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About GlenPettit
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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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  • Location Eaton Rapids, MI
  • Occupation 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. Wheel Horse made a special wrench just for that, 11/8" with a thinner head to fit under the blade to hold the spindle while a second wrench loosens the nut. Here some for sale today on eBay under "Wheel Horse wrench":
  2. Also, lubricating the Shaft - - - WD-40 will help loosen the shaft temporarily and dislodge the crud binding it up, slowing down its engagement, but that WD-40 will not last, and it does not lubricate. We need to grease that shaft so it can move easily.
  3. MTD ( est. 1932, Modern Tool & Die Company, near Cleveland Ohio ) does make a lot of different products and is huge, they make Cub Cadet, Bolens & Troy-Bilt tractors as well as YardMan, they are a "contract manufacturer". Over the past years MTD has been subcontracted to make models of garden tractors for many other companies for a year or two, MTD can make very cheap models or very good quality models, it's all what the company ordering them wants to pay. MTD doesn't sell or have a retail outlet system so all their tractors are sold via someone else, and those box-stores need their markup. I'm not aware of Wheel Horse ever having whole tractors made there, but MTD did make parts for WH; also, in the mid-60's Wheel Horse did have the John Deere Company make complete mower decks for them for some models for a couple of years until the WH factory got geared up (decks were Red & to exact WH specifications, can't tell apart).
  4. Making repro parts or selling off Parts from parters is not going to get anyone rich, it's just a part-time fun-time occupation, to make a significant profit is very unlikely, you'll just make a few extra bucks . . . . To make a profit, you have to factor in: transportation/travel time (gas & wear), trailer & related equipment like storage & covers, electricity, workshop & tool use and biggest of all, your time (when you could be doing something else constructive too). Time from family and spouse must be factored in, and customers always want something at an inconvenient time. Most people really appreciate what you may be offering, but them sometimes someone will let you know they are unhappy & you need a thick skin. The only 100% full-time Wheel Horse person I'm aware of is Gene Strickland in KY, selling parts plus restoring Wheel Horses to perfect original, but then he is really hustling and probably working at least 60-70 hours/week ( For me, there is a lot of satisfaction in making people happy, especially when they say so and proudly show off their projects (baby). For me to go to the Big Show in PA in June will easily cost $1,000 in expenses (gas, motel, food, thank gosh I have my wife to help), but the rush of happy eager faces is worth it. In the end, I'm having a lot of quality fun and enjoying it. I've seen many people offer a needed item, maybe sell a couple, and then cease, -- most items will be a very slow low-volume sell and take time. Re: HAPCO, Brandon, the owner is mainly a fun-time big-time farmer, but Kate & Mike do run the magazine and the business full time for him. They have taken a risk on having some needed items remanufactured (seats & toys), I would think they are doing OK but are not big profit makers. FYI: I did check in on having some 1:24 scale Wheel Horse 312 tractors made in China, like ERTLs are; it was $25,000 up front for 1,000 pieces. Any item remanufactured by a big business will have a significant up-front price or a large minimum order, again, paid upfront, if anyone of us is going to take a big financial risk, we want a guaranteed significant RTO, which may put the retail price up to $100. Some members have access to a machine shop at work and may be able to use on their own time, that can save a ton of cost. Sometimes a Wheel Horse part is the exact same as also used for another brand of garden tractor or something unique, and a inventory is found somewhere for cheap. (for example: K-91 engines were used in oil fields, and lots of spare parts are being found now).
  5. If that tag is unreadable, and the numbers were stamped in (pressed in), use the old "tombstone rubbing" method: lightly clean it first, lay a piece of thin paper over it and rub lightly back & forth with the side of a pencil lead, the depressed area with the numbers should appear white on a dark background now.
  6. This situation opens up the opportunity for members to start manufacturing replacements themselves, as many of us have. The quantities will be small, much too small for the big boys to reproduce. Many of us may have special knowledges to do this, it does provide an opportunity to make a little extra money and "stay out of trouble" with the spouses. It does not take a big investment if we start small and conservative, utilizing just what we may have. Red Square and the Venders Section provides a great opportunity to advertise and we have a great community to help promote our replacements. From someone who has been happily doing this for 17 years now; start small, very small and listen to input. You're not going to get a lot of sales the next week, it takes time for people to start purchasing your items. Good Luck . . . .
  7. Not Wheel Horse: That is a "TROY-BILT" Rototiller plow. Slides on behind that two-wheeled tiller, those square holes on the sides are for "wings" to hill and move the soil out further on each side. Yours looks unworn, new condition. Goggle the tiller name for images. Michigan Glen If you're going to the Mentone Show on June 03, and want to sell, I'm interested.
  8. Your engine's manual recommends only 89 octane, that makes a noticeable difference (fuel additives can help), with older engines we do have to baby them a little. Ethanol has only a 30-day storage life: In my State, Michigan, the only place you can still get 'regular gas' is at Marinas, because boat owners may go weeks between uses they don't want their engines to gum up, but the gas/fuel places are only allowed to put it into the boats fuel tank, not a red plastic container. Note: all Michigan politicians have their own boats.
  9. With those little tillers, I've fount that the $150 and $200 ones are just too cheap to last or to be fixed, you would be very smart to go with a much better MANTIS Tiller or a HONDA Tiller, for $300–$400, they do an excellent job and are very fixable (but be careful of the Ethanol gas).
  10. That 5/8" difference is not a problem at all: (1) Notice the overlap of the blades, of nearly an inch, (2) you still have your original 141/2" blades on and working, (3) the Gator blades tend to 'suck up' the grass blades for even better cutting. There is just enough threads left on the spindle for the dual blades system, if concerned, you can get "shallow" or thinner 7/8" nuts -- just be sure your nuts are still good, with threads and "not-rounded" edges, and use a very thick heavy Lithi grease on the threads. Keeping a clean deck helps a lot too, the additional set of Gator blades will greatly help reduce clumping, even on lightly moist cutting days.
  11. Especially, on a Hot day at the Big Show ! Glen
  12. Related: All Tire Stores also have a Speciality Tire Catalog under the counter with over 100 pages of speciality tires & supplies, a "Wholesale catalog" it has at least 7 pages just for Lawn & Garden tires and with pictures, plus many more pages for ATV & a dozen pages for material handling tires, plus lots of tire tools & tire supplies. They will let you look at it and they can find the price and order anything you want. I've found prices to be very good/lower often than eBay, and if you pre-pay you may get a 5–10% discount (Discount Tire locally). Also, their service prices for changing and mounting tires is very reasonable if you leave your tire/wheels for a few days.
  13. It's a good idea to have extra protection keeping the dirt out of inside the grease fitting, these Zerk Caps fit all of our Wheel Horse fittings, (dust/sand may be pushed in when the fitting is accidently hit by dirt & bark while in use, especially the front fittings). These are very inexpensive extra protection. For the mower deck spindle fittings, cut the loop/strap off and use only the cap (small opening on belt covers).
  14. JC: The OTC does make soft-tops for the 5xi series of Wheel Horses. Go to their site to see what they do make. I assume, if they had a sale for 50 tops, of the same/similar model, that they would offer them for Wheel Horses, but not sure what color the plastic tops would be. Michigan Glen
  15. Came across this video on the CASE tractor site, the only "soft-side" Tractor Cab company in the US, very detailed on how they are made, in Arlington, IN: