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- Earthwise 60420 20-Inch 40-Volt Lithium Ion Cordless Electric Lawn Mower
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- Sun Joe MJ401E Mow Joe 14-Inch 12 Amp Electric Lawn Mower With Grass Bag
- Earthwise 50520 20-Inch Corded Electric Lawn Mower
- Black & Decker MM2000 13-Amp Corded Mower, 20"
- Sun Joe MJ403E Mow Joe 17-Inch 13-Amp Electric Lawn Mower/Mulcher
- WORX WG719 13 Amp Caster Wheeled Electric Lawn Mower, 19-Inch
- GreenWorks 25322 G-MAX 40V 16-Inch Cordless Lawn Mower, (1) 4AH Battery and a Charger Included
- Earthwise 50214 14-Inch 8-Amp Side Discharge/Mulching Corded Electric Lawn Mower
- WORX WG650 18-Inch 13 Amp Electric Snow Thrower
- Earthwise 60617 17-Inch 24-Volt Cordless Electric Lawn Mower
- EGO 21" 56-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Self Propelled Lawn Mower (Battery and Charger Not Included)
- Honda 21''3-in-1 Self Propelled Self Charging Electric Start Lawn Mower
- Troy-Bilt WC33 420cc 33-inch Wide Cut RWD Lawn Mower With Electric Start
- GreenWorks 25022 12 Amp Corded 20-Inch Lawn Mower
- Troy-Bilt 382cc Powermore OHV 30-Inch Premium Neighborhood Riding Lawn Mower
- Kobalt 13 Amp Electric Lawn Mower
- Poulan Pro 967044401 40V Electric Start Dual Blade Mower, 20"
- GreenWorks 25142 10 Amp 16-Inch Corded Lawn Mower
- Snapper P2185020E / 7800982 HI VAC 190cc 3-N-1 Rear Wheel Drive Variable Speed Self Propelled Lawn Mower with 21-Inch Deck and ReadyStart System and 7 Position Heigh-of-Cut - Electric Start Option
- Sun Joe MJ408E Mow Joe 20-Inch 12-Amp 3-in-1 Bag/Mulch/Side Discharge Corded Electric Lawn Mower
- Sun Joe MJ401C 14-Inch 28-Volt Cordless Lawn Mower
- Ryobi 16 in. 40-Volt Cordless Walk-Behind Lawn Mower - Battery and Charger Not Included
- EGO Power+ 20-Inch 56-Volt Lithium-ion Cordless Lawn Mower - 4.0Ah Battery and Charger Kit
- WORX WG720 12 Amp Electric Lawn Mower, 19"
- BLACK+DECKER EM1700 17-Inch Corded Mower with Edge Max, 12-Amp
Plug in to personal energy independence with clean, sustainable, high tech electric tractors and electric lawn mowers.
Imagine a lawn mower that whirs instead of roars. Imagine a tiller powered entirely by sunlight. Imagine a tractor that doesn’t spew exhaust. These aren’t idle dreams — such machines exist today. And every year, a few new electric and solar-electric implements reach the market.
Meanwhile, adventurous inventors, far-thinking tinkerers and electric-vehicle enthusiasts do it themselves, using 21st century technology to convert existing mowers, tractors and other implements to solar-electric power. They’re handling chores and putting food on the table, even as oil wells are drying up.
Solar-electric implements offer sustainability and freedom from fossil fuels, and electric tools, mowers and tractors are cleaner and quieter than their gas-powered counterparts. That explains why they’re showing up on a growing number of farms, market gardens and lawns around the United States and Canada.
Several U.S. companies sell electric lawn mowers, some of them cordless and rechargeable. One sells a small walk-behind tractor and a lawn mower, both powered by solar panels, and is developing a solar-powered electric tractor.
Another company plans to introduce electric tractors in Europe later this year and make do-it-yourself conversion kits available in North America soon thereafter. Electric-powered tillers, garden carts and other implements also have appeared on the market in recent years.
Steve Heckeroth, a renewable-energy pioneer, off-the-grid homesteader in northern California and award-winning architect, says switching to clean, renewable solar-electric power is one of the best ways to solve our growing crises in energy and global warming.
And he walks his talk — since 1993, he’s built about a dozen electric cars and converted six farm tractors to run on rechargeable batteries and electric motors, rather than conventional gas or diesel engines. When their solar panels are fully charged, his best tractors can run a loader all day, cultivate for about four hours or drive a rototiller for two hours. The batteries recharge in about three hours.
Some of his tractors carry their own power source: a canopy of solar panels suspended over the machine. “The canopy on those tractors generates less than a kilowatt,” he says, “but for planting and harvesting, that’s enough to run the tractor. This is where the electric tractor can really shine.” Heckeroth says electric motors have several big advantages over internal-combustion engines, especially for tractors.
Gas engines rarely achieve 20 percent efficiency, but electric motors often approach 90 percent efficiency. Motors never waste fuel by idling; they simply stop. Even if the batteries charge from the conventional grid, an electric motor accounts for far less air pollution than a gas engine (studies show reductions of at least 50 percent).
But the clearest advantage of electric vehicles is that they can be charged from nonpolluting, renewable sources, thereby reducing dependence on fossil fuels.
The extra weight of batteries is a disadvantage in automobiles, but it improves tractor performance by increasing traction. And electric motors generate high torque at very low rpm, making them more effective than gas or diesel engines for the low-speed, high-power applications typical for tractors.
In addition, electric motors are constructed more simply than engines and therefore are much easier to maintain. “Using industrial batteries, every component in the electric tractor will operate with very little maintenance for 15 to 20 years,” Heckeroth says. “Many electric forklifts have been in service for 50 years, while their gas counterparts last only five to 10 years.” (See his article, “The Case for Solar-powered Electric Tractors.”)
In addition to converting tractors to run on batteries, Heckeroth’s company, Homestead Enterprises, has built several electric and solar-electric tractors from the ground up. In the late 1990s, the company created electric prototypes for two major tractor manufacturers, Ford-New Holland and Eifrig Ltd., but the companies did not put them into production.
Despite the numerous advantages of electric power, no major manufacturers have yet decided to lead the shift that now seems inevitable as fossil fuels dwindle and costs climb.
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