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#1 cpg OFFLINE  

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Posted October 09, 2014 - 09:38 AM

I have the opportunity to pick up a B-80 8 speed from what I can see in the pics I was sent by the seller. My question for anyone who has one of these is how tall are they? The steering wheel is off it and I am hoping I can go get it with my truck without taking my trailer or taking off my topper. I also have a Wheelhorse 876 in my shop waiting for its restoration. Are they similar size? Also; from what I have read there were multiple transmission options for these tractors. Are the 8 speeds more or less common? Also, does anyone know what years the B-80 was built? Just getting into the Wheelhorse club but they seem like really nice little tractors so I would like to learn more.



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Posted October 09, 2014 - 09:57 AM

35 wide, 63 long, 40" tall.

Judging by pics, subtract 4 or 5" if the wheel is off. You do still have the lift lever to contend with.

They were made 1974 to 1977.
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Posted October 09, 2014 - 10:03 AM

Ok, thanks. My topper is like 38" tall so maybe without the steering wheel I can soften the tires and get away with just taking my truck.



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Posted October 09, 2014 - 11:32 AM

I had a '75 B-80 with the 4 speed. Maybe the 8 speed was the later years? I dunno

 

Cool little tractor, just didn't fit into my stable brands   :D



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Posted October 09, 2014 - 12:12 PM

B-80   8 HP   1974 - 1977   :smilewink:



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Posted October 09, 2014 - 06:30 PM

I have a 1975 B-80 and it is an 8 speed.

 

3 forward, 1 reverse and high/low = 8 speeds.

 

I have weighted tires and chains on mine. I use it for winter snow plowing and fall garden plowing. It is also what I use if I need to pull some other GT around the yard. Very good machine.


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Posted October 12, 2014 - 05:23 AM

Interesting. I know the 76 & 77 B-80's had the 8 speed, 8 pinion transmissions with 1 1/8" axles. Earlier units had the 4 speed, 4 pinion with 1" axles. Tahoe has a 75 with a 4 speed, KC9KAS has a 75 with an 8 speed. I wonder if the transition was mid/late year in 75??



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Posted October 12, 2014 - 07:37 AM

Interesting. I know the 76 & 77 B-80's had the 8 speed, 8 pinion transmissions with 1 1/8" axles. Earlier units had the 4 speed, 4 pinion with 1" axles. Tahoe has a 75 with a 4 speed, KC9KAS has a 75 with an 8 speed. I wonder if the transition was mid/late year in 75??

 

Here's the cover from the manual I had. You can see it says 4 spd under the B80 at the top. You maybe right about a mid year tranny change.

 

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Posted October 12, 2014 - 10:00 AM

I actually thought all the 75 B's were 4 speed. Wheel Horse was great at these little anomalies. I'm nosing around trying to find something on an 8 speed that year but the site is a little sick this morning. Once the admin gets it back 100% I'll look some more. I purchase a 76 B-80 new and effectively converted it to a C-160. The difference in the B's and C's in 76 and 77 were horsepower, headlights standard on the C's, high back vs low back seat, 22 750 vs 23 850 rear tires, 13" vs 15" steering wheel and a couple other very minor differences. I used the 8hp from it on an 854 rebuild and put a new K341 on the B.


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