My Elec-Traks - The Wheel Horse E-81


The Wheel Horse E-81

After the 1974 acquisition of the Elec-Trak line by Wheel Horse, the company took over the plant in New York and continued producing the electric tractors but with a much more limited offering of models. There were only three models of Wheel Horse "Elec-Traks" which were equivalent models to the ER8-36, E14 and the E20. They were of course painted Wheel Horse's classic red in color. They continued production for only a year before they moved production to South Bend, IN. Wheel Horse continued to experiment with electric garden tractors beyond the first G.E. Elec-Trak models for a short time until ending production of them enitrely in 1983. Each of these Wheel Horse models are pretty rare as they manufactured very few of any of them.

The E-81 was a brand new, non-Elec-Trak model and was a little larger than the previous Wheel Horse electric riders. It had an external charger saving room under the seat as well. It still sported (3) 12V batteries limiting it's range but it's an all around performer and does a good job mowing a small to medium size lawn.