I would agree strongly with what Jim has said. Use it and learn from it. Also his comment on the Peerless transaxle is also bang on. It may not be a top flight transaxle compared to an IH rear end, but it will do the job that it was intended for.
Just to help out a bit here - I have never been lucky enough to own a Cub Cadet - YET
Missed one yesterday - $250.00 for a 127 -- just my luck. Got a headsup from a buddy, but by the time he had even seen the ad, it was already gone.... somebody had CC Stealth Radar
However, here are some observations on the Peerless transaxle.
Craftsman uses basically the same kit in their lawn mowers. I have euphamnistically referred to my dead Craftsman as a POS. And that is kind of unfair. If and this is a big if
, I had used my 12.5 HP Deluxe 38" Riding Lawn Mower as it was intended - ie - AS A LAWN MOWER, instead of using it as my own tiny TRACTOR - it may have lasted a lot longer.
My Father-in-law and I bought 2 identical 12.5 Deluxe lawn tractors in Calais Me, in 1990. His has been used as a lawn mower only. Mine on the other hand has been part tractor trailer, part grader, landscape rake, leveling blade and general all around maintenance tool. It has hauled over 9 ton of boulders to line the wall of my pond where the outflow pipes are, it has haulled a 5 foot 18" steel I-Beam on a chain to level and grade my driveway for years, it has beat into submission via my lawnmower blades hills, lumps, ant hills and other obstructions that I inadvertantly did not see or miss as well as do it's intended task of cutting grass. Oh, it was designed for less than 1 acre at the maximum, and I cut a minimum of 3 acres. Some times that deck has been mistaken for a sickle mower and a combine
Through it all the Peerless has struggled to keep up with all it was asked to do. I ruined a gear about 12 years ago, before it really had a lot of wear on it. It cost me about $20.00 to fix and that was the last problem I had with it. The transaxle has been a real good item for me compared to the POS deck that came with it -- however, the deck is a Roper, so that explains that
you wrote: I'm trying to decide whether to give it back to the brother in law or keep it for awhile. I told him that I would take it, so I'm not comfortable with going back on my word. I wish I had known that this model had an inferior trans axle.
If you use the special as it was intended, as a lawn mower, that transaxle will not be inferior, it will perform exactly as it was designed to do. If however, you expect that 582 to be a replacement for its bigger cousin the Cub - well, it will not last the season.... It is all in using the machine as it was intended to be used.
I would keep it, use it as a lawn mower - one can never have too many of those - especially a Cub Cadet
Hope this helps a bit.
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