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Posted April 07, 2012 - 07:31 PM

I went to pick up a set of Wheel Horse discs today. I don't know what model number they are as there are several of their models that looked alike. I think that it's one of the older sets (pre-1969) because the newer ones of this type came with a clevis hitch adapter and this one is homemade. If anyone knows just by looking at it feel free to chime in! OK, enough chit-chat...on with the pics!

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The piece that you see across the the back of the weight tray is a solid 2" X 2" piece of steel that was welded on for extra weight. I'll remove it as well as the the homemade clevis adapter when I go to restore it.

P.S. I read in a later model instruction sheet that "the discs should rotate freely within the gangs". What does that mean exactly? On one side of the unit they rotate separately, on the other side they all rotate together. Which way is right?
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Posted April 07, 2012 - 07:39 PM

Looks good, Steve! As far as the rotation goes, each disk should rotate by itself, not as a unit. Sounds like one side is rusted to the shaft.
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Posted April 07, 2012 - 07:39 PM

Nice I'd like to find a set like that for myself.
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Posted April 07, 2012 - 08:11 PM

Steve, will you have those nice discs at Cochranton Plow Day?

Great score by the way.
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Posted April 07, 2012 - 08:16 PM

Looks great Buddy, they will resurrect pretty well by the looks.

Casey, they are NOT springfield discs. :)
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Posted April 07, 2012 - 08:19 PM

...each disk should rotate by itself, not as a unit. Sounds like one side is rusted to the shaft.


They do rotate, just all together. It looks like someone overtightened them when they assembled it. I'll probably work on it tomorrow if I get the chance after the big meal.

Steve, will you have those nice discs at Cochranton Plow Day?...


I only have one tractor with a functional slot hitch on it and it isn't running well enough to pull them. It's my Commando 6 and I wasn't able to work out the bugs with the governor last year and I haven't had the chance to work on it yet this year. It also smokes a little and may need rebuilt at some point.
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Posted April 07, 2012 - 08:50 PM

Looks great Buddy, they will resurrect pretty well by the looks.

Casey, they are NOT springfield discs. :)


I know Alan lol.

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Posted April 07, 2012 - 08:51 PM

I see Steve, mabey you want to see them pulled at the plow day, I am bringing the Toro wiith its slot hitch. :)

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Posted April 07, 2012 - 09:16 PM

Congrats Steve! that looks like a nice solid unit. Good luck with it! :thumbs:
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Posted April 08, 2012 - 01:15 AM

Looks like a pretty decent find there! They kinda look like these,

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Actually they should all turn together. There is a bushing inside each stanchion that the disk's clamp down tight on and they rotate as an assembly when tightend down properly. The bushings are grooved to allow grease to lubricate the entire length. It is very common for the nut to loosen when used which will allow them to turn independantly. This only leads to the eventual destruction of the stanchion because the washers wear the bushings down and eventually wear into the casting. Once the casting is worn down, it is very difficult to repair with out major modification. As a general rule, anytime a steel washer is used against steel, It should be tight! I have an original owners/parts manual I could post up if your interested. Here's a few more pics of the restored disk.

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An exploded view.

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It doesn't look this nice any more because I don't restore trailer queens, ony working equipment. It still looks nice but after running it over the garden last week it really needs a bath!

I am looking for another set so I can build a tandam (Hint, Hint)!

Edited by jusjeepn, April 08, 2012 - 01:26 AM.

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Posted April 08, 2012 - 04:31 AM

Steve,congratulation,looks good.
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Posted April 08, 2012 - 07:58 AM

Looks like a pretty decent find there! They kinda look like these,


They look exactly like those! Thanks for posting the pics! What's the model number on yours?

Actually they should all turn together. There is a bushing inside each stanchion that the disk's clamp down tight on and they rotate as an assembly when tightened down properly. The bushings are grooved to allow grease to lubricate the entire length. It is very common for the nut to loosen when used which will allow them to turn independently. This only leads to the eventual destruction of the stanchion because the washers wear the bushings down and eventually wear into the casting. Once the casting is worn down, it is very difficult to repair with out major modification. As a general rule, anytime a steel washer is used against steel, It should be tight!


That's the info that I was looking for! I plan on taking the side apart that's moving separately and checking out the cast gang units for wear later on today!

I have an original owners/parts manual I could post up if your interested.


Yes please!

I am looking for another set so I can build a tandem (Hint, Hint)!


I've had a hard time locating a set myself. They're not for sale LOL. But I wish you the best of luck finding another set...Wheel Horse made a set of tandem discs...maybe you'll locate a set of those!

One more question. Where did you get your decals?

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Posted April 09, 2012 - 12:02 AM

I get all my vinyl @ http://www.redoyourh...vlet/StoreFront I'll get that scanned in later today! I've looked for many years for a factory tandem unit unit. I have the manual in PDF form for the tandem. Very easy to make a tandem with no modifications whatsoever to the disk!



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Posted April 09, 2012 - 10:12 AM

Congratulations Steve, they look pretty good.

Pat, you did a nice restore on yours. Looks good.
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Posted April 09, 2012 - 10:38 AM

I always assumed they were all supposed to turn together (each side) so when I go my Springfield disc and there were a few turning seperately I only pulled it across the yard once, because I wasn't sure, and wanted to have a few seconds of fun with it. :D




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