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Homemade Battery Rack In Truck
C.J. Bunce, Perry, Kan.: I worked on a large farm for a year and a half and one of my biggest projects was setting up a service truck. The owner liked cordless power tools so there were a lot of batteries to keep track of. It was especially difficult to keep the dead batteries separate from the charged ones, so I came up with the idea for this battery rack. I cut two 2 by 4s to fit the size of the cabinet on the truck. Holes were drilled to accept the neck of 18-volt batteries and evenly spaced to hold 7 of them. The bottom board is painted red and the top green. If a battery is dead, its on the red. If its charged, its on green. The racks made use of previously unused space and the batteries fit snug enough that theyre secure even on rough ground. I mounted a 12-volt charger on the shelf above the battery rack so we could charge batteries in the field as we used them without having to run the generator.

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2015 - Volume #39, Issue #4