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Last updated 2014.02.22
Small gasoline engines are detrimental to our air, water and peace. One application where they can be replaced with quiet, reliable, zero-emissions electric drives is in tractors. Most people are not even aware that electric tractors exist. This page is intended to provide links to other information on the Internet related to electric tractors and related equipment. Electric tractors and even electric lawnmowers are now becoming more commonplace in American household sheds. There is a new generation of electric tractors becoming available in recent years, but many of the electric tractors in operation today are the remnants of a fleet produced in the 1970's, largely in response to the desire for a quiet, reliable machine that was not dependent on interruptible foreign oil. The fact that many of these machines are still in operation, and that others are being restored to operation almost 30 years later is a testament to their robustness and reliability. Contributions are always welcome. If you have an unwanted electric tractor, let us know, and we will try to link you up with someone who would like to relieve you of that burden.
There is an Elec-Trak e-mail discussion list on the Internet. To subscribe to this list, send an e-mail to email@example.com and in the body of the message put "subscribe". To unsubscribe send to the same address and say "unsubscribe". This list welcomes contributions about all makes of electric tractors, not just the Elec-Traks (which appear to be the most common).
There is an Elec-Trak Garden Tractor Discussion List at Yahoo. This list does not have nearly the volume of the Tufts list, and is nearly dormant (71 messages in 4 years). (E-mails sent here do not go to the Tufts discussion list.)
The Elec-Trak e-mail discussion list is archived at http://cosmos.phy.tufts.edu/mhonarc/elec-trak/.
The General Electric Elec-Trak Owners Club Website
Photo of GE E10 and E15 electric tractors
(colour - 381k - original photo courtesy of Rob Vasichek)
E12M front view (colour - 141k) (Photo courtesy of Dennis
Elec-Trak with GE/Haben sickle
bar mower (mower down, ready for operation) (colour - 40k)
(Photo courtesy of Larry Elie)
Wheel Horse A60 top view (colour -
140k) (Photo courtesy of Dennis Pestka)
Here are some images of Carl Ervin's conversion of a Sears
Craftsman 38-inch lawn tractor to battery electric power.
Originally a 12.5 hp unit, the new drive system is designed around
the Briggs & Stratton ETEK motor, with a 48V battery pack of
110AH SLA batteries. Full safety interlocks were retained.
Estimated run time on a charge is 2 - 3 hours, based on current
experience with the mower. Power Cheq modules were utilized to
keep the battery pack balanced and the smart charger should make
battery maintenance much simpler. Total cost was about $1200. Carl
says he REALLY enjoys mowing the yard much more than before ! !
(don't need earplugs anymore). (Following images courtesy Carl
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