Lawn Tractor Transmission Types

Lawn Tractor Transmission Types Updated: January 2014

30-40 years ago gear drive transmissions were about the only transmission available for your tractor. They were built just like the transmissions in a Model A Ford or a 1953 Farmall tractor. Big, strong gears. Heavy axles and cast housings. They didn’t break but they were hard to use. You had to stop the tractor to change gears and most of the time you had to wiggle the tractor to move the shifter from one gear to another.

Because the transmissions were so heavy there was a lot of weight on the rear wheels and you could pull just about anything with them including moldboard plows. Because they were so heavily built they were also very heavy and would put grooves in your lawn if you mowed the same way more than once or twice.

Over time we asked for lawn tractors that mowed faster, turned better and didn’t cause so much damage. We no longer had the huge Victory Gardens that required plowing with the garden tractor and if we did we used rototillers instead. So the manufactures listened and changed from the heavy, cumbersome tractors to lightweight tractors that mowed well, mowed faster, turned easier and didn’t cause damage to our lawns.

Seven Types Of Transmissions:

1977 Sears_Attachments There are now seven types of transmission found in today’s lawn tractors and zero turns.  They are gear, friction disk, automatic or CVT, hydrostatic, pump/motor, electric and hybrid.  I’ll spend a few paragraphs going through each type so you have a better idea of the best type for you. I am not going into the details of how each one works.  Just Google the transmission type and you can read to your heart’s content.

Gear Transmissions

Twenty years ago the gear drive transmission was the most popular but today automatic hydrostatic and automatic CVT transmissions have replaced them in popularity. Often called Manual transmissions this type uses a series of gears to change the ground speed of your tractor. These transmissions are not like the older styles though. They shift better, are much, much lighter and easier to use.  They use and inline gear selector instead of the old H-pattern. The biggest downfall of this type of transmission is you have to stop the tractor to shift to a different speed (range).  This makes them harder to use when you have a lot of garden beds and landscape features to go around.

To drive the tractor you must push in on the clutch, shift the transmission to the gear you want to use, release the clutch, and hang on.  This is a dependable  transmission that will give you years of service.

Some manufactures have a shift-on-the-go transmission. This is sometimes listed as a manual transmission but it is actually a CVT. These transmissions are found on the least expensive lawn tractors and are usually listed as 6 or 7 speed.

Friction Disk Transmissions

This is actually the transmission of choice for snow blowers but there are a few mowers like the Snapper Rear Engine Rider that still use this trans.  It is a good, dependable transmission when used properly.  It uses a friction wheel and disk to change the forward speed of your rider.  Don’t use this transmission to pull heavy loads…you will tear up the friction wheel.

You can shift-on-the-go with some models but to get the longest life most brands suggest you push down on the clutch/brake pedal and then shift to the speed you want.

Automatic or CVT

Element CVTJohn Deere originally used a CVT in conjunction with a manual transmission on the Model 110.  Now days, CVT’s have now matured to the point where you find them in cars, snowmobiles, snow blowers and even heavy-duty farm tractors. There are very few parts that wear in these transmissions and the recently introduced Element V from General Transmissions for your yard tractor is now stronger and requires less worry than all the hydrostatic transmissions. CVT’s for lawn tractors essentially a belt and variable pulley system similar to the drive system in a snowmobile or mini-bike.

I predict that CVT transmissions will replace most of the hydrostatic transmissions within the next 5 years.

MTD is using this on many of it’s least expensive lawn tractors. Using one is very much like driving your car. Put the lever on the fender in F and then press the right foot pedal. The farther you push the pedal the faster you go. To go in reverse put the fender lever in R and press on the right foot pedal. This trans is designed to mow lawns and is not designed to pull heavy loads.

The Element V from General Transmissions is another CVT that you will now find in Yard Tractors. This transmission is tougher, lighter weight and takes less power than the very popular Tuff Torq K46 and Hydro-Gear T2 hydrostatic transmissions. In fact the RS 800 Element V transmission is power rated very close to the most popular garden tractor transmission, the Hydro-Gear G730.  These transmissions are very easy to use. Either a fender mounted lever or foot control varies the speed and direction just like the hydro transmission you are used to. These transmissions do not need maintenance and I expect them to last the life of the mower.

To see how tough these new transmissions really are check out spot 1:27 in the next video!

There is one other form of CVT that has the possibility of also replacing the hydrostatic transmisson. Fallbrook has announced a commercial partnership with Hydro-Gear to bring NuVinci technology to the lawn & garden market. Instead of a variable pulley system uses a variable disk or ball/disk system.  This is the transmission of the future because it uses fewer moving parts than a gear trans, can pull heavier loads than an automatic and uses less oil than a hydrostatic. At this point in time though they are not yet cost effective for lawn tractor applications.

 

Hydrostatic 

The most common transmission for lawn tractors today is an internal pump and motor drive system called the hydrostatic transmission. There are two types of these transmissions used in Lawn & Garden equipment, hydrostatic enclosed single and hydrostatic enclosed dual. Everything is enclosed in an aluminum housing.  Hydrostatic transmissions are more expensive than mechanical transmissions but they are much easier to use.

Hydrostatic – Enclosed Single

spin_prod_922106912 Most lawn tractors, yard tractors, garden tractors and estate tractors in the last 20 years have an aluminum housing and inside that housing is the pump, motor, differential and drive axle. These transmissions are sized to the mower application so a lawn tractor trans is designed for mowing and light hauling. A garden tractor transmission is heavier duty and can be used not only for mowing but ground engaging tasks like pulling a DR Power Grader/a>.  Hydrostatic transmissions are very easy to use.  Either a fender mounted lever or foot control varies the speed and direction.

The residential models you find on today’s lawn tractors are sealed units and are not serviceable by you. Most of the transmissions have to removed from the tractor for any repairs. As an owner the only maintenance you have to do is periodically clean the outside of the case with a leaf blower or garden hose.  They are designed to give you hundreds of hours of service for normal use. The garden tractor and estate tractor hydrostatic transmissions are heavier and built to handle heavy loads and ground engaging attachments. Most of the hydrostatic transmissions in lawn tractors do not have posi-traction or differential lock.

These transmissions are very easy to use.  Either a fender mounted lever or foot control varies the speed and direction.  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 and reverse is controlled by either a lever on the right fender or two pedals on the right side floorboard.  To go forward push the fender lever forward or press on the large pedal on the floor board.  To stop the tractor pull the lever back to the middle position or lift your foot off the pedal.  To back the tractor up pull the fender lever to the rear or press the small pedal on the floorboard.

On the fender mounted control you HAVE to move the lever to the middle to stop your tractor.  It will not go to neutral by itself like the foot controls.

Hydrostatic – Enclosed Dual

694594Titan-Hydro-Gear-ZT3100CO2282_ttn_hydro_gear.jpg Two hydrostatic transmissions are mounted side-by-side in the residential zero turns.  Each trans controls a separate rear wheel.  That is the primary reason why zero-turn mowers cost more than the lawn tractors. Again these trans are designed for the application and most are not designed to pull loads, just mow and bag. If you want to pull a leaf vacumn or move dirt in your yard cart this is not the transmission for you.

Most of these transmissions are controlled by individual levers called lap bars that sit in front of you.  This type of transmission takes practice to keep the tires from digging into your lawn but with a little practice these are very easy to use.  A large lever on each side of the seat controls that side transmission.  To go forward push on BOTH levers.  To stop, pull them back.  (The easiest way to explain how to drive a two-lever zero turn mower is to  use a shopping cart as an example.  With the mower turned off sit on the seat and put your hands on the two large levers in front of you.  Close you eyes and pretend you are gripping a shopping cart.   What do you do to move a shopping cart forward? Right, you push on the handle.   To back up? Right, you pull back on the handle.  To go left?  To go right?  Correct, you PUSH the handle in the direction you want to turn the cart.  Two lever zero turns work the same way.  Instead of one bar like a shopping  cart, the bar is split in two and you move each side to make it move.)

Hydrostatic – Pump & Motor

3000z-feat-5 The more expensive commercial zero-turn mowers, stand-ons, and some golf course mowers use a separate variable displacement pump near the gas engine connected to the wheel motors with hydraulic hose or metal lines.  These are usually cast iron for long life and durability. A few of the high-end commercial mowers are now using enclosed cast iron hydros.

Electric

HyBrid Electric/Gas

raven 7100s The Raven MPV-7100/a> uses a hybrid drive system.  A smaller gas engine (13 hp) charges batteries. These batteries then are used to power the lawn mower just like an all electric lawn mower. The batteries alsodrives an electric motor that powers a cast iron geared transmission for the rear wheels. This technology is beneficial because it uses less fuel to mow your lawn and is quieter than using lawn tractors with larger engines.  This will be a great alternative to the gas powered lawn tractor.

All Electric

cxr62barcontrol Electric drive systems are found in the mowers like the Cub Cadet Zero/a> and Mean Green Products consist of batteries, electronic controllers and electric motors.  The huge advantage of this design is it uses no belts, filters or fluids so they take less yearly maintenance. If you want green technology, no gas engine emissions and 30% less noise on your lawn this is an up and coming alternative to gas powered lawn mowers. You charge the mower using normal household current. They are currently limited by battery technology and battery price but that is changing fast. Electrics are coming and I feel in the next 5 years you will see affordable homeowner versions. These machines are not lawn tractors with electric motors replacing the gas engine but true state of the art electric vehicles. There are already commercial models that will mow all day long on a single charge.

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Marvin Riner
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Marvin Riner
Hi Paul, I’ve been using a Troybilt Super Bronco 50″ cut with the Kohler KT725 24HP engine for 4 years. I have about 3 acres. Some is kind of rough terrain with some slopes and a couple of steep hills. I also weigh almost 400 lbs. The Bronco has performed very well considering the punishment it has taken but it’s time to get a new one. I’ve been looking at the new John Deere E160/170, although they seem to only come in 48″ cut, but have read that the transmissions may be a little weak on slopes and hills. What… Read more »
Roberto
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Roberto

Great article – interesting and informative. I was wondering why my Craftsman riding mower rear wheel was only spinning one wheel when it was stuck in the mud, thought something was wrong with rear transmission, now I know better. Thank you for writing this.

Keith Henson
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Keith Henson
Does anyone make a manual transmission on a lawn tractor (54″ deck or larger)? I have all kinds of attachments (aerators, rakes, trailers, etc. that I cannot use. I am a victim of the John Deere LA175 that is worthless…….won’t even go up a hill. My 30 year old Murray will pull the John Deere up the hill with no problem, but it is starting to suffer from sheet metal fatigue, etc. Both, Richie Tractor in Knoxville, AND Tuff Torq who makes the worthless hydrostatic transmission in the thing laughed at me for buying it. Tuff Torq told me that… Read more »
Steve
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Steve

Hi Paul,
Looking to purchase a second hand cub cadet rzt s46 with 426 hours on it.
Just looking on the net which suggests the trans will only last 400-600 hrs. The seller notes the trans can go for 800-900 on flat land where the trans aren’t working as hard. Is bs’ing me ? Ps I have a goat section, but don’t know what life it’s had for the first 462 hrs.

Justin Hutchinson
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Justin Hutchinson

I was thinking about purchasing Husqvarna YT42DXLS 42’ lawn tractor 21.5 hp Kawasaki. The trans is a hydro with rear locking differential(don’t know the model) How do you think the Trans and engine will hold up?

Max
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Hello everyone.
Maybe somebody have the same problem? TRANSMISSION GENTRANS VATR (582491201)/
It goes rear. But don t go front. Its almost new. Where can be problem? Spring? screw? or inside the transmission?

tERRY
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tERRY

wILL THE tUFF tORQ FIT IN A jOHN dEERE mODEL 145 AUTOMATIC ?

Roy Underwood
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Roy Underwood

I have a Hydro Gear PR-2HDD-G112XXX on my Everride Warrior lawn mower. I rebuilt both pumps several months ago, bout the left one, that is setting in the seat,
is doing the same as before. It is not allowing the mower to move on that side. How much to rebuild or if you have a rebuilt one how much? I can not afford a new one so I’m looking for this option.
Thanks,
Roy

Joe Castaneda
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Joe Castaneda
I bought an Ariens IKON XL 52 after 2 Toro SS zero turns quit running because they kept throwing the drive belts in less than 2 hours of use. Now, with my Ariens at 3.4 hours, I don’t know what that part is called on the left hydro motor, but it lost the tension spring. Also noticed that the lever with teeth that I am assuming is part of the braking system is bent outwards. I’m tired of returning these things as this will be mower number 4 I return to Home Depot and will NOT buy mowers from them… Read more »
Bob
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Hi Paul, I am on the market for a new riding mower, looking at the Cub Cadet XT2 LX42″ EFI. What do you think about it and about the new EFI engine? I cannot find any reviews about it….
Thank you,
Bob

Raymond Krisuinas
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I have a 2 yr JD with a hydrostatic tran D125 with 77hrs. Tran is slipping very badly, barely moving forward. Have about 2 weeks left on warranty. Will I have the same problem in the future? Lawn has 2 small slopes that rise about 5ft over 20 ft long. I do pull a small wagon with yard scrap. Lawn is about 3/4 acre. Thanks for your help.

Chris J.
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Chris J.
Hi, I am looking for recommendations as to a garden or utility tractor for some recently purchased property. I will soon have 2 acre property with very gentle rolling hills. This property will need to be mowed (either drop cutting or mulching). I also would like to either pull 60 gallon sprayer or utilize 3 point version of same sprayer. I also would like to purchase 3 point tiller and snow blower as well. By doing this I can get rid of my existing snow blower, tiller, etc… Any recommendations as to what type of unit would best suit my… Read more »
bud hildebrand
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bud hildebrand
I am looking for a rider mower to handle a less than 1/2 acre lot, flat terrain, very few trees shrubs. Because the lack of my garage space I have been looking at rear engine mowers with smaller foot prints. There doesn’t seem to be many mowers to choose in this category. I like the Cub Cadet CC30H, but the reliability rating is low according to CR. Have been warned that the use of plastic-nylon gears in their hydrostatic transmissions can be problematic. Do all hydrostatic transmissions use these type gears? Of these brands, Cub Cadet, Troybilt, and Snapper. which… Read more »
Kenneth Zortman
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Kenneth Zortman

I need a heavy load hauler small yard mower with steep hills to mow and pull heavy loads up , I trashed my yt300 in two years , it just screams and stops on the hills these days ,help …. i need to stay in the 2 to 3k price range , Is there any hope for that?

Daniel
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Daniel
Nice page! I tried to find out the difference between the 20HP through 25HP Kohler 7000 series (KT715-KT740) engines and have been unable to identify a difference except for the carb. They have the same bore and stroke, valves and I think the cam is the same as well. Is the only difference really just the carburetor? It make sense that it uses the same components to save money in manufacturing. I have a Cub LT46 XT1 which has 22HP and I can’t imagine needing to put the larger carburetor on it for more power. The last time I let… Read more »
Scott
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Scott
I recently purchased my first piece of property so now I’ve been researching lawn tractors until everything is becoming a blurred mess in my head. An experts opinion will definitely help narrow down the search field with so many options out there. I’ve got about 5 acres of primarily flat land with only a little bit of slope on either side of the driveway. I’ll be doing mostly just mowing and snow plowing. Been keeping my searches around the 48″+ sized decks and preferably under $2500. I’ve got a little bit of leeway on the price range if the quality… Read more »
Jason
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Jason

I’m looking at the Craftsman T1800 (model #20376) with 42 inch deck and Koehler 20hp motor. I have under an acre to mow but it is hilly. I also pull a cart with prunings in it from time to time. I want to have as durable a transmission as I can in this price range. I would like to know if this mower has the RS 800 CVT transmission? Do you think this mower will hold up in hilly terrain?

B.C.
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B.C.
Hello ! I’ve been reading the comments that are posted on this site & I’m blown away ! Very good info but I do have a question . On the 2015 & the 2016 models of the Craftsman Pro Series model # 20442 , 46 “, 24hp Kohler engine, what # is the current transmission on this model # 20442 ? Correct me if I’m wrong , you stated that this model had a K46 TUFF TORQ tanny & a K58 TUFF TORQ tanny . Did the 2015 models have a K46 tanny & the 2016 models have a K58… Read more »
Jeff
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Jeff

Hi, looking to buy a riding mower.i ve been reading alot of your sites comments. need a 42 in cut deck , need strong trans.like to do up to 1/4 acre. slight inclines , suberbs ,need it to be durable,budget is around 1,600. what is the best deal out there with these requests, respectfully yours, Jeff, not really bias to any.

Marc
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Marc
I have a 2007 Husqvarna 2346xls. Transmission is K46LD. I used it to mow and to pull an overloaded yard cart up hills for years, but that finally caught up with me. Also push a 40″ Berco snowblower in the winter. Now it is fine on flats but even for mowing it seems after the transmission warms up after 10 minutes or so, I can’t go up the slightest incline – no power. The engine, Briggs Vanguard, runs great and has been maintained well. Would you recommend a new transmission $800 or rebuild kit $300, or am I going to… Read more »
Ryan Banman
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Ryan Banman

Hello Paul, we have a 2009 Toro lawn tractor. But our lean-to it was parked under collapsed under snow. The hood & dash are wrecked. It works fine though. But will be about $600 (Canadian) to replace
My parents have a slightly older Saber by John Deere, but the hydrostatic Trans needs to be rebuild.
Can I swap the trans between these two with slight modifications and put the Toro trans under the Saber?
Or I have an old 5 sp trans from a JD. Can I use that in the Saber?

Bryan
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I am Bryan,

I need a garden tractor for hilly aerating in Georgia clay. I was looking between jd X310 with K58 and Kawasaki. The husqvarna gt52xls with 22hpkawasaki and g730 transmission or husky gth52xls with Briggs and Stratton and I think K66. First question. Is John deer mite reliable than husqvarna which brand will last longer. Second question which transmission is best? Should I look forward the husky with K66 or g730. Which engine is best? What would you get between the three?

Dan
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Hi Paul, I just bought a 2015 Craftsman 19HP 42″ tight turn mower. I believe is mostly made by Husqvarna. I assumed it had a K46 transmission when I ordered it but it has a Hydo-Gear T2. Do you know anything about these T2’s? Are they junk? I have a flat 2 acre lot with some tall weeds. Thanks.

rick
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rick

I’m looking at purchasing a Poulan Pro 42 in. 19 HP Briggs & Stratton Automatic Gas Front-Engine Riding Mower Model # 960460078 (in my budget) to maintain 1/2 acre flat property warm season grass. Any thoughts on the unit? I am especially concerned with the nylon composite transmission housing and potential for fatigue cracking due to vibration, etc. Thanks in advance for your advice & time.

Jim
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Greetings from Winchester, VA. For many years I have mowed my 3 acre yard with an old 1970s Bolens QS16. This is a very stout lawn tractor, though my recently purchased zero turn is much quicker and cuts more cleanly. I hope to get the Bolens working again, however, for hauling purposes in my yard. I have rebuilt or replaced every system and nearly every component in the tractor, including the now obsolete Sustrand hydro 3 times. The hydro is now slipping again, and I hesitate to spend another $800 for repairing it when the repairs only last about 5… Read more »
Dave Zinger
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Dave Zinger
Hi I have about 1 + acre of rough unfinished yard. I want something that will be ground engaging rated and will push some dirt and blow snow. I do not care for the decks that are cut away on top for a discharge chute . I have determined that I need to buy a unit with a fabricated deck to get the square cut / flat faced discharge chute [no need to say why but it is a safety issue]. I know I need a garden tractor and have looked at the Craftsman Pro series, Cub Cadets, Husqvarna GT… Read more »
Dennis Williams
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Dennis Williams

Paul: I am looking to replace by 2000 year model Sears garden tractor. It has the 6 speed manual transmission (which is bullet proof) I use the machine as a true ground engaging tractor, pull heavy loads,etc. I contacted Sears and they told me all the current garden tractors use the K 58 transmission? Nothing heavier like the K66. Do any of the Husquvarna GT models use the K66 or heavier in their equipment? Any additional info for a replacement would be appreciated. Thanks Dennis

JDubs
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JDubs
I am looking at getting the 2015 Cub Cadet XT2 GX54. The main selling points are the K58 TT transmission and size of the deck. I have also been looking at Husqvarna’s website to try to compare models, but Husqvarna doesn’t list any specs on the transmissions. Do you have any idea what they are using? And, if any of them have a heavier duty transmission (comparable or better than the K58)? Other direction I may look is the 2014 Cub Cadets because I my 42″ snowblower would still fit on those models (not sure which ones specifically, but it’s… Read more »
Eric
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Eric

Thanks for a great and informative website. One question, as I can’t seem to find the answer on my own.

Do the GT RS 800 CVT transmissions drive both rear wheels? From their video, it looks like it may. That alone is a deciding factor for me in m choosing of a mower…

Eric, Denver CO

Guido Borgnini
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Guido Borgnini

I have a 4 yr, old Craftsman Model # 917.288570 lawn tractor that will not engage in Forward or Reverse. I tried purging the transmission which I thought had solved the problem but it returned very quickly . Any sugestions ?

Thanks , Guido

Guy
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Would you say that all machines sold today as “Garden Tractors” with hydrostats would have sufficiently-beefy units for hills, 300-600lb towing, ground-engage etc (Obviously, I wouldn’t hold you to it)? If you were potentially looking to buy a garden tractor sometime within the next five years (of 2015), what type of transmission would you most favor/wait for (besides manual)? I ask because for my next garden tractor, I want to make sure I don’t end up with a fragile transmission. Many people seem to have high-hopes for CVT transmissions. Also, if you have any general opinions on Craftsman vs. Cub… Read more »
Joe Barber
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Joe Barber

JoeBillyBob, I have a Craftsman 42″, 21 VTwin, DYT 4000, Model #917-274040, SR 072204B005810. It starts and runs ok, but the transmission will no longer engage. This model has a shiftier on the fender. I have misplaced the manual but I think this is a hydrostatic transmission. Is this transmission repairable or do you suggest buying a new Lawn Mower?
Thanks,
Joe

Laurie
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Laurie
I’m looking at purchasing a new cub cadet 18 hp or higher but have seen a lot of mixed reviews about them and purchasing them from Home Depot. I have a very hilly and uneven 4 acres and haul things around with a trailer too. Can you clear up my concerns and do you know if the 2015 models have improvements that may help assist me? I’m looking at spending no more then 1699 and really don’t want to spend the money and find out I have invested in junk. Any opinion appreciated since I have spent hours among hours… Read more »
Lynn
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Hello Paul. I am considering the Craftsman 20386 manual transmission yard tractor to replace my Craftsman 917.271831 which I’ve had for about 15 years. Engine still works but it won’t move, and other things are starting to go so it’s time to replace. I can’t find any reviews and am hesitant to buy a model that I don’t know anything about other than what the manufacturer says. I have about 4 acres, flat, not too many obstacles. I know I want a 42″ deck, 22 HP, 2 cylinder B&S engine, preferably Craftsman. I do some very light hauling (branches). I… Read more »
Wayne
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Wayne

Hi, Paul. I’m considering purchase of the new for 2015 Sears Craftsman Pro Model 20442, 24 HP, 46″ mower. Sears’ web page for this model provides no specs for the transmission. From your research, does this tractor use one of the ne Element V transmissions? If not, which transmission does it use, and what are your thoughts about that transmission.

Thanks, Paul. Great site!

Wayne
Chesterfield, VA

Bill
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Bill
I guess I’ve been spoiled by my old Sears Craftsman II. I bought this mower new I guess it was back in 1986. It has the 12 HP Brigs engine and the manual 5 speed transmission. The engine is shot and uses about a half quart of oil for every tank of gas I put in. Trying to find a suitable replacement for this mower is becoming a real chore. I have been looking at the Poulan Pro PB20A46 with the 20 HP Kohler engine and the cvt transmission. I run up and down some pretty steep grades pulling a… Read more »
Ted Madej
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Ted Madej

Paul , is there any NEW info. on the CVT transmission from G.T. I’ve read some reviews about a grinding noise in reverse and the Sears people can;t figure it out, and have actually told consumers to trade it for a machine with a hydro-static trans. That must raise a few eyebrows ! It sounds like the ideal trans, but why are there so few machines that utilize it ?? Is G.T. aware of the issue ? Have they re-called them ? Thanks for any info. you can bring concerning this issue, Ted M.

james cothran
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james cothran

muskogee,ok 74401 where can I find part for cvt trans that plastic part on top of trans/cam configuration controls forward an reverse ? I have ariens A22A46 auto trans , the cam configuration for forward an reverse broke seems pretty flimsy. Ariens’ parts says you have to buy whole trans at $600 poor design any ideas

Dixie
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Dixie

Recently got a 917_259530 hydro by craftsman that was running fine but now it won’t move either direction now and I feel a slight tug. I’m thinking it’s either the transaxle or clutch. Any ideas?

shane
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shane

I just bought a 1978 8 hp craftsman mower the gear box gets very hot and brown sludge starts leaking from where gear shift goes into gear box,any body know why? and can I fix that problem?thanks,shane.

John
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John

Lynden Wa
I have the transmsision shown in video # 2, gentrans RS 800, the gear selector cam shown at 1.10 sec has shattered ,where can I gat a replacement cam?
thx
JB

James
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James

Paul,

I recently entered the market for a new lawn tractor in the $1000 to $1300 price range. I noticed that some of the manufactures are using Plastic! hydro-static housings. How long has the industry been doing this? Have these plastic housings proven them selves in the field for say 10 years?

Howell, MI

Bob Smigelski
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Chaska, MN Paul, I greatly appreciate your articles and education on riding mowers. I have a walkout, so there is a hill on each side of our yard with about 5-6 foot gradual drop over about 20-30 feet. I currently have a Simplicity Regent Hyrdro 14 (leaves a mohawk cut with net gator mulching blades and also mohawk with old mulching blades) and I picked up a 2011 John Deere D130 this winter. After reading your articles and realizing I have a quality 14HP Vanguard Briggs engine, I am second guessing myself for buying the JD (not sure how well… Read more »
joe
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Do you know what tranny the new 2014 ariens from home depot uses? Looks like they could be the element rs800 as there’s no selector gear just petals.. And they’re not hydro.. Any idea?

greg fornaro
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greg fornaro

Paul, I just found your info, this is fantastic.

I have a 3 yo DT3000 Craftsmen that has been great. At the end of the season, it started “jerking”, and then it seemed as if the gears were mashing (usually during a turn). If i went back into neutral, and then back into gear, the mashing sound stopped. I replaced the belt, and purged per the instructions, but with no luck.

This is different than any other description I have found concerning transmission problems on this tractor, so I was wondering if you had any thoughts?

Thanks,

Anthony branz
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How as a consumer would I know if a machine has a light or heavy duty cvt auto transmission? Thanks

Anthony branz
Guest

In this price range would you recommend a auto cvt trans or a hydrostatic? Also I’ve read some not so great reports on the kohler courage line of engines. It becomes confusing.

Anthony branz
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Paul, I’m looking at two craftsman models and hoping you could clarify their “automatic” trans. Item#7120374000 lists the trans as an auto. Would this be a cvt variable pulley type? Would you recommend it for mowing, light to medium pulling? On models with a hydrostatic trans they list it as a hydrostatic one. I’m looking for a simple tractor/mower with longevity/reliability in mind. Thank you, Anthony.

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P J Drieci
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I have an older z 3050 toro time cutter. The hydrostatic drive started making a lot of noise this year. It functions properly but it just to loud! Is there anyway to service this unit?

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