i would have expected some engine oil consumption with a continuously loaded engine rather than trans oil.i would imagine for oil loss in a small trans due to heat it would have to get damm hot, and possibly leading to component failure due to break down of the oil at that heat and probably expect some oil mist from the trans breather.does the oil smell cooked or change color ?.
You sure youre not overfilling the gearbox? You say you change the oil regularly, what is the least amount that you have saw run out of it? I had an oil leak one time and only a dribble came out, has that happened to you?
When you drain it how much oil comes out?