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The RER Cadets had some assembly required by the dealer when unpacking from the shipping crate. Filling the battery with acid, attaching the seat, steering wheel and rear hitch were required. I think the Mower decks on the Cadet 60's came installed from Memphis but the later models with the side discharge had to be installed by the dealer.
 

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for those more experienced with the old 95 electric, what's the reason behind the key switch having a 'start' position? Being electric wouldn't that not be necessary?
I don't know but my guess would be simply that's what they used on similar gas models and the "start" would be nonfunctional. :drool2:
 

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for those more experienced with the old 95 electric, what's the reason behind the key switch having a 'start' position? Being electric wouldn't that not be necessary?
More than likely they used a "latching relay" circuit. So any safety switches and/or the OFF switch can stop the circuit independently .
 

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My Neighbor has a GE riding electric mower, he told me one time that it was 50 to 60 yrs old or older. It is a massive machine. it is built a lot stouter than the ones showing up in these post.
 

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I don't know but my guess would be simply that's what they used on similar gas models and the "start" would be nonfunctional. :drool2:
That was my first thought, but the regular gas riders just had a key switch, the mower deck was a mechanical lever.

I think that Mike has it correct.

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My Neighbor has a GE riding electric mower, he told me one time that it was 50 to 60 yrs old or older. It is a massive machine. it is built a lot stouter than the ones showing up in these post.
One of these?

An add from a May 1971 National Geographic:

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My landlord when we were first married had one of the GE Electrac mowers. His wife mowed about 3 acres every week with it. It was all batteries under the hood and seat. but it was a lot quieter than a Cub Cadet.
 

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That GE looks nice with that front mower deck.

I'd think a bunch of lead acid batteries would also double as weights, like for that snowthrower attachment.

There's a nice write-up with pics of a guy over on BuiltItSolar.com restoring one of these GEs. Evidently the E15 model is a 6 pack of lead acids. (I'm not affiliated with BuiltItSolar but read their stuff for my RV solar setup).

 

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Yes, that's the one. I have been trying to buy it for 25 yrs, but he will not come off it.
 

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My neighbor had the GE, just sold it. It was a restoration project and high hopes to fit in with his solar panel/green farm. It wasn't practical. Batteries would not last. The snowblower really drained them fast.
 

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