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post #46 of 51 Old 08-01-2019, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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How many hours did you get out of the 2 previous mowers ?
less than 100 on one, about 150 on the other. Not much time at all really.
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I found these guys. Take a look. K66 Upgrade Kits
Wow, now this is tempting. The K66 has just about twice the torque and it is reasonably priced. This might do the job and not cost an arm and a leg.

Thank you!
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Re: L&G tractor without hydrostatic transmission

That is a pretty cool kit/option! I'll admit, though, that it makes me a bit curious. At $1,800 for the X300 upgrade, it makes me wonder how that compares to the price of just buying a used GT.

Maybe older than an X300, but around here, you can get something like a GT235 for less than that. I wonder about the resale value of an X300 with an $1,800 transaxle upgrade, how much of that money you'd get back if you sold it in the future. I don't know how other aspects of an X300 compare with their GT brothers, like frame thickness, attachment options, etc.

Don't get me wrong, I understand that buying a totally different machine brings its own risks. You know how your machine has been cared for, while that's an unknown with a different used tractor. But I guess I'd maybe want to explore the price of a different/used K46 to get the X300 going again, then possibly selling it, to go with a GT?
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Re: L&G tractor without hydrostatic transmission

What about these $1300 18hp single Troy Bilts? A single gear tranny with a stacked pulley that changes the ratio (speed) to the big tranny pulley. Would they hold up to hills? Or are they junk that won't last?

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What about these $1300 18hp single Troy Bilts? A single gear tranny with a stacked pulley that changes the ratio (speed) to the big tranny pulley. Would they hold up to hills? Or are they junk that won't last?
This is what I suggested a couple of pages back. You can get these for 999-1299 on sale.
Just MAKE sure it has the two drive belts and the double sheave (stacked) pulley.
They are very durable.

Most all of the newer ones are the 7 speed shift on the fly with left side clutch/brake pedal but the much more enjoyable ones to use for me were the older with the right push gas pedal style.
NOTE: do not assume a right push pedal is style. I haven't see ONE newer one YET!

They are either hydro or General (but I don't think I've seen any Troy Bilts with General trans or any other MTD for that matter.
JD is using them in the E100 but Tuff torque in E140 and above.
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I would like to buy a new heavy duty lawn and garden tractor so I can care for it well. I am currently looking at this Husky, https://www.husqvarna.com/us/product...48d/960430284/

I believe it has a K66 and a manual locking differential. Haven't seen anything with the K72 or Hi/Lo. This is about 3.5k and I wouldn't want to go any higher than that.
With the locking diff, I actually might be able to go sideways instead of up and down the hills. Don't know if that would be safe though.

Any thoughts on this machine or others would be appreciated. I just don't want to have to buy another on in the next couple years because of a burned up tranny.
Same here, that 354D is available locally and I can get the 10% military discount on it at Lowe's, so that makes it the cheapest K66 mower I've found, even a Cub Cadet XT2 at the same price only has a K58 transmission in it. However, I'm concerned about the talk of a weak frame, so I need to find some context there, i.e. Can it do some light snow plowing, or haul a hopper full of mulch?
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