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Poll: Hydrostatic Drive or Motion Controls (47 member(s) have cast votes)

Hydrostatic Drive or Motion Controls

  1. Hand control (11 votes [23.40%])

    Percentage of vote: 23.40%

  2. Foot control (36 votes [76.60%])

    Percentage of vote: 76.60%

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#1 DH1 OFFLINE  

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Posted October 21, 2010 - 08:14 PM

If you are using a Hydrostatic drive Garden Tractor, any make, any model, which do you prefer for the drive or motion control?

Hand control:

Foot control:

Vote now above.

Edited by DH1, October 21, 2010 - 08:37 PM.


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Posted October 21, 2010 - 08:26 PM

I used to have one with foot controls, but now all I have is hand control units. I found them much easier to use and do other things (like lift the deck) at the same time.

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Posted October 21, 2010 - 08:28 PM

I have foot control on both of mine and love them.My hands are free for loader controls as well as steering.Larry

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Posted October 21, 2010 - 08:36 PM

Having both, I'd have to vote for foot control.

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Posted October 21, 2010 - 08:37 PM

My Ford YT18h has both. I prefer to use the hand control. I have used other foot control hydros and prefer a hand control or at least a cruise control.

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Posted October 21, 2010 - 08:43 PM

[quote name='DH1']If you are using a Hydrostatic drive Garden Tractor, any make, any model, which do you prefer for the drive or motion control?

Wow That's a good question.

Hand control: Nice when working the ground i.e. plowing, tilling, cultivating, ect

Foot control: Cutting grass with a lot of stuff to get around this is it.

When set right it is possible to control your forward speed with the speed control on the Massey/Snapper.
Without a stop of some sort it is very hard to control the forward speed of the tractor as you find a hard spot in the ground and the tractor will jerk slightly.
A foot control is IMHO the way to go and use a limiting devise when doing field work and you would like to just go at a steady speed.

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Posted October 21, 2010 - 08:48 PM

I vote foot control. When I used to have a Bolens 1256 it was great not having to shift when backing up mowing.
The Gravely has the hand control and I like that as well.

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Posted October 21, 2010 - 11:56 PM

I have to go with foot control. when I got my first bolens it had been modified to hand control and it drove me nuts!!!
Just try to plow the drive once having to keep one hand on the wheel, one on the plow control, and one on the motion stick to go back and forth.
I don't know 'bout y'all but I honly have hands for two things at time. lol

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Posted October 22, 2010 - 04:58 AM

I would have to say foot control no question.
Of course Bolens invented and patented the first treadle pedal back in about 1967 for their new Large Frame tractors that were coming out.

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Posted October 22, 2010 - 05:14 AM

I like the hand control on my JD.....My one Ford has foot control that I find hard to use.....I actually put a handle on the foot control, so now it has both

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Posted October 22, 2010 - 05:22 AM

I would have to say foot control no question.
Of course Bolens invented and patented the first treadle pedal back in about 1967 for their new Large Frame tractors that were coming out.


:ditto: :ditto:

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Posted October 22, 2010 - 07:00 AM

My Cub Cadet 1450 has a hand control and I like it a lot. I used a foot control on my BIL's JD backhoe and had a hard time getting used to it.

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Posted October 22, 2010 - 07:13 AM

I don't own any hydrostats, well at least not a true hydrostat. My ZTR is kinda', It's got belts that drive the individual wheels, but it's just a lawn mower, and there's really nothing else to do with your hands. We have some forklifts at work with foot controls for forward and reverse, but they are side by side as opposed to back and forth like most GT's. I prefer the side by side way personally.

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Posted October 22, 2010 - 07:29 AM

Foot control. only bad thing is the jerking that Ducky mentioned.

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Posted October 22, 2010 - 07:53 AM

I voted for foot control which is most of the time to me is just easier to use. It gives you both hands free to steer and run the lift/ hydraulic controls with. The only thing I wish my 1650 snapper had was a cruise control on it that you could lock the pedal in place. When I was plowing with it this weekend it would have been nice to be able to take my foot off it while going down the long furrows. I put the tranny in low range and the foot pedal in the full forward position and it got a little old having to keep your foot fully extended to hold the hydro pedal down. Other than that I like the foot control.




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