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  1. Adapting a tiller

    Doug, Good point on not using the chains. My suggestion came about because the better PTO powered 5' - 8' three-point tillers that I know of all use a direct gear driven power transfer to the tiller. Makes sense at the Wheel Horse scale you need to allow some cushion for rough tilling conditions and debris and protect the equipment from snapping/bending/twisting/shearing. You never know what is under your feet. After pulling brake linings, a steering wheel, shocks and a 12v generator out of my old garden, one of our long time neighbors told me I put the plot in where an old pig shed used to stand. I asked him about the auto parts and he told me farmer Jone's two sons used to hot rod old cars in the pig shed once it was out of farm service. I used to be able to grow really big carrots and potatoes down there. Figures.....! When you get your hydraulics needs calculated, give me a shout. I'd love to discuss this topic more so I can fiddle on it over the fall. Maybe even till some dirt over the winter if conditions are right. Thanks Doug! Dave
  2. Adapting a tiller

    Wallfish: Thanks for the info and posting the calculator link. Really good stuff to know. Also like the idea idea that Someone threw out about puttin the tiller up front. I would think with a hydraulic motor you could even plum a rear mounted tiller to run backward from its normal belt driven direction so you could keep it from pushing you forward. Some very interesting possibilities with hydraulics. Regards all, Dave
  3. Adapting a tiller

    Hmmm. Scary. I've been seriously mulling this same scenario over in my mind. My plan was to build a 2" angle iron bracket on the front of my C-160 A to hold a 1-2 gallon fluid reservoir, then mount and and align a bracket for the hydraulic pump, driving it off of the clutch pulley of the engine. Like you, DET, I don't have enough experience to do this on my own so I will be reaching out to a friend who has more knowledge of hydraulics than me to figure out the details. I estimate that that once I get a handle on the GPM of the pump (thinking somewhere in the range of 6-8 GPM) and find a suitable source for the pump and motor (a GM power steering pump, take-offs from other pieces of equipment, purchases from Surplus Center or otherwise) I could plumb hoses from the pump and reservoir to a hydraulic motor and belt that would drive the tines. I do know that tiller tines should move at right around 300 RPM. If I calculate the sizes of the pulleys on the motor and the tiller just right, I should be able to throw some dirt around in my garden. If a belt doesn't work to drive the tines I might need to use a chain and sprocket system, although the original Wheel Horse tiller just used a belt. We should compare notes. There are a couple other forums on the internet that address similar applications. As with all forums, somebody is always ready to tell you how bad of an idea you have or why it's totally unsuited for your application. Folks here on Red Square are usually not that way at all and can be quite helpful. As for me, I tend to filter out naysayers and think like my granny. She used to say: "It can't be that hard. It might take a couple of runs to get up the hill, but you'll learn something every time you try." Good luck with your project! Let's talk! Dave Latrobe, PA
  4. Side Shot Saturday !!

    My 312-8 ready to go to hunting camp to pull our log splitter, haul firewood and spot trailers. The red "go devil" was built last year for my Honda Foreman but will see service behind the 312-8 when it's chained up for snow at camp and I have time for log skidding.
  5. What have you done to your Wheel Horse today?

  6. 2019 Show Dates

    Thank you Jim! Dave
  7. Wheelhorse 312-8 rear end gear lube change

    The plug on the side of the transaxle case that you can turn with an open end wrench is NOT the drain plug (first photo). The pipe plug on the bottom (uses an Allen key wrench) is the one you want to use for draining. My limited experience only in changing my 312-8 transaxle gear lube: 1). Leave gearbox in gear. 2). Block rear wheels. 3). Raise with a car jack under the center of the front axle being careful not to snap off the Zerk fitting that lubes the axle pivot point. I made a special 2x2 with a notch cut in it so it would straddle the Zerk fitting. Raise the front end 18-20" and place jack stands under the axle. 4). If oil is cloudy or dirty when you drain it, put one quart kerosene and one quart ATF in the case through the dipstick tube and run around your yard for ten minutes to loosen up the junk in the case. Don't subject to any steep inclines or work the transmission too hard. 5). Drain case again and add two oz. Lucas oil treatment and top off with 90 weight (or equivalent) gear oil. The Lucas product gives the oil "sling" like chainsaw oil and prevents dry gear starts. Check oil and lube regularly. It's very cheap insurance. Cheers! Dave Latrobe, PA
  8. Hello! I apologize if it is posted somewhere else, but I'm trying to find the dates for the 2019 annual Wheel Horse Collectors Club show in Biglersville, PA at the South Mountain Fairgrounds. I didn't see it on the Red Square calendar and the South Mountain Fairgrounds site doesn't have it listed, either. I have to schedule vacation for next year soon and I'd like to attend. Is this show always held the weekend after Father's Day? Thank you for your reply. Dave Latrobe, PA
  9. What have you done to your Wheel Horse today?

    Pumpkins? Wow. Where did this summer go to? Seems like I was just cleaning maple seeds out of the gutters this spring and I'm already seeing leaves starting to drop and corn turning yellow. This year sure was different...... for sure! Nice looking front clip on that Chevy, by the way! Dave Latrobe, PA
  10. Just brought this home need help

    That little guy already had designs on that tractor. Way to go!
  11. My day

    Full moon tonight. It's got to be the reason things went sideways for you.....!
  12. The Electro made it to the news

    It's been a bad year, weather wise, all around the country. Hellacious fires out west, flooding and non-stop rain in the east. Crop planting, herbicide, insecticide, and suplimental fertilizer applications have to be critically timed when the weather is good. This year it was haphazard at best in Pennsylvania. Everyone did what they could, when they were able. I hope your damages were minimal. I'm always reminded that what we own is just "stuff." You can get more stuff. You can't replace loved ones. Lets hope the weather holds out and we have we have better days ahead! Cheers! Dave
  13. Help on locating C160 Automatic serial number

    953: You are absolutely correct. Just got home and had a chance to see your post. Wiped off the area above the hydraulic control and took this photo of not one, but TWO rivet holes in the side of the steering column tower. Just where you'd expect to see them spaced. Mystery solved. But, sadly no serial number will ever be captured for this gem. Thanks guys! Dave
  14. My wife doesn't always "get" me, but she surely cuts me a lot of slack. When I bought my first Wheel Horse, a 312-8, two months ago she just shrugged it off as a whim. When I located a nice C-160 Automatic four weeks later she started to question why I needed another. She even went with me to pick it up (secretly I think she wanted to make sure I brought home only one more WH). After talking to some friends and family I have come to find out that several of them admit to having Wheel Horses garden tractors over the years. They spoke very highly of them but, curiously, always out of earshot of their spouses. I even found out one uncle of mine had rebuilt two of his own Kohler engines and rebuilt several more Kohler engines for his neighbors over the years. I am pretty sure the work was always done late at night, in his shed, and I suspect it was done by the light of muted kerosene lanterns with cheap cigar smoke hanging in the air. A buddy of mine expressed to me that he has a bit of tractor envy after seeing me bring home a second Wheel Horse in 60 days. After he mentioned this to me I thought I had a problem but, bless his heart, he straightened me right out. According to him: Owning one Wheel Horse means you are just a recreational user. Owning two Wheel Horses means you have an appreciation for fine machinery. Owning three Wheel Horses means you have an attraction. Four, it's turned into an obsession. Five, it's pretty much a full blown addiction. and six, well you really need to join Red Square and begin your next post with: Hello, my name is ________________, and I have a Wheel Horse problem. He's also convinced that Rustolem Regal Red should be reclassified as a gateway drug. Have a great day and hope the weather holds out...!
  15. Help on locating C160 Automatic serial number

    I'll have to check when I get home ffrom on the farm.