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The GE Elec-Trak was the first commercially produced all-electric garden tractor, made mostly between 1969 and 1975.[1] Despite their limited production and availability, many Elec-Traks are still in use today[2] and have a cult following among tractor and electric vehicle enthusiasts.[3] They are an archetypal or seminal design that has influenced all later electric tractors.

Several models were produced, including: the E8M and ER8-36 (8 hp); the E10M (10 hp); the E12 and E12M (12 hp); the E12S and E15 (14 hp); the E16 (an upgraded version of the E15), and the E20 (16 hp). GE's claimed horsepower figures were false; the table below includes "real" horsepower. The E8M and ER8-36 were styled more as ride-on mowers than tractors. The "M" suffix used on some models indicates the ability to accommodate a mid-mounted (belly) mower, and an "H" was used on some models to indicate a heavy duty, double sized battery pack.[citation needed]

GE also made an industrial version of the Elec-Trak, the I-5. It was orange instead of yellow, and had fenders over the front wheels and attachment points for a roll cage and forklifts of varying heights, but was otherwise identical to the E20.[citation needed]

Elec-trak branded attachments included electric trimmers, edgers, chainsaws, radios, arc welders, fork lifts, front-end loaders, rotary brooms, roller aerators, lawn rollers, dump carts, large vacuums, agricultural sprayers, moldboard plows, row crop cultivators, tillers, disk harrows, sickle bar mowers, belly mowers, front-mounted rotary mowers, front or rear-mounted ganged reel mowers, lawn sweepers, electric rakes, snowblowers, snowplows, golf bag holders, double seats, 120vac rotary inverters, canopy tops, and more.[3][4] Most of these attachments were connected by a 36VDC "power take off" using a NEMA 10-50 outlet, usually used in the U.S. for 240VAC clothes dryers and thus compatible with readily available cords in most of the USA.[citation needed]

After the shutdown of production at GE, Elec-Traks were produced under the Wheel Horse[5] and Avco New Idea[6][7] labels.

Some time after the final shutdown of the Wheel Horse line in 1983, all remaining parts and dies were sold to Bill Gunn,[8] a dealer in Edgerton, Wisconsin. Eventually Gunn retired and all remaining stock was sold to Jim Coate of the Electric Tractor Store.[6][7]

Elec-Trak Component Motors[edit]

Motor Model/ID # HP Volts Amps RPM If Rf Winding Mounting Shaft Notes
E12 Drive 5BCE56KB5B 1.5 36 37 3500 2.25 16 Stabilized Shunt foot round keyed
E15 Drive 5BCY56RA6 1 36 25 2250 1.9/.5 Stabilized Shunt foot round keyed 3" dia motor pulley, 6" dia trans pulley
E20 Drive 5BCY56TA2 1.2 36 30 2250 1.9/.5 Stabilized Shunt foot round, keyed
METI Drive ES-93A-33 D&D 3.5 36 85 2900 5 Shunt foot round, keyed
GE "JB" Motors 5BC48JB529 / 302 2 36 52 3300 Series foot round, keyed forklift appl
7.5" tall Mower Motor 5BPA34NAA7 0.6 36 15 4000 none PM flange round, tapped axial hole datecode EFN
6.5" tall Mower Motor Bosch/Danaher BA3816-815-1 0.6 36 15 3200 none PM flange round, tapped axial hole
"flat" Mower Motor American Bosch 18222-26-mo48hm ? 36 ? ? ? ? flange round, tapped axial hole WH belly mower
METI Mower Scott Motors 4BBX1372 1.25 36 30 3750 none PM flange round, tapped axial hole
OEM Snowblower 5BC49JB131A / 142A 2.5 36 66 3100 4.8 22 Compound foot round, keyed brush 1/2x5/8x1.75 #673
OEM Lift 5045631 Delco Window Motor 0.25 18 slow none Series flange Gearbox
OEM Tiller 5BC49JB133B 2.5 36 66 3100 4.8 Compound foot round, keyed