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#1 nycub122 OFFLINE  

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Posted August 17, 2011 - 05:58 AM

Does anyone know if a Cub Cadet gear transaxle will fit the frame of a 1976 Ford LGT 165?
I'm thinkiing of building a modified Ford LGT and would like to use a Cub rearend for the following reasons:
1) I have a cast iron rear end for a Cub, along with a creeper drive. This would give me a total of 6 forward gears and 2 reverse.
2) The Cub rears are used by pullers because of their strength and reliability. I'm not going to use this tractor for pulling, just want a heavy duty tractor for blade and tiller work.
Any ideas?
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Posted August 17, 2011 - 06:29 AM

Probably with some modification, this will work. Is the Ford transaxle toast? Those are pretty tough. You will lose the Hyd. lift doing this. The Ford has a High/Low on it already.
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Posted August 17, 2011 - 07:06 AM

I agree with Kenny that unless the ford rear end is shot they are more than suitable for blade work and tilling.
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Posted August 17, 2011 - 08:34 AM

No, the Ford transaxle is in good shape.
I'm just not crazy about a hydro transmission and would rather have a gear drive.
I think that you have more control of your ground speed with a gear drive and find them
much easier to work on/repair than a hydro.
Just my opinion
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Posted August 17, 2011 - 08:54 AM

understandable. I've never had a gear drive GT,

there were gear drives in the same line up of the lgt 165, the 120, and 140 were both gear drive.

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Posted August 17, 2011 - 09:07 AM

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I think that you have more control of your ground speed with a gear drive and find them
much easier to work on/repair than a hydro.
Just my opinion
GEL


how do you think a gear tranny gives you more 'control' for ground speed? a hydro gives you infinite control over the speeds you move. as for the working on thing: i think you need to have a good look at a hydro before forming an opinion on one. the tranny on that unit is pretty bare bones other than the pump. and the pump is easy peasy to work on for even the thickest bunch. i should know, i'm pretty thick:smile1:

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Posted August 17, 2011 - 09:13 AM

with a gear drive some find it easier to keep a constant ground speed.

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Posted August 17, 2011 - 10:58 AM

The frames and axles are entirely different from the gear drives to hydro.
As for Blade work, no way... hydro all the way, but for bottom plowing... I think the geared unit is a bit easier on the foot.
Tilling is also easier with a geared unit, but not much as the hydro in these rigs is incredible . And pulling... the hydro is ridiculous, so much traction and control its not even funny !
But enough of the opinions,lol you can make it work, but it will not be with out heavy mods.




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