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 06-06-2002, 20:01 Post: 39371
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I'm looking to buy a 3010 or 3410 Kubota and can't decide which transmission to buy. Any thoughts/opinions would be greatly appreciated.






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 06-07-2002, 04:53 Post: 39376
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Seems like I'm ducking, but I'm going to suggest reading some in the archives. The issue comes up periodically. Reading the archives may answer most questions, or it may raise some new ones that can be brought up here in other posts.

A search on HST will yield many discussions, for example a recent thread of 43 responses has the title HST vs Gears.






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 06-07-2002, 08:29 Post: 39383
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The thread Tom was talking about is listed below






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 06-07-2002, 17:57 Post: 39392
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I purchased a 3010L with HST last Fall (my first tractor). The HST is probably the thing I like best about the tractor. You will read that the hydro is better for loading which is true but what I don't think gets discussed is the fact that it is so precise in close quarters. You have the ability to inch forward or back with great precision which present a huge safety factor. Not only can you move the tractor extremely slowly or very small distances when appropriate, you do it under full power. When you compare it to slipping a clutch to make small movements, there is no comparison. Iam also always jumping off the tractor for some reason or another and with the hydro I don't have to put it in neutral, just jump off. If I am on a hill, I will set the parking brake but usually, even on a slight grade, I don't bother and the tractor will not move. Unless you want a tractor that will seldom back up and never be used near an obstacle, I can't imagine a better choice.






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 06-07-2002, 23:22 Post: 39400
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Hey- got the bucks? Get HST.






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 06-08-2002, 07:36 Post: 39412
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If I am not mistaken, the 3010 has a shuttle transmission available. I have used that on construction equipment and it is the best of both worlds. If I ever move up to that size and it is available, the shuttle would be my choice. For what it is worth.






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 06-09-2002, 15:53 Post: 39429
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I bought a L2900GST this winter and could not be happier with the shuttle transmission. As stated many times on this site, the GST provides the best of both worlds, a gear transmission that can be shifted without clutching. It is extremely handy when doing loader work.






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There was some discussion awhile back about GST's having a lag when shifting. That seemed to be a problem for some people and something others adapted to OK. I seem to recall that one person said the rpm fall off enough between gears to make a noticeable difference in the cut of finish mowing. I don't know if anybody else has these problems.

Myself, I have 3-speeds plus reverse synchromesh. I still haven't gotten around to see if I can manage clutchless shifting with the plain-old synchromesh gears as I used to in my '60's Air Force 1/2-ton. But even if I could, I'd probably just be wearing out the synchronizers rather than the clutch.






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 06-10-2002, 10:01 Post: 39447
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If you have wife, kids or other occasional users of the tractor, the HST might be better. If it is going to be a full time mower it might be better also. But for a general-purpose workhorse with limited operators, I like the gears.






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 06-10-2002, 14:45 Post: 39450
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I own a L4310GST and like it. For extensive loader or grading use the HST is a better choice. For plowing , I think GST is better. When using the loader, many people tend to "ride" the clutch which shortens it's life considerably. It is a tossup I suppose but I like what I got.
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