Hydro drive mowers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Big C, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. Big C

    Big C LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Will pulling my unstrapped, unchocked WB mower on a trailer cause damage to the hydro drive???
  2. delphied

    delphied LawnSite Silver Member
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    Its dangerous and if you get stopped itll be a ticket.
  3. Big C

    Big C LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Order some Fastraps tonight from Northern Tools
  4. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    No. The only time you can damage a hydro system is if you drag the mower around a good distance with the hydros engaged.
  5. LawnGuy73

    LawnGuy73 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I agree, but I would not drive around without the mowers strapped down. Its very dangerous not only for yourself but others around you.
  6. Pumper

    Pumper LawnSite Member
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    While it is never a good idea to haul a mower that is not retained, it shouldn't do damage to most modern walk behinds drive systems. The systems from the early 90's used a smaller frame hydraulic motor that did not have a bearing to support the axle. As the machine rocked on the trailer, the axle shaft would "gall" and weld itself to the motor housing. Beginning in the mid 90's, most everyone went to a larger frame hydraulic motor with a needle bearing to support the axle. Even the integrated units (IZT, EZT, ZT-2800 and RAT's) have a bearing to support the axle. The only unit I am not sure about is the single hydro. I haven't had much experience with them.

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