All you need to convert your gas-guzzling mower into a sun sipping, solar, electric, grass-cutting machine is a free weekend, a few easy-to-find parts, and a little DIY know how. For that know how, we turned to three guys who have tackled the conversion with success: Guy Mardsen from Art-Tec, an electrical engineer and veteran converter, Lee who did his conversion five years ago and hasn't used a drop of fuel since, and Jeremy James, who did his conversion as a project when he was an engineering student.
Here's how to go solar:
1. Get the Supplies
Lawnmower (It doesn't even need to be working, so you can scour junk shops for a cheap one.)
Electric motor (Great guide to choosing one from Jeremy, 12 volt battery Solar panel Power switch Battery level gauge (optional)
Electrical wire Nuts, bolts and other hardware [IMPORTANT: Before you start, make sure all the fuel is drained from the mower.]
2. Remove the Old Motor