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PostSubject: Newbie - Doug from Poland, NY   Newbie - Doug from Poland, NY Icon_minitimeJune 16th 2021, 2:29 am

Howdy,
I just recently discovered that mud mowers were a thing and I am currently searching for my first project!
I have learned enough to avoid buying a hydrostatic or shaft drive or MTD vary-drive type machine, but beyond that I will be depending on my own mechanical abilities and this forum for answers to questions I cannot answer!

I looked at a couple Simplicity mowers today and they had Tracto-static tranny's which appeared to be similar to the MTD Vary-drive set-up, with funky pulleys in the middle. So, I decided against this model.

Thanks in advance for your help . . . I am excited to get started.

Doug
Poland, NY (population 451)
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie - Doug from Poland, NY   Newbie - Doug from Poland, NY Icon_minitimeJune 16th 2021, 7:58 am

Greetings from another upstate boy! Welcome to the forum Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie - Doug from Poland, NY   Newbie - Doug from Poland, NY Icon_minitimeJune 16th 2021, 10:03 am

Welcome to ATLTF.. Sounds like you are on your way. Before counting out a shaft driven, check out Mr. Studabaker @Mister_Studabaker . He's pretty easy to find on the web.

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PostSubject: Re: Newbie - Doug from Poland, NY   Newbie - Doug from Poland, NY Icon_minitimeJune 16th 2021, 10:32 am

Yeah shaft drives aren't bad. The White in my profile pic is shaft driven and I don't mud too hard, and I max out at 8 miles per hour, but I get zero belt slip and I will (fingers crossed) probably never break a transaxle. You can change gear sets if you feel so inclined, but from the factory shaft drives are usually slightly faster than belt drives anyway. Just my 2c
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie - Doug from Poland, NY   Newbie - Doug from Poland, NY Icon_minitimeJune 16th 2021, 5:24 pm

Welcome!

As others have said, there are ways to speed up a shaft drive, they’re just usually more in depth. Different gear sets, taller tires, remove the Governor, those are the only three I can think of at the moment. Studebaker has a wicked old shaft driven cub cadet. That things a beast
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie - Doug from Poland, NY   Newbie - Doug from Poland, NY Icon_minitimeJune 16th 2021, 6:34 pm

X2 on Studabaker’s cub...Keizer is a tank and 1/2! Not trying to jack the thread though, carry on lol
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