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Customer Loves His “Zombie” Interstate® Battery

December 27th, 2011 by
Rich Salvaggio has used the same Interstate Workaholic® battery in his Bobcat tractor since 2000. (Courtesy photo)

Rich Salvaggio has used the same Interstate Workaholic® battery in his Bobcat tractor since 2000. (Courtesy photo)

Rich Salvaggio calls his tractor’s battery a zombie: Despite his best efforts, he just can’t kill it.

“I bought my Bobcat tractor used in the early part of 2000, and at that time, it had a brand-new Interstate® battery in it,” Salvaggio said. “Now, nearly a dozen years later, that same battery is still going strong. I can’t hardly believe it.”

Salvaggio, an antique tractor enthusiast from Kalamazoo, Mich., said he thought a recent cold snap would finally end the battery’s run, but it’s still working.

“Twenty degrees out here in Michigan today, and after 10 seconds of glow plugs (used to raise the temperature for a diesel engine to fire), that battery wound the engine to life as if it was summertime,” he said.

Before he replaced his tractor’s alternator, Rich Salvaggio ran the machine off the battery alone. (Courtesy photo

Before he replaced his tractor’s alternator, Rich Salvaggio ran the machine off the battery alone. (Courtesy photo)

Salvaggio said he’s put the battery through the ringer over the years. When he bought the tractor, the alternator didn’t work, so the electrical system ran off the battery alone. Whenever the battery would run out, he’d take the battery out and recharge it for a few hours.

Once he replaced the alternator, he said the battery gave him no trouble at all.

“That poor battery sure has had a hard life,” Salvaggio said. The tractor “sits out in the yard most of the time and runs maybe once a month for a few minutes during the summer. After all that abuse, I am truly amazed at how long it’s lasted.

“I’ve been talking about this stupid battery for years, wondering when it will finally die. It’s like a zombie. Guess which brand of battery I bought for my other tractors?”

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