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#1 hislip33 OFFLINE  

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Posted December 09, 2017 - 06:29 PM

Hi all, pretty new to the forum yet and still looking for the perfect GT. I came a cross 1981 Wheel Horse C125 Automatic today on the ole craigslist. The current owner bought it from the original owner this past summer and did a partial restoration on it. Sadly it had sat outside for 5 years, but luckily didn't rust hardly at all. The current owner changed all the fluids, cleaned it up, put a new fuel pump on it, and changed the transmission oil as well. Everything works on the tractor quite well. The engine was left untouched but runs fantastic. The engine is a Kohler K301 12 horse. I went and took a look this evening and it ran and drove very nice. The guy actually had plowed snow with it this morning, the engine sounded fantastic and overall was in decent condition. Has some dents and a crack in the fiberglass back plate, but not bad. Comes with the deck, a Snow blade, and the Mule drive for the deck as well as a set of tire chains, even has the original owners manual. He's asking 750$ or the whole works. 

 

My questions are: is this a decent deal? Are parts available? is this engine and transmission reliable? And will it hold up to snow plowing and heavy towing (3-500Lb trailers)?

 

Thank you in advance. Sure hope this one pans out!  


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Posted December 09, 2017 - 07:01 PM

It might be ok in your area, but in the IN, Il and OH areas it would be $300.00 to $450.00 tractor especially if it's got damaged sheet metal and busted seat pan.
Photos would help.

In the end, it's up to you on what your willing to give for it and be happy with.

Good luck.
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Posted December 09, 2017 - 08:32 PM

I have a C-120, don't really have any complaints about it. Its a nice tractor easy to work on and reliable and you can get parts for them reasonable. I use mine to move my boat, blow snow, and mow with and it does all pretty well.

 

I just put a price on mine because I got another sears (I prefer Sears tractors) and I want 800.00 for mine, it comes with a deck, snow blower , and a snow plow. The engine was also rebuilt about 4-5 years ago. 

 

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Posted December 09, 2017 - 09:51 PM

This is a newer version of metal tractors with floating engine mount and plastic fender pan. I had one and put a metal pan on it from another model, forget which one, but seems was bigger version, fit right on.  Seems a little high to me, specially when we can't see pictures for real shape. $500 to $600 at most for a nice one, so think little less for this one.  It is good engine and any Horse hydro is a good unit.


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Posted December 09, 2017 - 11:06 PM

Thank you all for the replies, I am a little on the edge with the purchase now. I feel as I may be able to get a better deal with another unit. Its a nice tractor in all but I may keep following the market and look for something I'm more familiar with like a Deere or Cub, but we shall see.  



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Posted December 10, 2017 - 11:05 AM

Thank you all for the replies, I am a little on the edge with the purchase now. I feel as I may be able to get a better deal with another unit. Its a nice tractor in all but I may keep following the market and look for something I'm more familiar with like a Deere or Cub, but we shall see.  

Are you going to give up without making a counter-offer?


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Posted December 10, 2017 - 11:54 AM

the Deere or Cub will have the same engine (even if 14 or 16hp, still a Kohler K series)  and probably the same hydro as that tractor will have// maybe the same rear end as well....  biggest difference among the brands is paint color and instrument panel layout, different ways to attach implements (taking away interchange among them, unfortunately)



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Posted December 10, 2017 - 12:36 PM

the c125 A with hydro lift was made from 1980 to 84, it could have either the sunstrand ( early 1980) or eaton hydrostatic pump but the trans is all wheelhorse and tuff.

most parts and attachments from 1973 to 2007 from the C/300/400 series garden tractor line will interchange. 

the ease of working on and changing attachments is second to none. very simple design that didnt change much from 1968 to 2007

 

the priceing is all dependent on condition and location

 he probably just put 75-100 in it with the fuel pump and oil/filters

lets break down what your getting.

auto tractor with auto lift in nice shape 400 +/- seat pan from 1984 to 2007 is a direct replacement for the plasitic pan

deck with mule drive 150- 250 depending on condition'

plow with rear attachmatic 175 in decent shape with good wear bar

chains 30 regular 50 ice grippers

 

all in all the 750 is a starting price, do some haggleing and see were it goes.

if it mine and for sale with everything in good shape Id be asking that at least


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Posted December 10, 2017 - 03:03 PM

I have an older bigger brother, a WH 16 Auto I use for snow removal and I wouldn't part with that for 750 considering anything new in a comparable size/class will be 7K+ for just the tractor and then add on a blower and blade and JD would like the better side of 10K.

 

The Kohler K series engines in my opinion are one of the best engines made, many brands used them, super easy to source parts. Either the Sundstrand or the Eaton are quite robust transaxles even to todays standards.

 

All in all a good brand built with the right stuff.


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Posted December 10, 2017 - 03:19 PM

Great tractors! You can tell by the hydraulic filter which hydro is in it. Looking from the rear forward the Eaton is on the left side, Sundstrand on the right. I've owned both and they both perform well. The Wheel Horse blade is another big plus 'cause it can be angled from the driver's seat. I used a C-161 auto for years for snow plowing  and loved it. Make him an offer and go from there. 

 

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Posted December 10, 2017 - 03:37 PM

 

 

 

lets break down what your getting.

auto tractor with auto lift in nice shape ​400+/- seat pan from 1984 to 2007 is a direct replacement for the plasitic pan

deck with mule drive ​150-250   depending on condition'

plow with rear attachmatic 175 in decent shape with good wear bar

chains 30 regular 50 ice grippers

 

 

I wouldn't give 400 if it didn't have the deck with it.

 

 


Edited by LilysDad, December 10, 2017 - 03:40 PM.

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Posted December 10, 2017 - 03:51 PM

Great tractors! You can tell by the hydraulic filter which hydro is in it. Looking from the rear forward the Eaton is on the left side, Sundstrand on the right. I've owned both and they both perform well. The Wheel Horse blade is another big plus 'cause it can be angled from the driver's seat. I used a C-161 auto for years for snow plowing  and loved it. Make him an offer and go from there. 

 

Good luck

I really like being able to angle the blade from the seat!  Great feature for sure.



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Posted December 10, 2017 - 04:55 PM

My uncle has a GT14 and it is a snow moving beast. Outside of having full hydraulics the Wheel Horse blades are among the best when it comes to manual angling from the seat.


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