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Hydrostatic transmissions vs. shuttle shift

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07-08-2002 20:10:00

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Buying a new compact tractor. Case or New Holland (would like a Deere but can't afford it). Wondering about the comparisons of the hydrostatic vs. shuttle shift transmissions such as power, dependability etc.

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07-09-2002 20:01:41

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 Re: hydrostatic transmissions vs. shuttle shift in reply to Chris, 07-08-2002 20:10:00  
Can't say anything about a shuttle-shift since I've never played with one, but I did get to spend some time on a New Holland TC29D hydrostatic 4wd last summer. It was a very nice tractor ... very smooth, with no surprises. The trick with a hydro is to keep the fluid and filters changed. If you use the correct fluid, hydraulic filter, and change both according to the maintenance schedule, the hydrostat should last you for many years.

BTW, the Case IH and the New Holland Boomer tractors are basically the same thing, only with different sheetmetal and paint. The Boomers offer the SuperSteer front axle for a tighter turning radius; the SuperSteer is not available on the Case IH model, and I think the Boomer has one or two other features not available on the Case IH model. Other than that, they are more-or-less identical.

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Robert in W. Mi.

07-09-2002 18:25:35

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 Re: hydrostatic transmissions vs. shuttle shift in reply to Chris, 07-08-2002 20:10:00  
I'll take a stab at this. I'll admit right up front that i've not owned one of todays compacts with a hydro. trans., and i'm told the current generation is said to be improved? I've only used older versions. Personally i like the "feel" of the solid "hook up" of the std. trans, and i like the huge $$ diff. too. (less) I all so like the way a std. trans. can be idled back when not pulling a load to go slow with the engine rpm at a fast idle. This means a lot less noise too, and better control with the gear trans.. The std. trans. puts out quite a bit more hp to the pto with the same engine hp over a hydro trans. too! Then there's the fact you can tow start a std. trans. if needed some day. The gear trans. is a proven reliable way of transmitting power that won't be changed in a year or two, so your chances of getting parts some day will be better. The gear trans. isn't controled by some wires/switches/connectors that can corode and give you fits when it's old! I love my Grass Hopper zero turn mower, but make "my" smaller tractor a syncronized gear trans. with a shuttle please! :) Robert

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