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Vern
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2012 8:14 pm    Post subject: Lawn tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Those of you who are driving hydrostatic drive tractors, what, if any, reason would make you go back to clutch/gear drive tractors?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2012 10:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Lawn tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Vern, I have an older(like me) John Deere (lx186) with hydrostatic drive, and I really like this machine. There is no way i would regress to a clutch setup. I do five lawns a week with it and it is so incredibly easy to use.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2012 12:57 am    Post subject: Re: Lawn tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Just a personal thing, others mayhave different thoughts.
I like a clutch/gear drive. Have a J D 112. For mowing use 3rd gear with variator in 2nd notch, set it & relax the foot. For tilling, 1st gear & 3rd notch.
At work many years ago there were 3 forklifts, 2 with clutches, 1 automatic. Would grab one with a clutch if I had choice, easier to control.
On the road I use cruise control when traffic allows, avoids leg cramps.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2012 4:30 am    Post subject: Re: Lawn tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hi Vern it depends on what I doing for mowing I love Husqvana Hydro's and its the only way to go for me, for garden work like plowing tilling etc I prefer my Sears Suburban with a clutch and tranny.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2012 10:02 am    Post subject: Re: Lawn tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The hydro on my Wheel Horse is sweet for snow blowing but I think I prefer the gear drive Cub 120 (okay a Cub 100 with a K301 motor) or 102 for mowing grass seems on the Wheel Horse I spend to much time trying to get my ground speed were it cuts well then I have to stop or slow down and start all over again.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2012 12:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Lawn tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I'm sticking with the hydrostaic drive on my 1971 Wards tractor for plowing. Hal

 
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2012 1:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Lawn tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Haven't had a clutch since the early 80's and wouldn't ever consider wasting my time going back to one.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2012 8:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Lawn tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thanks everyone. I have a Cub Cadet GT2542 that is hydrostatic & I love it.
Just wonderin.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 7:32 am    Post subject: Re: Lawn tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I think the gear drive tractors give better longevity, than thoe so-called automatics.(hydrostatics) Couldn't think of the name of them fer a minute.
RJ
 
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