The world of lawnmower buying can be a confusing place, with technical terminology making catalogues seem as though they are written in a foreign language. One brand, Cub Cadet, recognises this and pledges to place simplicity and understanding of its products at the forefront of mowing innovation. Here, Cub Cadet’s field and sales technical manager, Phil Noble, takes a look at some of the more confusing phrases and translates them into plain English. This time it is the turn of Hydrostatic vs.Transmatic transmission.
Cub Cadet’s Force Series has a mini‐rider range for smaller gardens or restricted gate access, with the option of either transmatic or hydrostatic transmission models, to best match your requirements; but which suits you best?
Transmatic transmission, or constant velocity transmission as it is sometimes called, works through a belt situated between conical pulleys that open and close as needed to vary the gear ratio. This type of power offers improved fuel efficiency due to the ability to always keep the engine at its most
efficient RPM band. It also allows shift‐on‐the‐go control; simply choose the driving direction, set the
desired basic speed with the speed shift lever on the dashboard and release the brake / clutch pedal.
Push the pedal to slow down or press it all the way forward to stop. By releasing the brake pedal the
tractor automatically resumes your pre‐set speed. The LR1 NR76, also in the Force Series, is a UK
special edition machine and a great example of a transmatic machine. The additional benefit of
the Direct Collect® system means a turbo fan and heavy‐duty blade work together to blow grass cuttings and debris into the 200 litre grass collector in the most efficient way.
Hydrostatic transmission works through the use of specialised pumps to generate and transmit power by pressurising and releasing fluid. It converts energy harnessed through the movement of fluid through hydraulic pumps to the drive train of the machine.
This type of transmission has the ability to provide a vast amount of power very quickly. Cub Cadet
machines with this feature, such as the new LR2 NR76, offer extremely smooth, exact drives. Velocity can be controlled, as well as the forward and reverse speed, with no clutching or shifting required, offering infinitely variable control through a simple hand or foot control motion. This simple operation is favoured by many for its ergonomic feel, learning ease, quick directional change and modulation over ground speed. The LR2 NR76, along with the six other hydrostatic drive lawn tractors in the Force Series, also has the benefit of 3‐in‐1 discharge options.
For more information please visit www.cubcadet.co.uk