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#16 JDBrian OFFLINE  

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Posted February 02, 2012 - 05:38 PM

Terry, what was in them for a hydro? They are a rugged looking tractor. There aren't a lot of them of that vintage around here. Where I grew up there was a WH dealer in the 70's but I don't remember any like that.

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Posted February 02, 2012 - 07:02 PM

The transmission system is similar to a Case hydraulic system. The hydro tranny (eaton 11?) is directly coupled to the engine. the discharge is plumbed back to a hydraulic motor on the transaxle. The weak link in the system is the differential assy. From what I ahve read, the bolts holding the carrier together either backout or break. The broken piece then gets picked up in the gears and there isnt enough room between the gears and the housing, so when its forced through the housing usually gets busted or cracked. The fix is to disassemble the transaxle and change the diff bolts out with grade 8 bolts and locktite.

I havent had any problems with the drive system, its all been the onan engine but i am getting it sorted out. It mows grass well, after i get done it looks like a golf course and this is with a 30+ year old deck that needs work. If i keep it i will be making a 3pth for it. It is a beast.

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Posted February 03, 2012 - 08:22 AM

Wheel Horse used a Kohler engine in the 1975 D-160, then Onan's after that. The D-180 and D-200 used Kohler engines. The D-250 shouldn't be confused with the rest of the D-series as it was a completely different machine with a different transmission and a 4 cylinder Renault engine.

All of the following will have information on the D-series.

1975 Brochure: 1975 Wheel Horse Brochure - Manuals - Garden Tractor Talk - Forums

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1978 Brochure: 1978 Wheel Horse Brochure - Manuals - Garden Tractor Talk - Forums

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Posted February 29, 2012 - 05:27 PM

Wheel Horse used a Kohler engine in the 1975 D-160, then Onan's after that. The D-180 and D-200 used Kohler engines. The D-250 shouldn't be confused with the rest of the D-series as it was a completely different machine with a different transmission and a 4 cylinder Renault engine.


I drooled on a 250 once, they're a big nasty German built beast with Wheel Horse stickers from what I could tell.

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Posted March 03, 2012 - 09:28 PM

i have a d 160 w. a 3 point hitch & dont live that far from you.you could come over and mesure the parts to build one. jay selma nc.

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Posted March 13, 2012 - 08:49 PM

I had a 200. Heavy tractor but underpowered tranny as people have said. It was the most comfy tractor ive had as far as ridding. The first one I tractor I ever re did. Ended up in WI to a wheel horse guy. Heres mine before and after.

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Posted March 14, 2012 - 09:49 PM

Very nice restore. WHy do you say the tranny is underpowered?

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Posted March 16, 2012 - 08:54 PM

to small for the tractor and they over heat and cook themselves.




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