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hydraulic motors?


LawnSite Senior Member
central new york

A question that has been bugging me...why do mower decks (ie Turbo Force, etc) rely on pulleys and belts as the drive source rather than individual hydraulic motors? I would imagine it's due to a cost restriction or maybe even a motor speed or space restriction, but I am curious as to why a larger pump isn't installed and 'tapped-off-of' to drive blade hydraulic motors, especially since most mowers already have hydraulics on-board. I thank you for your response.

The Toro Company

LawnSite Senior Member
You are correct, mysteryman. Hydraulic motors can certainly be used to drive cutting deck spindles, in fact in some Toro wide area mower applications, that's exactly what is done. You have also accurately identified two of the reasons that hydraulic deck drives are not utilized on Toro's Landscape Contractor Equipment products. Both cost and space constraints tend to make hydraulic deck drives less attractive in these applications.

-The Toro Company