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300 series friction disc trans?

I've read reviews that say (and show) the 300 series has a hydrostatic transmission, but Husqvarna's own site says they are friction disk. Are they confused, or have the current models been downgraded?

https://www.husqvarna.com/us/product...330/961930125/
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Husqvarna's website is correct. With the introduction of the Husqvarna 400 series, Husqvarna has re-positioned the 300 series. The 400 series models are all hydrostatic with wheeled, tracked, carb and EFI variations. I'm sure there are old reviews out there on the interweb that list old 300 series models with their respective hydro's but that's old news. And while it is old news I'm sure if you looked hard enough, you could still find a brand new 300 hydro for sale out there somewhere. Matter of fact I think a new member just bought one a couple of weeks ago.

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Thanks, I appreciate the confirmation. It looks like the secret code is a P suffix on the model number (as in ST330P) for the older version, and I have seen a few of them still available.

I'm looking to replace a 25 year old MTD, and one of problems with it is the friction disc trans. I often have to deal with a huge end of driveway puddle as the street is highly crowned (a lot of cars will drag going in and out). And when the friction disc gets wet, the drive is crippled until it finally dries out again. So whatever I get is going to have a hydrostatic trans.

I'm sure the 400 series is nice, but the $1000 difference between equivalent models is rather breathtaking. Is it really worth it?

I'm also looking at Ariens, but equivalent hydrostatic models are as much or more than the 400 series. And Honda seems to be even more, for what looks like less.
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Grab up one of the discontinued 300's with the hydro before they're gone. IMHO a bargain.

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I guess in all my years of doing driveways, even loading my trailer, doing drives for profit, in all kinds of weather, Never did I ever experience a slipping friction drive due to weather. I am truly blessed
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I guess in all my years of doing driveways, even loading my trailer, doing drives for profit, in all kinds of weather, Never did I ever experience a slipping friction drive due to weather. I am truly blessed
Me neither, they are pretty tough and reliable.

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Brainsan I just bought a 327P. It has the hydrostatic drive. I have not used it yet for snow but am impressed with the observable build quality.

I paid $1299 plus tax. The site currently has 10% special promotion that can be used for other stuff on their site.
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I guess in all my years of doing driveways, even loading my trailer, doing drives for profit, in all kinds of weather, Never did I ever experience a slipping friction drive due to weather. I am truly blessed …
For me it's not the weather, it's the water. And with my end of driveway pond, the water is pretty much guaranteed.

Oh, it will dry out and start working eventually, but I'm tired of pushing dead weight until it does.

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Grab up one of the discontinued 300's with the hydro before they're gone. IMHO a bargain.
It looks like it. I can still find some ST327P's, but the ST330P seems to be a goner.
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Brainsan I just bought a 327P. It has the hydrostatic drive. I have not used it yet for snow but am impressed with the observable build quality.

I paid $1299 plus tax. The site currently has 10% special promotion that can be used for other stuff on their site.
Thanks, which site, if that's ok to ask? (If not, PM?)
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