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Can any one tell me what this is, other than just a Wheel Horse? The identification badging is missing, unless I am missing where it may be. The engine is a 14 horse Kohler, it is a hydro (both drive and deck lift), but other than that I am not sure about year/ model/ type of hydro drive/ if the hydro drive is one I can tap into for other hydraulic attachments such as lifts (3 point), etc...
Thank you in advance to all you WH guru's,
P.S.-Is there a good way to get the steering wheel off without breaking it as I have another good one on the machine next to it.
Hello, I recently acquired a wheel horse model # 1-0120 8 with an 8 hp motor (k181). I believe it's a 1973 and has 3 forward and 1 reverse It appears old and neglected but it does start and run. I tried mowing some thick grass with it and it bogged down then blew the head gasket (gasket was already blown but then patched with gasket maker). The blades are pretty dull but I thought it should do better. My John Deere L100 would mow through that with less effort.
My question is, should this mower be able to handle thick grass or am I expecting too much?
Also, what can I do to make it more powerful? I have areas that are kept mowed but other areas that are neglected and only mowed enough to keep brush from growing. I've looked into pull behind brush cutting mowers but they cost too much.
I've never worked on a tractor, only rebuilding chainsaws, but I think I can handle working on it.
1. Carburetor adjustments - Probably easy but I've never tuned one on a mower
2. Rebuilding the engine - Have looked at $85 after market kits on eBay
3. Putting on a larger engine - Have no idea what would bolt on directly
Basically, I just would like to have a mower that can handle neglected areas without taking too much of a beating. Any help/suggestions would be appreciated.
Back in 2011 you guys assisted me with getting my Commando 800 (engine K181) running properly (http://www.wheelhorseforum.com/topic/27577-wet-cooling-fins/#comment-234931 ).
6 years and many happy memories later that little K181 still runs – but she’s tired. She was tired when we got my issues all ironed out. I never did get around to dropping a new piston and rings in it. At this time the engine is down on power and blowing blue smoke - I dont want to blow up this motor if it can be refreshed.
I was thinking of sending the motor out – but I decided I will help my 14 yr old son (Willy) rebuild it. Hopefully I can keep the rebuild costs down – and Willy will learn something interesting.
a few questions for the group:
Is it possible to upgrade the K181 points ignition to electronic (without breaking the $bank$) ? The points are OK - but im wondering if the motor could benefit from an electronic ignition. Are any of you aware of a document(s) of tips and tricks, and/or procedural documents for going through this rebuild process? Thinking of things like: - Gunk motor off before removal & disassembly - Take picture of carb configuration before removal. - Paint inside of motor with this paint / - Paint outside of motor with that paint - Break in procedures.
Please let me know if you have any questions that I can answer up front.
Any advice you have is greatly appreciated – and yes I will be posting pics as we progress through this.
By Mr Sweep
My tractor wouldn't start. So i jump sarted it with my van. I attached cables jumped on tractor and started right up. I detached cables put c85 in gear and a minute later backfires and quits. Checked oil gear oil gas all good. Battery reads 10.8 voltz. repeated this process 4 times to drive c85 back to my garage. Anyone had this before. Oh and its a new battery last year. I looked for a short or loose connection and didn't find anything???