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Hi All,
I have an older model Honda HS828 snowblower that I picked up last year. The PO had a car battery installed ( which he removed ) so I installed the battery off my motorcycle. I don't think the blower is charging correctly. I've cleaned up everything on the terminals and chassis ground connections. The battery was at 10.5 V off. What should I get across the battery terminals with the motor running full speed? I only got 11.3 V. Could that be the battery or is there a better test?

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What is the motorcycle battery fully charged and in good condition when it was hooked up to the snowblower? Most power equipment that I have dealt with that has electric start generates only a weak charge, like 13.2-13.4 volts. I would test your battery while it is disconnected from the blower and then see if it is dropping significantly upon connecting it there may be some kind of a short in the machine.


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The battery is pretty discharged to begin with, so its charge voltage is going to be limited by the charge rate from the snowblower--which very likely is only a couple/few amps.

It could be the battery is bad, it could be the charge circuit (or a short/unwanted load in the snowblower), and it could be simply that the battery needs to be charged.





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Many snowblowers have no charging circuit, you charge the battery with an ordinary battery charger.





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The fact that it went from 10.5 to 11.3 running shows it does generate some charge

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Lynnmor wrote:

Many snowblowers have no charging circuit, you charge the battery with an ordinary battery charger.


Yup. I have seen many that use an external charger If you are using a motorcycle battery I'd recommend a battery tender type charger.


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10.3 Volts means a bad or almost totally discharged battery.


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Also note.. Though DEEP CYCLE batteries MAY recover if taken that low. Starting batteries like your motorcycle battery.. SERIOUS damage.

Still may be good enough (once recharged) for the snow blower.

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Snowblower? Leaf blower? Oh yes, but not familiar with the term snow. Sorry could not help it! [emoticon] [emoticon]

60 degrees here in NE Georgia.

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Horsedoc wrote:

Snowblower? Leaf blower? Oh yes, but not familiar with the term snow. Sorry could not help it! [emoticon] [emoticon]

60 degrees here in NE Georgia.


SNOW: an exotic white powdery substance that sometimes falls from the sky in the upper latitudes (and lower ones in the southern hemisphere) not often seen in around the equator. Packs well into balls of assorted sizes.. Also known in the north as "White Rain".

RAIN: A liquid that seems to fall in Georgia a lot per the songwriters and is also known as Liquid Snow.

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