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Posted December 02, 2012 - 09:29 PM

Casey , the history of these buggers is more complicated than the price of batteries increasing . 1500 dollar E-T ' s were quickly replaced by 3 to 4 K dollar hydros with twins and even 4 cyl Gravely ' s . When the ownership of the project changed hands to WH , well that left the desire to the truly dedicated . Split opinions on what really happened after that but more were built than some think . I got myself ignored for even mentioning it among some original participants .
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Posted December 02, 2012 - 10:10 PM

So to spend $600 on batteries would not be crazy?? if I am buying $600 worth of batteries I better by a $200 smart charger!

Am I crazy??

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Posted December 02, 2012 - 10:24 PM

Good luck with the project Casey. I think the unsealed 90 dollar batteries would be the way to go. Which smart charger were you looking at? How would you hook it up to charge?

Doug, is that your beautiful E20 in those photos?

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Posted December 02, 2012 - 10:39 PM

Using the original charger is not recommended by most now . Smart chargers that cycle and limit overall voltage to 39. to 40 volts is what is recommended . Over heating and under charging is to be avoided. The really good thing is when I snow plow , no engine that may or may not start . Depends on what you want , Casey.
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Posted December 02, 2012 - 10:51 PM

Ok, think I have my new found plan. I am too cheap to buy sealed batteries, and don't want all the 6 volt nightmare. I had bought a 36 volt 21 amp output Powerwise / EZ-GO charger last year or something, so here is what I am looking at doing. Three 12 volt 155 Amp hour Golf Cart batteries at $180 bucks a piece and mount 2 in the back, and 1 in the front. Reason being is I am going to buy either cheap plastic coolers or plastic totes to set the batteries in to avoid spillage and corrosion (easy pull out to clean totes or coolers). Anyone think any of what I just types is crazy.

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Posted December 02, 2012 - 10:54 PM

Doug, is that your beautiful E20 in those photos?


No that tractor is not mine it was restored by a fellow Elec-Trak enthusiast

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Posted December 02, 2012 - 11:37 PM

If it was mine I'd go with 6 x 6volt golf cart batteries.
Others say you get 6yrs life from them and I know from my own experience you can get 3hrs run time cutting grass.
36 volt smart charger is a big improvement over the stock charger.
A portable 36volt golf cart charger can be hooked up through the Accessory plug and used for more than 1 tractor like this.
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Posted December 02, 2012 - 11:45 PM

Doug, I have the portable EZ-GO Charger. I know the 6 x 6 GC batteries are slightly cheaper that 3 x 12 GC batteries but I don't have (need) a lot of power options. I will throw an extra 12V batt just for the lights, lift, and power angle on the blade and the others will be dedicated to driving at that point. The factory charger will be pulled. I plan to (this sounds crazy) save a little weight and space. I do like the accessory port charging method for the portable charger and will have to do that. But one question, which 2 prongs are utilized, and don't you have to turn the accessory on???

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Posted December 03, 2012 - 12:22 AM

Wait, I was thinking mower deck, you are in another port, accessory, I will have to double check and see that I have one of them, if not, I will be adding one.

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Posted December 03, 2012 - 12:32 AM

Doug, just looked to see the rating on the accessory plug and it is 20 amp, which my charger puts out 21, which should still be ok, but I think I might just cut in an EZ-GO fancy charger port on my E20.

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Posted December 03, 2012 - 06:43 PM

Doug, just looked to see the rating on the accessory plug and it is 20 amp, which my charger puts out 21, which should still be ok, but I think I might just cut in an EZ-GO fancy charger port on my E20.


Should be 50amp, some models are 40amp, the red button beside the fuse block is the circuit breaker for it. Need to have the main disconnect on for the accessory plug to work.
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Posted December 08, 2012 - 11:07 PM

I forgot to take pics today, but have commenced work on the E20, and made actual progress today. I took the rear battery box (and fenders) to my friends shop to borrow resources. Mainly his portable outdoor sandblaster and a BIG air compressor lol. I have proceeded to sandblast the battery box and I am probably 20% done with it so far. The rains kicked up and we packed it in for the day. Anyway, from what I see so far, the battery box is cleaning up quite well, and I will probably sandblast the box lid as well for the heck of it and the rear wheels. I may do the front sheet metal when it comes time. I will buy more sandblasting media to refill the supply I am using up though. Cheap compared to paying someone to do it for me. Anyway, plan to do more sandblasting through the week (after work) in hopes of getting the thing primed by the weekend, so as to prevent flash rust. Anyway, more updates to come later.

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Posted December 11, 2012 - 09:30 PM

Ok, did more sandblasting on it today, and might be 35% done sandblasting it.

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Posted December 11, 2012 - 09:57 PM

Only 35%? March is coming...

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Posted December 11, 2012 - 09:59 PM

Glad you got some shop time in Casey, progress is always good.




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