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Subject: Direct Drive v. Gear Reduction Starter

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Chad Stevens (Florida)    Posted 04-28-2020 at 14:20:45 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Direct Drive v. Gear Reduction Starter
  • Thank you for all of the advice in response to my "Bendix keeps breaking" post below! It led me to the conclusion that I need a new 12V starter instead of the 6V that is currently on it. Since I have to replace the starter anyway, I'm wondering if it is worth an extra $100 to buy a "gear reduction" starter as opposed to the traditional "direct drive" starter? Do any of you use a gear reduction starter? I saw one mentioned by The Old Hoakie below and have read that they cause less damage to the fly wheel and are much more dependable than the direct drive. If $100 extra dollars will likely save me future headaches and additional repair costs, I'd like to go ahead and pull the trigger. On the other hand, if there are risks to a gear reduction starter that I have not read about, I'd like to know that. Thank you in advance for your help!

    TheOldHokie    Posted 04-28-2020 at 19:20:10 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • On my list of upgrades. Bendix starters are a royal PITA.


    Doug Siperly    Posted 04-28-2020 at 19:10:35 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Not sure about the parts braking , but I dont see why a reduction starter is needed. These tractors have been starting with out one since day one. I have seen tractors that have been beat bad over and over and started just fine. We once had a Oliver 70 that we changed to 12 volt but did not change anything with the starter never a problem in 12 years like that. not saying it was right ,but that what we saw. Maybe to much end play in your starter and its slamming into the fly wheel? Doug

    Chad Stevens (FL)    Posted 05-01-2020 at 08:31:51 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Thanks, guys. I ended up going with a 12V direct drive starter. It's on its way. Maybe I'll try the gear reduction starter next time, but hopefully there wont' be a "next time" anytime soon! I can't wait to be back on the tractor!!

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