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RE: (ET) C-185 and Loader
- Subject: RE: (ET) C-185 and Loader
- From: JeffT softlanding com
- Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2000 08:51:14 -0500
- Sender: owner-elec-trak cosmos5 phy tufts edu
Did you see the rear mount bucket they have over there? Might be a better
I was thinking the snowblower is no lightweight for the front end, but you
have to support the weight of the bucket loader assembly and the contents
of the bucket.
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(ET) C-185 and Loader
02/17/00 08:04 PM
A word of caution - The ElecTrak really isn't appropriate for heavy
lifting. My E-15 with a forged or cast iron front axle still snapped a
spindle due to the loads placed on it by a bucket loader. A knuckle
design that supported the axle both above and below the front axle stubs
would have been much stronger. Remember the weight of the loader itself
must be supported as well as the load, and the E-15, as much as I love it,
was made from off the shelf lawn tractor parts. The front axle was
appropriately strong for a mower, but not a forklift. I assume the E-20
may be similar in construction to the 15. I know my E-12 has a bent sheet
front axle that clearly wasn't meant for lifting.
From: owner-elec-trak cosmos5 phy tufts edu
[mailto:owner-elec-trak cosmos5 phy tufts edu]On Behalf Of Walter
Sent: Thursday, February 17, 2000 03:23 PM
To: David Erskine
Cc: elec-trak cosmos5 phy tufts edu
Subject: Re: (ET) C-185 and Loader
Here is the web address for the loaders: http://www.cadplans.com
I have the plans for the #507. This is a single arm loader with expected
lifting abilities of #500.
The plans package I got came with a video, plans and a list of materials
and where to get the whole materials pre-cut.
It would be very easy to power any of these units with a 36 volt drive
----- Original Message -----
From: David Erskine
Sent: Thursday, February 17, 2000 11:53 AM
Subject: Re: (ET) C-185 and Loader
I would be very interested in obtaining a set of plans/parts source(s) for
a front end loader for a small electric tractor (Sears). If convenient
would you e-mail me the address, etc. (Or post it to the electric tractor
group; whichever is most convenient.)
Thanks, David R. Erskine
From: Walter <dwfh starlinx com>
To: elec-trak cosmos5 phy tufts edu <elec-trak cosmos5 phy tufts edu>
Date: Wednesday, February 16, 2000 11:28 PM
Subject: (ET) C-185 and Loader
Today I re-attached my bucket loader to my C-185 (Wheelhorse) (had it on a
E20). I needed to move a few snow piles from the side of a driveway and
this is much better then a shovel. I was busy so I let Dad run the loader.
I was a bit unsure as he is used to a larger 1953 Golden Jubilee Ford
tractor with loader and was not in the mood for complaints i.e.: its to
small, it's to slow, it's not strong enough blah blah....
I was also a bit unsure as to the performance since I have not charged the
batteries since about September of 99.
Well, to say the least Dad was thrilled and so was I. The batteries did
nicely as did the tractor. I have it set up with 75 pound wheel weights in
the rear and well with Dad on it there was more then enough weight to move
snow. He did say in the beginning that his Ford would have had the job
done in 1/8 the time but was none the less impressed.
My father was the one who turned me on to the Elec-trak some years ago and
I have not turned off since. The one counter point I have always made to
dad and others is there are few alternatives to the Elec-trak when it come
We all know that to change between a loader, snow blower, plow, mower,
sickle mower, rototiller is less then 3 minutes. Plus do hedge trimming,
welding, drilling, sawing in between all of that.
I was sorry that I didn't bring my camera as it was a sight to see him on
the tractor. I also have to add it took him a bit to get used to all the
switch flipping i.e.: forward, reverse, PTO on/off, 2 hydraulic handles,
brake and accelerator. In time he did just fine.
I was some time ago going to manufacture a loader for the Elec-trac but
was side lined by DiVoRcE. Never a good word. There is a company that
sells universal plans for small tractor loaders that need little
adaptation for the GE/Wheelhorse units. With the plans they give you
places to buy all the precut materials if you don't have the shop to make
them yourself. The only thing you would need to make up for our electric's
is the motor to run the pump. This is accomplished with the small 36 volt
drive motor from say a E-8.
I have moved 3 times in 4 months and to say the least I can't find my A**
with my 2 hands. I will search for the web address and post it here for
anyone interested. I believe that to buy the kit and plans would have cost
about $800 Don't quote me). You only needed basic welding skills to build
the unit. They also had plans for a back hoe that I would love to have.
I will get some pics of the loader on my C-185 if any one is interested.
Thanks for listening.