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Winter still has a few months to go but I will be moving in the Spring so time to seriously downsize. This is a 1998 Toro Wheel Horse 518xi that I have owned since 2010. It has 578 hours. It has a Kohler Command CH18 and an Eaton 11 Hi-Lo transaxle. The rear tires are Kenda K502 Terra Tracs installed in 2017. I use Amsoil Small Engine 30W/10W-30 in the engine and Mobil 1 10W-30 in the transmission. It is equipped with one of Scott and Tom's 2" receiver hitches. The cab has the glass windshield and a new lower front valance. There are a few a few wear spots in the vinyl but no holes. It has two mirrors, a manual wiper, two 27W LED flood lights, an 18W rear flood light, LED taillights, and an LED amber color light bar. The 48" mower deck has gator blades and a new center spindle installed this year. There are a couple of spots on the deck where it was re-welded before I bought it in 2010. The Dozer blade has a UHMW edge installed to not mar asphalt driveways, besides the steel edge.
I am also selling my 523Dxi which is similar but has some different equipment. At this point I am willing to swap things around if need be.
Winter still has a few months to go but I will be moving in the Spring so time to seriously downsize. This is a 1998 Toro Wheel Horse 523Dxi that I have owned since 2014. It has 629 hours. The engine is a 26 hp Daihatsu DM950D 3-cylinder diesel with an Eaton 11 Hi-Lo transaxle. I use Amsoil Diesel 10W-30 in the engine and Mobil 1 10W-30 in the transmission. A new battery was i9nstalled in October. It is equipped with a Johnny Bucket Sleeve Hitch and a Heavy Hitch 2" receiver adapter. The cab is in very good condition. The 60" mower deck is in good shape but could use new blades. There are a couple of spots on the deck where it was re-welded before I bought it in 2015. The 42" snowthrower was bought used in 2014 and used for only the 2014-2015 season due to not enough snow. It has been modified with wider skids and an actuator on the chute deflector.
I am also selling my 518xi which is similar but has some different equipment. At this point I am willing to swap things around if need be.
My grandparents bought this tractor new on April 14th, 1987 and cared for it all these years.
They added the various attachments that includes a 42" mower deck (48" installed), tiller, cultivator, and Peco vacuum (collection bag included but not pictured). Everything is in good condition, as pictured. There's an entire box full of little accessories, extra belts, etc. Also included are complete maintenance records, receipts, service and parts manuals, and owners manuals. More detailed pictures are available.
I am travelling from Florida to Northern Indiana on December 18th. For a fee, delivery along I-65 or I-75 might be available.
I prefer to keep things together but contact me if anything looks interesting or you have questions.
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Today my two diesel tractors finished this year's mowing season. With leaves covering the ground, I needed to fertilize for the last time this year. A portion of my front lawn was torn up a few weeks ago due to having an underground fuel tank removed. Because of where the tank was buried, the contractor's two trucks and backhoe made two routes to the tank's location. A lot of the lawn needed to be reseeded. I added 10 yards of topsoil to help the new grass along. Of course, we had 22 days without rain so I needed to sprinkle every day!
Using "Paladin", my 523Dxi, I first mulched the leaves so that the fertilizer would be applied to the ground and not the leaves. It is nice having power steering as I ran wide circles amongst my trees so that I wouldn't tear up the new grass. Then it was my DC-105's, "Dillon", turn to pull my broadcast spreader. Some nice seat time! Now to get the 523Dxi ready for winter.
Of course, I was supervised the whole time.
Tried to spend most of the day yesterday finishing up the utility trailer and getting it ready for service on various tasks that need done , as in NOW as the weather here has changed drastically . Temps yesterday hit the mid-60s but it came with 40mph winds . Hard to even concentrate but I got the lift assist cables done and everything works as it should . Loaded up the little Deere lawn tractor I use at times to mow /backup as well as the engine hoist and the old push mower - those items need to go out to the storage unit asap and get out of the way and weather . Late afternoon I looked at the yard and realized that grass had gone crazy on a growth spurt the last few days of rain/warmer weather - decided to mow "real quick" . The Deere did a lousy job last time and left a lot of clumps as usual - it's discharge plugs up far too easily and it can't handle cutting any more than about 1-1/2" at a time . I wanted to knock it down to "one notch off dirt" and the 16 Auto has my "good" 48" deck that I run doubled blades on - standard hi-lift on the bottom and Gator blades above those , it mulches up the grass great and seems to discharge much better . I cut almost 4" off the top and left it pretty short for winter - same as always and the grass always comes back nicely in the spring .
Went pretty well , the old Kohler rattling along and barely ever touched the governor - until I just barely caught the drainage inlet in the lower back yard - the ground has sunk this summer from some really heavy rains/flooding and the cover is sticking up more than usual . That was a bad hit and it caught both blades on the discharge side - cast iron versus hardened steel at high rpm is never a good thing ....
Can't believe the blades actually cut a notch out of that 60lb cast iron cover - those things are very tough and designed to withstand heavy equipment running over them .
What is even more surprising is it did not damage the spindle - it still runs dead true with zero wobble . The hit did bend the deck housing slightly just inboard of the spindle - a few choice whacks with a 4lb hand drill and a block of wood fixed that - it was trying to hit the blade tips to the center spindle . Deck still cuts nice and flat now , just as it always has - amazingly tough parts . Both blades suffered some pretty heavy damage but luckily didn't break or shatter as they sometimes do - I was glad of that . Caused a 20 minute delay swapping the blade set for some old used ones ( I always save a couple old sets) and fixing the bend in the deck shell . Finished the rest of it in the dark and it looks great - temperature dropped 38* last night and today the high is 43* with high winds , again . Glad I got it done , hauling out the load to the storage unit later today .
Here's the crazy property I mow where we rent - lot of hills and holes and places where no Kohler K series should ever go except up/down , never side hill it when mowing .
I'll have to grab a pic of the one blade that got the worst of it - held up amazing well against that cast iron .