/ Does HST Transmission Rob Horsepower?? #31
If comparing Gear/Shuttle to HST reliability is about the same. Gear/Shuttle will yield better fuel economy, which is important to 'big ag".Gears are maybe less prone to 'go wrong' (as my thrifty relatives would say) versus the 'more complicated' HST. I have both.
Seriously, how do you come up with this stuff?? I just can't get it.If comparing Gear/Shuttle to HST reliability is about the same. Gear/Shuttle will yield better fuel economy, which is important to 'big ag".
In Gear/Clutch combination the traditional clutch, not the gears, is the weak point. And that is the reason few subcompact tractors are offered with a Gear/Clutch option.
Clutch rebuilds at my local Florida Kubota dealer are $1,200. Clutch rebuilds are probably $2,000 in New York or Western Washington. Clutch rebuilds are NOT warranty repairs.
Anyone buying a Gear/Clutch tractor for operation by employees is making a bad decision. The clutch will be abused and employees will run the FEL into immovable objects regularly.
A small tractor can fit places where a big one can't. If you don't believe, go search a little bit about farming in Europe.15hp and up for the agricultural business?? I'm guessing the farms in Europe, might be a tad smaller than those in north America. Most of my family are in the AG business.
Of course I know the farms there tend to be smaller. I am not disparaging European farming at all, they have different geology, soils, history, what they grow and everything else make it different, not necessarily bad or good. Here is a video of harvesting winter wheat very near where my family operate there farms. Its very different than there, not better or poorer. Would anyone care to guess the HP of the tractor towing the grain cart has??A small tractor can fit places where a big one can't. If you don't believe, go search a little bit about farming in Europe.
Also, small tractors can farm too. Very common for people that sell at the local market to have a small 15 to 30 tractor that can easily fit inside a small greenhouse or small plots.