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Old 08-26-2007, 01:28 PM   #1
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mechanical shuttle versus hydraulic shuttle

Anyone own a mechanical shuttle tractor?

I know a hydraulic shuttle is nicer to drive and requires no clutch, but can any advantage be said about a mechanical shuttle other than a lower purchase price on the tractor?

I would think it's cheaper to fix, more reliable and less complex?

Trying to think of any advantages they might have over their more expensive hydraulic counterparts.
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Old 08-26-2007, 02:50 PM   #2
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manual shuttle is better , simple , less parts and u know it in gear , hyd shuttle more parts the lever goes bad , relays start to go bad and a few other parts, i used to run a ford 3930 with manual shuttle never had problems with it , new a guy with a hyd shuttle and if gave him chit
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Old 08-26-2007, 03:24 PM   #3
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Do you mean a powershift transmission or a reverser? None of the older ones had electronics, and were still very reliable, as long as they have clean oil and good hyd pressure. They can still take a LOT of abuse.

Even the newer electronically controlled transmissions are pretty reliable. Most of our big tractors have powershift trannys, and have little to no trouble with them at all.
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Old 08-26-2007, 03:53 PM   #4
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My kubota has a mechanical shuttle. It works just fine for me. Sure, a hydraulic shuttle is nicer to run, but the mechanical works just fine and is simpler
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The only 2 pluses on a mechanical shuttle shift is:
a: lower cost
b: doesn't breake down (no solinoids going bad and being stuck in either forward other reverse).

I'd rather have a power shuttle than a mechanical one. Just makes a lot of working with the tractor so much better.
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Im on the other end of the spectrum, hydraulic is usually much better. Most people w/a mechanical shuttle get in a hrry and grind and jam them pretty ahrd, even the average homeowner grinds it a bit, hydraulics take the "company man" abuse much better. YOu can go full spedd forward to reverse w/o letting off the throttle many times a day w/a hdraulic and not hav ea problem. New hydraulic shuttle shifts are reliable, youll get more productivity out of a hydraulic too if your using it for business.
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