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 08-08-2003, 11:43 Post: 61253
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What are some pros and cons of hydro vs gear trans...i'm looking in the 30-35 hp range mostly mowing with a rear mount mower (Woods RM500)and clearing snow with a rear blade and an FEL as well as some general maintenance.

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I personally dont think there is a down side to a Hydro other than the price. It is really a personal choice. I have never really seen anyone claim one is mechanically superior over the other. The hydro is more convienient for a lot of FEL work or in any situation that you would be forced to do a lot of shifting at the loss of a couple of HP.






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I monitored a couple of tractor boards for a few months before buying my tractor, and it seems to me that the hydro trannies seem to be every bit as reliable than the gear ones - and maybe more so. I remember one person who reported a problem and that was with a used tractor he was thinking of buying. On the other hand, clutch problems with gear transmissions were reported a dozen times or more.

It also seems as if hydros are in higher demand and may hold their value a bit better and sell faster on the used market.

Really, it comes down to personal preference and whether the ease of use is worth the extra money and a couple of horsepower.






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Sounds like the hydro would be the best for you beings Loader work and mowing are going to be much of what your going to do with your tractor, I have a gear trans and it get's to be a real pain doing a lot of loader work. but it is really a personal perferance thing like Kwschumm stated.My 790 Deere only offered gear also.






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 08-08-2003, 15:06 Post: 61283
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If you were to be working with ground engagting tools like molboard plows, disc harrows,or skidding logs I'd recommend the gear drive. The Hydro would be my recommendation for your job description.






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Art, just for my own info would that be due to the horsepower loss on the hydro or the stress that would be put on the tranny with the heavier ground work ?






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 08-08-2003, 20:31 Post: 61308
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 Gear or Hydrostatic

Hydro all the way...have a hydro Cub 125 & Newer Cub 3204
and they are a joy to drive...I also just picked up a JD4100 gear, and based on having to control quite a few things at the same time, hydro's make it easier. I knew what I was buying, and since it wasnt off the floor( but hardly used)brand new I didnt care and had no choice.
If you are going new, spend the extra $$ and get the hydro.
I fully anticipate replacing the clutch because I fan it alot. Its a shit load of shifting when you are using your FEL. I admit my technigue stinks, so the Hydro eliminates the extra steps to get the job done sooner. It literally requires more concentration overall, instead of the task in front of you...after working my ass off all week, the first thing to go is my concentration ( IE. grinding gears, poor release of clutch, wrong direction selected, etc) stuff that makes it fun overall !!






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I am an automatic guy, all my cars/trucks are autos however I have a geared tractor. I was not interested in an auto. I would have liked the synchronized reverser but it was not available in my model.

With that said I am sure I made the right choice. The first 2 days were a little rough but then it becomes second nature.

I have to think that in constant harsh, pulling, pushing, ground engaging a geared setup is stronger.

like I said I am an auto guy but in tractors and sports cars I am going geared Smile






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I like my gear also but when a day's worth of loader work is in order I wish it was a hydro.






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 Gear or Hydrostatic

I have a gear transmission. It is a 12 X 12 speed synchro transmission with a shuttle shift under the left side of the steering wheel. It is very fast to shift from forward to reverse for loader work.

I bought a gear transmission because I grew up operating tractors with gear transmissions and my operating style includes operating the brakes independently for steering and some traction control. My tractor also has differential lock which is also worthwhile. I do a lot of loader work and the shuttle shift synchro is fast smooth and reliable.

I decided not to get a HST simply because on some brands and models you cannot use the independent brakes, particularly on the side with the HST pedal. It makes me wonder why that brake is even there, because if the HST is locked in so that you can remove your foot from that pedal, it is disengaged if you hit the brakes. So, I would be limited to making brake assisted left hand turns only. HST transmissions are also not as efficient and tend to use a bit more horsepower from the engine than gear transmissions do. They are highly reliable.

I think it boils down to operator comfort. I you have spent many hours in the saddle of older tractors with gear transmissions, you could probably go either way. If you go with a gear transmission I do recommend the newer synchro models which let you shift on the move. Older tractor transmissions and some new ones don't allow this. It seems that many people that are buying tractors for the first time particularly like the HSTs.






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