Electric massey garden tractor
Posted December 31, 2012 - 10:22 PM
Posted December 31, 2012 - 10:27 PM
Alan, I don't like breakers for three reasons on a project like this. Circuit breakers trip at about 10-15% above their rating, where a fuse trips now. Then the fuses are only a couple bucks in the rating Doug needs, where that breaker tries to break the bank lol. And third, you are more careful about your amp draw when you have a limited number of fuses, where as with the breaker you just want to try it to see if it really works LOL.
Posted November 17, 2013 - 04:32 PM
Being a long time since I posted here, this yr ET2 has being to 2 plow days
Went here in the spring.
Where it failed with a broken transmission, lost all drive.
I jacked up the tractor and pulled the left wheel with the axle shaft out by hand.
So I replaced the whole trany with a spare one I had, that got ET2 moving again.
I then took the broken trany apart and found that the retaining clip and washer were missing from the left axle shaft, pieces of them were scattered about in the trany.
I think what happened is the clip broke, came off, then the axle shaft moved out far enough so it wasn't engaged in the gear and that's when I lost drive.
Also found some worn gears, probably 2nd gear.
Anyway now it works good with the other trany installed.
Went here in the fall.
Where it ran in the Pulls and Plowing in the field.
Only pulled 730lbs with the sled and did 1-1/2 laps plowing the field.
In the pulls it ran out of traction, spinning it's wheels. Had 23-8.50x12 AG tires, Not Loaded, with 1 set of Massey weights 40lbs and 1 set of Cub weights 25lbs. So 65lbs extra weights per wheel.
In the field it was able to do it but not very well, tough conditions with lots of corn stack, trash that would plug up the plow.
Of the 4 plow days I've being to this one was the toughest in terms of getting the tractor/plow to do what it's suppose to do.
This just means that I have to take it to another Plow day and hope for better conditions so I can try again. Also I want to try to see if I can get it to pull more in the tractor pulls, these pulls are non competitive, just for fun.
That's it for plow days for me this yr, so I set ET2 up in winter mode.
Last yr I got caught without any way to clear the snow from the driveway when the snow came, not this yr. Today I spent some time putting on my loaded turfs with chains, weights and snow plow.
Still 1 thing to do to be 100% ready, need to make a front bracket for the plow to stop it from going side to side.
To do list ???
- Load the front tires and mount a chain on them to try to get it to grip better on the ice.
- Paint the plow.
- Make some kind of a bracket so I can mount my suitcase weights on the back of the tractor.
- Find and install more or heavier wheel weights, front and rear, right now all I got is loaded rear tires, 2 link chains, with 1 set of Cub weights on the rear, nothing extra on the front.
- Install an on-board charger.
Edited by DH1, November 17, 2013 - 04:33 PM.
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Posted November 17, 2013 - 05:07 PM
Glad to hear ET2 is doing well with the new tranny. Good luck this winter!
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Posted November 17, 2013 - 06:04 PM
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Posted November 17, 2013 - 07:28 PM
Doug, I think the ET did very well. I'm sure with a little more weight on the rears, it will stick better.
What?? did you see it pulling?
I think the rest of us missed it. Being
so silent, we didn't even know it was out there at the pull track, as we
where all standing over in the stable shooting the bull. Kinda like this.
Couldn't resist Doug, sorry.
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Posted November 24, 2013 - 09:13 PM
ET2 visits Massey Hall in Sherwood Forest.
Got a lot of strange looks from the Massey's that live there,
Drove around the woods on the trails,
Tried to climb the bridge to get up on top of the rock but couldn't do it, just spun it's wheels.
All in all had a nice visit.
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Posted November 24, 2013 - 09:38 PM
Posted November 24, 2013 - 09:39 PM
You should have chained up. Ah well, there's always spring.
Nobody criticize me, I wasn't wearing my glasses lol.
Posted November 25, 2013 - 01:29 AM
Yeah, the 4 strokes didn't quite know what to make of ET buzzing
That was a nice trail ride. Maybe next time we can make it up to
the top of the rock. I took some pics while you where tackling
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Posted November 25, 2013 - 02:20 AM
Good to see ET2 out and about. Sorry you couldn't get up on the rock. Maybe this Spring?
Posted November 28, 2013 - 11:06 AM
Thanks for sharing this great thread! I wonder what an electric/hydro machine would be like?
Posted December 15, 2013 - 10:44 AM
Today we got our first real snow fall 6 inches of light fluffy stuff.
This yr I was ready, jumped on ET2 put it in 2nd gear, turned on the switch, drop the blade and go.
I added 2 - 25lbs suitcase weights to the front of the tractor to try to improve the steering.
They don't interfere with the blade when it's down but sometimes lifting the blade when it's angled they do.
Front end of the tractor feels heavier and seems to steer better.
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Posted December 15, 2013 - 10:54 AM
Looks like it did a fine job, Doug! Good looking dog, too!
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Posted December 15, 2013 - 11:19 AM
Looks good Doug, and somehow I missed out of the trip to Will's. Looks like you had a good time on his trails.
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