I'd seen that battery with the "fake" caps since it is actually maintenance-free. My concern with that is the CCA rating. The Gehl manuals specify 950 CCA, but I think the Delco -repro battery is around 600 CCA or less. Another thought was the Group 29F which apparently is available at NAPA and others.
Gehl must have a lot of these machines in the field, alll starting to need replacement batteries. I am wondering what the factory recommends, and have an e-mail question into tech support, but of course they are closed today and tomorrow.
I appreciate your answer, and would be more inclined to go with a 29F both for reasons of cost and (perhaps) higher CCA. Do you have any related thoughts on cold cranking amps, and whether the Delco repro is a better bet than a 29F. Do you agree that a regular Group 60 battery is no longer available, except for the repro? Do you know how Gehl is dealing with this issue?
I must leave now, but will get back to this later. Thanks for the inputs so far. Anything further will be appreciated, but my options are getting pretty clear.
Hi Thank you for thatYes, I do not know why they are phased out Group 60 if you have a Advanced Auto near you they have Group 27 750 CCA 935 Cranking Amps, $110.00
Width:6 5/8 inI would like to say that 750CCA is plenty for a 3 cyl diesel engine
CCA is A rating similar to normal cranking amperage but measured at 0°F.
group 29F/29M , everything I am reading is a Marine deep cycle battery
you don't want that , it will have a short lifeYes that Delco is a little high for a look alike , and lower cca
It turns out that the correct battery was a Group 31 battery, according to a local Gehl dealer, and a query to Trojan Battery. I didn't know a Group 31 existed, because it is a commercial battery, and Group 31 didn't even appear on the Group size chart I found on thew web. Probably that chart was for passenger cars or light-duty applications. I found that all the local auto parts places had Group 31 in stock. It has 950 or higher CCA. I bought one, installed it and I am back in business. As it turns out, your answer wasn't what I needed or useful, but I consider that to be part of the process of finding information I need.
Note, I also could have seleted an Optima AGM battery that would have fit dimensionally and had ample CCA, but that would have been more $240 instead of the $150 for the conventional battery that I bought. So that's the whole story.