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2 speed Hydro vs 3 speed Hydro on tractors

Elusive78

Member
So I am in the market for a new Sub compact tractor between 35 & 40 HP range just wondering should a person shy away from something that has only 2 speeds vs 3 speeds just wondering what your guys thoughts are out there.
 

IowaBowHunter1983

Super Moderator
Staff member
So I am in the market for a new Sub compact tractor between 35 & 40 HP range just wondering should a person shy away from something that has only 2 speeds vs 3 speeds just wondering what your guys thoughts are out there.
Personally Id def want 3. I spend most of my time in B gear. Def need C gear for road or moving spots. A gear super handy for heavy pushes, etc.
 

Sligh1

Administrator
Staff member
So- are u guys referring to hydrostat transmissions? I assume so. Is it much more to go to a “regular trans” with clutch & shift? Get a lot better torque & power.
 

arm

Leg
Too unfamiliar with 2 speed I guess. I rarely go into high (or c for the jd guys it seems) so that wouldn't matter to me; never on the road and flying down a field just doesn't happen because it's too rough. Seems like a 2 speed you'd be in highest range, high rpm but not all the way on the gear for a situation like mowing...so sounds like you'd lose power by not being able to put your foot all the way down. I'd pick 3 speed just for the M range.
 

IowaBowHunter1983

Super Moderator
Staff member
So- are u guys referring to hydrostat transmissions? I assume so. Is it much more to go to a “regular trans” with clutch & shift? Get a lot better torque & power.
Reg tran actually cheaper I do believe.

Personally, for how I use my machine anything but hydro would drive me insane.

Each has their benefits for sure. Gotta weigh them out.
 
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abell3

Active Member
Hydro Trans is more $$$ than MWFD Trans. Depends what work you want to be doing. If you're mostly mowing plots with it hydro is way to go. Doing work that requires more torque id lean towards MFWD trans. Most hobby farm customers I've been leaning them more towards Hydro. If you have never been on a tractor get hydro. You'll be more happy with it.
 

Tmayer13

PMA Member
Hydro Trans is more $$$ than MWFD Trans. Depends what work you want to be doing. If you're mostly mowing plots with it hydro is way to go. Doing work that requires more torque id lean towards MFWD trans. Most hobby farm customers I've been leaning them more towards Hydro. If you have never been on a tractor get hydro. You'll be more happy with it.
whats a MFWD transmission?
 
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