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    1995 520-H, 1988 518-H, 1989 310-8, 1986 420-LSE x2, 1973 14 Auto, 1984 310-8, 1986 417-A
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    Columbus, IN
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  1. WH 518-H questions

    You should be able to find a 520 roller for less than $400 with frequency in Indiana or Ohio. I have a 520 and a 518 and I like them both. My 518 was dealer converted to the Eaton 1100 as Wheel Horse issued a recall (I think or maybe it was only a service bulletin?) on the Eaton 700's and paid dealers to swap them out. If you see a 518 with an oil filter above the rear axle like a 520 then it has been upgraded. A 518 is a slightly simpler machine than a 520 and for overall longevity if it has the Eaton 1100, it's probably a "better" tractor. The 18 and 20hp Onans were basically the same engine save for a few minor carburetor differences. The 518 has a manual lift and the 520 has a hydraulic lift. I think that would be the one thing that would steer me to one tractor over the other and maybe the 60" deck on a 520 if I was going to mow a lot. I also would say maybe spend some time and save a little extra and try to find one (either size) that's running with new tires. The tires on a 520 alone will set you back about $200 and most that I see in roller condition need them badly. I see a lot of rollers for $3-400 but I see a lot of decent looking running tractors for $7-800, if you add $200 for tires and $100 for engine parts (which would be low end and lucky) you've already bought a good running tractor. I think there's a 520 in the classifieds right now in Greensburg, IN (that's about an hour west of Cincinnati) the guy is asking $895obo. That would be a better buy than a $400 roller unless it was in mighty fine shape.
  2. Secure 520 Throttle Lever Knob

    Drill out the pivot point with a 1/4” drill bit and use a 1/4-20 bolt with a lock nut and the problem is fixed for cheap. New throttle cables can loosen and have the same issue in a short period of time depending on the quality and placement of the rivet.

    Put a top coat of 7271 and they’ll look like factory
  4. Looks like it needs grease!

    There will (or should be) be a grease zerk on top of all three spindles. The middle spindle has a tendency to rub on the lift rod on a lot of decks, it may have worn off the zerk. There is also a zerk on the base of the shaft that goes to the steering wheel around the geared block. It's sometimes caked in grease and difficult to find but it's there. You can find it referenced on page 22-23 of the owners manuals.
  5. Front Mower Carrier

  6. 520h "surging?"

    I think you can do most of it without taking the carb off as I recall. Take off the air filter housing and the top end of the carb will give you access to the jets. Make sure to close the throttle and the choke in case you drop the screws.
  7. 520h "surging?"

    You don't want to run carb cleaner through a carburetor without taking it apart btw. Carb cleaner will swell up rubber pieces and make them no longer work properly.
  8. 520h "surging?"

    Sounds most like a dirty carb, probably need to clean the jets and the bowl. I would also make sure the fuel filter is new/clean and check the fuel line and make sure the fuel tank is clean.
  9. Wanted 420-LSE Armrest

    not opposed to something nice either
  10. Green Vertical Shaft?

    I picked up a Z930M John Deere Ztrak this spring with a 25hp kawasaki vertical shaft motor that's got over 2800 hours on what appears to be an original engine. It's a heck of a mower. It's been converted to propane, some say that's easier on the motor than gas, I'm not sure but it runs well still.
  11. Wanted 420-LSE Armrest

    Looking to buy 420-LSE armrest, doesn't need to be NOS or immaculate so long as it looks decent, this one isn't a show piece.
  12. Models not made by Wheel Horse

    Very interesting, I did a quick web search on these and found a quote (sourced by Glen Pettit lol) from Ed Cole about them.
  13. Models not made by Wheel Horse

    The 724Z was made by Dixie Chopper, the 616Z was made by Wheel Horse from what I've heard. There were none made by Dixon as far as I'm aware. I think the Dixie Chopper and 724Z is pretty easy to see if you compare some of the early Dixie Choppers to the 724-Z.
  14. Models not made by Wheel Horse

    Now we're just getting into semantics.
  15. 520-H Engine

    The valve seat issue seems to normally happen around 1200-1500 hours from what I've seen and heard. I'm sure there is a guy with one that had an issue at 300 hours and another guy that's got 2000+ and no issue but I see a lot in that range that have the problem.