Operator's Station
OwnerJohn Gislason
Owner's Other EVGE Elec-Trak E-12 Lawn Tractor
LocationCanton, Texas United States map
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Vehicle1982 John Deere 826
Converted JD 826 (8 hp, 26") two-stage snow blower.
Motor HDN56MRB34D51 1- or 2-Phase AC
5 HP, 240V, 15A (5.1KW) "compressor duty" motor, 3450 RPM (very close to the ICE rating of 3600 RPM).
DrivetrainDirect drive via belt, chain, variable speed disc to differential.
Controller Switch
Leviton(r) On-off switch (240V)
Batteries0.00 Volt,
HeaterYou're kidding right?
InstrumentationGear selection, augar engage/disengage.
Top Speed6 MPH ( 9 KPH)
Five speeds forward, one reverse.
Range75', that's all the longer the cord is.
Seating Capacity0
Curb Weight350 Pounds (159 Kilograms)
Lighter than with stock 8 HP gas (no starting pos), caused a slight loss of traction.
Tires4.5x8 w/ chains for traction.
Conversion Time1 week.
Conversion CostLess than the new starter for the ICE. About $150.
Additional FeaturesFactory tire chains, limited slip differential. Now collecting dust in our shop in TX.
It blows snow FAR better with electric power than it ever did on gasoline. It will slip the belt before the motor stops, and the belt is TIGHT! The hardest part was locating a sheeve for the motor that would keep the pully ratios correct. The conversion itself was a snap and I should have done it years ago!

May 2012 update: This has been disassembled and components used on various other projects, including a planned tiller for the Elec-Trac E-12, made from the auger section.

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