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"All snow mobiles, wave runners, boats and heavy equipment use this type of transmission and its a solid choice." That's not accurate. The CVT in the Pathfinder uses a chain linking 2 sliding cones that allow gear ratios to be continuously changed, allowing the engine to match RPMs to the power needed, keeping it in the most efficient operating point. That's what makes them more efficient than traditional stepped ratio transmissions. Boats only have engage and disengage, since they transmit power through water they don't need a transmission. Waverunners are even simpler, with just a flap to block the water flow from its nozzle. Snowmobiles have either 1 speed clutched transmission or multi-speed, like a motorcycle. Heavy equipment, depends on what. Some have traditional stepped transmissions (like dozers and loaders and haulers), some that are mostly hydraulic (like backhoe diggers) use a fluid drive.Report it
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