Jump starting a Snapper Z Question and battery causing PTO problems

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Old 06-28-15, 08:52 AM
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Jump starting a Snapper Z Question and battery causing PTO problems

I found the following on the net. Do you techs agree the info's correct? Or maybe the guy's exaggerating a little??

First. a battery problem will cause major trouble with the PTO. It takes an enormous amount of battery energy to run an electric clutch. So if your battery is low...or goes down, the pto cannot work. Even if there is enough power to start the engine.

If you bought a battery from a discount store. There is a good possibility that either the battery was bad right off the shelf or that it didn't have the required 350 cca that is the minimum for an electric clutch to work correctly for any length of time.

If the battery keeps going down, you could also have a problem with the charging system. Just a note about charging systems in a lawn mower. YOU CANNOT EVER JUMP-START A LAWNMOWER WITH AN AUTOMOBILE OR YOU WILL RUIN THE CHARGING SYSTEM OF THE MOWER. tHE SYSTEM OF THE CAR WILL BLOW THE MOWER'S CHARGING SYSTEM.


I have jumped my disk driven rear engine Snappers for years. Never noticed a problem. But i realize the Z may be a different ball game.

Also are the Stanley 500 amp jump starters as dangerous as jump starting with a car?? And does it take more battery power to engage the blade than crank the engine? I read that somewhere.


Read more: http://www.justanswer.com/small-engi...#ixzz3eN4ilSah

Thanks in advance.
 
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Old 06-28-15, 08:58 AM
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Sounds like a lot of misinformation to me.
 
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Old 06-28-15, 12:36 PM
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The guy is clueless, don't worry about it. 99% of what he said is wrong and 1% is mistaken.
 
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Old 06-28-15, 05:36 PM
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Why would your accessories only run off the battery? The charging system is putting it in at a rate that exceeds the battery's nominal charge rate. It should run until you shut it down. Then you'll need to deal with the battery. I'll have to agree the guy is in left field with his remarks.
 
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Old 06-28-15, 09:04 PM
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Thanks to all for your input. I should have made it clear that the guy was addressing questions pertaining to a Snapper Z HZ15420KVE
Not sure that makes any difference.

So if i understand correctly. If and when I get mine running. It should generate enough power to work the blade clutch even if the battery is less than perfect?

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Old 06-29-15, 12:07 AM
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Makes no difference what model. The guy is wrong.

As far as the charging system making enough power to run it... yes, and no. If your battery is internally shorted, then it may not be able to produce enough amperage to overcome the huge power consumption of the battery AND the PTO clutch at the same time. If the battery is open internally, it may not work well then either. If the battery is just low in capacity, you should be fine.
 
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