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    Solar-powered lawn tractors offer obvious environmental and economic advantages, with recyclable batteries, more efficient motors, excellent traction and much lower costs for fuel and maintenance. Edmond Electric Company, in Canada, plans to manufacture solar lawn tractors first for the European market (under the Lawn Boss brand), then for the United States. Unfortunately, they've discontinued the gasoline-to-solar conversion kit mentioned in an article in Mother Earth News: http://www.electriclawntractor.com/

    Free Power Systems, which already makes a solar lawn mower and solar tiller, is also developing a solar walk-behind lawn tractor: http://freepowersys.com/

    Mother Earth News reports that the U.S. Department of Agriculture funded a solar lawn tractor conversion project in New York state, for which Ron Khosla converted two old gasoline tractors to solar at a cost of about $1,325 each. The two tractors not only take care of a 13-acre community-agriculture farm, but also have enough battery power left over to power the produce cooler and an entire house. As part of the grant, a complete instruction manual is available online for converting tractors to solar power, under "Hug Farm Innovations": www.flyingbeet.com/electricg



    Though these are the latest solar lawn tractors, they're not the first. A good overview of current and historical electric and solar lawn mower and tractors is available here: http://www.econogics.com/ev/evtools.htm



    http://www.consumersearch.com/www/la...rs/review.html



    That's the great thing about a tractor.
    You can't really hear the phone ring.
    Jeff Foxworthy

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    Re: Solar powered tractors and lawn mowers

    Another source for articles on information topics like this one and sustainable self reliant living that I like is:

    http://www.motherearthnews.com/
    We were put on this earth to help and take care of one another.

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    • #3
      Re: Solar powered tractors and lawn mowers

      Thanks, Jonesie & Amish Country! Neat!
      ...when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. - Sherlock Holmes

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      • #4
        Re: Solar powered tractors and lawn mowers

        this information is going to be so useful since my partner and i have just managed to purchase the land for our self-sufficient 'get away from a pandemic' future lifestyle.

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          Re: Solar powered tractors and lawn mowers

          Some more green ideas for energy savings

          http://www.eere.energy.gov/consumer/your_home/
          We were put on this earth to help and take care of one another.

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