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Mark, if I understand your question correctly, you would like to know if you could swap out the existing transmission in your John Deere lawn tractor with one of our products, such as our Element V RS 800 continuously variable transmission, designed for heavier-duty lawn tractors. Our RS 800 employs a belt-and-pulley system to transfer power from the crankcase to the wheels of the lawn tractor. A hydrostatic transmission, such as the one you mention as installed in your John Deere lawn tractor, uses hydraulic fluid to move engine power to the wheels. They're two very different systems, requiring vastly different setups. In addition, the transmissions we manufacture are custom-designed solutions made to the specific requirements of the machines in which they are fitted. In the end, we would not recommend attempting attempting a drop-in replacement in your lawn tractor with one of our transmissions.


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That answers my question very well.

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It may not drop in but it's price sure is inviting. Wish I'd have seen this before buying a replacement for my JD.


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CVTs advance in lawn tractors, automotive world too

The continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) used in today’s lawn tractors are not so different from those used by the world’s leading automotive manufacturers. Both types of CVTs rely on a belt-and-pulley system. In our case, we equip our lawn tractor CVTs with a heavy-duty rubber belt, proven to stand up to the rigors of lawn care. Automotive manufacturers have developed steel belts for their CVTs, and the market for CVT-equipped automobiles has grown rapidly in recent years – more than 10% of all new vehicles sold now come equipped with CVTs.
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