Hi, I'm hoping to get some help planning a rider mower conversion.
I come from a family of mechanics, and I have restored a couple mustangs and finished up the restoration on a 68 Corvette. I rewired my vintage Airstream trailer when I restored it, and my husband and I did the wiring for our shop when it was built. I'm pretty handy as long as I understand what I'm trying to accomplish. I don't weld, or have a machine shop, but I either have friends who do, or I know where to go to get those things done.
I currently have a 10 year old 16hp, 42" deck MTD rider mower. It has a hydrostatic transmission. The motor shaft goes straight down and has two pullys, one for the drive belt and one for the deck belt.
I mow a 2 acre pasture with this mower, and I spend more time fixing the motor every year than using it. I am curious if I can make it electric for less than the $1000 it will cost for an equivalent new mower? Mostly because it sounds like a really cool project, it would be fun to build, more fun to drive, and I think it would be great to go electric. I'm also hoping to end up with a mower that's more reliable with less to go wrong.
Any advice would be appreciated.