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Unread 01-25-2008, 11:05 PM   #1
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Default Can you use jumper cable to make wires

Can you use 4 GA jumper cables to make new cables instead of buying cable from a welding supply. Would the insulation be the same or does it matter.
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Unread 01-26-2008, 09:38 AM   #2
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You could but they wont be very good. All of the ones I have seen recently have more insulation than copper..... like fake 4 gauge. Its all insulation with very little wire. "If" you bought a good set of cables it would be better but they might cost as much as the 4 gauge welding cable.
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Unread 01-27-2008, 12:43 AM   #3
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Ok thanks! What should I use? I have a 36v TXT 6 six volts batteries . In the future or as needed I will probably go with a bigger motor and controller so I thought I would start at the cables.
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Unread 01-27-2008, 08:44 AM   #4
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Use 4 gauge welding cable. Take your time making them and you will be happy with them. The lugs need to be 4 gauge with a 5/16 hole. If you can't find 5/16 then 3/8 will work but they fit a little loose on the battery terminal stud.
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Unread 01-27-2008, 09:09 AM   #5
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I've been useing house wiring cable from home depot 4 gauge and lugs from Auto Zone auto supply then souldering them with a torch , works fine , I used the same for my racing mowers for years .
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Unread 01-27-2008, 10:25 AM   #6
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Goat53,
Can we see some pictures of the wiring and the mower's. Sounds cool.
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Unread 01-27-2008, 10:48 AM   #7
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my avatar is the only mower pic I have , there are plenty @ www.letsmow.com it is olny one of the 4 or 5 national sanctioning bodies we used to be with them and have moved to another that has better ins , there is a photo section at the site .
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Unread 01-27-2008, 11:19 PM   #8
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Thanks guys! I will look into Lowes or a welding supply. I like fiddling with wires
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Unread 01-29-2008, 07:54 PM   #9
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I'm kinda new here, but can't you just use 6guage? I mean, I know an auto mechanic who can get 25ft of 6ga wire for only $25. If your only gonna run 36V, then all you need is 8ga because thats what it comes with from factory? Yeah, why buy 4 when you could use 6, or 8?
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Unread 01-29-2008, 08:00 PM   #10
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Because there are gains to be had with 4 gauge. Try running a 650 amp alltrax and a hot motor on 6 or 8 and they will probly go up in a puff of smoke.
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