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boovuc last won the day on March 12 2015

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  • Birthday 02/25/1957

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    C-175-8 Speed, 2 x 417-8 Speeds, 2 x 310-8 Speeds
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    Mill Hall in Central Pa
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    Haz-Mat Specialist
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    Trout Fishing, Bike, Hike, Hunting & Puttering!

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  1. Merry Christmas

    Merry Christmas Pete and everyone here on the Square past and present!
  2. Where are your winter Horses??

    My 520 with the FEL is now residing in Brookville Pa and was replaced by one of those orange "K" thingies with a Johnny Products hydraulic snow plow. However, nothing will ever replace this guy and it's always wearing it's winter ready apparel. It gets about 2 hours a year on it plus maintenance starts and attention. It's hard but I have been able to trim and keep my nice looking and great running WH tractors at 4 total for a year now. (plus 2 in need of love or a new home). I'm a recovering WH addict but it's tough to say no to some of these tractors that come up around here!
  3. Well I did manage to find two pics in the archives here of the contraption I made to "fix" the leaf litter issues on the Onan air intake screen. I got another chuckle just looking at this mess though it did work and would be an OK design if it wouldn't wallow out the mounts and you had absolutely no trees, hedges or anything in your yard!
  4. Well you know I had to weigh in on this! I built an apparatus to stop the continued build up of clippings and leaves on the P series Onan screen many years ago. (I wish I had the pics but a few PC upgrades ago and the pictures are gone. I looked here and also couldn't find them in the archives or on my older posts). It was a lighter gauge ventilation collar, (air duct flange and elbow), I ordered from McMaster Carr. I think it was a 15" or 16" round flange and equally round 90 degree elbow screwed to the OEM holes. This permitted approximately the same volume of air to enter the cowling but with the intake at high noon. There was very little debris on the screen which was now mounted at the top of the elbow. It was GREAT! For about two mowings then it worked loose and also warped the engine tin enough to actually make contact with the flywheel. It also severely limited how close you could get to objects on the left side of the tractor which is the side you WANT to get close to objects with! Oh.......and it really looked STUPID. Think REALLY STUPID. Think Steam Engine looking STUPID! They made a PVC flange and elbow but the weight was similar and I feared it would erode the contact points without metal bushings. After working both my 520 and 416-8 Speed with the Onan for many summers without the steam-engine look induction system, I too fixed the issue of debris on the screen by relegating the 520 to front loader only duty and letting the 416-8 do snow plowing only. (Both are now with new owners). I like what you did Todd and it's a great piece of fabricating. A hell of a lot better design then I came up with! But I agree with the comments that it won't get enough air volume to cool that engine well. Over time, it will adversely effect the rear cyl valve seats due in part to less air intake and MOSTLY by the belt guard impingement and the damn oil filter impingement all affecting the rear cooling. (Plus the added HEAT that the oil filter is blowing off inside the cowling). I want to note Lynmor's father who had an Onan in his Sears Tractor may not have had a P series in it. (The Craftsman III and a few in the early 90's had P series but I think they were mounted inline like a JD). The older SS Sears garden tractors were the BF/BG and the cast-iron CCK engines and they were much better motors plus these were mounted sideways. These older Onan's could take some abuse from lack of maintenance. This is especially true of the CCK. The 400 series JD tractors also had their issues with the Onans but not to the extent that WH did with their sideways placement verses the inline placement in the JD's and many other tractors of the day including the Ingersoll-Rand/Case and Steiners to mention a few. My KT 17 Series II's in the C-175 and 417's have very large screens that make up the entire engine tin on the air intake side. Same goes for the horizontal Briggs twin used on some Wheelhorse tractors. They pick up debris but there is always a lot of screen open to allow air to move through. Better design for use in a side-mount set-up. Even the original KT 17 that didn't have the over-sized screen never plugged up like the Onans do. They didn't require an extraordinary amount of air. I know a lot of you guys love your Onans just as I love my K, KT series and Magnum Series Kohlers. Hey! Every engine has it's faults. I wouldn't hesitate running an Onan in a Steiner if I had lots of money to buy a Steiner. (Sorry! No Green machines for me)! Onans work and run great in tractors designed better for them and their crazy desire for airflow. I've just seen enough over the years to avoid them in a WH. Every original equipment Onan for Wheelhorse is now between 20 and 29 years of age. A non-issue for some Kohlers. A big issue for me if it's an Onan.
  5. 520 just quit

    I forgot about the slow baking fuse holders in the 500 series tractors. They hold debris inside and with dampness slowly turn the fuses into works of abstract art. (Think Salvatore Dali). Lynnmor, I know what the decal says but as long as you move them slow, it doesn't matter if they are pushed or towed. Old men can't push them back to base like young guys can. And in mud or uphill, tow is the way to go.
  6. 520 just quit

    To the OP, Not only should you look at the 9 pin connector but all the connectors on your tractor. Start first with the 9 pin. Break it open and look for bad or broken pins and disconnected wires. Next, hit with with contact cleaner about 3 or 4 times. Next, put it together and coat the connector with a dielectric grease to keep the moisture out. Do the same with all the connectors on your 520. Even the ignition switch connector and your battery terminals. (Seat Safety switch, PTO Switch, brake switch, etc. Clean the contacts on the starter/solenoid as well). If a few rounds of this doesn't fix the issue, then turn your attention to the coil first since you replaced the magneto in the recent past. If your insane like most of us are, you'll have another Onan fired WH around. Take the coil off of it and swap them out. That is one of the benefits of having a herd verses just one tractor. If you have Onan powered tractors, by six more. That should keep one or two running for awhile!
  7. 520 just quit

    You can tow the 520 and all Eaton 11/1100 transmissions if you do it right! (Read the manuals). Place the motion control lever full forward, (brake off of course and slowly tow the "POS" back to the barn). Older Non-Eaton hydros have a tow screw that "should" be opened before towing to prevent hydraulic pressure from building while it is moving. Thank God you can tow a 520! Otherwise you would find them sitting in many a field and yard just where they crapped out!
  8. Mixed WH Feelings

    Big_Red_Fred, Knowing what I know now and knowing that I actually work my tractors, I like the C-175. BUT.BUTT! Big BUTT! For all the failings and knocks on the Onan powered WH tractors, the C175 has a BIG issue with the Series 1 Kohler. (The Series II is great). Both are points ignition verses electronic sparks. The C175 Auto has an earlier version of the Eaton 11/1100. So a C175 AUTO powered by a Series II Kohler KT17 gives you a very modern tractor comparable to a 520H minus 3 HP and forward assist steering. My Series I runs long in the tooth and forever on flat ground. Amen
  9. What's the story with this??

    And the judges scoring is now available: A 10, 10, 10, 10, another 10 and the Russian gave him a 9.1.
  10. 312-8 vs 516-H purchase?

    I notice a lot of WH decks for sale in my part of the USA but............way out of line prices. (1200 bucks for a NEW deck that doesn't look new to me. 700 bucks for a LIKE NEW deck. 400 bucks for one with a shot coat of primer and a coat of Sunrise Red). In fact, I see ridicules prices on anything Wheelhorse. But people buying drive those prices so it is what it is! And in regard to the OP, it took a few years but I finally rid myself of my Onan powered 400 and 500's. Don't get me wrong on my feelings about Onans. (Pulpit warning). When they run they are the best powerplant WH put on these machines for pure power and torque. 48" and 60" decks in high grass never make the Onans work that hard . Especially with hydro powered machines that rob horsepower verses the gear drive tractors. When I had my loader mounted 520-H, it was a fantastic little hauler and my 416-8 speeds, which still mowed and performed well when sold were great workers with more power than I ever asked of them. But when they start to give you carb, heat, electrical, oil burning and valve seat issues, they are a bear to get back to where they were. $$$$$$$$$$$$$ For mowing with a 42" or 48" deck on board, the intake screen on the magneto side plugged with grass clippings so much so you are constantly leaning forward and wiping grass off of it. Way too many times during a single mowing! If ignored......well, your Onan turns into an aluminum heater! If I want a twin-cyl Wheelhorse, I look for a Kohler KT17 Series 2 or twin magnum. You guys that are fortunate to have a low hour Onan with good compression in each cyl are blessed. I love how they run, sound and perform but I won't bother with them anymore. The single Kohler K and Magnums and the Kohler twins made AFTER the original KT Series 1 are the ones to own. Even my Series 1 KT on my C-175 with one top-end overhaul has way over 1500 hours on it and still is a strong tractor doing level snowblower duty. Which anymore is only two hours a year so it's retired but will do small jobs on the side. Truth be told, I sold several of my Wheelhorses this Spring and will sell a couple more and some carcasses I have in the shed. I bought a used Orange machine to replace my 520 loader. (And I can mow with the FEL on if need be plus a 3 point on the back that Wheelhorse should have had as an option on the 520-H). The ones I kept, (5 total), are Kohler powered. If I buy another Wheelhorse, it will be an Xi mower with power steering. Did I get spoiled? Oh yea! And my back, neck and poor arthritic hands thank me after each mowing.
  11. It's the Gas

    It was $4.68 a gallon 2 months ago at Piper Airport in Lock Haven, Pa. Steep but very good, stable for a long time fuel!
  12. It's the Gas

    Well I did something I have never done with the KT powered 417 this year. I always buy 100 octane aviation fuel to put in my seldom used small engines. Things like my generators, chainsaw mixes, snowblower, etc. I dumped 2+ gallons of the expensive stuff in the 417 and mowed yesterday with it. What an incredible difference. It was like it had new points, plugs and a perfect timing adjustment done to it. No hiccups, steady power in high grass and no excessive heat. Oh and it has a racing fuel smell to it that I always loved! I actually had a smile on my face while mowing. Just had to share it!
  13. 417-8

    The 417 8 is one of my favorites and my top twin Wheelhorse. You have to love the electric lift! I will say that finding good points for them is difficult!
  14. WH 520H-with Front End Loader + Extras

    Changed Status to Closed The tractor is sold. Thanks to Brad in Brookville and for being very fair for a tractor that decided it didn't want to start. I guess it didn't want to leave me!
  15. WH 520H-with Front End Loader + Extras

    No trades UNLESS you have a very little used AR10 worth in the neighborhood of 1500 bucks. (No .223/5.56mm). Nothing else as I have the need to make some room in my building! Thanks,