About Us


Family-owned, customer-focused, innovations-driven.

General Transmissions is a family business founded in 1991. We design and produce transmissions that make outdoor power equipment more profitable for OEMs, more appealing and productive for users, and create more design flexibility for manufacturers. We follow four principles:

Never settle. We never stop seeking new and better ways to make transmissions lighter, stronger, more reliable, more affordable. Through constant innovation, we help our customers keep their competitive edge sharp.

Unquestioned quality: At every price point, our products are designed, tested and proven like no other. They are maintenance-free for life, built to outlast OEM equipment itself, and known for steadfast reliability that impresses manufacturers, dealers, and end users.

Service above all.  Customer service is our most important product. Whatever your challenge, opportunity or issue, we are here to meet it. Our goal is to earn your trust and your business, every day, without fail.

Standards of Excellence.  Founder Robert Blanchard created a lasting climate of invention and innovation. His visionary designs and enlightened approach to contemporary raw materials have led to multiple patents and an elite group of multi-talented engineers in the R&D innovations lab.



Curiosity. Enthusiasm. Ingenuity.

Born on a farm in rural France, Robert Blanchard grew up with a hands-on introduction to mechanical equipment. It was the beginning of a lifetime of persistent and passionate inquiry into machinery and what made it tick. In founding General Transmissions, Blanchard put his vision, innovation and hard-won knowledge into design and functionality and set a course that would take his revolutionary transmissions to households throughout the world.

Robert passed away in 2016, in the midst of creating new designs for different industries.

Meanwhile the business he spawned continues to bring inventive ideas to every continent, capturing 60% of the global walk-behind market. Determination and the will to make products better became the genetic pathway for GT and it remains so today.


Located where we’re needed.

GT is now present on every continent where lawn mowers are made, so we can respond faster, shorten delivery times, and lower logistics costs.

  • The headquarters and R&D center is in Les Herbiers, France: a 130,000 sq. ft. facility that includes highly automated, state-of-the-art machine and injection-molding shops.
  • The advanced manufacturing plant in Matamoros, Mexico (with a sales office in Brownsville, Texas) allows us to provide one-day shipping to most of our North American customers.
  • The production facility in Suzhou, China adds to our ability to deliver on-time, on-cost products.
  • The service office in Houston is focused on providing real time trouble-shooting and easy access parts inventory.


Real People, Real Experiences

“The whole reason I bought [my riding mower] was because of your transmission. My lawn has varied terrain. The mower grabs when I’m on a hill or pulling a light load. No noticeable loss of traction. This is a great mower with a great transmission. I’m too busy to have to add one more thing to my plate to worry about, I did my research and bought [a mower] with the CVT transmission. It’s a purchase with zero buyer’s remorse.” – David in Kentucky

“My trade is an auto and marine engineer ... in the auto field CVT autos are not regarded as particularly durable. I am (typically) anti CVT due to my automotive background and durability issues in CVT car trans, but this little mower just keeps giving. My lawn takes nearly two hours on my own with a push mower; this machine cuts the time in half.” – Arthur in New Zealand

"I bought a [lawn tractor] in April 2017. One of the primary reasons I chose it was for the GT RS800 CVT, which based on info I’ve found should be more durable than anything else remotely close in this price range of lawn tractor. I have mowed about 7-8 acres with it so far. Considerably faster mowing compared to my previous mower with a manual transmission. Well-built and durable, without the troubles of a hydrostatic transmission. I am happy with the choice.” – Scott in Connecticut

“[In choosing a lawn tractor, the GT RS800 CVT] was a major factor. I did quite a bit of research. [It has] hydrostatic-like drivability at a better price point, automatic braking in neutral pedal position, and really fast travel when the mower is not engaged. Great price-performance. Fast on pavement. Easy to control speed. Drives like a car. Goes exactly the speed I want to go. I am extremely pleased with the tractor.” – Peter in Massachusetts