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#7039859 - 01/16/18 06:30 AM Mule pro
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Can somebody tell me if this is a belt drive similar to Polaris? Still looking at these, one dealer said yes , other said no. Canít find straight answer ..... thanks

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#7039921 - 01/16/18 07:35 AM Re: Mule pro [Re: Midwaytmm]
68rustbucket Offline
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Has a belt that runs between 2 clutches

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uCT89oJVho

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#7040105 - 01/16/18 09:48 AM Re: Mule pro [Re: Midwaytmm]
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yes, it's a belt driven CVT, just like most (if not all) UTVs..
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#7040183 - 01/16/18 10:35 AM Re: Mule pro [Re: DTCOOPER]
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Originally Posted By: DTCOOPER
yes, it's a belt driven CVT, just like most (if not all) UTVs..
Not Kubota.
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#7040313 - 01/16/18 11:39 AM Re: Mule pro [Re: Midwaytmm]
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Been using kubota for years. No problems. Just tired of kidneys bleeding at end of the day . Most of the use is loaded down, going 5-10ish mph . Been trying to research for a while. Seems my kind of use is exactly what tears cvt units up. Am I wrong on this. Had a Polaris for a while. That pos was short lived . But Iíve discovered all of them are belt drive now. Mule was last hope. Do the clutch kits help with slippage/wear at low speed? Thanks

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#7040431 - 01/16/18 01:11 PM Re: Mule pro [Re: Midwaytmm]
68rustbucket Offline
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Run my pro mule dx in low range while following bird dogs. Have had any slippage yet. I think the clutch kits are helping when running larger tires

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#7041335 - 01/17/18 06:07 AM Re: Mule pro [Re: Midwaytmm]
arandy Offline
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Registered: 12/22/08
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I run my DX behind my bird dogs in high range nearly all the time and it has never slipped or been noisy. I do put it in low when going up a steep grade but that is rare because the engine has great low speed torque. On the other hand, I have a Polaris 570 Sportsman 4 wheeler that has to be run in low range at low speeds or it makes an awful racket. Other than the noise I have no complaints with the Polaris and I use it a lot. I have been running Mule's for years and have never had any problem with a belt or clutch and never had one slip or make any noise. I am on a lease this year that is the roughest country I have ever hunted. If the Mule can stand up to what I am putting it through this season it will be a tough machine.

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#7041600 - 01/17/18 09:03 AM Re: Mule pro [Re: Midwaytmm]
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Honda is not belt driven

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#7041646 - 01/17/18 09:28 AM Re: Mule pro [Re: Midwaytmm]
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There is a reason 98% of them use belts

actually more than a one... dont get caught up in the direct drive it just means more labor, more maintenance and bigger $ down the road
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#7041657 - 01/17/18 09:32 AM Re: Mule pro [Re: Midwaytmm]
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Honda uses one of the very true DCT trans... and still has reasonable speed.. but there are alot of extra steps to take when engaging diff locks and 4x4

Kubota has an HST trans like a tractor... and is about as slow as one too
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#7041661 - 01/17/18 09:33 AM Re: Mule pro [Re: Navasot]
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Originally Posted By: Navasot
There is a reason 98% of them use belts

actually more than a one... dont get caught up in the direct drive it just means more labor, more maintenance and bigger $ down the road
Sorry, but I beg to differ. The last Kubota I put a little over 3000 hours on it. Put a new fan belt and a water pump in 6 years and that is it.
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#7042119 - 01/17/18 02:34 PM Re: Mule pro [Re: don k]
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Originally Posted By: don k
Originally Posted By: Navasot
There is a reason 98% of them use belts

actually more than a one... dont get caught up in the direct drive it just means more labor, more maintenance and bigger $ down the road
Sorry, but I beg to differ. The last Kubota I put a little over 3000 hours on it. Put a new fan belt and a water pump in 6 years and that is it.


Not all break down... Kubota is actually one of the more reliable vehicles because of their diesel engine which I assume is what you got?

Im strictly talking about transmission and if one goes down... and that its high gear should have the turtle sign and the low would show a snail
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#7042123 - 01/17/18 02:35 PM Re: Mule pro [Re: 68rustbucket]
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Originally Posted By: 68rustbucket
Run my pro mule dx in low range while following bird dogs. Have had any slippage yet. I think the clutch kits are helping when running larger tires


This will solve about all slippage problems people get from belt machines.. really is the only cause of the Honda trans having issues is using the wrong gear
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#7045314 - 01/19/18 06:17 PM Re: Mule pro [Re: Midwaytmm]
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Whatís the reason most using belt drive? Assume speed, but thatís just a guess? Everything goes fast now

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#7045735 - 01/20/18 05:24 AM Re: Mule pro [Re: Midwaytmm]
arandy Offline
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Registered: 12/22/08
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Loc: SW Arkansas
Cheaper to build and work on. Very reliable.
Originally Posted By: Midwaytmm
Whatís the reason most using belt drive? Assume speed, but thatís just a guess? Everything goes fast now

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