How to Recharge a Lawn Tractor Battery


Mowing large areas of lawn has been made simple by the lawn tractor. You check a few things, jump on and just drive around your yard and within a short amount of time, your lawn is beautiful. But perhaps you jump on your tractor only to find that the battery needs to be charged. Here is how you can quickly get your tractor's battery charged up.

Step 1

Roll your tractor out or move your vehicle so that jumper cables will reach between them. Make sure they are not touching. If your lawn tractor has a 12-volt battery, it can be charged with a regular car or truck battery. Turn off the vehicle's engine.

Step 2

Connect the positive ends of the jumper cables to the positive ends of each of the batteries, starting with the tractor first. Clamp the negative end of the cable on the negative terminal of the vehicle battery. Place the other, positive, end on a metal part of the tractor.

Step 3

Start the vehicle and then start the tractor. Now carefully remove the cable, starting with the negative terminals and then the positive. Keep the tractor running and turn off the vehicle. Do not turn off the tractor or you will have to repeat the process. This will only work if the battery is low and not dead.

Step 4

Use the tractor for at least 30 minutes. This should be enough time to recharge the battery.

Tips and Warnings

  • Never lean over the batteries when jump starting. Don't work on leaking batteries.

Things You'll Need

  • Jumper cables
  • Car or truck


  • Safety Tips
  • How to Jump Start
Keywords: lawn tractor, battery, jump start

About this Author

Based in Maryland, Heidi Braley, currently writes for local and online media outlets. Some of Braley's articles from the last 10 years are in the "Oley Newsletter," "Connections Magazine," GardenGuides and Braley's college life included Penn State University and Villanova University with her passions centered in nutrition and botany.