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post #1 of 15 Old 09-19-2018, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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appears Husqvarna is now using Hydro-Gear

I just looked at the specs on the TS354x family and they now list the transmission as Hydro-Gear
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They use both the Hydro-Gear G730 and the Tuff-Torq K66 In the Husqvarna TS Line of Garden tractors For years all Husqvarna Used was the Hydro-Gear Transmission In there Garden tractors But you actually have to check Out the IPL Manuals Not Just what they Post online Because they are Known for not Properly posting the correct information on the Main Page of a Tractor Model

TS354X 960 43 02 44 uses a Hydro-Gear G730

TS354X 960 43 02 43 uses a Hydro-Gear G730

TS354XD 960 41 04-19 uses a K66ELD

TS354 960 43 02-40 uses a K66ELD

TS348 960 43 02-39 uses a Hydro-Gear G730

TS348XD 960 43 02-42 uses a K66ELD

Basically if It doesn't Have diff/lock and is called a Fast Transmission It has a Hydro-Gear G730

Husqvarna is Just consolidating the website There is a Drop down Menu under the TS354X (Select product variant) But You also Need to check the IPL Manual by date Then You Can actually see what Transmission it Has

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Re: appears Husqvarna is now using Hydro-Gear

Hydro-Gear G730. Exactly what is it?
I know what the Tuff-Torq K66 is and am not impressed.
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They use both the Hydro-Gear G730 and the Tuff-Torq K66 In the Husqvarna TS Line of Garden tractors For years all Husqvarna Used was the Hydro-Gear Transmission In there Garden tractors But you actually have to check Out the IPL Manuals Not Just what they Post online Because they are Known for not Properly posting the correct information on the Main Page of a Tractor Model

TS354X 960 43 02 44 uses a Hydro-Gear G730

TS354X 960 43 02 43 uses a Hydro-Gear G730

TS354XD 960 41 04-19 uses a K66ELD

TS354 960 43 02-40 uses a K66ELD

TS348 960 43 02-39 uses a Hydro-Gear G730

TS348XD 960 43 02-42 uses a K66ELD

Basically if It doesn't Have diff/lock and is called a Fast Transmission It has a Hydro-Gear G730

Husqvarna is Just consolidating the website There is a Drop down Menu under the TS354X (Select product variant) But You also Need to check the IPL Manual by date Then You Can actually see what Transmission it Has
Your chart is much more clear than what they have posted, could be of use for folks that are looking to buy, I have the 960 43 02 45 with the Tuff-Torq for just over a month. Their web site, in my opinion, needs help, they would not have gotten me as a customer with the web site, it was reviews that took me to a dealer to talk, I was in a good place, the old JD was getting tired, but was still doing the job, so I had time to search around. I do like my dealer, when I had narrowed down to about 3 or models, I said "My old JD has lasted me 22 years, will this one?" without hesitation, he said no. Gave me feeling that he is a straight shooter.
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I have hydro gear 222-3010L in my craftsman tractor. It is maintenance free. Doesn't leak (knock on wood). 18 years old. It may last forever.

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Hydro-Gear G730. Exactly what is it?
I know what the Tuff-Torq K66 is and am not impressed.
Leading Manufacturer of Precision Drive Solutions - Hydro-Gear - G730

The K66 is a fine entry Level Garden tractor Transmission That has been used for over 20 Years By Many Manufacturers.

The G730 Falls In between a Tuff-Torq K66 & a Tuff-Torq K70.

Kubota actually uses the G730 In the Top of the Line T series Lawn Tractor But the Hydro-Gear G700 series(had a different Model Name Prior to the G730) But it has also Been around about 20 years. Prior to Husqvarna Offering differential Lock. It was the Only Hydrostatic Transmission Husqvarna Used in there Garden tractors since about 1999 and Prior to MTD Making Garden tractor for Sears Under the Craftsman Label the G730 was also the standard Hydrostatic Transmission used as well in the Craftsman Garden tractors made By AYP/ HOP.

The Only downside I see to the G730 is the Bercomac Tiller Cannot Mount to the Transmission outer Housing Like it Can On a Tuff-Torq Transmission So if You Buy a Husqvarna Garden tractor with a G730 Only tiller Option is a separate engine tiller

If You want a a decent framed Husqvarna The Husqvarna GT54CS is Built On the Old Rail frame which was used from the Mid 1990's Until the GTXLS series Came out If they would Just use the frame from the CS and add a Kawasaki engine and a Tuff-Torq K66ELD to it It Just Might last 20 years or More.

The downside of the GTXLS and the TS is the weak designed Frame
Husqvarna use to offer a 10inch Brinly Plow and R1(agricultural tread tires) as Options for the rail frame designed Machines. But that new Frame design they don't offer either of those options Because they Know. a User Might damage the frame using a 10inch Plow with AG tires Mounted.

That Older rail frame designed Tractor will not Have a Problem with a Johnny Bucket Jr either

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What I get from this is they have not built a GT since 1999 and if you truly need a GT look else where.
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I am glad that I posted my observation, the information people have added could be of tremendous help to others that are looking to buy a machine. There is a wealth of knowledge here, I am glad that I have found MyTractorforum.com
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When I bought my Husqvarna, I had no intentions of adding the Johnnie Bucket, didn't even know about them and still could care less. I do know I have a strong tractor with a great transaxle for pulling the smaller things my compact tractor is just too big for. For what I needed the Husqvarna for is exactly why I bought it and it should prove to be great at the tasks intended. I could have gotten by with a cheaper lawn tractor probably, but I always try to buy something that is a little more than what I know I will need. I have no regrets and absolutely love the K66. It is a much stronger transaxle than most companies are adding to their tractor lineup. I expect the Husqvarna to make the 20 year mark for me, no problem. I love the green machines but pricing out the X500 series proved too pricey for what you get. Same with the Simplicity.

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All My Garden tractor Have a Sleeve Hitch or a 3point hitch Most Have a front Blade I would consider a Husqvarna TS series Only for rear Mounted ground Engaging attachments. I would be a Little Leary of any front Mounted attachments except for a Blower,front Mounted Thatcher or Rotary Broom. If a Johnny Bucket can buckle the Frame a Dozer Blade Can do that as well. The TS series is a fine Idea But if You Make the Backbone weak It kind of defeats the Purpose For what a Garden tractor is known for in North America. I really considered a GTXLS/TS series for a replacement for a 2002 Cub Cadet 2206 Until I saw the frame and it Buckle on a few different Forums for a few different owners(even using it to spread Loose sand) The Cub XT3 finally caught up in Late 2016 with the Introduction of a OEM sleeve Hitch To me it was a no brainier then skip the GTXLS/TS series for a Cub XT3 series May still add a TS series Just to test it Longevity for Myself and Leave at another Property I have Where I currently truck a Garden tractor Out to Mow and do some sleeve Hitch work

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Just saw this thread, a day late and a dollar short as usual! My neighbor had a Cub Cadet LT1045 he ran the snot out of. It had a Kohler Courage and a Hydro-Gear 0510 transaxle. Pulled the transaxle at 300 hours, oil was changed and he ran it another 300 hours before the engine popped. Transaxle never skipped a beat.

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I've been researching the 'XD' and 'D' for almost a month. Called dealers, Husqvarna hotline, web site chat line, corporate offices, excetera. From what I discovered ... for 2019 the 'X' & 'XD' models get the fast hydrostatic hydro gear. Of those two, the 'XD' also gets the locking diff. The 'D' gets the K66 and locking diff. and is $150 more but doesn't have the gauge package or LED lights, however has armrests which apparently the 'X' & 'XD' don't get this year. I guess the K66 is a lot more costly of unit for Husky to installl???

Why Husqvarna did this makes no sense whatsoever. They need to consolidate their tractor line and just offer options off a base model or two. The ideal model was the 2017/early 2018 XD model 960 41 04 19 which had every option above but better guage selection: fuel and LED indicator (sensor indicators).
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I've been researching the 'XD' and 'D' for almost a month.

Why Husqvarna did this makes no sense whatsoever. They need to consolidate their tractor line and just offer options off a base model or two. The ideal model was the 2017/early 2018 XD model 960 41 04 19 which had every option above but better guage selection: fuel and LED indicator (sensor indicators).
They need to, in my opinion, to have maybe 3 models of each TS3xx, 48 and 54, base with LS and with Locking, or do like many of the computer Mfg do and have a base model to which you add the required options that you need for your application(s). Example; Ft guard, reinforced frame for bucket or blade, fuel gauge ( I would be in for that one), 3pt, sleeve hitch etc.
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Ditto Dave on the fuel gauge. I hate having to try to look between my legs at the fuel level. As soon as they released the TS354 I jumped on the bandwagon and bought one. People immediately began complaining on here about not having access to the fast transaxle the Hydro Gear offered. I bought mine for the locking differential and have been pleased with it but I can understand people wanting the faster speeds. I mow rather slow but have seen people mow quite fast.

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Ditto Dave on the fuel gauge. I hate having to try to look between my legs at the fuel level. As soon as they released the TS354 I jumped on the bandwagon and bought one. People immediately began complaining on here about not having access to the fast transaxle the Hydro Gear offered. I bought mine for the locking differential and have been pleased with it but I can understand people wanting the faster speeds. I mow rather slow but have seen people mow quite fast.
I just stop at ≈1.5 Hr, or a miss when doing a sharp left turn, and top off, mine is so dark that even shining a flashlight through the side I can't see the level. I have so many obstacles I don't even use the cruse lock, I don't need the speed, just the ability to get back up out of the ravine or when I pulled that big branch to the ravine. This one with stock tires does better with the Locking diff than the JD did with AG Lug tires, I always needed a running start to get over the exposed roots coming up with the Deere.
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