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PostSubject: hello from new brunswick   Mon Oct 10, 2016 11:14 am

hey guys. i just retired my 95 mtd yardman from its cutting dutys
and then saw some guys on youtube building mud tractors with these
things and i though. hey thats interesting! so here i am.
so far i striped all mowing stuff off the tractor.
and then i need to look in to possibley a belt or trans problem?
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PostSubject: Re: hello from new brunswick   Mon Oct 10, 2016 11:27 am

Depends on what transaxle it has. If it is a hydrostatic drive, you should start looking for a new transaxle or a whole tractor. if it is a varidrive, (FNR shifter and a speed shifter) then it will be ok as-is, but they aren't very durable and lots of opportunity for belt slip. And *these are very rare* if you have one with a peerless, pulley swap and go. My friend found an MTD Ranch King with a factory peerless 801, we looked on the MTD website and there isn't even a record of having built it.

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PostSubject: Re: hello from new brunswick   Mon Oct 10, 2016 12:21 pm

Thanks. Again from YouTube research I see its what is called the FNR trans.
I think that's one of the less desirable trans for the hole mud thing?
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PostSubject: Re: hello from new brunswick   Mon Oct 10, 2016 12:41 pm

Yes the transaxle is fairly weak, and with two belts and the variable drive pulley, it slips bad when its wet. I would look for a peerless MST or 900 series. They should fit the chassis without too much modification and just gut out the whole varidrive system and run one belt with a normal clutch. Fair amount of work, but if you can't find another or you want to do something a little different, its doable.

Redlinemotorsportts put a peerless in his MTD a few years ago, but I haven't heard of anyone else doing it. Anyone else?
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PostSubject: Re: hello from new brunswick   Tue Oct 11, 2016 3:21 pm

I've definitely seen a few people convert from Vari-drive on this forum but I can't seem to find any of those threads now. I will have another look sometime.

I also would like to point out that if you can't get a Peerless, a Foote/Spicer would be nearly as good. I've looked into this a few times and there aren't really that many differences. The case is weaker though. It would at least be better than the Vari-drive and weak FNR trans.
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