I was going to keep this quiet but I figured I'd be missing some needed input that would make this project easier to do and better in the end.
The idea is to take a BUSH HOG D4-10 and convert it to battery electric drive.
I figure the D4-xxx series tractors would be best to convert for a few reasons.
1 - They seem to be the most popular making them easier for me to get 1.
2 - They are a gear drive tractor and more efficient than a Hydro drive.
3 - They have a rear PTO that can be used for attachments.
4 - There seems to be a lot of room in the engine bay for Batteries.
For this project the goals are.
Must have more power and run time than ET2.
Must be able to pull a 10" plow through the dirt.
Would like it to look as original as possible.
Needs to be completed in time for 2014 Bush Hog Reunion/ Plowday.
As of now all I have for this project is the idea and a motor.
Motor I have has a 6hp continuous, 15hp peak rating, needs a 48volt battery pack and a 300amp controller.
Some time after Xmas in January I'd like to get a D4-10 tractor and start working on the project.
The better the tractor I start with the easier it will be and the more I will have to pay for it, however parts that won't be needed others might be able to use. The gas engine, clutch, drive-shaft, front PTO, starter/generator, fuel tank, battery box won't be used and can be sold/traded to help offset the cost.
I'm going to need you guys to kick my but every now and then as I have a bad habit of starting stuff and not finishing it. Too many ideas not enough time.