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Gas Motor to Electric Motor conversion

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by kupham6583, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. kupham6583

    kupham6583 Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    Has anybody done a gas motor to electric motor conversion on a spreader?. I have a Downeaster 1.5 yard stainless salt spreader with a blown b&s motor and would consider electric conversion if its not too complicated. Any websites suggestions would be helpful too. Thanks for your input.
  2. clark lawn

    clark lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    from NE ohio
    Messages: 1,233

    No such thing as a gas motor.
  3. meborder

    meborder Senior Member
    Messages: 142

    lets look 'em, shall we?



    so ... now we know that an engine is just a specific type of motor.

    to say electric engine is incorrect
    to say gas motor is not

    to the OP ,,,, i am not much help.

    If you were to an electric motor capable of 3600 rpm with the same HP rating as the brigs you would be golden. 8 hp, maybe?

    1hp = 745watts .... so you need about 6,000 watts. If running at 12volt that's 500 amps .... not real practical (or available). you would need a 240 volt genny @ 25 amps to power that ....

    easier to stick with the brigs, i would think .... maybe others know more ....
  4. T-Trim

    T-Trim Senior Member
    from NE OH
    Messages: 207

    You just need a 1 hp eletric motor, wire , relay and a switch. The hard part fabbing a mount for the new "motor" . and seeing if you can reuse the drive chain. If not you need to fab up a new set up to drive the spreader. Not hard at all. But you need to have some okay fabbing skills that all.
  5. T-Trim

    T-Trim Senior Member
    from NE OH
    Messages: 207

    Pictures of the unit in question would help. more the merry and the easier it will be to help you.
  6. quigleysiding

    quigleysiding PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,129