Well it finally happened. After 2 months of neglect I tuned the key on my trusty John Deere and ... almost nothing.
After a little more prompting she finally wheezed into life, hunted a bit and then settled down to her usual roar. A trip up and down the harbour, bit of rolling on a mooring
by the Zoo, press the start button again and the new girl is back to her usual self.
Now I'm thinking start battery
. It must be around five years old by now, so it's not going to be in its prime. But buying
a new one is going to be expensive, they're heavy, and I have to dismantle a fair bit of cabinetwork to get it out, not to mention the "upgrades" I really should do at the same time.
A bit of hunting on the internet
brings up battery
load testers, but there's a myriad of them available for widely differing prices. Some even available off Ebay in Oz.
It's a confusing array of features, prices and brands. Some do 6V and 12V (nice to test the house batteries), others will test start motor
and probably clean out the wires as well.
So does anyone have any experience of them? Do they work, what features do I need, are the el cheapos any good or should I plunk down for a good "name" brand?
Or should I go back to the good old days of density testing, voltmeters, thermometers and data charts
? Can I really build my own out of a few bits of string and some burnt toast?