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    Gold Member micman32's Avatar
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    Default Shaft Drive vs Belt Drive

    Just wanting to know what you all think so here goes:

    Are our shaft drive CC's really that much better than Belt driven models? ( John Deere etc) Basically most newer L&G tractors use Hydro transmissions.
    SO the shaft or the belt is really spinning a pump. Would the shaft drive be better on a manual transmission?
    Really curious to your opinions.

    Michael
    2014 Yanmar 221 with 60" MMM and Landpride RCR1548

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    Super Star Member Egon's Avatar
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    Default Re: Shaft Drive vs Belt Drive

    With a belt and manual transmision Its really easy to "slip the cluthch" for some types of work.

    It's probably a matter of choice.
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    Gold Member Taiser's Avatar
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    Default Re: Shaft Drive vs Belt Drive

    With shaft drive you have ZERO maintenance and it will last a life time, but then again belts last for years. Belts are cheaper to make in the overall manufacturing process of the machine, but cost $ to replace. I don't think they are a big deal and it is a preference IMHO. I prefer shafts myself, but wouldn't hesitate to buy a dealer deere because of a belt!

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    Default Re: Shaft Drive vs Belt Drive

    My JD 214 has belt drive and manual transmission. I've read about it being a negative to this machine but its run for the 10 plus years I've owned it with no problems, never have changed the belt. That includes thrashing around with a snow plow, basically using the tractor as a battering ram at times.

    I think either is fine for the purpose of a lawn tractor.

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    Default Re: Shaft Drive vs Belt Drive

    Without getting into a "belt vs shaft" discussion, my personal preference is for a shaft for the drive and attachments. I wouldnt even consider a belt anymore...

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    Gold Member micman32's Avatar
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    Default Re: Shaft Drive vs Belt Drive

    Keep the comments coming! I personally like the shaft myself. I had a Craftsman that the belt was always sliding off the pulleys. I had it fixed several times. I got fed up and got a Cub.
    2014 Yanmar 221 with 60" MMM and Landpride RCR1548

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    Default Re: Shaft Drive vs Belt Drive

    Depends on if you have hills. Mine are 10-15 degree slopes from the house level to the yard level. The shaft drive works so.......much better on the hills. See attachment picture. The old tractor (yardking) wore out the hydro (peerless) and the belts on the hills. A flat yard and just cutting grass would be OK with the belt drive, but I also use a snow plow and have been known to pull some 1 foot tree posts from the woods to the property. I actually had ordered the belt drive but before delivery got worried and put a hold on it. Thanks to a CUB dealer on the net out in Ohio, he said after looking at the picture "go shaft drive for those hills and what you are doinging with it". The local dealer was unsure how to advise me. It was well worth the extra $$.
    charlie in VT
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    Default Re: Shaft Drive vs Belt Drive

    lost the picture attachment in the post
    charlie
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    Default Re: Shaft Drive vs Belt Drive

    The transaxle drive belts on old school GT's lasted a long time. We owned our 1970 JD 110 for ~30yrs and I dont think we replaced the trans belt more than 3 times. For a an LT/GT that sees basic lawn duty, a belt drive trans is fine. For us over-the-toppers, we gotta have the shaft! (doesn't sound so good?!)

    Joel
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    Default Re: Shaft Drive vs Belt Drive

    Quote Originally Posted by vtcress
    lost the picture attachment in the post
    charlie
    Great little sleigh or snowboarding hill !! very cool with the rolling hills

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