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Old 06-09-2021, 06:24 PM
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Yes! I've discovered that! Do not want to pull into the garage straight!
I can mow and avoid the need for reverse, but you're correct. Just wondering if using a variable speed input to a hydro causes more wear, or other deleterious effects.
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Just my 2 cents, but I think you would have been better of with a gear drive since you're doing variable speed via the electric motor. If you insist on going with the hydro keep in mind that they are designed for a 600 +_ to 3600 RPM input speed.
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Just an idea, but perhaps to be able to have reverse, make a lever that attaches to the hydro control linkage, so that when you push the lever one way it sets the hydro to forward, and then when you push the lever the other way it sets the hydro to reverse.

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True- a gear drive would have been ideal, and weigh a lot less than the hydro!
Don't have such a thing handy though.
The control arm on the hydro takes a lot of push-pull to get it into drive! Originally, all that foot pedal linkage made engaging very easy with little effort, but to simply engage forward takes a fairly large amount of force. At the moment, it is supplied by a ratchet strap!

Thanks for the ideas guys!
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Old 06-18-2021, 05:07 PM
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Another question that's been on my mind- does the hydro require input shaft rotation in only one direction, or can I spin it either way for normal running?
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