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#16 Cvans OFFLINE  

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Posted December 28, 2016 - 11:31 AM

do any Wheel Horse tractors have hydraulics? 

 

Yes. If I remember correctly most if not all of the hydro's have hydraulic lift. If they are like the one I have they can lift a lot of weight too. 


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Posted December 28, 2016 - 11:23 PM

Well now I'm even more interested. I came across a Wheel Horse Raider 12 (I think) with a loader on it recently for sale. I hesitated and it got away. Next time I'll know better!

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Posted December 29, 2016 - 08:11 AM

The most WH were sold in Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania so you shouldn't too much trouble finding another.



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Posted December 30, 2016 - 01:35 PM

The most WH were sold in Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania so you shouldn't too much trouble finding another.


There's quite a few up here in NY as well.
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Posted December 30, 2016 - 09:05 PM

Me and my uncle just restored his WH GT14 this summer. Even though I'm partial to the Green and Yellow machines, I must say that tractor is built like a tank and pushes like a D8 Cat.



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Posted January 07, 2017 - 07:31 PM

I like the early models and have owned several they have great eye appeal, and although they did not boast big HP they get the job done. Besides who can resist a little 58RJ.
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Posted January 09, 2017 - 02:49 PM

I also have owned many brands, the Wheel Horses were the easiest to repower if needed, such as with one of the small air cooled clone diesels or a Vtwin.  Very robust, probably the best/easiest steering of the smaller GT's, and still affordable to buy when compared to most other well known brands.   Yes, very popular here in Indiana where they were built.    Mike


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Posted January 10, 2017 - 09:30 AM

The Tach-a-matic is by far my favorite feature. I have a 1968 Raider and I was even able to adapt that to the Tach-a-matic system. I got a 1968 snowblower and a 1992 snowblower and they both work on the same tractor! Not many other brands can say that.


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Posted January 10, 2017 - 10:15 AM

So, you just added the mid mounts? Do you have the front mule drive?



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Posted January 10, 2017 - 06:44 PM

I am down to 6 wheel horse tractors, so far the best for me. Various models, years and attachments. Very handy, heavy duty units. I do own a Ingersoll 2018 GT to, another very nice machine. I am looking to diversify, but wheel horse is my favorite.

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Posted January 11, 2017 - 05:56 PM

I have to echo what others have said about reliability, durability and just flat out simple and easy to work on, most models built with nothing but the best components available at the time.  Many hydro models had hyd lift and elec  lift was available on some of the gear drivers.  As said most machines after 73 will take much later attachments, I personally have a late 90's tall shoot blower mounted to a 73 machine.  Just a quality built tough machine in my opinion. 

 

A few years back I was given a 73 16 Auto, it looked pretty sad, had a blown Kohler K341, at first I only took the machine for the engine thinking I would repair the engine and swap out a very worn K301 on my Gravely walk behind.  The longer the shell sat there in the shop while I was waiting on engine parts the more I got to looking at the overall condition of the machine as a whole,, it was just old, very little else wrong with it and the rest of the process and results are in a thread here in the WH forum. 

 

I was just out today to get all the engines running since it was warm and the WH and JD haven't been started since Sept when I put the blower on the WH for deep snow duty, rolled over a few times and fired up, just like the 6yr old JD sitting next to it, not to shabby for being 44yrs old.


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Posted January 12, 2017 - 10:09 AM

I have a 1970 Electro12 w/ the original engine that does every week mower duty. The only thing I'm sad about is the original electric pto clutch went out and you almost can't find them any more. If you do, they want too much money for them. I had to convert it back too manual clutch.


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Posted January 13, 2017 - 08:13 AM

I picked up a couple of parts WHs for $100 each and will turn them into one good one. Last spring their was a 1974 C160 on CL for free. I had to bring wheels and tires for it but I got after it as fast as I could. Came with a bunch of used parts. The wiring is FUBAR and it has a Tech OH160 engine so I have been proceeding very slowly. The point is that WHs can be found cheap. I just saw this one posted and am tempted by it. http://newlondon.cra...5957060233.html If the engine runs, that is a good deal for the engine alone. The tractor become a bonus. Study some of the WH manuals we have. Good Luck, Rick
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Posted January 13, 2017 - 09:52 AM

I am always on the prowl for another WH hydro with a Sundstrand or 1100 Eaton, problem is there are not many in the area anymore and many of the ones for sale are overpriced for what they are.  Would prefer an 1100 Eaton as they can have foot hydro controls put on them and a complete roller would work, a new 16hp or 22hp predator would look good under the hood. 


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Posted January 30, 2017 - 04:59 PM

I couldn't have said it any better.

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!

 

Red is for the blood we shed.


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