Sunday, March 16, 2008

The Electric Tractor

It became official this week, our old gas-powered Allis-Chalmers G tractor moved under electric power! Never having done this before, and not knowing what to expect, the first few feet of motion were a thrill. We simply copied other people's designs and followed their instructions, but it felt like we were at the origin of the invention of a new machine. It works!!!

We are now at the stage of getting it ready to do some farming. As the Spring is late this year, with soils still being too cold and wet to plant, we have a little time to make adjustments and practice with the G. We still have to hook up the battery charger, build a box to cover the batteries, make some modifications for a few things that didn't quite fit, and modify some of our implements.

But we are ready to go. Enjoy the videos below.


video
Rebecca's first run

video
Rebecca in reverse

video
Rebecca second gear

3 comments:

Season Burnett said...

wahoooooooooooooo! well done, guys! :D

jericho farmer said...

Good for you! We have two G's that we plan on converting. Did you use the flying beet website info to guide you through the conversion? what sort of advice would you give to someone who is going to convert a G?

Mark
www.jerichosettlersfarm.com

Christina said...

Hi, I'm interested in signing up for the CSA 2008. Can you please email me and let me know if any shares are available for sign up?

Thanks!
christina.hubbard@gmail.com