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    Quote Originally Posted by coldstream View Post
    The year that my dad passed I acquired his old 1968 Simplicity Broadmoor lawn tractor.
    I totally understand that whole feeling. I still wish I knew what happened to the old 8N, Model A, 730, and 930. Oddly enough, my dad gave me his last lawn tractor, a little STX38 when he lost his sight. It was over matched for my lawn, but I used it for 9 years before I got my BX. The day I sold it was also the night he passed away.

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    Arrow's been at the dealer all day today I suspect weighing his options.

    How about an update, sir?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl_NH View Post
    Arrow's been at the dealer all day today I suspect weighing his options.

    How about an update, sir?

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    Missed it by a day Carl. I spent this aft and drove both tractors. Did a bit of digging with them as well. Let's take price out of the equation. The truth of the matter is I seem to be ambivalent about the whole thing. There are things I like about the hydro and things I don't same as the gear. I feel i have more control of torque and speed with the gear but going back and forth is certainly easier with the hydro. I don't like the fact that the hydro had to scream to go up this incline he has there when in high. Perhaps one needs more hp with hydro such as the 3616 has? Dunno and I'm not done yet. If I have a 2000lb stem attached and going up an incline, I'm certainly not going to appreciate going too slow or a tractor needing to peak out its rpm range. The gear was easier to handle this time but I'll definitely give the hydro a couple more goes before I decide. With cars and trucks, I drove sticks all my life and still prefer them but I seem to be of the minority. Perhaps this may be why I'm not as taken with hydro as some here.
    I did experience something surprising to me considering all that's been said about industrials and that was on dry, packed gravel, the industrials had more bite than the ags when walking into the gravel pile he has there to test out fels and such. The guy at the dealership said I'd notice a difference if I had to go through a mud hole he said the industrials would act like slicks. Couldn't tell you either way as I have only owned ags. I do like the fact of the added ballast to be put into the industrials. One of these tires filled would weigh over 500lbs and probably closer to 600 if you count the tire itself. That's quite the ballast.

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    Arrow, one thing to remember, is with the Hydro transmission if you have 3 ranges, like I believe the Mahindra 3016hst to have.. then the top range Or HI is ONLY good for moving the tractor down a flat road.. You do not ever do any work in HI range.. Only LO and MED. Low for grunting, pushing pulling etc. and MED for your fast travel range on the jobsite, and moderate loader work, and moderate mowing. Some tractors will mow ok in MED but it depends on the mower, how sharp the blades, and how many moderate hills you have.. again. HI is only transport on flat ground.. At least every hydro tractor I have owned (3) has been that way.

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    In my Opinion, the Industrials are not "worthless" in mud, but they are not as good as AG's. And they do "load up" easier with mud and not clean as well. But for 90 percent of the time they are superior, especially for loader work, and tougher in the woods. They all suck on ice in my opinion. Chains are the answer there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arrow View Post
    I do like the fact of the added ballast to be put into the industrials. One of these tires filled would weigh over 500lbs and probably closer to 600 if you count the tire itself. That's quite the ballast.
    Why couldn't you load ags? The size might vary some, so perhaps less weight, but I doubt you would notice that much difference.

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    +1 what k0ua said in #124-5. (simul-poster, that he is. )

    Arrow, you shouldn't be surprised that a HST wouldn't climb much of an incline in 'high'. You wouldn't just mash the throttle more to tow in top gear with your truck, you'd downshift. The range selector is there to multiply torque to the wheels by choosing the range that doesn't require revving higher. That's why it's there and why neither an auto or 'stick' in a car is a 1-speed. Just as with a gear tractor there's shifting to do and the throttle stays put.

    I guess we could parallel this to shop machinery, where a motor has its one locked-in speed and we select a spindle speed for the task at hand. (Mill, lathe, drill press) You may have noticed that revving the engine wouldn't get you up a hill any faster, just more noisily, because pump flow and pressure are fairly constant above idle. More pump rpm won't increase either one enough to notice once you're at relief pressure. The 'torquemotor' in a HST has its limits, and we have ranges to expand its usable output to the wheels.

    I've noticed that with my mower or Terramite, both 1-speed HSTs, the best way to get up a steep slope is to back off the hydro-pedal a smidge vs giving it more, with rpm unchanged, obviously. Noise drops, but progress doesn't seem any less. My point is that while there's a learning curve to operating HSTs few will get the hang of it right away. It may take several hours (10 or 20?) to get fully used to HST power delivery and to appreciate how it differs from geared drives, tho' 'getting used to it' shouldn't take much longer than that.

    btw: there are two-range (vs 3) hydros, and IMO that's just not enough. I use lo for working the hardest, and hi only for traveling unloaded. Middle range is great for maneuvering or general use without the compromises the extremes of lo & hi. (too slow or no oomph). It's the range I'd prefer if only one was available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the old grind View Post
    +1 what k0ua said in #124-5. (simul-poster, that he is. )

    Arrow, you shouldn't be surprised that a HST wouldn't climb much of an incline in 'high'. You wouldn't just mash the throttle more to tow in top gear with your truck, you'd downshift. The range selector is there to multiply torque to the wheels by choosing the range that doesn't require revving higher. That's why it's there and why neither an auto or 'stick' in a car is a 1-speed. Just as with a gear tractor there's shifting to do and the throttle stays put.

    I guess we could parallel this to shop machinery, where a motor has its one locked-in speed and we select a spindle speed for the task at hand. (Mill, lathe, drill press) You may have noticed that revving the engine wouldn't get you up a hill any faster, just more noisily, because pump flow and pressure are fairly constant above idle. More pump rpm won't increase either one enough to notice once you're at relief pressure. The 'torquemotor' in a HST has its limits, and we have ranges to expand its usable output to the wheels.

    I've noticed that with my mower or Terramite, both 1-speed HSTs, the best way to get up a steep slope is to back off the hydro-pedal a smidge vs giving it more, with rpm unchanged, obviously. Noise drops, but progress doesn't seem any less. My point is that while there's a learning curve to operating HSTs few will get the hang of it right away. It may take several hours (10 or 20?) to get fully used to HST power delivery and to appreciate how it differs from geared drives, tho' 'getting used to it' shouldn't take much longer than that.

    btw: there are two-range (vs 3) hydros, and IMO that's just not enough. I use lo for working the hardest, and hi only for traveling unloaded. Middle range is great for maneuvering or general use without the compromises the extremes of lo & hi. (too slow or no oomph). It's the range I'd prefer if only one was available.
    Ok, so I cannot use high for work with a hydro as I can a gear. In other words with a 2 range gear, I can put it in 1st in high range (which is considered 5th gear) and actually do work. With a hydro, I can only use medium and lo. So a 2000lbs log would be skidded in low or medium with hydro? Low is real slow. This will be my next step: to ascertain travel speeds in certain ranges with the hydro. Right now the lowest speed with the JD to skid such a log is 3rd. Cannot stand going any slower than that and most of the time I'll use 4th. What is nice about gear selection is that I do not have to go all out rpm wise to do work. Still have to get the hang of this hydro thing. My tractor does not cut grass nor much fel work except to lift and pile logs. I also use the fel for snow removal. Apparently I need to be more scrutinizing on how hydro works.

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    Arrow, MED range can move far far faster than you would ever want to skid any log.. But like you said, try it yourself, and see what you think.
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    Arrow,

    The guys, Oldgrind and K0ua have explained Low-Med-High Hydro use very well, and in fact the same way I use my machine in the woods, trails and high speed use as needed.

    Many times between loads I run in high to get to the pile and shift into Med/Lo then load up and traverse in high to the dump site and then use Med to spread and distribute the load.

    It's a matter of getting used to a new paradigm and using it as needed. Glad to hear you are out and about and testing the machines.

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