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#1 Wheel Horse OFFLINE  

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Posted April 03, 2014 - 11:15 AM

Hello, im new to garden tractor pullin and i recently just bought 2 wheelhorses, one of them is a 1961 wheelhorse with no engine, and the other one is a wheel horse commando with a 12 hp on it, i want to know if the commando would pull good in the bone stock class and would the 61 with an engine pull good? i think the 61 would pull good but im not sure about the commando, can u please tell me how well they will pull, thanks! :thank_you:


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Posted April 03, 2014 - 01:01 PM

Welcome to GTT. Someone that is knowledgeable will be along in a little while. I have a 68 Raider 9 and it has been a great work tractor for 30 years for me. Good Luck, Rick



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Posted April 03, 2014 - 01:37 PM

I know enough about pulling to get me into trouble.  But I do know many models need larger bolts holding the final drive together.  Hopefully soon, someone who truly knows more about these will give you more info.



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Posted April 03, 2014 - 04:42 PM

Hello and welcome :wave: Im not familiar with the wheel horse pullers but ill try to help. I believe the ones with the high/low rear ends have stronger transmissions. I would imagine as long as the belts don't slip you would do fine in the bone stock class. Once you start turning rpms and making a lot more power I would move up to another garden tractor.



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Posted March 17, 2016 - 10:17 AM

Wheel Horses are aittle more lightweight and have longer drive belts which tend to slip more. They are great workers and ok pullers but if you really want something to pull with, get an IH Cub Cadet, or a Bolens. That would be your best bet. 



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Posted March 17, 2016 - 10:45 AM

The WH are very good for the stock class if you know what you are doing. There are certain trans with 1 1/8" axles that have heavier gears. Explore which models these are. I don't have experience, just read alot about WH. I'm told that the trans won't hold up once you get into the altered engines. The frame plate that bolts to the trans is a weak point, check for cracks.


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Posted March 17, 2016 - 04:01 PM

when I purchased my 854 it was setup as a puller. it had a 1" pulley on the Trans and 6" off the engine. it also had wheelie bars and a big stack. I was told it did fairly well and did do wheel stands. how I don't know
I ripped all that garbage off when I restored it back to stock and now cut my lawn with it

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Posted March 17, 2016 - 05:44 PM

In stock form they pull AWSOME!! Just make sure your pullies and belt are good. You need to get the hitch correct as well as the weight and they will pull as good as any other Tractor up to a weight limit of 1000 lbs, they really start to suffer after this point. This is where the direct drives start to shine.

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Posted March 18, 2016 - 07:32 PM

What model is the 1961?  I believe the Commando 12 is what we call a short frame tractor, but can compete just fine in the stock classes if you pay attention to the setup.  The rearends with the High/Low shift lever (Total of two levers) are a little heavier.  It has been my experience that the hubs are the weak point.  If you have any specific Wheelhorse pulling questions, I would be happy to help.

 

Going out to work on my pullers now.

 

Thanks,

 

Gregg


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Posted March 18, 2016 - 08:51 PM

This one I built 5 years ago does very well pulling, And its belt drive too.

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Posted March 19, 2016 - 07:55 AM

Heres one pulling on concrete. They do very good pulling heavy weight. Yes you can break a key way. but they are a great puller.

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Posted March 19, 2016 - 09:37 AM

This one I built 5 years ago does very well pulling, And its belt drive too.

That's so purty.      What do you use for a belt?

 

Heres one pulling on concrete. They do very good pulling heavy weight. Yes you can break a key way. but they are a great puller.

How do CC attach their hubs?


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Posted March 19, 2016 - 12:21 PM

That's so purty.      What do you use for a belt?

 

How do CC attach their hubs?

Kevlar Blue belt, cubs have a axle like a car.


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