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#1 Wheel Horse Kid OFFLINE  

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Posted September 02, 2012 - 12:01 PM

Hi,

The other day I found 2 very nice Wheel Horses for sale not more than 30 minutes away from me. I called the gentleman today and he said that he is retired and said that he fixes up garden tractors and then sells them as a hobby. He said that he repainted them etc etc. Both look to be very nice. The hour meter does NOT work on either of them or have been replaced. Both come with 48" decks. The 520H does have the gear reduction steering.

Anyways, I am trying to decide between the 2 as I can only buy one of them and I need some input from you guys which is the better tractor.

I have always wanted a 520H, but am a little hesitant of the Onan motor, especially with the hour meter not working. Other than a compression check, is there any other way that I can check the condition of the Onan motor? Is the Onan a better motor than the 18hp Kohler or are they pretty much equal?

Also, which tractor has the best transmission etc.?

I am just trying to get the most bang for my buck as they say.

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Taylor

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Posted September 02, 2012 - 12:30 PM

Doesn't the 418A have a 18HP Onan on it also?

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Posted September 02, 2012 - 01:10 PM

The 418 has an M18 Kohler Magnum twin.

All other things being equal...... If I had to personally chose, I would go with the 520. The Onans aren't nearly as bad as people are led to believe.

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Posted September 02, 2012 - 04:34 PM

I to would do the 520. Love the gear reduction steering.

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Posted September 03, 2012 - 12:39 AM

The 520 would be a heavier built tractor. It will have the swept front axle and 1" spindles whereas the 418 would have a standard Wheel Horse front axle with 3/4" spindles. The gear reduction steering is a great feature and will be nearly a necessity if you're going to add an FEL to the package at some point. The Onan engines are a real workhorse for sure, but parts are getting harder to come by.

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Posted September 03, 2012 - 06:59 AM

The swept front axle was an option I believe. And I think the axle is 1 1/8". Are the hydros the same between the 520 and the 400 series?

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Posted September 03, 2012 - 07:08 AM

Thanks for all the great input guys! I am really leaning towards the 520, but I will have to look at them both before I can make a decision. I am going to go see the tractors at 10 this morning and will let you guys know how it turns out.

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Posted September 03, 2012 - 10:21 AM

The swept front axle was an option I believe. And I think the axle is 1 1/8". Are the hydros the same between the 520 and the 400 series?


The forward-swept axle was standard on the '88/'89 520-HC and all 1990 & later 520 models. The spindles were 1", the front wheels use automotive-style tapered roller bearings, and the tie rods were heavier with automotive-style ends. The gear reduction steering was added in 1991.

With the exception of the non-export 516 and 518, all of the 400 & 500 series hydros use the Eaton 1100 "transmission".
The transaxle was still manufactured by Wheel Horse and used the 8 pinion differential with 1.125" axles.
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Posted September 03, 2012 - 11:10 AM

I would get the 520.

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Posted September 03, 2012 - 11:21 AM

Well, I went and looked at the tractors today. I was very disappointed with both of them. They might have been worth 1/2 of his asking price.

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Posted September 03, 2012 - 12:21 PM

That's to bad, If your looking for something different, you might want to reconsider the 418A as it was only built 1 year, 1987. That would make it a more rare GT and the Kohler M18QS-24510 is a dependable engine.

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Posted September 03, 2012 - 12:50 PM

The forward-swept axle was standard on the '88/'89 520-HC and all 1990 & later 520 models. The spindles were 1", the front wheels use automotive-style tapered roller bearings, and the tie rods were heavier with automotive-style ends. The gear reduction steering was added in 1991.

With the exception of the non-export 516 and 518, all of the 400 & 500 series hydros use the Eaton 1100 "transmission".
The transaxle was still manufactured by Wheel Horse and used the 8 pinion differential with 1.125" axles.


Thanks I wasn't for sure.

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Posted September 03, 2012 - 12:57 PM

Well, I went and looked at the tractors today. I was very disappointed with both of them. They might have been worth 1/2 of his asking price.

I can certainly understand your disappointment. Did you try to bargain with him, offer him something lower. I let a Massey 8 hydro slip through my hands because I didn't want to pay asking price of 500, turned out the guy took 300 from someone else.

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Posted September 03, 2012 - 01:12 PM

What a bummer! I hate when I get excited about what appears to be a good deal only to find out it isnt what I expected...




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