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Old 07-02-11, 09:53 PM   #1
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Default Homemade electric mower deck.

Has anyone ever done this?
My plan is to buy 2 or 3 used cordless mowers, take the motors from them and mount them on a mower deck where the spindles go, wire it up using the tractors batteries, and mount it to the tractor or pull it.
What do you think, workable?

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Old 07-03-11, 01:57 AM   #2
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It's how the GE electrack ran it's mower deck, the motors from tape reals for old old old computer back ups work great and are about the right size.
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Old 07-03-11, 09:22 PM   #3
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I picked up 1 cordless mower today $30.
24 volt, 20" cut, I think I'm going to get another one and mount both motors on a 38" mower deck, make the deck full-floating with 4 wheels and try to mount it underneath the tractor or just pull behind.
The tractor I will use is my Sears electric as it has a 24volt, 130 amp/hr battery pack in it. > http://ecorenovator.org/forum/lawn-g...craftsman.html
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Old 07-05-11, 08:18 AM   #4
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Interesting idea Doug. I'm interested to see how this turns out.
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Old 07-07-11, 10:05 PM   #5
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I torn int the cordless mower and this is what I found.
100amp relay with fuse.
Permanent magnet motor that is fan cooled.
LED battery level gauge.
The deck where the motor mounts is all busted up, that's why this one died.
I set the cutting height on the cordless mower to 2 1/2", slid it under the elcetric massey ET2, there's only about 2 1/2" clearance between the top of the motor and the bottom of the tractor. The top of the motor is white plastic that hold the top bearing and the brushes, 1 hit and it's broke. I think the deck has to go out front or behind.
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Old 07-07-11, 10:20 PM   #6
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Default Got another one

Picked up another 24volt, 20"cut Yard-works battery powered cordless mower today. Guy said it was 3yrs old and works perfect, told me he always kept the charger hooked up and plugged in.
Paid $10. for it, and it works. This causes a problem because this thing is to good to tear apart, aside from the missing side shoot it works good.
I'm going to keep this one together for when I need a push mower for short quick cuts.
So I guess Ill have to find another one.
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I sold the 2nd cordless mower to a friend.
Picked up another one just like it though, so I now have 2 cordless mowers to use.
I got a line in a good solid 38" mower deck that I can put these 2 motors on, I pick up the deck tomorrow.
Will see if I can make this work, I think I'm going to use this on the Electric Sears I have.
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Great to hear. I'm interested in how this will all come together. I've been keeping my eye out for a battery push mower too and haven't been able to find anything! It would be nice for the areas around the trees and other areas the rider can't get to. I currently do it all with my string trimmer, but it takes a while when I have to mow an area with that.
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The first cordless mower cost me $30.
The 2nd cost $10, I then sold it for $20.
The 3rd one I got for free.
And the 38"mower deck will cost $60.
So 30+60=$90 plus gas. That's what I got into this so far.

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