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« on: December 29, 2017, 10:20:44 PM »
I have got a half dozen pieces of equipment with diesel engines . Loaders , tractor , truck , sawmill  and forklift . Seems like one of them is always having a starter problem . So trips to the rebuild shop are frequent . I dont seem to get more than 2 years or less from a rebuilt starter . After rebuilding some of them several times I have begun to replace with new gear reduction  starters and have not had one fail yet . In most cases the new starters cost less than having the old ones rebuilt . So looks like I am going to replace rather than repair .
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Re: Starters
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2017, 01:50:16 AM »
As I was reading your post I was thinking gear reduction starters sound like a solution. I've also found gear reduction starters take less power to run so work better if the machine has a charging system that's less than optimal.   

The mining trucks I work on all have air starters. Work great as long as air lines don't freeze.
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« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2017, 02:31:23 PM »
Put one in my '91 diesel pick up over 10 years ago and still going.

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« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2017, 07:17:01 AM »
Bill, name brand starters should last so long you will have forgotten when you installed them. I would suspect most of the equipment is not used every day it sits and the battery voltage drops, that pure poison to a starter. On most of my machinery I make up heavier battery cables. Of course your having good luck with the reduction starters. Consider trickle chargers to keep batteries topped off. Frank C.
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« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2017, 12:07:03 PM »
Along the lines of battery cables and trickle chargers I would include master switches. I put a master switch in every piece of equipment I've got. My equipment sits for 6 months during the winter and will fire right up in the spring.
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« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2017, 03:00:12 PM »
Great suggestions guys . I am now able to park all the equipment under roof and with power available so no excuse for a low battery . Not saying I dont have low batteries but I dont have a excuse . I dont have master switches on all of my equipment but Im working on that .  Seems like a lot of old equipment develops parasitic current draw of some type and master switches work wonders with that problem .
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« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2017, 06:53:49 PM »
Check out battery minders or tenders. They sell real cheap on E-bay.
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