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RE: (ET) (Fwd) GE Electrak tractor pulls Wins first place
- Subject: RE: (ET) (Fwd) GE Electrak tractor pulls Wins first place
- From: Larry Elie <lelie ford com>
- Date: Mon, 11 Oct 1999 15:21:45 -0400
- Sender: owner-elec-trak cosmos5 phy tufts edu
I'm impressed. I didn't think you could get that sort of traction, except
You got my 'Combine Pull' beat.
On the side, someone posted that he had measured several hundred (600?...
recall and that sounds too high) on a hill. The fusible links will drop
quickly at those
sorts of current.
From: David Roden (Akron, Ohio, USA)[SMTP:roden ald net]
Sent: Saturday, October 09, 1999 11:43 PM
To: elec-trak cosmos5 phy tufts edu
Subject: (ET) (Fwd) GE Electrak tractor pulls Wins first place
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From: "Paul A. Cianciolo" <paulc snet net>
To: <ev listproc sjsu edu>
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Subject: GE Electrak tractor pulls Wins first place
Date sent: Sat, 9 Oct 1999 20:19:08 -0400
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Well last night was the last garden tractor pull of the season. My
second time entering the GE E-20, my second time pulling with anything
for that matter. My son and I used the same tractor to pull in the same
2 classes we had at the last event.
He had 13 competitors in his class and I had about the same. He got 3rd
place with a 1450 LBS pull of 7" The best pull the tractor ever did!!
They started the class with 650 lbs and increased the weight in 200LBS
increments till every one was weeded out.
In my class they started with 850LBS on the sled. Everyone made a "full
pull" of 8' Next came 1050LBS and some of the weaker tractors started to
get weeded out. The E-20 Full pull no problem. Then they loaded on
1250LBS and this weeded out a few more. E-20? Full pull no problem. As
you may recall the last time I pulled the interlock under the seat shut
the tractor down at 1050Lbs and I had to go home. Took care of that
problem this time. Only 4 guys left now 3 gasser's and the E-20.
1450LBS is stacked on the sled. Lot's of smoke and lot's of noise from
the gasser's 2 of which had to call it quits as they sunk in and could
not pull the load. Now it's my turn and I am getting really nervous,
this is a lot of weight and when you look at the aggressive tires and
wheel weights these gassers were running and seeing sink in it made my
heart sink a little. BTW the it's 40 degrees out, nightime and the
tractor has around 7 or 8 pulls on the battery pack. The pack has 2
years worth of lawn mowwing and snowblowing on it. The capacity of the
pack is down at 40 degrees but by how much I don't know. I back up to
the sled with the 1450LBS on it, tension the chain and slam the pedal to
And silently pulled the 1450LBS for a full pull. Well I have at least
second place now. Bad news the last gasser digs in and also pull the
load the full length!!!
Well the guys loading the sled were determined to shut us down on this
round so they upped the weight to 1750LBS. All the while we are pulling
the announcers is saying stuff like he's only seen 1 electric tractor
before in his life. and he cannot believe it could be this strong, and
how I should put a muffler on it since the neighbors are complaining
about the "excessive" noise it makes!
2 tractors left now 1750LBS on the sled. I hooked up and ready to pull.
I am laying so far back as I can to get as much weight over the rear
wheels my body was almost horizontal. Off the line we go..... 13"
later I sank in. But was I ever pumped !!!!! Almost a ton of weight
The gasser is ready to pull now. He's off the line and going strong
... and then sinks in. The announcer bellows out 12"!!!! The
electric tractor is the winner!!!! The crowd cheered as they assumed the
electric to be the underdog, the tractor is very unassuming compared to
the gas counterparts. I run stock tires and only 40LBS wheel weights
Most of the big boys run the limit of 75 LBS on each side plus a
underbelly mower of about 75 LBS.
What a night ... Had a lot of people asking questions after that. Well
it's back to mowing the lawn and snowblowing.... until next season that
Thanks for listening
BTW does anyone know what the colors on the current meter correspond to
what amount of current? It was pinned on every run.
Cloudbounce Webpage http://www.qsl.net/w1vlf/
1986 Vanagon Gas
1982 Vanagon Diesel Turbo Diesel 1.9
GE Electrak E20 and E15 electric tractors
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