We Now Have An Elec Trak E20

After more than a year looking for something electric powered to move trailers and firewood around our place an Elec Trak E20 popped up for sale less than 10 miles away.  reportedly this sat in a barn for the last 30 years when the batteries started to die, the previous owner didn’t want to invest in new ones.  The previous owner bought it from a relative after her husband dies and is sate several years then as well and only used it a few times before the batteries went.  Therefore we could be the 3rd owners of a lightly used Elec Trak E20 tractor with a mower deck and snowblower.

Of course it will need 6 new batteries (6V golf cart batteries) and it is a 36V system.  This is planed on a return to service fix rather than a restoration.  The plan is to use this as a mower and towing tractor.  Until we get some batteries to power the unit up the only thing we know for sure needs to be replaced are the front tires.  For something that has sat through 30 Michigan winters there is no evidence of acid corrosion in the battery compartments.

Jacob on the Elec Trak E20

Jacob on the Elec Trak E20

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  • tomhill87

    You mention that you want to put a power inverter on the ElekTrac. I am considering putting a power inverter on an electric golf cart, so what I say below is what I think will work, but I have not yet done it.

    You say you can’t find a reasonably priced 36 volt one. You can get a 12 volt inverter and run it off a pair of 6 volt batteries, which in series would be 12 volt. You then can use a “battery bank switch” to select which pair of batteries you will use, or to disconnect the inverter when not in use. What I am calling a “battery bank switch” allows a live aboard boat owner to use one battery bank while isolating a fully charged one to be able to start the motor, etc. check with a boating store (like WEST Marine or BoatUS) to get one.

    I have been recommended to get a 1500 watt inverter too handle an electric drill, circular saw, sump pump, and portable lights to be run off a 36 or 48 volt golf cart. If I were you, I would check what you need carefully, and if in doubt, go to a larger size.

    Tom

    • Yes I am running into the problem that 36V stuff is not very common. In fact it would be cheaper to buy two more 6v golf cart batteries and a 12V inverter to run the chainsaw. But it sure would be nice to pull from that bank of 6 batteries.