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Re: What about electric mowers and outboards?

Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:51 am

I have all electric yard machines - corded, that is. Earthwise 20" mowers are great - they have ball bearing wheels which alone makes them much better than most mowers. I have a electric weed wacker and an electric chainsaw and pole saw. I have a Snow Joe snow blower that did yeoman's work this winter. I have Toro leaf vacuum / blowers, and a chipper that takes up to ~2" branches.

All of them use a tiny fraction of the energy as their gasoline powered counterparts. They each use no more than 10-15¢ per HOUR of heavy duty use. No oil changes, and no maintenance, other than sharpening in some cases.

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Re: What about electric mowers and outboards?

Mon Mar 16, 2015 1:45 pm

Its great that so many folks have electric push mowers, but I'm looking at a lawn tractor. As far as I can see, there is still only one consumer-level choice, the Cub Cadet RZT S Zero (http://cubcadetrztszero.com/). Looking online, I can't find any real reviews or experiences anyone has had with it, and its kind of expensive to just take a flyer on.

Likewise, I'm looking at Elco and Ray Electric outboards for my boat (in addition to the well-known European Torqeedo brand). I'd like to buy one of these U.S.-built electric outboards, but they are quite pricey, and again, I don't want to be a Beta tester.

I was figuring that all you LEAFers would also have experience with electric tractors and outboard motors, but so far, not so much. :|

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Re: What about electric mowers and outboards?

Mon Mar 16, 2015 1:57 pm

ALF wrote:Its great that so many folks have electric push mowers, but I'm looking at a lawn tractor. As far as I can see, there is still only one consumer-level choice, the Cub Cadet RZT S Zero (http://cubcadetrztszero.com/). Looking online, I can't find any real reviews or experiences anyone has had with it, and its kind of expensive to just take a flyer on.

Likewise, I'm looking at Elco and Ray Electric outboards for my boat (in addition to the well-known European Torqeedo brand). I'd like to buy one of these U.S.-built electric outboards, but they are quite pricey, and again, I don't want to be a Beta tester.

I was figuring that all you LEAFers would also have experience with electric tractors and outboard motors, but so far, not so much. :|


Did you not find my review of the Torqeedo useful? Like I said, I've had it for the past 4 summers and would gladly answer questions you have from a user perspective (not just the website/marketing material)

I have seen the Ray electrics in action on a pontoon boat cruising down the Erie Canal. It's not a fancy looking thing, but it certainly gets the job done. I don't know the owner, but he shows up at the local "Canal Day" every summer and it seems to be the same motor putting around.

I don't have any experience with ride-on mowers, true. I have 1/3 of an acre, and a push mower does just fine. Plus I really need any excuse to exercise. I used to use a Reel mower, but the holes in my yard kept destroying the handle.
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Re: What about electric mowers and outboards?

Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:23 pm

The outboard I have is a Minn Kota Classic 28, with 28lbs thrust. If that isn't big enough, get two. ;-)
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Re: What about electric mowers and outboards?

Mon Mar 16, 2015 3:25 pm

ALF wrote:Its great that so many folks have electric push mowers, but I'm looking at a lawn tractor. As far as I can see, there is still only one consumer-level choice, the Cub Cadet RZT S Zero (http://cubcadetrztszero.com/). Looking online, I can't find any real reviews or experiences anyone has had with it, and its kind of expensive to just take a flyer on.

I've used a GE electric tractor years ago, but that's already been mentioned. If you want one 'now' you'll either have to settle for what's on the market or convert your own. Sorry...that's where 'we' are...

http://modernelectrictractors.com/
http://www.homepower.com/articles/vehicles/project-profiles/diy-electric-tractor
http://www.motherearthnews.com/diy/electric-garden-tractor.aspx
http://farmhack.org/tools/electric-tractor-conversion
http://www.ddmotorsystems.com/ElectricLawnmowers.php
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Re: What about electric mowers and outboards?

Mon Mar 16, 2015 3:44 pm

'12 SL last reading @ 2 yr, 22k, 260 GIDs, 62.35 Ahr

'15 SV w/QC, Mfd 5/14, Leased 8/14, 292 GIDs, 64.38 Ahr when new

@ 25 months, 25k, 267 GID, 56.88 Ahr
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Re: What about electric mowers and outboards?

Mon Mar 16, 2015 4:00 pm

^^^ Nice! (48V Mean Green Mowchines)

I may recommend this site to my landscapers. Then, just as long as they keep whatever mower, blower or mulcher they get away from one Leaf in particular, everything will be just fine. :) I'd hate to see a battle of the electrics for territorial dominance break out!
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Re: What about electric mowers and outboards?

Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:28 pm

NeilBlanchard wrote:I have all electric yard machines - corded, that is. Earthwise 20" mowers are great - they have ball bearing wheels which alone makes them much better than most mowers. I have a electric weed wacker and an electric chainsaw and pole saw. I have a Snow Joe snow blower that did yeoman's work this winter. I have Toro leaf vacuum / blowers, and a chipper that takes up to ~2" branches.

All of them use a tiny fraction of the energy as their gasoline powered counterparts. They each use no more than 10-15¢ per HOUR of heavy duty use. No oil changes, and no maintenance, other than sharpening in some cases.


If you don't mind, what model of chipper do you have? Seems hard to find an electric one that has sufficient capability. Is it 120V or 240V?
I noticed you're still working with polymers.

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Re: What about electric mowers and outboards?

Tue Mar 17, 2015 7:01 am

LeftieBiker wrote:The outboard I have is a Minn Kota Classic 28, with 28lbs thrust. If that isn't big enough, get two. ;-)


No offense, but you have a trolling motor, not an outboard. Minn Kota makes some excellent trolling motors (I have a similar one with about 30lbs of thrust). They make some nominal "outboards": http://www.minnkotamotors.com/Trolling- ... d/E-Drive/. However, the E-Drive is more expensive and less powerful than the Torqeedo Travel series, which, IMHO, is a true electric outboard.
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Re: What about electric mowers and outboards?

Wed Mar 18, 2015 3:40 am

I was joking, although I don't actually see the how a trolling motor isn't an "outboard." That term refers to placement, not output.
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