Bad Warranty with Farm & Fleet Marine Batteries

Farm & Fleet Marine Battery problems, don’t expect them to stand behind the warranty.

I took 2 batteries back because I was only getting about half the time I should get using a trolling motor. They tested the batteries with a high tech tester that tests the charge, and they said they show a full charge. Well I just charged them so that was no surprize. I tried to explain the problems I was having and they said there is nothing they can do. I talked to a manager and he said the same thing. I wrote to the main office and the manager wrote me saying I could look at their tester myself if they didn’t believe them. I replied and asked if they could test the individual cells to see if any where weak and no reply.

So I bought my own cell tester and low and behold there is several weak cells. So I am stuck with these batteries because of farm & fleets policy on testing batteries.

What I should have done was run them completely dead before I took them back. They would have put a fast charge on them to test them and it could have shown the damage since deep cycle batteries require a long slow charge. I don’t think they even understand what a deep cycle battery is. A regular starting battery needs a full charge to start a motor so the cranking power is important. But a deep cycle battery goes by how long it lasts, not the cranking power.

About Dave Tackett

Dave Tackett is from Sterling Illinois. An avid fisherman since childhood, he has fished all over the Midwest, mainly the Mississippi River pools 8-19. His home waters are pools 13 & 14. After fishing Bass tournaments for many years, he gave it up to fish for Walleye year round. He now guides and fishes for fun. He likes to take photos of the scenic places he visits on the river and likes to keep a video camera running to get footage for his Walleye DVDs. Photography is now where he most of his time working, using professional DSLR cameras and lens. These photos include landscape around the Mississippi River and the Rock River, river birds like eagles heron, egrets etc.
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