Why do you think the mower is under powered?
Is the engine worn out? Is the hydro trans bad? Wrong adjustment?
A 16 hp hydro should be able to take you anyplace you should go (when operating right).
Very reasonable questions. The later model R322 weighs 571 lb and has two hydros. It would not be out of line to assume that your earlier model could be a few pounds lighter with only one hydro. My 2250 lb GT has no problem negotiating 20-25° slopes with a 16 hp engine.
Based on that singular piece of data, a 200 lb operator, or the lack thereof, should have no obvious effect on your tractor's performance if the engine and transmission are functioning correctly.
If you want to try the remote operation kit, accept and describe it as your preference. Don't blame the need for it on poor engine or transmission performance. Both will still be in evidence after the installation.
The hydro in your tractor will only accept 5-6 hp input. If a 16 hp engine is bogging, it's not because of the hydro. It's either out of tune, the load on the mower blades is high, or the engine is worn. If the tractor slows on the slopes while the engine revs stay the same, that
is a fault of the hydro.
If you are looking for a project
, get the remote control kit, otherwise, spend the money on bringing your equipment back up to square one specs, or replace the 20 year old machine with something new that has the capability to deal with the slopes for another 20 years or more.
In this particular instance, a remote control is a band-aid being used to hide an existing problem that is only going to get worse, not better.
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