Had you ever thought, what if I could convert my favourite garden tractor to battery power? how powerful would it be? how long would it run on a charge? what batteries would I need? how much grass would it cut? could it pull a plough? e,t,c.
Well while there are a couple of electric riders on the market they are not very powerful and are mainly designed to cut grass and most of the DIY conversions either for just pulling or if they cut grass only run for a short period before needing recharging! but there is a way you could convert your own garden tractor and make it strong enough to do all the tasks that it does now, Interested? see video of an DIY electric tractor conversion in action :-
DIY electric garden tractor, and it could be charged by solar, zero pollution
2hrs cutting approx 2 acres or 8-10 hrs pulling trailer on a charge
Converting to battery power is a great idea for a garden tractor I converted one 15yrs ago, I used the 3 separate motor design and it is still cutting grass on a daily basis, it is amazing how it never breaks down and needs almost no maintenance, I renew the batteries every 7 yrs I am just on my 3rd set now, my design will cut up to 2 acres on a 50cent charge there are no belts or pulleys and no oil on the entire tractor, it can pull a trailer for about 8hrs on a charge, because battery run time is the most important aspect of most conversions I paid particular attention to the most efficient design, I used 3 separate small motors one for the drive with electronic speed control and two smaller with a cutter blade mounted on the shaft of each cutter motor ,total amperage when cutting grass is approx 40amps, (2000watts) this design only uses the battery power req to do the job, very little wasted battery power, it uses magnetic breaking of both tractor and cutter blades and automatically applies parking brake when you stop or get off the seat, an amazing tractor. for more info:- electrictractor.net