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GlenPettit last won the day on February 4 2015

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About GlenPettit

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  • Birthday 08/04/1943

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  • tractors
    RJ-55, RJ-58, 501, GT-14/FEL, C-101, C-141, C-161, (4) 312-8, 416-8, plus parters
  • favoritemodel
    Round Hoods

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    Eaton Rapids, MI
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    Retired (but busier than ever); former H.S. Voc. Printing Instr, & p/t M.S.U. instr in Pkg. Printing
  • Interests
    Family (2 daughters; 4 grandsons [triplets + single] & 1 granddaughter), Wheel Horses, Mold making & Casting (Wheel Horse parts), Organic Gardening, [Farm: Sheep, and Nut Trees], Engraving; Scrimshaw, travel.

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  1. Those proud moments!

    "Nothing runs like a Deere", . . . especially when it's being chased by a Wheel Horse
  2. Snow Plow Scrapper Blade

    Rob: This will be the 3rd season I've had them on and there is very minimal wear (year #1 was only about 10 hours of use, year #2 about 25 hours and this year about 10 hours so far), the wear is just noticeable, I feel I should get 7-8 years of good use at this rate, and then I reverse the blade for 7-8 more years of use. I have a 90% asphalt drive, 10% concrete -- the kind of drive you have will make a difference. I think the asphalt is the least worst (less wear) and that a rough gravel drive may be the worst, I have 5,000 square feet of drive and plow right down to the asphalt surface, -- but notice that you use skids which would cause almost no wear since you're only plowing snow and not riding on a hard surface. Glen
  3. Winter traction

    Found this photo from Lucas Weber in "Wheel Horse Junkies, 01/07, Clintonville, WI), of his unique setup for steering control & blade angling while plowing
  4. Winter traction

    I have tri-ribs on my snow-plowing tractor. On snow, they are excellent, on ice, not very good. There is 25# of Rim Guard in each tire plus a 25# lead bar hanging on the front (painted red in photo below); for a total of 75# of extra weight on the front, but with the blade down on ice, I do not have complete control, going straight is fine but with turns on the ice, I do slide sideways. I try to avoid ice and only have to suffer through it maybe twice each Winter (my 5th year with tri-ribs). On Snow, I really like the tri-ribs, and even with snow on the ice I've the tri-ribs do fine, but it's on the "pure glass ice" they are not good, that's where a chain is best. I have an asphalt drive, and don't want the marring from chains, that's also why I have the hard rubber scrapper on the blade. Do have 'Rubber Chains' on the rears of my snow-blowing tractor, over turf tires, and with bare tri-ribs on the front = same steering problem on ice. Glen
  5. Other brands that used Wheel Horse parts?

    In the 60's, as now, it's very expensive to have custom molds and dies made to manufacture a special part, so the tractor manufacturers had only have a few suppliers to choose from and tended to purchase standard parts to save $$. For example, there were only 6 companies manufacturing steering wheels, so the inserts tended to be standard, just different decals applies for each brand; ---- and golf-carts, boats, etc also used these same steering wheels. Knobs were very standard as were the threads they were used on. Transmissions were in the same situation, as were engines. Tractor brands/models tended to have unique hoods, dashes and fenders; sometimes they made their own if they were large enough, but most of the time, they subcontracted out for a supplier to make them. In the mid-60's, John Deere made mower decks for Wheel Horse (to WH's exact specifications), probably because the JD lines were not busy and WH was max'ed out on capacity. Today, MTD (Modern Tool & Die) makes many of the American tractor brands, on any of the many lines they have, and to the customers specifications for quality. Glen
  6. tire studs

    Formariz: A lot of weight behind the rear axle will actually pivot (titer-totter) the tractor and lighten the front when the blower is down. With the blower up you have a lot of weight on the front and great steering control, but with a lowered-working blower, there is almost no weight up front. Even with a chain on the tire, it's the weight that keeps the wheels down so the chain can 'bite in' and control steering. Filled tires, weight on the tires or even some weight hanging on the front axle will solve the lack-of-steering concern. Some of your Bar-Bell weights may have the right diameter to fit inside the front tires with bolts & 2 holes drilled in the weights. It doesn't take much weight, maybe 20# at each tire to give the needed 'dead' weight to control steering up there. Good Luck.
  7. Warm boots ??

    IMO: I feel it is the socks that keep in what warmth you have & generate, usually its layers of socks that do the trick. I also have had frozen feet from in my 20's, and they are always cold, but there are things we can do to help reduce the pain/cold. First, next to your skin you want something that wicks away moisture, then a thick sock with lots of air pockets in it to insulate (like wool) -- the shoe itself kinda of seals in the whole foot with its own generated heat, and the shoe then protects and keeps the water/cold out. For me, regular work socks plus 'Carhart' thermo socks ($7) does the trick. •••• The big 'Micky Mouse' shoes are very warm with kinda a built-in sock insulation, but they are so big & clumsy. Shoes with thick built-in insulation are all just big and heavy. **** What we eat & drink is also a factor in keeping warm (Google), as are some meds we may take, plus what clothes we wear on the rest of our body to conserve our own heat. Most of our body heat loss in via the Head, 50%, -- then the neck-shoulder area --- dressing up our body is important for the cold weather (in layers) to help our own body head get way down to the feet. Glen
  8. Two Wishes

    A man walks into a restaurant with a full-grown ostrich behind him. As he sits, the waitress comes over and asks for their orders. The man says, “I’ll have a hamburger, fries and a coke,” and turns to the ostrich, “What’s yours?” “I’ll have the same,” says the ostrich. A short time later the waitress returns with the order. “That will be $6.40 please,” and the man reaches into his pocket and pulls out the exact change for payment. The next day, the man and the ostrich come again and the man says, “I’ll have a hamburger, fries and a coke,” and the ostrich says, “I’ll have the same.” Once again the man reaches into his pocket and pays with exact change. This becomes a routine until late one evening, the two enter again. “The usual?” asks the waitress. “No, this is Friday night, so I will have a steak, baked potato and salad,” says the man, “same for me,” says the ostrich. A short time later the waitress comes with the order and says, “That will be $12.62.” Once again the man pulls exact change out of his pocket and places it on the table. The waitress can’t hold back her curiosity any longer. “Excuse me, sir. How do you manage to always come up with the exact change out of your pocket every time?” “Well,” says the man, “several years ago I was cleaning the attic and I found an old lamp. When I rubbed it a Genie appeared and offered me two wishes. My first wish was that if I ever had to pay for anything, I would just put my hand in my pocket and the right amount of money would always be there.” “That’s brilliant!” says the waitress. “Most people would wish for a million dollars or something, but you’ll always be as rich as you want for as long as you live!” “That’s right. Whether it’s a gallon of milk or a Rolls Royce, the exact money is always there,” says the man. The waitress asks, “One other thing, sir, what’s with the ostrich?” The man sighs, pauses, and answers, “My second wish was for a tall chick with long legs who agrees with everything I say.”
  9. Its not a WH, Lend BRF your thoughts

    Elmer Ponds brother Harold is the one that was building the Speedex two-wheel tractors in Ravenna, Ohio. Harold expanded the Shaw tractors by sending truckloads of parts to Elmer to assemble and sell from his own garage. In '46 Cecil and his father Elmer were not happy with the quality of the parts coming in, alignment, etc. which took a lot of labor to correct, and felt that they could build a much better 4-wheel tractor. So they did, the Pond 4-wheeled tractor, "Ride-away Senior". In the 50's, Cecil Ponds uncle, Harold Pond, objected to the use of the Pond name for the tractors, so in about '55 is when the name Wheel Horse started being used on the new smaller Ride-Away Juniors. A "must read" book for all of us . . . Chapter 1, "Straight from the Horses Mouth . . . the Wheel Horse story" book, by Michael Martino (see the Venders section here: http://www.wheelhorseforum.com/forum/123-wheelhorsestory/)
  10. Why my Honey is amazing

    Sarge is correct, that's what I use to cast into the knobs I make, plus brass inserts don't rust. I buy 100/package and @ cost is low. The thread size you need is 3/8"x16 (internal measurement, size of the bore), but the size hole you'll need to drill may be 7/16" or 1/2", and then use JB Weld to secure (screw) it in. Be glad to just give you one free, but that darn shipping is $3 minimum, you should be able to buy it for $1. That is a very nice ornament-shifter grip you were given. Great to have a woman that understands you. Glen
  11. 65lb Wheel Weights?

    Those are actually the ones made as 'Inside Weights', they can put on-&-off inside the wheel without removing the wheel from the tractor. A lot more scarce than most other weights, 2/wheel = 4 halves of about 25# each.
  12. Opinions on loading tires and what to load them with

    ••• I like RimGuard, not just because it's made in Michigan and with our Beet Juice, but I believe it is the most heavy liquid/gallon for weight in our tires, organic, safe for the environment, safe for metal and actually has a food-value for plants. ••• If you do use tubes with 'RimGuard', be sure they are USA made tubes. This juice does corrod the glue used in the rubber stem-patches used in all the non-USA tubes, (google this to verify, it's also in the RimGuard instructions on the net). ••• The price per gallon and the labor cost to fill tires can vary a lot, check around and ask on the total/final cost. Seems like there is one price for "city boys" and another, lower price, for "country boys & truckers". ••• I would recommend tubes, and to fill tires only 80% full as you still need some air pressure in there. ••• If you do use liquid, you devote this pair of tires to always being heavy (60–100# each), and you may need to have an extra set of light-weight tires & wheels for Summer mowing. Heavy tires can damage, compact & may leave ruts in moist lawns in the Spring.
  13. Those Springs are still available, same a is used on rear tillers: (see the Venders section. Glen Pettit Restoration Parts ) (exact specifications are in there also).
  14. They are made by an Amish family in PA, and they only offer four-link, but you can purchase 20 more individual links (strap, 2-U clips, & 2 sets of nuts) to install between the straps to get this 2-link, ––– and 2-link is much much smoother than just 4-link. After only 4 hours of use last Winter (Snowblower), there is barely any visible wear on the rubber, at this rate, I'm sure I'll get 10-15 years use out of this rubber-chain. I also ran a large o-ring with many clips on both sides to keep the chain taunght (tight/snug). Remember: weight, weight, weight –– is everything. For hills, metal diamond-chain is the absolute best, some ATV chain dealers do have a very open diamond-chain, but not nearly as heavy-duty or dense as what 'Sarge' posted (wonder what that chain costs). Glen
  15. These are 'Rubber Tire Chains" and work very well on asphalt, with weight in the tire . . . . fronts are weighted also (Rim Guard, molasses). Note: smaller tires with less contact on the ground will provide the most traction. Tires with more 'Pounds per Square Inch' can dig-down and grip the ground; a smaller footprint concentrates the weight on a smaller area, a big larger tire footprint spreads the weight over a larger area and almost sits on top the snow or ice For Summer mowing you want a large-wider-lighter-flater tire to ride on and not dig in the grass (tire pressure: 20psi in Winter, 8–10psi in Summer).