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1997 Tracker 40 hp starting battery is dead. I can barely get any reading out of it whatsoever. What is a good brand? Is Walmart Everstart junk? Academy Exide junk? What about Interstate, and where can you find those? It's not a big motor but it's sometimes hard to start, so, I need a reliable battery.

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A-Jay

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A-Jay, I prefer to buy just a regular battery. The battery above costs quite a lot of money. I'd need to really get sold on that type of battery before I'd pull the trigger on it. And I may not keep this boat much longer; I'd prefer buying a regular battery.

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Deka from Wally World are good.

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45 minutes ago, livemusic said:

A-Jay, I prefer to buy just a regular battery. The battery above costs quite a lot of money. I'd need to really get sold on that type of battery before I'd pull the trigger on it. And I may not keep this boat much longer; I'd prefer buying a regular battery.

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Decent, inexpensive and seems readily available.

A-Jay

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33 minutes ago, A-Jay said:

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Decent, inexpensive and seems readily available.

A-Jay

I have had this battery in my boat since 2011 and still going strong.

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Break out the owners manual for the motor and see what the minimum cranking amps required. Then buy a marine starting battery that meets or exceeds those. 

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6 hours ago, livemusic said:

I prefer to buy just a regular battery

Sorry, I don't want to assume things but just making sure you mean a "regular marine cranking battery".  Don't use a car battery.  

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The Exide batteries are trash. I bought 2 for a jonboat and they didn't even last a year with pretty light use and regular charging. 

 

The EverStart is probably your best cost/value ratio you're going to get if you're wanting to keep cost down. 

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Bluebasser86, I get your sentiment about the Academy Exide brand. I have bought a trolling motor battery in the past and it did not last long! You confirmed my fear about that brand. I think I will just get the Walmart Everstart, a store is nearby, the boat motor is only 40hp and I may sell this boat and upgrade!

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Before you buy....Do what slonezp suggested.

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I buy Exide for cranking and trolling.  I've only had a problem with one time, battery wouldn't hold a charge and it was only 6 months old.  Contacted Exide, they have a 1 year warranty.  I emailed them a picture of the battery and proof of purchase from my credit card statement(i had lost receipt) and they sent me a reimbursement check.  

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If you have an Interstate dealer, they make a good battery. 

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46 minutes ago, slonezp said:

If you have an Interstate dealer, they make a good battery. 

I agree. they have preformed better than all other brands I have tried.

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If you have an Interstate dealer, they make a good battery. 

I have always been a fan of Interstate Batteries in my car. I would imagine their boat batteries are just as good. They may not be the cheapest option, but you know you're getting a good battery.

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On ‎1‎/‎13‎/‎2018 at 10:52 AM, slonezp said:

If you have an Interstate dealer, they make a good battery. 

I have had great luck with Interstate also thus far.

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