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Old 05-07-2013, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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I need some help understanding the Hydrostatic drive on lawn tractors as compared to the ones with different forward speeds because I have used the older no-hydro types and just selected a forward speed and started cutting but I had to put in the clutch first. Does the Hydro do away with the clutch. I have a bad left knee and buying a mower with a clutch is out, I tried my neighbors Murray and the clutch pressure is to much to be comfortable. I have settled on a Craftsman #28856 because it has four wheels on the deck and the latest Consumer Reports rate it highly. Suggestions, ideas. My lawn is small but hilly and the St. Augustine is 4 inches thick and that combined with bad knees translates to buying a lawn tractor. I bought a used 28 inch Snapper rider but it is too narrow and takes too much time in the hot south Florida sun.
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:40 PM
 
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If you can afford it Hydro is the way to go.

No clutch.

I have several Walker Mowers. The Cadillac of ZTR mowers.
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Old 05-09-2013, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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I agree, Hydromatic- just like the old Buick's. I have a hilly yard but not too big so I am thinking 42 inch. Looking at Craftsman because the new Consumer Reports thinks highly of them, or a Husky. I like 4 wheels on the deck.
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:49 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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Your left knee is bad? Most hydrostatic mowers have the pedal on the right side, at least mine does. The hydrostatic transmission uses hydraulic fluid pressure to move the mower, the more you push the pedal, the more fluid pressure and the faster you go. The best part is you can back up and then go forward simply using your foot, there's no shifting gears.
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Old 05-11-2013, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Kronenwetter, Wis
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I hear you have to be careful pulling heavy stuff with a hydro. It'll start slipping.

I think I did that with mine a few times and now it labors going up a small slope while mowing. On flat ground it's strong.
Manual probably tells you this.
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Old 05-11-2013, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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Heavy stuff, that's me, so I will pass on the hydro, plus I have a steep drop to the swale in my front yard
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Old 05-11-2013, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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I mow steep grades all the time with mine. No problems.
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Old 05-11-2013, 09:16 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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I have a bad left knee and buying a mower with a clutch is out
I have settled on a Craftsman #28856...
You'll be fine.
You could spend more but you have to spend a lot more than $1600 to get more mower.

Look for one of their package deals (with the bagger or other accessories).
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Old 05-11-2013, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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I did not comment so far because you really need to try the potential 'new' tractor. Many tractors have a brake or clutch pedal that has to be depressed fully just to start the unit. Depending on how bad your knees are; it might or might not be acceptable? If you go to a dealer; they might let you sit on their tractors and try them. They do not want to sell you a piece of equipment that you are not happy with.

The safety devices drive me nuts. I like tractors that go quickly from forward to reverse. Even though I can foil the switches; I like to keep the original equipment (in case somebody else would use it). This could also be a consideration for the OP – if they have many trees and obstacles.
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