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About C-85

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  • Birthday 01/13/1961

Wheel Horse Information

  • tractors
    1981 C-85 w/ 42" dozer/snow plow, front and rear wheel weights, rear weight box, custom made front weight carrier, and vbar chains on the rear. Rebuilt engine w/ 0.10 oversize piston.

    1982 C-105 w/36 rear mower, chrome hub caps on front, rear wheel weights, rebuilt engine w/ 0.20 oversize pistion.
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  • Location
    White River Jct. VT
  • Occupation
    Library - Circulation/Reserve assistant. Part time security officer, part time mechanic.Past- 15yr Army Guard/Reserve, Desert Storm Vet, Worked at Ford/ Hyundai Dealer for 14yrs.Worked at family owned outdoor power equipment since birth to 28yrs old.
  • Interests
    All outdoor power equipment, esp W/H. Snowmobiling (Ski-dooing), Family, camping - not necessarily in this order!
  1. Favorite NFL team.

    I Love the Patriots! C-85
  2. It’s Mug-Shot Monday guys!!

    I love these pictures! Me and my one and only back in '97. C-85
  3. Need a key for Wheel Horse 212-6

    You should be able to find one of these most any place! My Ariens and Toro snowblowers have these, and I know some of the old snowmobiles took the same 'Indak' key. Mine looks a little different, it's from an old Toro and has their old logo with their trademark 'bullhead' on it. I treasure this old key! C-85
  4. Here's a few missions my units have been on!
  5. Favorite hand tools/brands

    I hadn't heard of S-K Tools going out of business, so that make me quite sad! I wonder what became of them or who might buy them out or be able to give warranty? C-85
  6. Camo A-90

    As a Desert Storm veteran, I've seen all the desert I need to , so I would never do this to a good looking (potentially) red W/H tractor!
  7. Favorite hand tools/brands

    This is a great topic and I have a share of many tools, but mainly S-K. We even sold them at my family's business when I was younger. In my area they were kind of the gold standard! I love my But sadly, I believe the last business that carried these near me just went out of business, so I'm not sure how I'll get new ones or replacements I will miss the service and people of these business's very much! C-85
  8. Best Salt Spreader?

    It would be great if someone made a small spreader that could spread sand and salt. All the ones I've seen say they can only spread salt and fertilizers. It would seem that a lot of folks would like a small spreader that can spread a sand/salt mix that wouldn't break the bank! All this would take would be a better agitator or a vibrator to loosen the clumped up sand in the hopper . C-85
  9. Catastrophic failure

    I have found a used complete K181, and I've got it on there, so it is fixed now. What a tune up! Now to figure more about how this happened. I think going to a 12hp would have been great if I had one, but I don't. My little 8hp tractor has plenty of power for what we've been using for - plowing snow and some dirt work. Oh and occasionally some rock work! These rocks that I dug out are on skid (sheet of plywood) that I was pulling - It is totally amazing to me to know what this little 8hp tractor has done! Like I said when I posted this that I had never seen a crank shaft break and I'm still puzzled by this. I know I'm carrying a lot of weight, but it seems like there's so many weaker links (like the connecting rod or drive belt) that would have broke or failed before the crank shaft! When I was in the equipment business, I saw plenty of engine damage, but not like this. We had lots of customer lawn mowers come in with bent crank shafts (from hitting rocks or something solid), but never a broken one. Has anyone else seen damage like this? Thanks for everyone that has taken time to view this and weigh in! C-85
  10. Lets see the snow rigs!

    Wow, of all the creativeness I've seen on this site, I've never seen a tractor with an 'auto pilot! I never gave this any thought, I've heard of driverless cars, but now tractors! Thanks for sharing! C-85
  11. Winter traction

    I put Carlise snow-hog tires on mine, and they really helped over the turf tires. But this is before I learned about the roller chain idea and had I know about that before, I think I would have tried that, that seems like it would be the best to make it steer! C-85
  12. Vintage Trucks

    This is my 1988 Chevy and she's 30 years old this month! She's got the 5.7L and 4 speed manual with the creeper gear. I'm the original owner and this has been a great truck!
  13. Lets see the snow rigs!

    Here's my fleet of snow equipment! C-85
  14. Catastrophic failure

    My son was using our C-85 to plow snow and it suddenly stopped. He grabbed me and we tried to start it and it wouldn't even turn over. Turns out the crankshaft broke, and when this happened the flywheel moved enough to hit the stater and wiped out some magnets and blew a fuse, kind of a chain reaction. Of all the blown engines I've never seen this happen and I'm not sure what caused this. We have worked the heck out of this tractor, and I've all the things I could think of that would break, the crank isn't one of them! I'm wondering if the crank had some kind a flaw, but it has lasted all this time. I've looked up what a new crank and flywheel cost and it looks like they are still available from Kohler for about $304 and $428. I see that there are some used ones on eBay, but I hate to get a used crank, a used flywheel would probably be okay. I looked online to see if some outfit sells re-manufactured K181s, but didn't see any. I could fix this, it's just a mater of what makes the most sense with money/time. I'm also pondering shooting the works and buying a new short block at around a $1,000, realizing I'd still need a flywheel. I love this tractor and plan on having it for life (my life, I'm 57), so I might just renew that awesome engine I'm wondering if anyone in Red Square land has seen anything like this, and also how you might approach a long term fix? I've seen a lot of comments on here about folks that have gone the Harbor Freight route for new power, but I just don't think I can do that, I have a love of Kohlers! This is what it used to look like! This is what it looks like now!
  15. My wife and I bought this last April, so this has kept us busy! When I was a kid, convoys of Army trucks used to go by all the time and I used to waive to them, and I knew then I had to join and drive those trucks! I've missed this ever since I've been out. I looked for years and they were either to much money, to far away or junk. Last April we found this one and ended up with it, it's a '71 M35A2 Deuce and Half! It is bringing a lot of good memories back and it is fun to drive, just like I remembered! We were in 5 different parades with it last summer and plan on doing even more of that this year. I'm glad to show this off, it is kind of like a rolling museum! C-85