Weed eater conversion

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  1. Deck III

    Deck III Senior Refuge Member

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    I have seen several conversions over the years and was wondering if anyone has taken the newer 40 volt lithium ion weed eaters and converted them?
     
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    Tailfeathers Elite Refuge Member

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    Wast of time in my opinion. Why not just get the small Swamp Runner?
     
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    Deck III Senior Refuge Member

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    I would think stealth could be a major player in using one. Definitely would not do what a swamp runner would.
     
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    MQ Senior Refuge Member

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    I made one that I am now threatening to convert back to a weedwhacker. It pushes my hybrid at about a fast walking pace, which is pretty slow, but my biggest complaint was the lack of reliability in starting.
    Probably gonna get a small outboard.
     
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    Native NV Ducker Mod-Duck Hunters Forum, Classifieds, and 2 others Moderator Flyway Manager

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    Your battery powered motor worn't start?
     
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    darkvibe Senior Refuge Member

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    My mini swamp runner pushes my boat 2x as fast as a 27cc 2 stroke weed wacker did. I imagine the battery powered one would be on par with a 2 stroke gas weed wacker for speed.
     
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    Maybe thats what was wrong....trying to use gas in an electric motor. :doh
     
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    Mallardmisser Elite Refuge Member

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    I built one with a larger brush cutter motor.. The whole thing was pretty expensive. $600 in it so far. I paid $250 to have 2 brackets welded and the shaft machined and threads cut. I think that was a bit over the top.... I have a 4 inch mud prop from SPS. The motor pushes my Marsh Rat real well. 4.5 mph upstream, 6.5 mph down. I have yet to see if it will push thru mud yet.

    If I were to do it again or start over I'd buy either a stumpjumper frame or PPF frame and add a honda GC160. the GC 160 saves 10Lbs..
     
  10. Deck III

    Deck III Senior Refuge Member

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    I have the 40volt Ryobi Weed eater and am impressed with its power on cutting. I was hoping someone would have tried it on a boat. Just needs the bottom end and a boat mount it is the standard two part shaft. Does anyone know of a bottom end kit or boat mount kit?
     

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