Hydro-Gear vs Separate Pumps and Wheel Motors

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by GMLC, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,345

    I have one dealer telling me to stick with the separate pumps and wheel motors(which is what I have always had) and another dealer saying hydro-gear is now the way to go. To me is seems the hydro-gear units are used to cut back on cost and not better. But I have never used one.

    What do you guys think? Anyone here have a lot of hours on a zero turn rider with a hydro-gear unit?
  2. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    My old bob-cat had the seperate pumps and wheel motors and my current Deere has the integrated units. I do like the fact that I don't have to worry about leaks at hose fittings, which I did have on my bob-cat a time or two. I also find that the integrated units I have on my Deere feel stronger and like they have more torque when compared to my old bob-cat. But that could just be a difference between one mower that was a 2005 and another mower that is a 2010.

    I would have no problem going with either type of hydraulic system.
  3. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,345

    Thanks for the reply. It seems more and more companies are going to the hydro-gear units. Is the 3400 ok or should I only be looking at machines with the 5400?
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  4. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 16,742

    I think that would depend largely on what machine you use, and what the weight of it is, the wheel/tire size combo, and the size of the deck which will all require more power, the larger you go in size. For example- a 26 HP with 22"-24" rear wheels, and a 54" or smaller deck, I doubt you'll have any problem with the 3400's being under powered/sized.

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