Page 2 of 4 FirstFirst 1234 LastLast
Results 11 to 20 of 35
  1. #11
    Elite Member s219's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Posts
    2,763
    Location
    Virginia USA
    Tractor
    Kubota L3200

    Default Re: HST or manual shift on B series?

    I think you'd know it if you needed manual transmission on a tractor. Otherwise, HST is likely the more versatile choice.

  2. #12
    Silver Member maximus1277's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Posts
    107
    Tractor
    2010 KUBOTA B2320, 2010 KIOTI CK27

    Default

    I actually preferred gear transmissions for its simplicity and easier to manage power transfer..... Then, I got my B2320. First, the gears are not synchronized... Real pain to deal with. Second, on a relatively small, light machine, loader work can be frustrating with a gear transmission as it is tough to manage traction, forward momentum, clutch, brakes and loader.... I could use an extra arm or leg to get a full bucket on a first try. Lastly, and I hate to admit this, there are occasional gear grinding sounds that always make me think of what's going to break next. My advice: go HST!

  3. #13
    Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    37
    Location
    Burke, VA
    Tractor
    Scag Tiger Cat, 61", Craftsman LT1000

    Default Re: HST or manual shift on B series?

    Thanks for all the quick info and opinions. Seems like a consensus for the HST.

  4. #14
    Platinum Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    750
    Location
    Northern, NJ
    Tractor
    Kubota L45

    Default Re: HST or manual shift on B series?

    When you say "manual shift", do you mean GST or like a "real" gear tractor with a typical clutch and everything?

    ac

  5. #15
    Veteran Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Posts
    1,842
    Location
    Success Missouri
    Tractor
    Kubota L3800DT, L3750DT Shuttle

    Default Re: HST or manual shift on B series?

    I have used hst, hydro shuttle and gear drive.

    I much prefer gear drive!
    Don
    Kubota L3750 Hydro Shuttle, 4wd, FEL; L3800 Gear drive, 4wd, FEL
    Husqvarna XP chainsaws 346xp X3, 357xp, 562xp, 359

  6. #16
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2000
    Posts
    8,023
    Location
    Shingle Springs California
    Tractor
    New Holland TC40D

    Default Re: HST or manual shift on B series?

    I have had HST tractors since '98(and also used full gear tractors), but have also rented L35 TLB with GST a few times. HST is wonderful, but I did like the GST too. I have no problems with gear tractors.

    Quote Originally Posted by avc8130 View Post
    When you say "manual shift", do you mean GST or like a "real" gear tractor with a typical clutch and everything?

    ac
    RobertN in Shingle Springs Calif

  7. #17
    Platinum Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    750
    Location
    Northern, NJ
    Tractor
    Kubota L45

    Default Re: HST or manual shift on B series?

    Quote Originally Posted by RobertN View Post
    I have had HST tractors since '98(and also used full gear tractors), but have also rented L35 TLB with GST a few times. HST is wonderful, but I did like the GST too. I have no problems with gear tractors.
    That's why I was wondering. I own an L39 with the GST. I am wicked fast with it. You don't need to "clutch" to change speeds or directions. Just throw the levers. I also like how the foot throttle works like a car. It does take a lot of practice learning to work the machine properly. You learn that you can't just STOP the machine with the brakes. Inching around involves using the standard clutch.

    I borrowed an L45 which has the HST. I live on hilly ground. I found that I need to shift ranges to go from the flats up the hills. That means coming to a complete stop, clutching from M to L and then starting out again. Then stop again at the top, clutch from L to M and then take off again. On the GST, I approach the hill, pull the gear selector lever back a few gears and continue right up, once I reach the top slide the lever forward a few gears and continue. I NEVER come to a stop.

    I'm still working the L39 and L45 side by side. I do A LOT of loader and pallet work, but I also brush hog a good bit. I LOVE the GST for brush hogging. It is like having cruise control. The L45 doesn't seem to have cruise control and holding the pedal might get old after a few passes.

    ac

  8. #18
    Super Star Member k0ua's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    15,546
    Location
    Branson, Mo.
    Tractor
    Kioti DK35se Hydrostat

    Default Re: HST or manual shift on B series?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Fowler View Post
    I have a gear drive 70 HP tractor and a hydrastatic drive B26 kubota. The B26 is so much quicker than the gear drive in loader work and also much easier to inch forward or backward when needing to. For 2.5 acres, I wouldnt look at anything but hydro drive for mowing or any other task. If you had to mow 20-40 acres a gear drive would be preferable to holding down the hydro pedal for hours. Some of the higher end tractors with lots of bells and whistles have a cruise control on them, but I have never used one so I cant say anything about their operation.
    Gary most of even the economy HST equipped tractors will have a cruise control, because so many people use them for mowing. even though the Kubota I had was a mechanical system it worked well. The more high end have an electromechanical system.
    James KUA

    Kioti DK35se hydrostat with 2 QA buckets, 48 inch. King Kutter Rotary Cutter. 750 lbs ballast box. Loaded tires, Construction Attachments SSQA Lightweight Pallet forks. EA 50 inch single lid "wicked" Grapple. Satisfied Everlast PA160 welder owner How to add a link to a post . Best way to search TBN


  9. #19
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2000
    Posts
    8,023
    Location
    Shingle Springs California
    Tractor
    New Holland TC40D

    Default Re: HST or manual shift on B series?

    My old kubota B8200HST and current NH TC40D HST tractors are that way. Still have to stop, switch range, then continue up the hill...

    My expierience with the L35 was 4 or 5 different daily rentals. I definitely liked the GST. At that time I had my B8200, and was also using a Bobcat S185 skidsteer. For using a variety of tractors, I was impressed with GST.

    for the larger L series it is great, but for the B series, it is not an option that I know of.

    Quote Originally Posted by avc8130 View Post
    I borrowed an L45 which has the HST. I live on hilly ground. I found that I need to shift ranges to go from the flats up the hills. That means coming to a complete stop, clutching from M to L and then starting out again. Then stop again at the top, clutch from L to M and then take off again. On the GST, I approach the hill, pull the gear selector lever back a few gears and continue right up, once I reach the top slide the lever forward a few gears and continue. I NEVER come to a stop.
    RobertN in Shingle Springs Calif

  10. #20
    Veteran Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Posts
    1,420
    Location
    East Texas, USA
    Tractor
    Kubota Grand L4740, B2400 and F2680

    Default Re: HST or manual shift on B series?

    Now that you've heard everyone else's opinion, here's mine.

    HST.

    Short, simple and to the point. I could regail you with comparisons between the gear tractores we have at the farm or the HST tractors I use at the house but the recommendation will be the same.

Page 2 of 4 FirstFirst 1234 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Help please - 1993 Dodge Caravan Manual shift problem
    By newbury in forum Trailers & Transportation
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 07-25-2012, 04:59 PM
  2. Shop Manual vs. Operator's Manual: 50-hour Maintenance on L-Series
    By VaBeekeeper in forum Kubota Owning/Operating
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 06-03-2012, 06:56 PM
  3. Manual Shuttle......How to Shift Fwd to Rev
    By Fergy in forum Massey Ferguson Owning/Operating
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 02-28-2012, 07:50 PM
  4. MANUAL VS. SHUTTLE SHIFT
    By grsr3 in forum Owning/Operating
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 07-05-2006, 02:11 PM
  5. CK20 with Manual Shift
    By dmccue in forum Kioti Owning/Operating
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 08-13-2003, 12:19 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
© 2014 TractorByNet.com. TractorByNet is a registered trademark of IMC Digital Universe, Inc. Other trademarks on this page are the property of their respective owners.