CVT Automatic Transmissions – Simple to use, ideal for all terrain.

I am very excited to announce that there is now a transmission available for lawn tractors that has all of the features of a hydrostatic transmission without all the problems. There are no pumps, motors or hydraulic oil to wear out.  The transmission is sealed and never needs maintenance.

For 2014 Craftsman is taking a huge leap forward in transmission technology. Today’s automatic transmissions in Craftsman Yard Tractors are ideal for any type of terrain. Having to buy a manual transmission for hills is a thing of the past.

Automatic Transmission – Simple to use, ideal for all terrain.

This transmission is different than the CVT in MTD built lawn tractors. You can tell the difference by the shift. The MTD transmissions have a F-N-R selector on the left fender. While the MTD built transmissions have proven to be very dependable they are designed for light-duty lawn tractors. This new CVT in the Craftsman Yard tractors is a heavy duty unit and eliminates all the worries owners have had with the current crop of hydrostatic transmissions in the $1400 to $2500 tractor price range. 

CVT transmissions like this will replace hydrostatic transmissions in lawn and yard tractors. 

This bulletproof transmission from General Transmissions is designed for high performance and low maintenance. The new Element V™ Automatic transmissions are right for yard tractors.  The V-Motion™ patented technology that is the heart of this transmission is based on a CVT, Continuously Variable Transmission, system. Unlike traditional gear transmissions, V-Motion™ equipped transmissions are infinitely adjustable to match your acceleration needs. Eliminating the need to stop and shift, you won’t lose any of the momentum that is lost when you shift gears with a manual transmission lawn tractor.

Unlike Hydrostatic Transmissions there are no pumps, motors or hydraulic oil to wear out.  The transmission is sealed and never needs maintenance. In fact you probably will never have to replace the CVT belt.

Watch this video to see the testing this transmission went through before the first one was sold.

General Transmissions already has over 20 million transmissions installed in lawn & garden equipment around the world. CVT is not new or unproven technology. Conceptualized by Leonardo da Vinci more than 500 years ago, CVT has been used for years in snowmobiles, performance motorcycles, heavy equipment, and is now replacing automatic transmissions in automobiles. Today, over 100 leading cars have drivetrains using CVTs.

The transmission in the Craftsman Yard Tractor is sized for it and is a proven and reliable part of the tractor.  This transmission is sealed and never needs maintenance. Just clean the dirt and leaves off the top of the trans every few months. All of the components that make it run are completely enclosed in a sealed case. This transmission is sized to the tractor. It will give you long life for mowing, snow removal and yard work.   Like most transmissions in lawn tractors it does not have posi-traction or differential lock for steep hills (greater than 15%). 

This transmission is designed for mowing and yard work. It is not designed for pulling a food plot cultivator or disk.

Element CVT The pedal on the left side of the tractor is the parking brake.  You do not need to depress that pedal to shift the tractor.   The forward, reverse speed and braking is controlled one lever on the right side fender.  To go forward move the lever forward.  To stop pull the lever back to the middle position. (The parking brake pedal can also be used to stop the tractor.)  To back the tractor pull the lever back. Because of the way this CVT transmission operates the braking is part of the operation. When you move the lever towards the middle (neutral) the transmission brakes your travel automatically. The brake is internal and never needs replacement. You only need to use the left hand pedal to start the mower or to leave it stopped on a hill.

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