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08-03-2010, 09:58 PM #1
The right battery for a plow truck
Hey all! I've got a single battery in my silverado, which is set up to plow. When I ran my plow last year, it all but killed the battery when raising the plow. I was told that a second battery was not necessary and that I should look for more cold cranking amps. I've got 800 CCA and that's about the highest I've seen. I think there is more to this. Can anyone help?
08-03-2010, 10:19 PM #2
Well I don't know about plows down here in Alabama, but I use a Optima red battery because my winch killed the stock battery.
08-03-2010, 11:53 PM #3
What you need is a 2 battery setup and at least an 180 amp alternator, Thats what would be considered a minimal set up here in Minnesota, but then again some plow guys run there plows for up to 12-14 hours a day on a real bad snow fall and run up to a 250 amp alternator. I dont know how much your really going to be running your plow but any thing more then an hour or 2 puts to much load on a single battery and stock alternator, and even worse if you add extra strob lights.1999 Silverado Regular Cab Short Box
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08-04-2010, 01:15 AM #4
My truck before I bought it was used to push snow. It has the two battery setup. It worked for him so hopefully if you go this way it'd work for you.
08-04-2010, 06:55 AM #5
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08-07-2010, 12:04 AM #6
Thanks for all of your input. I guess I'll look into adding a battery and new alternator.
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