Electric Snow-Thrower in Action (Elec-Trak)

  • Published on Jan 28, 2019
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    I try out a snow-thower attachment on my 1970s Electric Tractor!
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    Yesterday, I mounted a New Idea snow thrower onto my General Electric "Elec-Trak" electric lawn and garden tractor. It snowed last night, so now I have the chance to actually test it out!
    Overall, I've very happy with it! Snow was about 6" deep and up to 16" deep in drifting areas. The packed snow pushed into the end of my driveway by the plow was a solid two feet of thick and icy snow!
    Overall, the tractor and snow thrower attachment did great! I had to take it slower at the end of the driveway, but to be fair, the snow was higher than snow thrower!
    I have chains on the rear wheels, and traction was good, with the exception of when I was backing up. I didn't have any weights on the back of the tractor. I do have weights that install in the rims, but I would need some assistance to actually mount those.
    It wouldn't hurt to also have chains on the front. I did find steering wasn't ideal when trying to do a sharp turn with the snow-thrower lowered. If it was raised, steering was fine.
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Comments • 32

  • Nathan Bottjer
    Nathan Bottjer 4 months ago

    i didnt realize they made a blower for these old elec-trak's

    • BenjaminNelson
      BenjaminNelson  4 months ago +1

      ​@Nathan Bottjer Hi Nathan, YES! Actually I COULD use a seat back!

    • Nathan Bottjer
      Nathan Bottjer 4 months ago

      @BenjaminNelson im on facebook if you ever need one i have a perfectly good original seat backing for one! my late dad had the GE and Wheelhorse models.

    • BenjaminNelson
      BenjaminNelson  4 months ago +1

      The variety of attachments that were available for these machines is AMAZING!
      I have a rototiller, a dirt plow, a bulldozer blade, and an ARC WELDER! Yes, you could WELD with these things!

  • Garden Tractor Boy
    Garden Tractor Boy 5 months ago

    I would love one of those in our garden tractor collection. We are thinking of converting a Wheelhorse from gas to electric

  • hbarudi
    hbarudi 6 months ago +1

    Good, much better than all those fossil fuel guzzling snow removal machines or expensive calls to the guy with the car that has the shovel attached.

  • Paul Sanchez
    Paul Sanchez 6 months ago

    Now you need to build a very powerfull dinamo to charge all your machines

    • Paul Sanchez
      Paul Sanchez 6 months ago

      @BenjaminNelson that is great, I am working is a closed system is an electric dinamo conected to a electric motor and a stack of batteries in between to compensate the termodinamic lose of energy, the idea is charging batteries while system working and enlarge the discharge range of the batteries, so an electric car can run more than a simple charge

    • BenjaminNelson
      BenjaminNelson  6 months ago +1

      Wind is great too, IF you have the space for it. It also requires maintenance. (Solar is almost maintenance-free!)
      I don't have the space for a wind-turbine, which is why I haven't made any videos about it.
      I DO have a micro-wind turbine kit that I've been meaning to assemble sometime. Perhaps I can do that and shoot a video of it. I also know a guy out in the country with a farm and a good sized wind-turbine. I'll make a note to myself to see if I can film him talking about his system.

    • Paul Sanchez
      Paul Sanchez 6 months ago

      @BenjaminNelson thats a good solution, what about wind generators?

    • BenjaminNelson
      BenjaminNelson  6 months ago +1

      I've been pretty happy overall with charging from solar.

  • Brian Mellinger
    Brian Mellinger 6 months ago

    I need one too 🤔

  • Brian Mellinger
    Brian Mellinger 6 months ago

    Thanks Ben

  • Richard Riehle
    Richard Riehle 6 months ago


  • R.P. Rosen
    R.P. Rosen 6 months ago

    Thanks for the footage Ben. I can now see that electric snow clean up is definitely viable. I don't think I have the gumption to build like you, so I'm hoping in the next decade, somebody brings to market an electric 4x4, cabbed, compact tractor or side by side, that could take care of my mowing and snow removal needs at a reasonable price.

  • Steve Don
    Steve Don 6 months ago +1

    I just think this is amazing, I’m from Australia and although we have a little snow down south I have never seen it! Love your electric stuff keep up the great work Ben!

    • Steve Don
      Steve Don 6 months ago

      R.P. Rosen it is great weather down hear especially in Queensland, it is known as the sunshine state!

    • R.P. Rosen
      R.P. Rosen 6 months ago +1

      I wish I could say I've never seen snow. I live in NH and have had over 52 inches so far with more coming today and tomorrow. I think I'd love to live in Oz, or New Zealand.

  • Veikra
    Veikra 6 months ago

    Must be weird to not have the deafening noisethat comes with normal snowblowers

    • BenjaminNelson
      BenjaminNelson  6 months ago

      I've been living SO long with electric cars, electric mowers, etc., that I TOTALLY take for granted things like NOT having to pull-start a gas lawn mower, or fiddle with a carburetor. Noise/heat/vibration kinda freak me out when I run into them now!

  • jontscott
    jontscott 6 months ago +1

    Very cool, thankfully I live where we seldomly have snow so I don't have the snow problem. But I could use something like that for leaf clean up in the fall.

  • L. J. Bush
    L. J. Bush 6 months ago

    Good deal, I'm glad that worked out well for you.
    We thankfully never get much snow here, but unfortunately we do get freezing rain which can really be worse, especially if we get it for an extended period of time and are below freezing for a while, thats when tree limbs start breaking and falling and power lines start coming down because of it.

  • MakeFix
    MakeFix 6 months ago

    jealous me.

  • 1dh11
    1dh11 6 months ago +2

    Looks like it working good, electric lift seems good/fast on it, and the belt must be grabbing good, it would of slipped at the end of the driveway in the heavy snow.

  • Jack Wagner
    Jack Wagner 6 months ago +10

    That's awesome! I want one. Are you going to clean and paint it to stop that rust?

    • BenjaminNelson
      BenjaminNelson  6 months ago +2

      Not in this weather, I won't!
      I'll be continuing some more work on these tractors this spring.

    • jontscott
      jontscott 6 months ago +4

      Second that!

  • rwg42985
    rwg42985 6 months ago +1

    Fantastic ;) ~Russ

  • marthale7
    marthale7 6 months ago +10

    I love electric as you don't have to fight to get the engine started.

    • Aaron S
      Aaron S 6 months ago

      I just got a new one for this season. Starts on the first pull, it's so easy I have to restrict how hard I pull the cord.
      After a few seasons I'm sure it will start fighting me like the old one. But I think I can get five years out of it before I'm looking for another.
      Maybe in five years I'll build my electric one.

    • BenjaminNelson
      BenjaminNelson  6 months ago +3

      Don't even get me started on carburetors!!!
      Or worse yet, 2-stroke engines!

  • OffGrid Wanabe
    OffGrid Wanabe 6 months ago +1

    I wished I had one of those for Canada that is about the normal snowfall for each storm.