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Re: Battery cable debate

Postby Jim Becker » Mon Sep 27, 2021 11:11 pm

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k hutchins wrote:Silly thing is, no one has answered my question.

Actually, the question was answered several times. :D

Not really. There was a lot of discussion of #2 cable, suggesting it and discussing the price. But tst is the first person that actually answered the question. (Granted, the link to TM is to a description that would reasonably lead one to conclude #2 is the answer.)

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Re: Battery cable debate

Postby inairam » Tue Sep 28, 2021 5:51 am

In addition to cubs I have a number of electric golf carts and make a lot of my own cable. I have the crimpers and various wires sizes. Making your own cable is convenient but it is not cheap. I will still purchase cables when I do a battery box with 7 cables all the sample lengths because it is cheaper and many times faster.
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Re: Battery cable debate

Postby Don McCombs » Tue Sep 28, 2021 7:09 am

Jim Becker wrote:
Don McCombs wrote:
k hutchins wrote:Silly thing is, no one has answered my question.

Actually, the question was answered several times. :D

Not really. There was a lot of discussion of #2 cable, suggesting it and discussing the price. But tst is the first person that actually answered the question. (Granted, the link to TM is to a description that would reasonably lead one to conclude #2 is the answer.)

By my reading, the question was answered in the first four letters of the second post.
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Re: Battery cable debate

Postby Gary Dotson » Tue Sep 28, 2021 7:37 am

So the actual debate is whether or not the question was answered, bring on the opinions!

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Re: Battery cable debate

Postby Don McCombs » Tue Sep 28, 2021 8:06 am

And we were asked not to debate. :lol:
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Re: Battery cable debate

Postby Barnyard » Tue Sep 28, 2021 8:35 am

Don McCombs wrote:And we were asked not to debate. :lol:

But it is in the title of the post.
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Re: Battery cable debate

Postby Scrivet » Sat Oct 02, 2021 10:24 am

Maybe we are playing a form of reverse Jeopardy? The answer must include the question to be correct.
i.e. "The size of the factory installed starter cable on the 6v systems was 2AWG."

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Re: Battery cable debate

Postby Clemsonfor » Sat Oct 02, 2021 2:22 pm

inairam wrote:In addition to cubs I have a number of electric golf carts and make a lot of my own cable. I have the crimpers and various wires sizes. Making your own cable is convenient but it is not cheap. I will still purchase cables when I do a battery box with 7 cables all the sample lengths because it is cheaper and many times faster.

I was going to bring this up earlier when people were talking about making them. Unless you buy a lot of wire and make a lot of them AND have the HD crimper or will solder them on solid, your just really wasting time or money for many of these things. I looked up #2 welding wire and the ends. If I remember it was going to cost as much basically as a set I could buy pre made off eBay with marine shrink sealing the ends for as weather tight connection as one could get. That didn't include the fact I would either need to buy solder to totally solder the ends solid or buy a crimper to crimp and solder.

There are guys working for just a few dollars a set to make golf cart wires. There set up and ok with the money they make on them but they buy everything in bulk. To save on per part price and shipping. I like doing everything I can to save money and do a better job but it makes no sense to make something for as much or more than a purchased part of equal quality. Especially since I have enough projects to use my time.

Some people though of you have the components it makes sense others have to just make their own.

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Re: Battery cable debate

Postby dgrapes59 » Sat Oct 02, 2021 4:16 pm

Well, since this post has pretty much spiraled out of control, I will throw a couple thoughts out there...

One could say that the original question still hasn't been answered... If you interpret "size" as length of the cable. :wink: I see the one Steiner sells is "about" 87 inches long.

Also note that the one TM sells is also fabric wrapped for those wanting a more "correct" look than welding cable for certain applications. (and the TM, wrapped one is about $5 less than the Steiner, unwrapped one)

Ok, I'll stop and let this post fade away... :lol:
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Re: Battery cable debate

Postby Jim Becker » Sat Oct 02, 2021 5:28 pm

dgrapes59 wrote:. . . One could say that the original question still hasn't been answered... If you interpret "size" as length of the cable. :wink: I see the one Steiner sells is "about" 87 inches long. . . .

If that is the question, there are two answers, one for each cable. The one to the starter is 84" and the ground is 8-1/2".

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Re: Battery cable debate

Postby Barnyard » Sat Oct 02, 2021 5:39 pm

k hutchins wrote:What was the size of the factory installed starter cable on the 6v systems?

Keep it simple guys, no debate needed.

Thanks

Jim Becker wrote:If that is the question, there are two answers, one for each cable. The one to the starter is 84" and the ground is 8-1/2".

Okay since this is not supposed to be a debate, I will throw in my two cents.
The correct answer is 84" long and #2 awg.
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Re: Battery cable debate

Postby k hutchins » Sat Oct 02, 2021 6:56 pm

Ding...,,Ding.....Ding....Ding

Barnyard wins. He answered both questions, or the question both ways if you prefer. :hattip:

To my previous comment. In the original responses, no one gave the factory specs. Everyone gave their opinion, and some pointed to sources for current replacement, but l kind of expected Glen to post with a tag to a specific reference from 1947.

So here is to Barnyard :hattip: :worthy:

:surrender: l'm out

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Re: Battery cable debate

Postby Glen » Sun Oct 03, 2021 12:25 am

Hi,
I thought the question was answered, so I didn't write anything.

I don't know of the parts manual telling the size, or length of the cable, but I haven't looked at every parts manual.

I bought a new battery to starter cable for the 6 volt system years ago, from Case IH, and it said number 2 on it, as I remember.
I remember the parts manager at the dealer I buy things at said the length was 84". :)

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Re: Battery cable debate

Postby Jim Becker » Sun Oct 03, 2021 1:36 pm

The lengths I listed are from the Tractor Parts Merchandiser manual. I believe they are center to center of the holes.

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Re: Battery cable debate

Postby Nelson 634 » Mon Oct 04, 2021 12:09 am

Wow...
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