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post #1 of 4 Old 11-25-2016, 11:42 AM Thread Starter
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Hydro Pro 32 transmission question

My dad has a question regarding his fairly new Hydro Pro 32.

Our family used to have a 1967 Jacobsen 1200 SuperChief garden tractor which also had a Hydrogear transmission.
On that, you could change speeds 100% variable while moving. You could even stop the tractor using the transmission (neutral) and then go into reverse, all without touching the clutch.

The Ariens manual says to stop before changing gears.

Do you really have to stop with the hydrostatic transmission, or is it just like the 1960s Hydrogear where you could do whatever you wanted while moving? I do recall it said not to change too quickly, but a nice slow change seemed fine.

My dad is assuming this is either for safety, or just copied from manuals from friction disc machines but he doesn't want to damage the transmission either.

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You can adjust the leaver faster or slower at fast/slow as you like. No worries.
That must be copied from the friction disk models.
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The manual comment was a mistake. You can shift the hydro on the fly. In fact, i just keep the drive lever down all the time and use the speed selector lever to control all movement/stops. Took a bit to get used to but the efficiency is amazing.
With that said, make shifts slow and smooth - there is no need to beat the crap out of the machine.
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The manual comment was a mistake. You can shift the hydro on the fly. In fact, i just keep the drive lever down all the time and use the speed selector lever to control all movement/stops. Took a bit to get used to but the efficiency is amazing.
With that said, make shifts slow and smooth - there is no need to beat the crap out of the machine.
Have the same machine, this is spot on.

What you may find however constantly holding down the drive lever gets a little old!
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