New CVT transmissions. Any experience?
Looking for a rider to do my small yard, just for fun. It's just a 1/2 acre but pretty steep slopes. Had wanted an X304, but JD cheapened them with a K46 recently. Thought I'd need a manual because of the slopes. Thought about a Wheel Horse. Looked at the latest AYP Craftsman, and they have a new General Transmission built CVT. I demo'd it and it pulled like an electric motor up a steep slope. Pretty powerful. Never heard of this. Heavier duty than the one MTD licenses. Reading the specs, it's got a bit more torque than a K58. It will run cooler. It is more efficient. Mantaining it should be replacing the external belt. There seems to be no down side to it. The AYP tractor cost me 1,600, which is a lot less than something with a K58. Before anybody tells me how bad AYP is--I like it just fine. For my needs it is more than adequate. Just cutting a little yard and pulling a trailer with mulch or shrubs. Does anybody have any experience or opinions on this tranny that they'd share? I've used torque converters in other things (minibikes, snowmobile) and they were wonderful and easy to maintain. I have a suspicion that Tuff Torq and Hydro Gear are going to make some or lose this market. Hydrostatics are in comparison inefficient, expensive, make lots of noise, and need regular (hard to do) maintaining. I feel pretty certain that they are going to the dustbin of history with lawn tractors.