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Hydrostat trans good or not?
« on: December 11, 2008, 11:47:44 AM »
Just wondering I have a chance to pick up a mtd 18hp b/s vtwin for free but it has a hydrostat
trans. Any thoughts? :confused:



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Re: Hydrostat trans good or not?
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2008, 12:54:18 PM »
no, because when you speed them up they over heat and break down the lube and break the transaxel.
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Re: Hydrostat trans good or not?
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2008, 12:55:09 PM »
hydrostats are no good on anykind of racing
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Re: Hydrostat trans good or not?
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2008, 12:57:58 PM »
Just wondering I have a chance to pick up a mtd 18hp b/s vtwin for free but it has a hydrostat
trans. Any thoughts? :confused:


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Re: Hydrostat trans good or not?
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2008, 01:39:33 PM »
I WILL TAKE THE TRACTOR ANYBODY HAVE ANY IDEAS OF WHAT TRANS I SHOULD USE FOR DRAG RACING?

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Re: Hydrostat trans good or not?
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2008, 01:46:53 PM »
What are the racers using in your club?
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Re: Hydrostat trans good or not?
« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2008, 02:02:32 PM »
Thats just the thing there are no clubs anywhere in the state of ohio.


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Re: Hydrostat trans good or not?
« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2008, 02:31:41 PM »
Where you live at?....lol

There are several drag racing clubs in the USA.
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Re: Hydrostat trans good or not?
« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2008, 03:19:27 PM »
they use peerless transaxles. i think is what you call them.
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Re: Hydrostat trans good or not?
« Reply #9 on: December 11, 2008, 05:16:43 PM »
the club up here uses all kinds the out law class uses any type tranny that will work but still has to have a lawn mower engine.
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Re: Hydrostat trans good or not?
« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2008, 10:22:46 PM »
sorry for the last post computer wigged out on me. There is no type of mower racing in ohio (that I have found). Myself and some other guys would like to start a club in central Ohio area but first need to get a couple mower going to get more people interested. The rules page that was posted on here helps a lot now just comes the build and a somewhat good start to a build would be helpful. I have gathered the cart brakes and jr dragster rack and pinion steering for my ride, now I just need some help with the drivetrain. I have done a lot of looking through the forums and I cant find any driveline forums for drag racing. What would a good rear end ratio be? Would it still be smart to go with a 9 to 1 like the round track mowers? I know I'll have a lot of try and try again builds with testing just really need a base to start with. I have gathered a couple of good suggestions,wheelie bars and junk the hydrostat.
Thank you for everybody's input so far keep them coming and I will start posting pictures of the build hopefully to help out new racers in the future!!!!

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Re: Hydrostat trans good or not?
« Reply #11 on: December 12, 2008, 05:10:41 AM »
thats cool keep us posted.

Just an idea on the wheelie bars, leave them up about an inch to inch and a half off the ground. Cause a lot of guys here, put them flat on the ground, and there is no give any where so some thing breaks.

And as far as a step by step build, remember that you are drag racing not circle tracking, so in my opinion all that bracing would add a lot of weight. I know some one will chime in and say that it is for frame flex, I wasnt saying not to add any bracing, just maybe not as much as the roundy rounds.

Also for drag racing, please if you use a 700 peerles, make sure you make a plate and bushing like George does, cause if not, your gona break the input housing on the bottom plate. Ive seen it many times. One of the best transaxels is the 820 peerless. It has the 1 in axels.

Any ways keep us posted.
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Re: Hydrostat trans good or not?
« Reply #12 on: December 12, 2008, 09:14:45 AM »
ANY IDEAS ON WHAT KIND OF TRACTOR I CAN FIND A 820 PEERLESS IN?

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Re: Hydrostat trans good or not?
« Reply #14 on: December 12, 2008, 01:27:55 PM »
Head down to your local drag strip and talk to them, they might be willing to let you run on test and tune night. You might be able to stir up some interest.
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