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#1 SpeedySqueegee OFFLINE  

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Posted December 06, 2015 - 07:17 PM

I just picked up a Wheel horse 310-8 found it on Craigslist. Owner said it was used last summer but mowed way to slow. Given to him by father in law. Gas was left in the tank. But engine and tranny oil is clean. Spark plug looks ok, some dry carbon. Drive belt, usable. Deck belt is worn out. Looks like the wiring will need some work. I will put tubes in front tires. I payed $250.00 I will get to go tinker with it after I get the kid to bed. Anyone else have one of these?

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Posted December 06, 2015 - 07:21 PM

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Posted December 06, 2015 - 07:28 PM

I never but my parents did , they bought it new in the eighties I think . It was given to my nephew last year . Had a small rear discharge deck

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Posted December 06, 2015 - 07:37 PM

I know its not the same thing, but I had 2 417A's, probably the best tractors I ever had. Sorry I sold them. I still know where 1 is and have a good chance of getting it back when that guy is done with it.


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Posted December 06, 2015 - 07:40 PM

It probably has a 38" deck. Does mowing too slow mean the deck is too small for the job or the tractor doesn't move fast enough? I think the price was fine if you can get it cleaned up and running. Now that you mention it. He's complaining about slow mowing and the deck belt is worn out. He may have been trying to mow tall grass too fast. That 8 horse Kohler is a fine engine. You can even moldboard plow with that outfit.


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Posted December 06, 2015 - 07:46 PM

It should be a 10hp, 8 speeds (6 fwd+2 rev). 5.5 mph top speed might be seen as a little slow, but in the normal range for a GT


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Posted December 06, 2015 - 07:58 PM

Ya, he was talking about slow forward motion. He had about eight to ten acers to mowe. So yes, this was not the tool for the job. But for me... I need to pull dirt and rocks up hill.
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Posted December 06, 2015 - 08:04 PM

Put a fresh drive belt on it and it will pull anything you can get a chain around.... and find or fab a belt guard before you burn a hole in your pants.


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Posted December 06, 2015 - 08:12 PM

I have a 520h same body style great mower plenty of power
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Posted December 06, 2015 - 09:35 PM

Yes, sorry I missed the belt guard. The factory guard has a guide in it that keeps the belt from flopping around when the clutch is off.


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Posted December 06, 2015 - 10:37 PM

I like that style of WH

back when I was a teen, I had a vertical shaft WH this would have been early 80s.   I do not remember the model, it had a blown up tec on it, 7HP if I remember right/  I had gotten an 8 or 10HP VM series tec to replace it and had issues with the retrofit.  I gave up on it at the time because even back then I knew a vertical shaft lawn tractor was essentially "junk" and wanted something with a horiz. engine because those seemed like the ones that all the attachments were made for besides a deck...


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Posted December 07, 2015 - 05:13 AM

Nice find.

I too noticed the belt guard was off. You need the guard on in order for the drive belt to stop spinning when you depress the clutch to shift. If you don't have the guard on, the gears will grind and it is almost impossible to shift gears


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Posted December 07, 2015 - 07:50 AM

Those are great tractors and should provide you many years of good service. Don't know how well it's been serviced but the first thing I do is drain the transmission and check for water, flush with diesel and refill. The drain plug is in the left rear of the transmission and requires a 1/4" allen wrench to remove. Looks like the shift plate is missing so take a look at the condition of the shift boot, that's where the water gets in. For the price you paid it's worth putting a few bucks into to fix it up.

 

Here is the manual

http://gardentractor...r_key=all&st=30


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Posted December 07, 2015 - 08:12 AM

Looks like a very workable machine to me.  A lot of those older decks were shallow and did not have capacity but did a nice job of mowing.  Seems like everything now days is speed - want to mow once ever 10 days at 20 mph and have it look like a golf course when done.  Will make a good work horse for you.



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Posted December 07, 2015 - 08:25 AM

a good friend had one the same style not sure about the model but he used to clear driveways around my grandmas neighbor hood with it an then mow lawns an tille gardens in the spring an summer






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