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About sscotsman

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    Western New York
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    Wheel Horse Tractors.
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  1. Engine stalls when warm.

    Thanks guys! Seems very likely its the coil. Im going to order a new one..I have never replaced one before, but it looks like an easy job.. I'll let you know how it goes! (thanks for the manuals Garry!) Scot
  2. Engine stalls when warm.

    Hey everyone, I recently posted about my new (to me) Toro RER It's a Toro 832 RER, model 56145. Based on the serial series, 700xxxx, I determined its a 1987 model. Im using it for leaf pickup. Its stalling when warm, after about 10 minutes of use. It stalls, then simply will not start again until it sits for 20 minutes or so and cools down..then it starts again, runs 5 or 10 more minutes, and stalls again. After it stalled, I tried re-starting with the gas cap off..nope. so I dont think its the gas cap. Gas is fresh, I installed a new fuel filter. I have not changed the spark plug. I have not done anything with the air filter. When it runs, it runs great! Engine is smooth and strong, mows fine. It just stalls when hot, then re-starts only after a cool down. Sounds like the coil? I have never replaced a coil before, but im willing to try it. Anything else I can try before I order a coil? Engine is the original 1987 8HP Briggs, I cant find a tag on the engine itself, and the Toro manual does not give the engine model, but some googling: http://www.tractordata.com/lawn-tractors/002/3/8/2385-toro-8-32.html says it should be a Briggs model 191707. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks, Scot
  3. Glenn, No, the 854 isnt done..but its also done! when I bought it from Buckrancher almost 7 years ago, I was intending to do a full restore on it..but, its been such a good and reliable machine, and its been my primary mower, so I need it all spring/summer/fall, so I cant take it out of service to do a restoration! But im totally fine with that, I now think I like it better in its natural unrestored state.. it's still in active service at age 53, with no plans to retire. So im just going to leave it alone and keep using it. Photo from today! I cleared a spot for the new Toro: Dave, that could work, double passes..I could go out with the 854 first then follow up with the Toro. I'll probably try that this year, see how it works. I would still like to consider a different blade for the Toro though too, if anyone has any suggestions. thanks, scot
  4. Thanks everyone! Squonk, cool idea on the flowtron! but I got the Toro to avoid raking leave all together! I went to the emergency room last October after raking leaves..turns out I was fine, but still..Im done raking leaves for life. We have a LOT of leaves in our yard, and our town doesnt pick them up. There are too many to just mow over and leave on the grass, I would have spots where mowed leaves are 8 inches thick and would smother the grass. So they need to be removed, but I dont want to rake them anymore.. 953 Nut, I considered a sweeper! that is an option, but a sweeper narrow enough to get through my gates I didnt think would hold much.. Eric, dry leaves! good thought..but the leaves were pretty dry already on my test run..It was the end of our 5 days of 90 degrees and no rain..the leaves were pretty crunchy already. Sarge, double blades? I never knew that could be done, I have only seen mowers with an attachment for one blade. I'll tip up the Toro and see what it looks like under there.. Are there blades specifically designed for leaf pickup, as opposed to grass? thanks all, Scot
  5. Hey everyone, I bought a new toy! It's a Toro 832 RER, model 56145. Based on the serial series, 700xxxx, I determined its a 1987 model. I bought this for one primary purpose..Autumn leaf pickup. Im still using my 1964 Wheel Horse 854 as my primary summer mower, but it doesnt have an available bagger, so I needed a 2nd machine for leaf pickup. I bought the Toro a few days ago, its running fine! needed a carb clean, and it might need a coil..its stalling when hot. If it needs a coil, I'll create a new thread about that. But as for the leaf pickup, it works! I have the deck set high, because I want to get only leaves, and not grass..but it doesnt really chop up the leaves much. The leaves in the bagger are still fairly complete, chopped into roughly halves or thirds..I would like to get finer chopping if possible. (im collecting the leaves in a big compost pile, to use as garden soil ammendemnet for next year..) Does anyone have suggestings for something like a gator blade or a mulching blade that might give me finer leaf mulching? my main goal is leaves only, collected in the bagger, not grass. thanks! Scot p.s., is there any Wheel Horse DNA in this Toro?
  6. Wanted, 1970's B or C tractor, and leaf vacuum, Western NY

    thanks Guys! unfortunately all of those are too far away. I'm running a 1999 Chevy S10 pickup..its now so elderly that 2 hours one-way is about all i'm comfortable doing. Roughly this range: thanks, Scot
  7. Oil drain tube for Kohler K181S

    Thanks for the suggestions everyone! much appreciated.. I'll probably make a trip to Home Depot this weekend to take a look at various piping and cap bits, see if anything stands out, now that I know what thread size I need.. I also like the: http://ezoildrainvalve.com/ idea..that looks good! I'll update this thread when I have something in place.. thanks! Scot
  8. Oil drain tube for Kohler K181S

    The video is the message! thanks, Scot
  9. Hey everyone, i started a thread a few months back about lawn/leaf vacuums: And now i'm on the search for the tractor! I still have my 1964 model 854, purchased from fellow Red Square member "Buckrancher" back in 2011: Love it! She's a classic, still my main summer mower and dump-cart puller..a great basic workhorse. But now im thinking of tractor #2.. I would really like a 1970's model B or C hydro, this style: photo by "Duke", from: http://www.wheelhorseforum.com/gallery/category/17-1973-1977/?page=5 But, important feature needed for Autumn cleanup..I need a leaf vacuum too. I already have the dump cart, photo above, and I could build my own leaf bin on top of the dump cart, so all I need is: 1. The tractor. 2. Mowing deck that can take a vacuum attachment. 3. the vacuum attachment. If I could find all of it together, that would be great! but realistically, I will probably find them separately, which is fine too.. I would prefer a B or C hydro, (just because I have never owned a hydro, and it would be nice to have one) but i'm not totally opposed to an 8-speed. This tractor would only be used for mowing, autumn leaf cleanup, and maybe eventually some snowblowing or snow plowing..but the tractor and leaf vacuum is the main goal for now. I'm in Rochester NY, I have a pickup truck, and can travel to the Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse areas, most of Western NY and the Western Finger Lakes. thanks! Scot
  10. Ebay search suggestions?

    Hey everyone, im going to be looking for my 2nd Wheel Horse tractor this year! (I'll make a new "wanted" post soon here in RS..thats how I found my first one!) but this question is about ebay searching. I look on local Craigslist a lot, and I also like to do "followed" searches in ebay, so that ebay automatically emails me when something comes up that fits the search. Setting the "local" part isnt a problem..the problem is, if I do a search for: Wheel Horse Tractor Then set the "within 100 miles of my zip code", I do get local results, but I get this: 64 results..not one of them is an actual tractor..its all parts. And if I did a followed search on that, Ebay would email me virtually every day, whenever a new part is listed, and that is useless to me. Anyone know how I could only get actual tractors to come up? Quotes wont work, like "Wheel horse" tractor Or "Wheel horse tractor" Because those will still bring up a ton of parts.. I need something else, but I dont know what..has anyone ever found a method? Thanks, Scot
  11. Leaf vaccum for 1970's B or C models?

    excellent! thanks guys..(and thanks for the brochure Don! very cool) ok, now I know it exists.. now I need to find out mower deck models and vacuum attachment model numbers.. im going to take a look through the manual section here at RS. thanks, Scot
  12. Hey everyone, next Spring/Summer im going to look for my 2nd Wheel Horse! (I still have my 1964 model 854, purchased from fellow Red Square member "Buckrancher" back in 2011: Love it! She's a classic, still my main summer mower and dump-cart puller..a great basic workhorse. But now im thinking of tractor #2.. I would really like a 1970's model B or C hydro, this style: photo by "Duke", from: http://www.wheelhorseforum.com/gallery/category/17-1973-1977/?page=5 But, important feature needed for Autumn cleanup.. Did this series of tractors have a vaccum attachment? I would like to be able to hit leaves with the mower, to grind them up, then go back over them and suck them up with a vaccum.. thanks! research on my next tractor begins now.. Scot
  13. Mower spring on model 854.

    Thanks Jason! (the link you posted doesn't work..it did the thing where it replaced part of the link with just dots.. the three dots (periods) in "php?...pic" is supposed to contain more of the link.. could you try re-posting it please? But I think you have given me the clue I needed! I couldnt figure out *how* the spring came off in the first place! its a very robust spring, and seems very firmly attached.. but your mention of a second cotter pin explained it.. the spring fell off because the strength of the spring pulled the "front" cotter pin apart! the "front" cotter pin seemed a bit mangled as I removed it when I tried to re-attach the spring.. So now I know I need a new cotter pin for the front.. Also, I see now that I probably have the spring reversed.. I didnt notice it when I took the photo, but I can see it now: there is a "shadow" of the spring etched into the paint! and it looks like the "larger hook" end of the spring goes to the rear.. So I think I have it now..thanks! (I would still love to see other photos though, to confirm..) thanks, Scot
  14. Dealer List

    I added the listing for: Knapp and Trau, Fairport, NY The dealer sticker is still on my 1964 model 854. You can indicate them as "closed"..I know for a fact they no longer exist. thanks, Scot
  15. Hey everyone, I was mowing the lawn last night with the 1964 model 854, when the mower suddenly stopped! I looked down, and the pedal to engage the mower was flopping around loose.. I shut her down to investigate, and discovered the spring had somehow popped off.. I was able to find the spring in the grass about 10 feet behind the mower.. Took me awhile to figure out how to re-attach it! I do have the 854 owners manual, but it isnt helpful in this case.. there is a diagram that shows the spring, but there isnt enough detail to make out how it attaches.. I was able to get it up and running enough to finish the lawn, but I know its not connected correctly.. Here are some photos, taken after I re-connected the spring: The spring in question: I think the rear end is connected properly (maybe) But I know the front end is totally wrong..this is not how its supposed to be connected: does anyone have an 854 they could look at and maybe post some photos of the proper way to hook this back up? thanks! Scot
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