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Manual Transmission on Lawn Tractor

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Paul Kocharhook

03-14-2011 08:43:51

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What is the process of shifting gears?
How does the clutch work?
Do you have to stop the tractor to shift gears?
Any Tips?

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03-14-2011 10:43:34

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 Re: Manual Transmission on Lawn Tractor in reply to Paul Kocharhook, 03-14-2011 08:43:51  
Need to know what kind of tractor,some use an actual transmission for the various speeds,others,such as MTDs have no transmission as such,but use a systen of variable sheave pulleys to act as gears.Generally a unit with a geared transaxle,needs to stop to avoid gear damage when shifting.Transmatic or variator tractors can often be shifted "on the go" by depressing clutch pedal lightly and moving selector..generally they a labeled"Shift on the Go" on the machine.Most"clutches" on lawntractors are simply a belt tightening mechanism which allows the drive belt to slip on the pulleys when declutched(pedal down)

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Paul Kocharhook

03-14-2011 13:17:21

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 Re: Manual Transmission on Lawn Tractor in reply to Lefty, 03-14-2011 10:43:34  
Thanks for Reply.

Lawn Tractor is a Poulan XT 6 speed. Tractor Manual is vague as far as the type of Transmission other than saying "Manual Transmission".

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03-15-2011 08:04:14

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 Re: Manual Transmission on Lawn Tractor in reply to Paul Kocharhook, 03-14-2011 13:17:21  
Poulon is AYP built,same as Sears and Husquvarna.
To best of my knowledge would have fairly lightweight aluminum multi-speed transaxle.Have had a couple cheaper ones thru here with a"No drive" issue,resulting from lack of trans input shaft seal and bushing failing,allowing shaft to wobble about and become unmeshed w/mainshaft gear.Common enough problem that a"repair kit" addressing the issue was readily available.Not all that expensive to fix except labor costs :(

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03-14-2011 09:30:22

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 Re: Manual Transmission on Lawn Tractor in reply to Paul Kocharhook, 03-14-2011 08:43:51  
You always need to stop to shift, since there was no synchronization on those. Most used a slip-belt type of clutch so you push in the clutch pedal to stop the tractor, and the brake usually was on the same pedal if you pushed a little farther.

Tips? Get a manual - most can be found online.

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Paul Kocharhook

03-15-2011 09:47:40

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 Re: Manual Transmission on Lawn Tractor in reply to usetabesteve, 03-14-2011 09:30:22  
Thanks, I tried it out yesterday as per your instructions and it worked fine.
Thanks again to all

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