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Old 06-24-11, 07:07 PM   #21
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I want to convert my John Deere gator to elec since motor is going anyway and I use it to plow snow in the winter and want to make sure I have enough battery life. It normally takes me about 45mins to plow but want to make sure I have enough for 90 minutes for when we have the big storms.
I plan on doing either 48 or 72v
That would be a nice project, always wanted to get an electric golf cart, utility style.
If you go 48volt there are alot of golf carts 48volt, might be easier and cheaper to get parts, motors, chargers and so.

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Old 06-24-11, 07:54 PM   #22
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evdrives.com/kits_conversion.html]EV Drives Conversion



thinking about either kit 5c or 6c

I want to make sure I have enough power for plowing snow as we get feet at a time and most golf carts are underpowered.
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Old 06-24-11, 08:32 PM   #23
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There is a lot of stuff out there, as to whats best for you???
You got to look at everything, power, run time, cost.
This is where I got my controller and foot throttle
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Old 06-25-11, 11:08 AM   #24
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How does the electric conversion compare to the original tractor, in terms of reliability and cost to operate?
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Old 06-25-11, 04:51 PM   #25
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How does the electric conversion compare to the original tractor, in terms of reliability and cost to operate?
ET2 is not 1yr old yet, the main reason I did this conversion was to try to make a more useful tractor than my 1st one. Last winter it did all the snow plowing except for the first snow fall and it did just as good a job as the 67 MF12Hydra that I have. After I fixed the foot throttle wiring plug it has not failed or let me down, that being said I am still testing it with different attachments to see what it can and can't do. One problem that is still there is belt slippage, this can be seen in the power test Video I have of it, I think a stronger spring will go a long way to solve that problem. The slippage shows up under max power, heavy load in 4th gear only.
As far as cost to put it together, it's probably more than buying a good working used tractor just like it. Cost to operate, that depends on how long the batteries last, the ones I have are $100. or so each. I think if you take care of the batteries, keep them fully charged and not let them sit on a low charge you will get max life out of them.
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Old 06-26-11, 09:12 AM   #26
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Hi dh1

what did you use for batteries? I assume just deep cycles lead acid, and not gel or AGM but since I will be searching I need to try to guess on size to get long running time but yet balance price. So if you don't mind sharing what brand, model and AH rating.
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Old 06-26-11, 09:26 AM   #27
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what did you use for batteries? I assume just deep cycles lead acid, and not gel or AGM but since I will be searching I need to try to guess on size to get long running time but yet balance price. So if you don't mind sharing what brand, model and AH rating.
My batteries were from Wall-mart, Energizer # 27DC-850, 120AH rating
there group # 27, paid about $100. each for them.
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Old 07-03-11, 11:19 PM   #28
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Today I tried the Brinly 10" plow on the tractor, mounted to a sleeve hitch and also installed 1 set of 26lb. wheel weights.
Tractor seems to have enough power to pull the plow, lost traction a few times, might need some more weight or a set of AG tires, right now it has a set of loaded turf tires.
Still need to do some adjusting on the setup to get the plow to work properly but the main thing is that the tractor can pull the plow.

1st gear, no problem but awful slow.
2nd gear, seems to work the best, faster than 1st.
3rd gear, the motor is really working hard, faster than 2nd but I think the limit is reached here.
4th gear, forget it, not enough power to pull.
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Old 07-05-11, 08:07 AM   #29
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Wow, I'm surprised you had enough traction to put that through the earth. Very nice.
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Great information shred here! I really enjoyed being here.

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