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Welcome to the General Transmissions forum; we're glad you're here - we hope to be your source for information and discussions about all things related to the use of our automatic, continuously variable transmissions in lawn tractors.
General Transmissions is one of the world's leading makers of transmissions for outdoor power equipment such as lawn tractors, lawn mowers and snow blowers - in fact, we've shipped more than 20 million transmissions to the industry to date. Our customers include some of the largest and best-known lawn equipment manufacturers in the world.
We're here to help, so if you have a question about our automatic CVTs in lawn tractors, fire away. We'll do our best to answer your question. (We can only speak for our products, of course.) When inquiring about one of our transmissions, please include the make, model and model year of your lawn tractor, if possible.
Curious about CVTs? Check out our page on CVT Essentials at CVT Essentials | General Transmissions.
We look forward to hearing from you!
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.
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.