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#1 dhopf1 OFFLINE  

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Posted October 18, 2014 - 01:25 PM

I've bought a New Idea EGT150 in September. This one I wanted to restore. It may not have the true golf cart batteries but deep cycle 12v works great!

 

I had the tractor moving in 2 days. The dash wires were mouse chewed and a motor thermal circuit breaker was open. I popped the breaker open to find the screw head that holds the thermal disc contacts was broken off. The screw was 10-32 size so I replaced it but didn't crank it down. Hopefully theres a little protection there. Also found a soleniod thats was not close correctly. I took this apart also to find the coil wires corrode off. Resoldering them and adjusting the contacts made it work again. The 3 mower motors needed both new bearings. I had to go to the CaseIH shop to have the blade hubes pulled. $85/per hour for 1 hour. It was worth it. The blades need to replaced as 2 of them are originals and very well rounded at the ends. I've on order the parts that will make also 100 % complete. Not to many people know about the GE/NI Electric Tractors in South Dakota but I had seen the ads in Popular Science back in the 70's and I've always wanted one.


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Posted October 18, 2014 - 02:58 PM

Welcome aboard.  Sounds like you have a good handle on the tractor repairs.  When you get time how about post a few pic's of your tractor.


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Posted October 18, 2014 - 03:13 PM

Welcome to GTT. Relax, you are with friends. Check out the Manuals Section. Good Luck, Rick



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Posted October 18, 2014 - 06:15 PM

Welcome !

 

Lots of great folks here

 

Remember - there's no such thing as a stupid question when you're the new owner of an electric tractor !!.

 

Share some pictures when you can...

 

Steve D.



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Posted October 18, 2014 - 06:26 PM

Welcome. Sounds like you got a nice project. I remembered them form the 70's and about 2 months ago managed too snag a E14 Elec-trak. I was telling a John Deere buddy of mine about finding it and he  told me that he had one out in the back barn that belonged to s friend of his. I ended up talking my brother into buying it. Now he and I both have E14 projects for this winter. good Luck with yours. :thumbs: 



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Posted October 18, 2014 - 06:57 PM

:wave: Welcome to the forum! We like pics, so break out the camera and show us what you are doing! Pic help is in the link at the bottom of this post.



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Posted October 18, 2014 - 07:13 PM

The New Idea electrics had few or no stand alone dealerships . New Idea equipment was usually sold thru a yoke with a big name tractor manufacturer dealer .             Don't ask me how I know this   :D



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Posted October 18, 2014 - 07:18 PM

Good to here you got your NI tractor moving, do you have any other attachments for it and can you post some pictures.



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Posted October 18, 2014 - 07:20 PM

WELCOME to GTTalk!



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Posted October 19, 2014 - 01:08 AM

:welcome: to GTTalk!
Glad you found the place. Pull up a seat and enjoy the forum.
Looking forward to seeing your N. I. Electric.

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Posted October 19, 2014 - 01:15 PM

Right now I've got my right foot up in the air because of hammer toe surgery.

 

I made some time during the last month to get the EGT going, and getting everything ready for winter but didn't have the time to take any pictures yet. The frame is not to rusty but back box and front sides are rusted thru  at the bottom. The paint is okay but Chevy engine orange looks to be a close match. The tires hold air and are not to weathered.  I work at a telephone co so I have a good supply of used 12v 100 AH plus batteries. My boss allowed me to use a set of deep cycles we use for temporary power for a weekend at the local tractor show!

 

I'm looking for some mower blades at NAPA ($8.10) that are for a Husqvarna at 14.125" long with a 3/8 in. center hole. These are a mulching blade but the EGT bolt size 5/16 and blade center hole is 3/8, so a piece of 3/8 brass tubing should fill in this space.

 

Is a 14.125 blade length the right size for the the Elec-track deck? I have measured around 14.5 inches between the motor shafts so the blades shouldn't collide. With the old worn blades, there is a 3/4 strip thats doesn't get cut!

 

 

 

I ordered the parts today that I needed to get the brakes and charger working.



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Posted October 19, 2014 - 03:13 PM

Harold Zimmerman at 717-859-4234 can help with the proper info on blades .

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Posted October 19, 2014 - 03:21 PM

Also here is a good source of parts.

 

http://electrictract...&products_id=93



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Posted October 20, 2014 - 09:58 AM

Called Harold and he added the new blades to the parts order. Thanks Harold!

 

By next weekend if UPS, the foot, and doctor cooperate, I should have a safe tractor to drive and be able to mow the lawn nicely for the last time this year.

 

I also bought a Craftsman front blade from the garden tractor salvage yard. I do have the front mount bracket so the blade will need to be welded on to make it mount on the bottom bar. That should really impress the neighbors on the first snow fall!


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