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Electric tractor: still purring

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Sep. 10th, 2008 | 03:33 pm

I haven't mentioned the electric tractor much the last few months, but it has been a great success for us.  Extremely easy to use, safe, quiet, odorless, and the added benefit of being able to crawl along at miniscule speeds, an extra bonus that we didn't quite anticipate but is due to the replacement of gas engine with the electric engine.  Torque.  This may enable us to use this tractor for mechanical transplanting next year, since one needs to go very slowly when pulling a transplantor.  Normally, you must buy a tractor that has a "creeper" gear, but our electric tractor already creeps naturally.  The Hefty G was the highlight of the farm tour for many of the kids too, tied only with the cherry tomato patch in terms of attention and popularity--as they were able to take the "G" for a spin around the garden since it goes so slow and no ear protection is needed.  I'm right with you on that one, kids.

 John Van Hecke from MN 2020 came out about a month ago to see the tractor in action, and talk to us about our farm.  He crafted an artful article about the electric tractor conversion, and our energy goals for our future farm in Hutchinson.  (By the way, we move in just over a month!)

Van Hecke's article: "The Roar of Silence"

Thank you, John!

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Electric tractor

from: anonymous
date: Sep. 28th, 2008 02:38 am (UTC)
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Well, Laura and Adam, it worked! Sorry that we did not have a chance to see it in action. We miss you in Northfield but wish you good luck in Hutchinson. In May we exchanged our Hondo for a Prius. Now if only we could run that car just on the electric motor! David S.

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