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About Red144runner

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  • Birthday 11/30/1981

Wheel Horse Information

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    Simplicity 6116 broadmoor sold
    Toro wheel horse 312
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  • Location
    Worcester mass
  • Occupation
    Grounds keeper at a private high school
  • Interests
    My family, fishing, outdoors, taking the family thru the dunes in our 4Runner, Toro wheel horse, chainsaws (35+ all makes) football, out door power equipment (2 36" toro prolines, 21" 2 stroke proline, Parker thatch o matic thatcher, toro 5/21 & 11/32 snow blowers, 84 gmc 3500 350 4bbl 4spd. Tools and working on my houde

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  1. I'm finally a "Wheelman"

    Those are particularly cool Wheelhorse tractors. First it has a great engine in that boxer IC Briggs, make a lot of power more than enough for a big deck or 2 stage snowblower. Second it has the Eaton 1100, and on that model the top speed is a little more than the others. Also came with the big wheels in back. Might not be a bad idea to pull the heads and look at those valve seats, and while your there stake them in for cheap insurance.
  2. Happy birthday USA

    Forgive my lawn. Battling red thread right now.
  3. 520 start tear down. Ugly

    Replace all rot, good cleaning/degreasing. Further replacement of parts I'm sure, then tune up and some paint. Final product look good and functional.
  4. 520 start tear down. Ugly

    Luckily I found all the tins I need. Even a 520 hood, the paint is faded a bit but compared to what it has now big improvement
  5. 520 start tear down. Ugly

    Took the tractor and new used sheet metal to work today. Had some time so I started taking parts off. The fender is real bad. Years of letting grass build up and time in the rain have rotted it out. Had to grind a few bolts here and there. The pto side running board was replaced with a piece of 3/16" diamond plate with tubes welded on under neath to slide over the mounting rods. Done quite well too. The hydro filter mount is broken from frame (new one ordered). It's gunked up good but aside from the sheet metal it's solid. Drained trans today too.
  6. 2 tractors finally meet

    Yes. I work full time on the grounds of a private high school. I also have 9 lawns I do. I mostly use a proline 36" toro wb, it has a bag too but the tractor holds much more. And like I've said before the quality of cut is second to none. When I got to the job I started mowing and the blades sounded slow. Checked belt tension (new belt) then questioned the position on the pto. Called the dealer, I had it on the outside pulley and I was wrong. Put it on the inside and what a difference. But it even cut good on the lower speed!
  7. 2 tractors finally meet

    That 520 looks okay in these pics. Up close it's rough
  8. 2 tractors finally meet

    I finally got the 5-20 out of my cousins garage bay. We stabiled the fuel in December and shut it off at the tank. Went there today and it fired right up. This tractor runs so well I think the hour gauge is correct. The motion controls need adjustment (lever won't stay in position) and the tach doesn't work. Aside from that it's good. I have all the panels to replace the pitted ones. The 3-12 is out cause I have a mow job that needs bagging. So I put the deck on, I completely went thru it this winter and a new belt. The bagger is going on later.
  9. Rounding up some 520 parts. Good score today

    I actually forgot how it looks. It's parked in one of my cousins bays. Out of the weather at least, cause it sure looked like it spent some time outside. I find that rediculous. Piece of equipment that cost north of $4k new. I see it all the time though. Landscapers who have new $5000 toro walk behinds on open body trailers left out side all season no tarp or anything. All my stuff is in a garage or shed and if it is out for a short time it's covered well. Guess it gives me a winter project. I hope the hour meter is right cause it only showed around 400 I think and both cylinders had 125psi
  10. Almost all the tins on my 520 are bad, salvageable but very rough. I found floor boards, hood, fender and tunnel parts a while back. Today I picked up a set of 23x10.50x12 Carlisle AGs. Impressive to say the least. Look lightly used and the price was too good to pass. The deck is done, I'm fighting the urge not to dig into this tractor but this time of year is very busy with cleanups and lawns starting soon.
  11. Generation Gap

    Get yourself a bag of gypsum. It counteracts the calcium chloride the towns spread and gets on the grass. Spread it like you would a fertilizer
  12. Generation Gap

    Sears now or any craftsman made in the last 20 years are box store quality. I had a 1987 GT18 that I bought for the engine. That tractor was pretty rugged. Had a horizontal opposed twin I/C Briggs (others had Onan and kohler k and magnums). Not near as heavy duty as the horses, frames were thinner and an aluminum cased rear. But the aluminum was thick and it has a 2 speed rear. If this tractor was made today it would be just below the top of the line gt deeres and case. Quality and box stores parted ways a long time ago. Occasionally I go for light bulbs and spray paint. Hardware, lumber, tools and equipment I purchase from local independent places. Look at craftsman tools now, years ago all the power tools were house brand, made in USA and were good quality. It's all my Grampy bought. Then DeWalt showed up, dremel, and others too. Then the little tag on the craftsman didn't say made in Chicago it said China. But the price didn't drop. The hand tools held for a while. First the combo wrenches went to china, I never thought they'd sell out the socket sets but they did with the pliers and finally the screwdrivers. Blame harbor freight Home Depot and Lowes. They sell cheap junk. $20 for a 90 piece socket set it hard to compete with. And they can claim their stuff compares to snap on or s-k but that's all bs. The tools are surface hardened and fail under less than severe load. You could probably sell a "classic" Wheelhorse today. First there's almost no competition, I know there are z turns and scuts. Market it commercial, dealer only who knows? Wouldn't be a huge seller I'm sure but there is a market for quality tools for guys who miss them
  13. Finally, Spring has arrived.

    Yeah we are in for 5-8" more tomorrow. It's got me in a jam since I have everything ready for the swept axle swap but I need the tractor for plow duty
  14. Introducing my C-125

    Man that's a story all right. Yelled at my wife twice for interrupting me. Glad you made it. Terrible accident