Thanks for the measurements! They were extremely helpful. As we are replacing the original Atomic 4 petrol engine
with the Beta 30 Kubota engine, we will have use the original engine beds. It looks like the TMC 40 is the more practical option because Beta actually offers the Atomic 4 feet option for a reasonable price
but they can only work
with the TMC 40. With the TMC60, the feet will be too narrow and the gearbox
will not fit between them.
What I am really after is: Which gear
box is the best, meaning most reliable, strongest, most easy to maintain, etc.? The Beta factory recommends the TMC40 but what I want to know is what are the advantages of the TMC60? I see only disadvantages listed so far. If the TMC40 will hold up over the years with this boat
, than I am fine with it. But if this gearbox has a bad reputation for either being too weak, premature failure, overheating
, I would go with the TMC60 if this gearbox will avoid those issues. That is why I am searching the internet
for any horror stories about either of these two gear
boxes so that I can make an informed decision.