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Old 10-28-2008, 10:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Electric Mower idea

there have been several people who have converted mowers to electric and looks pretty straight forward. but i was thinking - could you take a brand new Corded model and convert it to Battery based?

I would think this ends up being cost prohibitave - but if i can get a brand new corded electric mower and add a battery pack ( and conversions of DC to AC) would this be an option?

I am partially concerned with my ability to properly secure the motor / blade back to the mower ( spinning blade of death and all)

This would be a more expensive option - but would only be channenging my Electrical skills ( and not mechanical skills)

Thoughts?

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We were just talking about this on EcoRenovator the other day...

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If the mower uses a universal motor, you don't even need to convert to AC.
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...could you take a brand new Corded model and convert it to Battery based?
Why? Why not just buy a cordless mower? I've had one for a couple of years, and it works fine.
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my initial though was could you convert it for less than the price delta of the cordless models. Looking online it looks to be about a $150 price adder to go from corded to cordless. But in looking at what needs to be added - it seems like it may not really be any savings.

On the link Daox provided - someone is converting a standard (ICE) mower to electric. I will watch his progress and maybe it will inspire me to perform something simular. ( as this does not seem to have any real savings overall)

But was in interesting thought exersize....

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