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Elec-Trak in public demo March 1969


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Posted May 13, 2011 - 04:25 PM

F&PShow1969.jpg Image of Ge being demonstrated in Indianapolis March 1969.
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Posted May 13, 2011 - 04:42 PM

Cool picture. Glad you shared it, thanks.

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Posted May 13, 2011 - 05:09 PM

As George Beckett quickly closes gaps in product and time history of Elec-Trak you can say you saw it here first. I had a few skeptics.

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Posted May 13, 2011 - 10:16 PM

Skeptics just make it more fun to prove it to them. :D

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Posted May 13, 2011 - 11:10 PM

Thanks for posting the pic Sparky! The history is interesting in that the electric stuff seemingly came and went so quickly and yet the technology has been under research for years! I'm sure that we'll see some resurgence in the near future!

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Posted June 20, 2011 - 10:16 PM

On George Beckett's website is a demo film labeled Gen-397. The interesting thing about it that the tractor and mower are not completely identical thru - out. That is the mount arms, steering shaft not black throttle not black, no serial number on mower deck. Like the scene in The Hunt For Red October- the machine is leaving the nest. At least it appeared that way to me . Only a few people can or could have verified this. A dealer's word is good enough for me. Sparky

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Posted June 20, 2011 - 10:30 PM

Great photo. Thanks for sharing it. I loved the accessories behind the pretty girl.

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Posted December 04, 2013 - 08:12 PM

I had a wonderful phone conversation wih the retired J.D. dealer who did this demo for Mr. Laumeister  . He was a Bolens dealer before J.D. got into the market .  The Elec-Trak concept seemed interesting so he went with it .  All the info presented to me 5 years ago could have been presented by Mr L himself  - accurate .  This phone call was Sun Night . We are planning to meet up sometime next  spring / summer .

 

       Bolens stayed in his lineup and when an electric prototype was built , he test drove it . Something a person would remember . He was not allowed to take pics however  .  He told me earlier that a classmate at Purdue  had helped develop the 90 and 96   for J.D. Just a lucky find of a person this amiable .      Fred


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