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#1 CRFarnsworth OFFLINE  

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Posted January 26, 2013 - 12:38 PM

"Tina"  came into my possession with a blown 12hp kohler engine. Since I had a 24 volt electric motor available she got recharged as an electric model. Here's what she looked like before surgery.

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Posted January 26, 2013 - 12:40 PM

Very nice looking horse you got there :thumbs:


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Posted January 26, 2013 - 12:42 PM

Here's What she looks like now.

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Posted January 26, 2013 - 12:51 PM

I partly dismantled her today to show how she's put together. There are two deep cell batteries and a 24volt 1500 rpm motor hidden behind two Kohler engine shrouds.

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Posted January 26, 2013 - 12:58 PM

The battery trays stack and interlock. They also provide the brackets for the air cleaner and exhaust pipe.

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Posted January 26, 2013 - 01:01 PM

I would love to see the inner workings of this machine, as I'm thinking of doing the same thing.  Like where the electric motor went, etc.


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Posted January 26, 2013 - 01:07 PM

The shrouds hide the motor and pulley. The right side shroud required a cut out for the belt and retainer nut for the pulley.

The left side stayed intact. Both had the screen tack welded on. Both had edge moulding applied for looks and safety.

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Posted January 26, 2013 - 01:10 PM

Looks really good, well thought out.

What are you using for you main contactor?

I see what looks like a manual disconnect, is that your main on off switch?


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Posted January 26, 2013 - 01:19 PM

The motor is mounted with home made u-bolts. It is situated as far back as it would go and high enough for the pulley to clear.

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Posted January 26, 2013 - 01:23 PM

Wow, I really like that.  Great fabrication.  The engine shrouds had me puzzled at first.  Thank you for the great under the hood details.


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Posted January 26, 2013 - 01:31 PM

The electrical is pretty simple. there's a rotary switch to turn it on-off and it goes straght to top speed. The hydra-stat doesn't care what powers it, just make it go!  She has an ignition switch, a throttle cable, and a choke cable. All of which do nothing. There's a 12 volt horn stuffed underneath.

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Posted January 26, 2013 - 01:40 PM

I needed to trim the belt sheild on the right side and cut out part of the left side of the tower for the shroud. It was that or cut the hood, which I didn't want to do. The rest of the drivetrain is all original except for belt length.  Hope this answers a lot of your questions because my fingers are tired.

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Posted January 26, 2013 - 01:41 PM

That's what I thought, nice and simple, the best way. :thumbs:

 

When I first looked into doing electric tractor conversions I was told that hydrostatic set ups are efficient. ???

But when I see yours and others, the results your getting form it, I'm beginning to think that there not, they work. :thumbs:

Plus you don't have to buy a controller, pot-box, saves a lot of $$$.

I think I got to use a  hydrostatic tractor for my next conversion.

 

AWESOME conversion.


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Posted January 26, 2013 - 02:51 PM

So, shrouds, exhaust, filter all Psuedo parts!  Was wondering on those myself!  Really need all those? Make side panels and have it all Smooth, fururistic looking maybe.  Paint it some neat "other" color. 

 

On yours, are you gonna get some Charger "Electro" decals for it now!  Ha! :smilewink:


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Posted January 26, 2013 - 03:30 PM

Ok had to take the wife to lunch. Now for the last part of this thread i'll show  you the electric mower deck i've been working on to pull behind the electric tractor. I took the deck off of an old snapper RER and suspended it from a homemade frame .It has casters on the front and trails nicely. It will be powered with an electric motor and its own batteries, with a control switch on the tractor.  I retained the height adjustment. Here's what i've got so far.

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