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PostSubject: Shaft powered lawn tractor   Shaft powered lawn tractor Icon_minitimeFebruary 25th 2010, 11:43 am

I wanted to know if any of you had a shaft driven lawn tractor. It would be ideal for water. I think some Cub cadets have have em. It wouldnt be too hard to make.
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PostSubject: Re: Shaft powered lawn tractor   Shaft powered lawn tractor Icon_minitimeFebruary 25th 2010, 12:56 pm

It would be very easy to do with any lawn tractor. You'd need two Right Angle Gear Boxes, one under the engine and one on the tranny. That would give you a 1:1 ratio. Only problem is you'd need a proper clutch like a car. Can you tell I've thought about this before? lol. The biggest expence would be the RAGBs, theyre not cheap new.
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PostSubject: Re: Shaft powered lawn tractor   Shaft powered lawn tractor Icon_minitimeMarch 9th 2010, 3:57 pm

Someone somewhere mentioned about home making one out of two axles that have pinion gears - use two pillow blocks to support them - id say mount them to some square tubing ( L shaped) and add a cross brace - then build a box with oil seals out of steel sheets, welding all the sides but one ( to access the thing, bolt the unit to the bottom ( to remove it if needed) - i think its possible and sometime i wanna try it!

Only hard bit would be to mesh the gears correctly- might need to check it like when checking a differential ( to see if they mesh right).
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PostSubject: Re: Shaft powered lawn tractor   Shaft powered lawn tractor Icon_minitimeJune 10th 2010, 10:21 am

arild365 wrote:
I wanted to know if any of you had a shaft driven lawn tractor. It would be ideal for water. I think some Cub cadets have have em. It wouldnt be too hard to make.
I don`t see why a transaxle couldn`t be mounted at a 90 degree orientation to original and use a steering U-Joint attached to the input shaft . You would have to figure a method to clutch it though to change gears, unless it was a hydro.
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PostSubject: Re: Shaft powered lawn tractor   Shaft powered lawn tractor Icon_minitimeAugust 10th 2010, 7:51 am

my honda has a shaft n it goes ok in the mud its just kinda heavy if u get better tires itll do better
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PostSubject: Re: Shaft powered lawn tractor   Shaft powered lawn tractor Icon_minitimeAugust 10th 2010, 4:26 pm

The bigger cubs have shaft drive - they weight alot as well. Thats why alot of tractor pullers use a cub trans as a starting point.

I dont know how well a transmission mounted sideways would work - where would you mount it? They take up alot of room - plus theyre weak ( unless filled with oil and heavy duty berings) - only way to find out is build one actually.

Belts will still work when wet- IF theyre the better quality ones - i ran my agway in the mud and water up to the bottom of the motor and it still moved easily ( only lost traction from the crappy stock tires is all).
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PostSubject: Re: Shaft powered lawn tractor   Shaft powered lawn tractor Icon_minitimeJanuary 6th 2011, 5:49 am

I had a bolens with shaft drive..
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PostSubject: Re: Shaft powered lawn tractor   Shaft powered lawn tractor Icon_minitimeJanuary 6th 2011, 7:36 am

Yeah that guy Tommarytn on YT uses all those old Bolens tractors with the wisconsin and kohler motors - neat things about those are the trans can be locked like a front axle on a 4x4 - just twist the knob on one of the rear wheels- plus the tube chassis is cool. He takes those things everywhere - mud, water.

The shaft setup is sorta weird- it hooks to the motor by belts- its not directly hooked to it - its mounted a few inches below the motor back to the trans.
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PostSubject: Re: Shaft powered lawn tractor   Shaft powered lawn tractor Icon_minitimeJanuary 6th 2011, 8:24 am

ive thought about doing this a few times but alot of times i dont have the money
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PostSubject: Re: Shaft powered lawn tractor   Shaft powered lawn tractor Icon_minitimeJanuary 6th 2011, 1:41 pm

dangeroustoys56 wrote:
The bigger cubs have shaft drive - they weight alot as well. Thats why alot of tractor pullers use a cub trans as a starting point.

I dont know how well a transmission mounted sideways would work - where would you mount it? They take up alot of room - plus theyre weak ( unless filled with oil and heavy duty berings) - only way to find out is build one actually.

Belts will still work when wet- IF theyre the better quality ones - i ran my agway in the mud and water up to the bottom of the motor and it still moved easily ( only lost traction from the crappy stock tires is all).

i had 2 similar tractors a few years ago and they both had the exact same belt, i replaced both belts within 2 months but i bought them at the same time because i knew id need it anyway one of them i could completely submerge and itll still grip fine but on the other it didnt take much at all and the belt was slipping and i had to get the other tractor to pull it out
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PostSubject: Re: Shaft powered lawn tractor   Shaft powered lawn tractor Icon_minitimeJanuary 6th 2011, 7:55 pm

On Tommarytn's YT cahnnel- when they went into deep water- water would spray up like a water fountain when the hood was open , just in front of the steering wheel- pretty funny.
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