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    Default Gear driven or HST

    I'm looking at a kubota B3200 or a L3200 with either a gear driven or HST. I would like some comments on these.

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    Default Re: Gear driven or HST

    Oh boy.... There are exactly 500 million threads on here viciously debating this topic. That said, might as well get it started....

    HST all the way!!! Gear is for losers!!!!!!

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    Default Re: Gear driven or HST

    I wouldn't say losers.... They both have there place as maybe you never used a newer syncro gear drive. Depends what the guy wants to use it for.....
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    Default Re: Gear driven or HST

    I love my HST L3130.
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    Default Re: Gear driven or HST

    Generaly speaking,if new or inexperienced operators;HST.Also HST has a benefit for ease of Front end loader work/tight quarters.
    I own HST but have used gear models.

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    Default Re: Gear driven or HST

    Quote Originally Posted by ddb123 View Post
    Oh boy.... There are exactly 500 million threads on here viciously debating this topic. That said....

    HST all the way!!! Gear is for losers!!!!!!

    Of course, it's a well known fact that HST's are for quiche eating girly guys who are too uncoordinated and/or mechanically inept to shift gears!!!

    But there are, in fact, many many many threads on TBN on this subject. Do a search and read a few dozen...then get on the tractor and determine which you prefer.
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    Default Re: Gear driven or HST

    No, No, HST bad, Gear GOOD. Just kidding I would try both and see what you like. There are lots of posts on the subject about which is better for different kinds of work.

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    Default Re: Gear driven or HST

    I must be a loser ! LOL !...All kidding aside, I'm old school and went with a PST which I consider a blend of old gear and "new" HST...played with an HST and just didn't care for it...best I can recommend is drive and play with both of them...good luck..

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    Default Re: Gear driven or HST

    Quote Originally Posted by ddb123 View Post
    Oh boy.... There are exactly 500 million threads on here viciously debating this topic. That said....
    HST all the way!!! Gear is for losers!!!!!!
    HST OR GEAR IT DOESN'T MATTER AS LONG AS IT'S A DEERE! GO BIG GREEN!

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    Default Re: Gear driven or HST

    HST is more user friendly. Have you ever used a old lawn mower that was a gear drive? Most of the time one gear was too fast on was too slow. That is what you will run into with a tractor. With a hydro you will be able to go as fast or slow as you want.

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