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Well, most of the regulars here are aware I will be relocating this Spring/Summer. I had hoped to take the remaining collection of tractors with me. However more and more it is becoming obvious that this plan wont work out for numerous reasons. As such, once I make up my mind as to which one to keep, I will be posting the remainder as well as most parts etc up for sale in the Forum Classifieds and CL.
As I hope shows in poll info, I have 2 Stage Blower, Restored 48 & 60 inch(195) decks, 54 inch blade, GT14 style Tiller and a project Sickle Bar. The Sickle BAr can likely be made to work on the GT14 style tractors and the C160.
I enjoy working on them but as I get older I may not have time or ability to do so. As such, maintenance and parts and ease of use of a single tractor are part of the equation.
A couple of these I have poured a lot of time into but I am not emotionally tied to them and I believe if I relocate back east where Grass and tractor need becomes more necessary, I can re-create them.
So help me out with my decision.
A couple pics of the beasts in question:
I bought it in 1983 from my neighbor. He was the manger of a large truck, and wheel horse tractor, sales & service company and he bought it new. He had it maintained at his shop. I only used it for mowing my lawn from 83 to about 2011. It's been sitting in a dry shed, no gas or battery, for the last 4 years. I maintained myself it since 83, changing oil about every ten hours, transmission drained and filter changed once a year. Regular greasing of all bearings. I was thinking of restoring it so replaced most front and mid hitch parts with NOS parts over the last 4 years. Also new hoses, new front tires and tie rods. Only thing missing is original cig litter knob. Just needs fresh gas and a new battery. Also 48" mower deck in very good mechanical condition. Many spare parts, including 3 brand new Wheel Horse bearings. Good tractor for restoration.
Hello all! I am going to look at a WheelHorse c160 this weekend, but before I do, I felt like I should consult you Oracles for advice. I've read much of your posts here and you guys are obviously the experts with the Wheelhorse. First I will show you what I am looking at, then I will share my I plan to use it for. I'd like your opinions on the tractor, my thinking on my intended uses, and any critiques or advice you might give to a person in my situation.
First, here's a link to Craigslist what I am looking at: https://dallas.craigslist.org/mdf/grd/d/77-wheel-horse-garden-tractor/6291885054.html
It wasn't until I did some searching on this tractor that I realized how cool Wheel horses are. I have no experience with any garden tractor and only recently felt like I needed one.
I recently bought 30 acres of mostly pasture land that I will renovate for hay fields. I plan to contract out the renovation on about 29 acres. The reason I need the tractor is to mow about 1 acre of common areas that are not all together - there is a loop around a couple of ponds, a few areas in and around trees, and a little road around the perimeter of the property. I am also going to need to spray these common areas, and we'll eventually cultivate a small garden.
I was thinking this Wheel Horse would be fun to own and do the jobs intended. I could also see myself restoring this tractor as a project in the winters for me and my 2 girls to work on. I expect to get my hands dirty with some repairs, but I am ok with that.
My questions are:
1. Is it a good deal?
2. Is my thinking sound on the intended uses?
3. Do you see anything I am misguided on?
4. Other opinions?
I've been busy in my spare time working on this hitch idea. I bought an unfinished sleeve hitch from Wheelhorseman1000 (btw, Lowell makes a great product and sells them too cheap). The cylinder is a factory Horse deck lift cylinder. I'm waiting for my o-ring kits to rebuild and stack two more spool valves (total of three valves). Then after I build some hoses, I'm all set. This has been an enjoyable project.
I started mowing with my new deck and lost pto engagement. Upon tear down I found one thrust washer wedged between the center stud (in the crank) and the butt end of the center bearing of the pulley. There should be a thrust bearing, two washers, and a spring on the center stud. The spring and one washer are missing. Will it hurt anything to run without the spring, washers, and thrust bearing? Nearest I can tell, all it does is push the pto pulley against the brake when not engaged.