See above picture of my beach cart. I would like to convert it into an electric drive with a variable speed controller. What type of motor would I need, controller and batteries etc? Since being around saltwater, do they make a non metallic chain? Would a belt work? Thanks
Converting that beach cart to electric would require a gear motor, controller, throttle, battery pack, and battery charger. I can put together a parts list or make a pre-wired kit for it. Stainless steel chains are available for our gear motors. I recommend using a chain because our gear motors have chain sprockets on them and we do not have belt sprockets that fit our gear motors, also gear motors create a lot of torque so a very large belt would need to be used with them. Chains last much longer in sand and dirt than belts do also.
I can start working on a list of parts or kit. What is the top speed that you want the cart to have and many minutes will it be running per day?
Just walking speed. 2-3 Hour per day.
The 2-3 hours in not continuous run time. Some ramps no dunes. 75lbs of cargo.
On the control, I will need a switch for reverse, forward and off.
I'm not sure the size of the handlebars, I will have to check on that. On the twist or thumb throttles, is it variable speed on throttle itself? Or on a control box? About 15 minutes of continuous use to get there and about the same to get back.
Yes the cart's handlebars are 7/8" OD tubing.
Just checking on an update...
16.5" on the tires. Thanks.
I have been looking on your parts list page for different options. Do you have everything you from me to build me a part list? Motor, sprocket, speed controller, throttle and a switch for forward, reverse and off positions? Thanks
I have the following parameters for the project; 15 minute run time, 3-4 mph top speed, 16.5" tires.
I can make a kit out of these parts that is pre-wired and ready to plug together when it arrives. If you would like the 72 tooth sprocket for bicycle chain I can include that with the kit also. I can also include any length of bicycle chain that you need with the kit. The throttle does not have to be a THR-73, it could be any throttle that you would like.
If you would like a kit made for your project please let me know and I will make it and post the link to it here. Please let me know if you have any questions.