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Posted April 03, 2010 - 03:20 PM

I have a couple of electric tractors, a GE Elec-Trak I-5 (Industrial) and a New Idea lawn tractor. Although I am a Wheel Horse guy, electrics are fascinating. They are very powerful, quiet in respect to a gas engine and very little maintenence. They run on 36 VDC using either 6-6v or 3 12v deep discharge batteries. The big tractors can mow up to 2 acres between charges. These early (some say before their time) tractors were produced by GE starting around 1970. The product line was sold to Wheel Horse who continued to produce them into the '80's. They must have made thousands because I see them everywhere. There were also a full line of attacments from hand pwer tools to tillers, snowthrowers, front end loaders, etc. Look around, you might come across one, can't miss the bright yellow color.

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Posted April 03, 2010 - 03:44 PM

Hey there seabiscuit how about some picture's we sure would love to see some.

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Posted April 03, 2010 - 05:59 PM

I made a friend decals for a GE tractor. Jerry from Ohio he is, and he loves electric.

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Posted April 06, 2010 - 03:23 PM

Hey there seabiscuit how about some picture's we sure would love to see some.

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Posted April 11, 2010 - 07:39 PM

Here they are. Still need to work on the mowing deck for the GE.The New Idea is close to being ready to mow.

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Posted April 12, 2010 - 08:30 AM

Those are pretty neat looking tractors.I didn't realize that there was any such thing as one of those.Sure would be nice to see a picture of under the hood and the drive train.To me it's a very interesting tractor,it's kinda got me wondering what sort of power one of them has and how long you can actually cut before needing a recharge.Thanks for the pic's Larry

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Posted April 12, 2010 - 10:49 AM

Those are pretty neat looking tractors.I didn't realize that there was any such thing as one of those.Sure would be nice to see a picture of under the hood and the drive train.To me it's a very interesting tractor,it's kinda got me wondering what sort of power one of them has and how long you can actually cut before needing a recharge.Thanks for the pic's Larry


I am with Larry, would love to see pics of the drivetrains and what kind of mowing times you can get with one and what horsepower gas engine size would be close to an equivalent to the electric.

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Posted April 12, 2010 - 06:45 PM

I am with Larry, would love to see pics of the drivetrains and what kind of mowing times you can get with one and what horsepower gas engine size would be close to an equivalent to the electric.


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Posted April 18, 2010 - 08:23 PM

A model E20 has the equiviant HP to an 18 HP gas engine but with more torque. A gas engine doesn't reach it's peak torque until around mid RPM or higher, an electric motor has instant torque available at all speeds. The motors are coupled to a regular Peerless transmision by belt. They don't however use the reverse in the transmission as the motor is electrically reversed. A large frame tractor such as an E20 can now 2 acres on a full charge. I'll see if I can come up with a drivetrain picture. Here are some brochure pics so you can get an idea of the scope of this series...

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Posted April 18, 2010 - 08:33 PM

Man I wish I could see one first hand or own one.

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Posted April 18, 2010 - 08:44 PM

Here is the link to the GE tractor forum. Lots on interesting reading and lots of manuals and info to read and download.
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Posted April 18, 2010 - 08:57 PM

I've seen that site before good site, I put this homemade electric rider together and it works. I want to do one that cuts grass next.

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Posted April 19, 2010 - 02:45 PM

I've seen that site before good site, I put this homemade electric rider together and it works. I want to do one that cuts grass next.


It looks like you did a great job Doug :thumbs:
Can you pull stuff with it or is it mainly for riding around?
How long do the battery's last ?

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Posted April 19, 2010 - 05:47 PM

It looks like you did a great job Doug :thumbs:
Can you pull stuff with it or is it mainly for riding around?
How long do the battery's last ?


It has a fair amount of power, (2hp electric) will lift the front wheels in 4th, tie a rope to a truck it sits there a spins it's wheels in 1st or 2nd, I pull a little GT trailer for yard work but it's mainly for kids to bomb around on. Battery's will, last at least 3hr non stop use I figure. The GE or New Idea tractors would be far better and more useful the my little creation. Wheel Horse, John Deer, Sears also had electric tractors at one time.

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Posted April 19, 2010 - 05:47 PM

:thumbs: Great job! That is a fine looking tractor. How much time did you put into it?




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