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Unread 01-02-2019, 08:43 AM   #11
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Thanks guys, think I am going to go camo skin whatever I get.
I wont actually be hunting out of this, more of hunting land work and food plot work. I like something lighter for cultipacking with.
Seems like the old series carts are hard to find, found one 150 miles away going to call on today.
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Unread 01-02-2019, 11:33 AM   #12
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So I found a 1994 DS in good shape, 3 year old batteries but its 36V not 48V but if i understand correctly with a new controller and solenoid you can run them at 48V.
Asking $1000. Or i can get a non series, 2002 DS 48V for $1375 or a 2015 precedent for $2650.
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Unread 01-02-2019, 12:43 PM   #13
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So I found a 1994 DS in good shape, 3 year old batteries but its 36V not 48V but if i understand correctly with a new controller and solenoid you can run them at 48V.
Asking $1000. Or i can get a non series, 2002 DS 48V for $1375 or a 2015 precedent for $2650.
Depends upon how much you want to spend. And how new or old a cart you want. The 2015 Sepex cart can be made to work but not as well suited to slow hard work like trailer pulling off the road. If the main use was off road and trailer or load pulling - slow going etc. I would seriously consider getting the 94 and yes, upgrading everything to a 48v with a torque monster motor like Mot A1 or better AMD Beast motor.
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Unread 01-02-2019, 02:23 PM   #14
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I started with an old series and ended up converting it TO sepex per the advise of Vic at D&D motors. It is a work cart on my farm and have had no issues with overheating, slow speed use or any of the other things they say sepex can't do. Plus no reversing contactor or switch to dick around with either. Most industrial equipment [forklifts, man lifts, ect] are sepex now and do plenty of slow speed hard work.
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So I found a 1994 DS in good shape, 3 year old batteries but its 36V not 48V but if i understand correctly with a new controller and solenoid you can run them at 48V.
Asking $1000. Or i can get a non series, 2002 DS 48V for $1375 or a 2015 precedent for $2650.


You didnít mention a new motor above ...Iíve been in your shoes with a 98 DS 36v (Heavy Duty big GE 36v motor at that). Just know that when running a 36v huntin buggy off road, plan on your 36v motor eventually failing if running on 48v, they get incredibly hot ...or even sooner if you like crawl through the woods slow speeds or haul heavy game out. I did the 48v conversion and with that setup my 36v motor lasted a couple years with me being extremely careful. Thatís been my experience. I do know for woods buggy youíll want to stick with a series motor or 3-phase AC.
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FWIW, I've been using 'n abusing my (now) ten year old D&D motor on my series cart with no issues. Of course.....now that I say that.......
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FWIW, I've been using 'n abusing my (now) ten year old D&D motor on my series cart with no issues. Of course.....now that I say that.......


Yup thatís what I went with after my stock 36v motor died, and I love it!


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You didnít mention a new motor above ...Iíve been in your shoes with a 98 DS 36v (Heavy Duty big GE 36v motor at that). Just know that when running a 36v huntin buggy off road, plan on your 36v motor eventually failing if running on 48v, they get incredibly hot ...or even sooner if you like crawl through the woods slow speeds or haul heavy game out. I did the 48v conversion and with that setup my 36v motor lasted a couple years with me being extremely careful. Thatís been my experience. I do know for woods buggy youíll want to stick with a series motor or 3-phase AC.
Thanks for sharing your experience and info!
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Unread 01-03-2019, 06:19 PM   #19
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I started with an old DS series cart. $250, but basically, I was buying a frame, a body, and the roof, as nothing else worked. I could go through everything I've added, but would take too long, and what I did want to say is that if you plan on towing anything with your electric cart, you are going to be disappointed. If you plan on using a 25 gallon sprayer on it, you are going to be disappointed. At least, that's my experience.

Now, I love my cart, but to do those things consistently and well and quickly, I ended up buying an old four wheeler for $600. Now I use the cart to hunt in, load up deer, people, etc. and it's great, but I wouldn't bet on doing any huge chores in an electric golf cart. A polaris maybe, but not a golf cart.
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I started with an old DS series cart. $250, but basically, I was buying a frame, a body, and the roof, as nothing else worked. I could go through everything I've added, but would take too long, and what I did want to say is that if you plan on towing anything with your electric cart, you are going to be disappointed. If you plan on using a 25 gallon sprayer on it, you are going to be disappointed. At least, that's my experience.

Now, I love my cart, but to do those things consistently and well and quickly, I ended up buying an old four wheeler for $600. Now I use the cart to hunt in, load up deer, people, etc. and it's great, but I wouldn't bet on doing any huge chores in an electric golf cart. A polaris maybe, but not a golf cart.
Thats interesting info, I wonder how plowmans does it? I spoke to them the other day as they are close to me and he told me his builds electric can tow 6,000lb.
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