series-parallel provides 740 AH. Top them off with these cool caps and you don't have to water them as much, either.
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ouch!
guess i will go with the 8D then.

i cannot tell you where i get them for $100 each until i have gotten 3-4 of them.
You're not in Jersey are you? That sounds like the price for them when they fall off the back of the truck.

But, seriously, I just took the 8D's off of my boat, and swore I would never risk my back doing that again. I hauled them off the cabin floor to the cockpit with a block and tackle. But, I had to lift them out of the battery well and drag them under the hatch opening. Golf 6volts for me from now on.
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L16 configuration is smaller footprint, but higher AH. Four of them in series-parallel provides 740 AH. Top them off with these cool caps and you don't have to water them as much, either.


WONDERFUL! But did you use a crane to install them?????
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You're not in Jersey are you? That sounds like the price for them when they fall off the back of the truck.

But, seriously, I just took the 8D's off of my boat, and swore I would never risk my back doing that again. I hauled them off the cabin floor to the cockpit with a block and tackle. But, I had to lift them out of the battery well and drag them under the hatch opening. Golf 6volts for me from now on.

they only weight 115#.... must all be old people! lol
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they only weight 115#.... must all be old people! lol
I just looked up a deep cycle 240 AH 8D battery. It weighs in at 146 lbs!!!
I'm 36 and only weigh 150 lbs, I don't know of many people that could dead lift my rigid body into the hole in my boat where I keep the batteries. That's why most of us break it up into 70 lb golf cart batteries.
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