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Barrette's Small Engines Inc. - FAQ's

How should I charge my riding mower battery?

WARNING! Before performing maintenance on any unit, always disconnect and ground the spark plug wire.

WARNING! Batteries give off an explosive gas while charging. Charge the battery in a well ventilated area and keep away from an open flame or pilot light as on a water heater, space heater, furnace, clothes dryer or other gas appliances.

Important: When charging your tractor's battery, use only a charger designed for 12V lead-acid batteries. Read your battery charger's Owner's Manual prior to charging your tractor's battery. Always follow its instructions and heed its warnings.

If your tractor has not been put into use for an extended period of time, charge the battery as follows:

1. Set your battery charger to deliver a maximum of 10 amperes.

2. If your battery charger is automatic, charge the battery until the charger indicates that charging is complete. If the charger is not automatic, charge for no fewer than eight hours.

NOTE: Batteries are sensitive to dormant time and extreme temperatures. Take special care of the battery during any periods of non-use that is expected to last for more than a month, or experience colder temperatures. In extremely cold temperatures it is recommended to remove the battery from the unit and store in a warm dry location.

NOTE: Charge the battery before storing and before putting it back into service.

NOTE: Consider charging the battery during this storage period if it lasts longer than 2 months.

If further assistance is needed, contact us by e-mail and a customer service representative will be glad to help.

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