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What do you really like about Wheel Horse?


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#1 Meteor149 OFFLINE  

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Posted December 26, 2016 - 11:54 PM

I like all tractors and have several different brands (Bolens, Craftsman, Cub Cadet, John Deere, Pennsylvania, Simplicity). I like them each for different reasons and they all have their own claim to fame. I don't have any real world experience with Wheel Horse tractors but they seem to have a very loyal following and they sure made some great looking tractors. I've been tempted by a few I've seen for sale lately but I don't know much about them. So, tell me what you love about them, unique features, extra desirable models etc. Maybe I'll come down with Wheel Horse fever too.
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Posted December 27, 2016 - 12:00 AM

I really like that I don't have to mow my yard with one anymore.


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Posted December 27, 2016 - 12:06 AM

 They had a good reputation for a good reason. Simple and reliable design. Good looking.


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Posted December 27, 2016 - 12:46 AM

My first tractor was a 1968 Wheelhorse Raider 9. I bought it in 1981 with a blown Tecumseh engine. I put a brand new Kohler K181 in it and used it for mowing, snow plowing, and pulling a cart. I still have it with a big bunch of other tractors now.

I like its good engineering and the handling. I like its steering better than the other brands I have. Part of the fun of this hobby is to try all different brands and models. When you look at WHs, try to get one with the rear lift hitch(not a Brinley sleeve hitch). Good Luck, Rick
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Posted December 27, 2016 - 07:09 AM

I have had several WH and the one that I have now is a C121. I have used it for everything and it is still going. I believe that like some from Pennsylvania collect Panzers, WH is collected in Ohio and Indiana. They are just a good GT and lots of attachments for them.

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Posted December 27, 2016 - 07:42 AM

1. Angle iron frame, not stamped metal

2. Common hardware

3. Better models have Kohler engines

4. Ease of repair

5. Proprietary gear box is very strong

6. Since 1973, the implements are interchangeable between most models.

7. It's red!


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Posted December 27, 2016 - 09:37 AM

1. Angle iron frame, not stamped metal

2. Common hardware

3. Better models have Kohler engines

4. Ease of repair

5. Proprietary gear box is very strong

6. Since 1973, the implements are interchangeable between most models.

7. It's red!

I couldn't have said it any better!


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Posted December 27, 2016 - 10:15 AM

I really like that I don't have to mow my yard with one anymore.

The one issue I had with mine is it wouldn't cut as high as I would like. I fixed it by replacing the guide wheels with larger diameter ones.


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Posted December 27, 2016 - 10:59 AM

This is a great thread for folks like me who would like to know more about different GTs but don't know what to ask. Unbiased ( not dealer/salesman) opinions from those who use and know about the good and poorer points of the machine. Who'da known that it has great steering compared to others? Thank you Meteor149.
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Posted December 27, 2016 - 11:54 AM

This is a great thread for folks like me who would like to know more about different GTs but don't know what to ask. Unbiased ( not dealer/salesman) opinions from those who use and know about the good and poorer points of the machine. Who'da known that it has great steering compared to others? Thank you Meteor149.

I have to agree. Haven't had a WH so don't know much about them.


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Posted December 27, 2016 - 08:14 PM

Wheel Horses are by far the easiest tractors I've owned to work on and are also the simplest designs. Really well thought out tractors, a rare example of the engineers building a machine like they were building it for themselves.


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Posted December 27, 2016 - 10:20 PM

what molon labe said!



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Posted December 27, 2016 - 11:25 PM

Who'da known that it has great steering compared to others?

 

The steering effort is light and the response is quick. The gears on the ones I have worked on were cast iron not stamped sheet steel. 


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Posted December 28, 2016 - 02:17 AM

This is great guys! I'm starting to see why they have such broad appeal. I really like what I'm hearing about the steering. I rebuilt and mildly modified the steering on my Cub 149. I'm going to do some mods on my `61 Bolens next, that thing has the turning radius of an ocean liner! Back on topic, do any Wheel Horse tractors have hydraulics?

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Posted December 28, 2016 - 07:27 AM

I don't know about all WH, but my daily driver is a 1970 Electro12 that has a hydraulic lift that runs off the trans.






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