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  1. #11

    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    33
    Location
    NE OHIO
    Tractor
    Kub B7500 HSD, JD 316 W/50

    Default Re: HST reliability...

    ZackaryMac,
    Looks like there was a B1600. It is listed as a Gray Market tractor. There was also a T1600 which was a lawn tractor. Don't know if either were HST. Not that it really matters.....

  2. #12
    Silver Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    146
    Location
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    Tractor
    B6100 HST-E

    Default Re: HST reliability...

    That being said, does this mean that the HST system in my tractor IS reliable? A quick search leads me to think so.

    Either way, I'm really happy with my little 'Bota. When I win the lottery, there will be a new 4wd model added to the fleet (with all the goodies, of course!). [img]/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

  3. #13
    Veteran Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Posts
    2,428
    Location
    Central Ma.
    Tractor
    7275 Cub Cadet

    Default Re: HST reliability...

    My Cub 7275 has over 2400 hours on it. As far as I know it has never been apart.

  4. #14
    Super Star Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    16,854
    Location
    First organized permanent settlement in the northwest territory
    Tractor
    2003 Kubota BX1500/2004 Kubota Bx23/2005 Kubota BX1500

    Default Re: HST reliability...

    </font><font color="blue" class="small">( .
    Someday us BX23 owners should get together, have a picnic and tractor racers [img]/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]
    Eric P.
    )</font>

    Or have a club.
    A special heading on the board for BX23 owners would be nice also.

  5. #15

    Default Re: HST reliability...

    I am an owner of a kubota T1600-HST lawn tractor, bought back in 1989 and I must say, I've only had ONE problem with it... Rusted out mowing decks. (However, 3 decks since 1989 is prolly not THAT bad) but it gets expensive. As far as the HydroStatic Transmission goes, not a moments trouble (yet). [img]/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

    For the price of a new mow deck, I was able to buy a Sears HST gasoline lawn tractor. Now the Kubota diesel (minus a belly mower) is used to pull a lawn sweeper.

    I dare not get rid of it because I can go 4 times as far on a tank of diesel as opposed to my gas tractor.

    However, I've just experienced a new problem with the Kubota, but I'll post that as a new thread in a minute.

  6. #16
    Silver Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    146
    Location
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    Tractor
    B6100 HST-E

    Default Re: HST reliability...

    Nothing like dragging up an old post....

    Funny thing is, I came across this post by chance, and all these years and 1000 hrs later, the old B6100 works great, the HST was/is never an issue. Even more funny, I just got a T1600 HST diesel witha bad engine. Found another engine from a reefer, threw it in, and hae mower for about 10 hours now, with no issues. I was worried the tansmission may have been a bad one, as many were, but (knock on wood) it works fine. I just have to fix up the really floppy, worn-out steering.
    (Take my advice...I'm not using it)
    B6100 HST-E, 48" MMM, 48" Lucknow snowblower, 48" rear blade, 48" front snowplow, 2330hrs

  7. #17
    New Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Posts
    1
    Location
    Bartlesville, OK
    Tractor
    Kubota M7040 (2009) and a Kubota T1600 HST (1996)

    Default Re: HST reliability...

    I also find the T1600 HST to be very reliable on the engine, transmission, and drive line. After owning the lawnmower since 1996 and using it to mow a lawn that seems to grow rocks I have found that the weak part of this system is the mower deck. Replacing bearing hub assemblies and the bearing that is located between the lower pulley (front of engine) and the short drive shaft to the mower deck seem to be the expense I have to repeat. Also I've taken the RC44LT mower deck off the tractor in the off season and welded cracks that have formed in it. Most recent major expense has been the short drive shaft between the mower deck and the lower bearing behind the two double belts in the front of the tractor. Lastly, and this is my point of interest, are there any "aftermarket" mower decks with enhanced mounting systems that can update this dependable small tractor? I had to fight the two turnbuckles this year to get them to work, and it just seems like the whole connection of the deck to the tractor is showing some wear.

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