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jzr7601
Hello all I'm new to the forum. I have a Garden Mark Squire which is in need of a transaxle repair or replacement. I've tried searching for any transaxle related articles or topics in regards to,for example, what parts will interchange between the 3 speed manual and variable transaxles.Or if a variable trans which has a longer input shaft will work with only exchanging the input shafts.

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rokon2813
Welcome to the club. I can't speak about the actual parts interchange, I don't open them up, but... If it's a simplicity built squire 9 or 10, any 3 speed from a B series allis or early simplicity, like 700 725 Landlords, 101, 2010 etc will bolt right up. the variables will also work as is, just gotta find different pulleys for the input shaft, as long as you don't intend to add a hi low kit.

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RayS
The variable speed also had longer side plates (4") between the BGB and the transmission. They were used on flat hood FTD`s that had a different dash tower and seat deck than the Garden Mark. The seat deck would fit further back if on the Garden Mark.

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jzr7601
Thank you for your replies. rokon,regarding the different pulley's for the input shaft,the original 3 speed trans has an input shaft which appears to have a key way slot that extends the entire length of the shaft.I have only seen variables in pictures (from ebay) and from a limited view it appears they use a half moon key way, would this still work OK? Also,how does the variable trans limit the use of a two speed kit? Ray, were the longer side plates required on the flat hood FTD's due to the spacing needed to clear the larger pulley's?

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Talntedmrgreen
I believe the longer plates were used simply to fit the additional linkages, idler system etc. The two speed pulley kit will not fit a variable becuase that shaft is too long, not allowing the pulley to align with the drive pulley and idler. You would need to cut it down...half moon keyway shouldn't matter, as long as it is far enough onto that shaft to hold your pulley where it needs to be, for proper alignment. 3 speed tranny's are extrememly common, and should be a cheap, easy find. It's a breeze to just swap them out.

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GLPointon
Also tho whole reason for the "HI-Low" kit is to go slower while tilling or snowblowing. The variable will do this too, just put it in 1st gear then pull it down to the slower speed needed....good luck & welcome to the club sm01

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