Jump to content

Nominations for Tractor of the Month
Garden Tractors and Parts on eBay



Photo
- - - - -

Do you really know your Horses?


  • Please log in to reply
6 replies to this topic

#1 hydriv OFFLINE  

hydriv

    Tractorholic

  • Validating
  • Member No: 256
  • 70 Thanks
  • 583 posts

Posted June 12, 2010 - 07:34 PM

I read somewhere that Wheel Horse made one tractor using hydraulic drive.

No..... I don't mean hydrostatic. I mean hydraulic as in using a fixed displacement gear pump.

So... here are my questions.

1. Does anyone know what year they did this and what the model number was?

2. Does anyone have written information about this tractor such as advertising brochures, parts manuals and a service manual for the hydraulic system?

#2 rustyoldjunk OFFLINE  

rustyoldjunk

    Has anybody seen my coffee ?

  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 325
  • 2,367 Thanks
  • 1,212 posts
  • Location: Indiana

Posted June 13, 2010 - 02:13 AM

i dont believe there was ever a hydraulic drive wheel horse unless it was a prototype.

#3 olcowhand OFFLINE  

olcowhand

    Red Tractor Nut & Diesel Addict

  • Staff Admin
  • Staff
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Sponsor
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 20
  • 35,589 Thanks
  • 29,831 posts
  • Location: South Central Kentucky

Posted June 13, 2010 - 09:37 AM

I'm no WH expert by any means, but never heard of a hydraulic drive WH.

#4 hydriv OFFLINE  

hydriv

    Tractorholic

  • Validating
  • Member No: 256
  • 70 Thanks
  • 583 posts

Posted June 14, 2010 - 04:34 PM

As it turns out, both of you are right. The person who is wrong is none other than Oscar H. Wills, the author of the latest book on old Garden Tractors. Those of you who subscribe to LAGC should have seen this book advertised there. No disrespect but when I could not get a definitive answer on this forum, I took the question to Red Square. The Wills book mentions two models that came out in 1965 called the Wheel - A-Matics. Wills claimed that they were both hydraulic drive and was quite emphatic with his statements on that issue. According to member TT of Red Square, these were the first hydrostatic drive Horses and that was confirmed by another member.

I could have given you guys more info but I thought this might be a fun test for one of the Wheel Horse guys so I withheld the year and model on purpose. All the same, I'd like to thank those who responded to what was a tough question.

As for the Wills book, I am not sorry I bought it. I found it to be an interesting read all the same. I'm just disappointed about the innacuracy of some of the info. There are glaring errors with the Colt and Case stuff too so it makes one wonder about the reliability of the rest he has written.

#5 mjodrey OFFLINE  

mjodrey

    Accumulator

  • Senior Member
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 92
  • 2,343 Thanks
  • 13,481 posts
  • Location: Upper Granville, Nova Scotia, Canada

Posted June 14, 2010 - 07:02 PM

As it turns out, both of you are right. The person who is wrong is none other than Oscar H. Wills, the author of the latest book on old Garden Tractors. Those of you who subscribe to LAGC should have seen this book advertised there. No disrespect but when I could not get a definitive answer on this forum, I took the question to Red Square. The Wills book mentions two models that came out in 1965 called the Wheel - A-Matics. Wills claimed that they were both hydraulic drive and was quite emphatic with his statements on that issue. According to member TT of Red Square, these were the first hydrostatic drive Horses and that was confirmed by another member.

I could have given you guys more info but I thought this might be a fun test for one of the Wheel Horse guys so I withheld the year and model on purpose. All the same, I'd like to thank those who responded to what was a tough question.

As for the Wills book, I am not sorry I bought it. I found it to be an interesting read all the same. I'm just disappointed about the innacuracy of some of the info. There are glaring errors with the Colt and Case stuff too so it makes one wonder about the reliability of the rest he has written.




Yes I also bought that book and am not sorry I got it either,But as hydriv stated,there is quite a few errors in the information but it is still a good book.

#6 wh71 OFFLINE  

wh71
  • Member
  • Member No: 9513
  • 6 Thanks
  • 32 posts
  • Location: Bloomsburg PA

Posted April 15, 2012 - 08:30 PM

Wheel horse made a few different tractors with the wheel a matic but they made many more after toro bought them out in 1986

#7 Blown331 OFFLINE  

Blown331
  • Member
  • Member No: 9428
  • 5 Thanks
  • 31 posts

Posted April 24, 2012 - 10:51 AM

I have a 1965 875 Wheel-A-Matic.




Top