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CVTs make the grade on the farm.
Unless you farm for a living, you may be unaware that many powerful agricultural tractors come equipped with continuously variable transmissions.An article in Grit, dated July 22, 2009, notes that Case IH had just introduced CVTs in three of its Farmall compact-cab tractor models. The decision to go with a CVT option for the Farmalls was no small matter to the company, which first fielded a Farmall in 1923.
Grit editor-in-chief Hank Will liked the company's CVT initiative. "The CVT is more efficient than most hydrostatic transmissions and it is designed to precisely match engine rpm to land and ground speed requirements, -- which essentially means it has an infinite number of forward and reverse gears up to a fixed maximum ratio," Will observed.
Although General Transmissions did not make the CVTs used in the Farmall equipment, Mr. Will's description of the Farmall CVTs could just as easily apply to our Element V line of CVTs -- the RS800 and RT400 -- made for lawn tractors. Now if you're in the market for a new lawn tractor this fall, be sure to test some models equipped with CVTs.