So far, the reason I haven’t pulled the trigger on the K57 is because, although marginally but measurably better, I would be tempted to put it in just to see how much better it would be. The other half of me has a twisted challenge to see how long the “non-serviceable” T40 trans will last with proper preventative service. LolThe rebuild kits used to be around $200, a couple of years ago. They are now around $400. Compared to that, the K57 is a bargain.
So what you’re saying is my trans will be fine for years to come. Right on! LolWell, you could do what I did many years ago: buy a spare transaxle and wait for the original one to die. I am still waiting and am getting ready to get the X300 ready to sell. Since I got the X534 fixed up, I haven't really used the X300 much. Since I also have an X749, I can't see much need for the X300. I was really unhappy I missed out on the first set of K61s, so I bought the K46 when I found a good deal. Missed out on the 2nd round of K61s, because I already had the spare K46 and had already decided I really wanted difflock and AWS and hydraulics, so the K61 would not get me any of that, but a new (to me) machine would.
I contacted Surplus Center and asked if it would fit the L110. But it seems like from what I hear here it will. I will go that route if they say say it will. As much as I would like a new machine, I think I like the $ more. Is there a video on flipping the swashplate. That is foreign territory for me. I guess running the drill forward would spin it in the dir3ection the motor would turn it. Right?If you go the route of the K57, spin the input shaft with a drill motor, and while doing that, actuate the forward/reverse linkage to see which way it’s oriented. My LA135 I think utilizes reverse actuation. When the forward pedal is applied, it pushes the trans lever rearward and the trans spins the axles forward. If the K57 doesn’t match your tractor’s behavior, you can remove the bottom trans cover and flip the drive swashplate 180* and the controls will then work the opposite direction. You can do all these checks before you install it in your machine.
My T40 still seems to be fine, but I have been considering grabbing one of those K57s just to have around, especially at $300. I think the overhaul motor rebuild kit for mine costs more than that.
Thanks for the heads up. .Any idea where to find the swapping the swashplate instructions.Surplus Center probably doesn't know if it fits or not. They buy surplus stuff for really cheap and then sell it for pretty cheap (in addition to the standard stuff they carry).
I found this from someone who made the switch. Looks like the K57R might be backwards from what the 100 series use, but still possible to make it work.
I ordered the K57 transaxle. After some confirmation that a K57 should fit anything a K46 fits. As long as it has the same connector layout. Since these transaxle's have loads of different options. I compared all the connectors and axle design. They all appear to be the same between the K57R...forums.macrumors.com
This video does a really nice job of walking through a complete rebuild. At exactly the 35:00 minute mark, he discusses the swash plate making the trans work backwards. I suggest watching the whole thing though, it's pretty informative.Thanks for the heads up. .Any idea where to find the swapping the swashplate instructions.
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I think it was in 2013, or 2014, when we got several FEET of snow over the course of a day or two..... At that time, all I had was a little 22" walkbehind snowthrower. That got old REAL fast, so, bought a snowblower, that came with a tractor...... In the years since, I used the tractor mounted feller maybe three times.... (and a couple of uses were 'just because I have it', not that I really needed it.) Got a 47 blower with my 445 a couple years back. I have mounted it on the tractor for the last few years, but, have never actually USED it. Not enough snow to bother with.Just as you can see from my avatar pic, I have guaranteed it will never snow again in Michigan!
If nothing else, it will allow me to worry less about what I am hauling around the yard, knowing I have a solid backup on hand. I still won't go out of my way to abuse the T40, but I can be a little more relaxed about it.
They have spacers on them so I guess zI could makle new spacers if necessary. Video is good. , ThanksFYI, I just read somewhere else that it may be necessary to swap your original axles into the new K57R as well. I can confirm this when I receive the new K57R, but it appears your original axles might be a bit longer than the ones in the new trans. Not a really big deal, especially if you are going to remove the cover to flip the swashplate. At that point, there are two slotted clips to remove and then the axles pull out.