I'm not sure if I'll regret this or not, but I'm looking to consolidate some. I'm looking to trade my 1986 420-LSE, 1994 416-8, and my 1979 C-121 for a nice, low hour post-'91 520-H or a nice C-160 hydro.
First up is my 1986 420-LSE. I bought it off the 3rd owner with a non-working hour meter stuck on 1003 hours. It's definitely a worker. The good: It runs well and has a strong transmission. It has the original seat with one small tear. The rear tires are newer. It has a new transmission filter and Mobil 1 10w-30 oil in the transmission. This spring I replaced spark plugs, in-line fuel filter, air filter, gas line valve cover gasket, axle seal and idler pulley. The bad: It's missing the original chrome wheels and the remaining chrome pieces are rusted. The engine does smoke on startup and does burn a little oil. The paint is faded and has some rust spots. The indicator lights, voltmeter, hour meter, headlights, and taillights do not work. The battery will need replaced soon as well (I currently keep it on a trickle charger). Overall, it's been a good tractor for me. I used it all last winter to plow my driveway and all summer long to mow my yard. Even though it's somewhat rough, it's my go to tractor.
Next up is my 1994 416-8. I purchased it off the second owner with 680 hours on the working hours meter. It currently has 787 hours and will more than likely go up some. This tractor is in pretty nice shape for it's age. It runs fantastic. The good: The paint is in good shape with some normal scuffs and scratches. The motor runs great, idles well, and has no leaks. Lots of power. All the indicator lights, voltmeter, hour meter, headlights, and taillights work. The transmission shifts great and has no leaks. It has the original tires which are in good shape. Fresh oil change. This spring I put new plugs, air filter, in-line fuel filter, LED taillights, gas line, and gear oil in the transmission. The bad: It's missing the floor board mats and the paint is worn down to bare metal. I have the mats, but haven't put them on yet. The seat has a rip along the bottom left side. This has been a great tractor and if I could only keep one this would be the one.
Last but not least is my 1979 C-121 with a 1988 14hp Kohler Magnum. This is the tractor that started it all. I purchased it off of the original owner. It was painted 12 years ago, but still looks nice. It's not perfect, as it has been used, but still nice nevertheless. At the same time the engine was swapped with a 14hp Kohler Magnum from a 1987 414-8 with unknown hours. The good: Engine runs and idles well. The transmission shifts good. Paint is in good shape with normal scuffs and scratches. The seat is an original high back Wheel Horse logo seat in great condition. No rips or tears (although the seat pan could use some touch up paint to be perfect). The hour meter, headlights, and taillights work. This spring I replaced the plug, air filter, in-line fuel filter, head gasket, idler pulley, and did an oil change. The bad: The engine puffs a little smoke at startup up but quickly clears. It runs great through all RPMs but it hesitates and wants to die if you change RPMs quickly. I've tried cleaning and adjusting the carb but I must be missing something. The transmission seems to have a small seep out of the gasket and might drip a drop on the floor every week or so. The wheels were never painted, so they have their original patina. The front tires are dry rotted and could stand to be replaced. I haven't used this tractor much in the last couple years. I mostly pulled a yard cart and used it with a front blade.
What I'm hoping for is to trade for an extremely nice 520-H or a C-160 hydro (possibly a 416-H or C-161 hydro). The only even trade would be for the right 520-H. Everything else would have to have cash or attachments added. None of the tractors come with mower decks. I'd like to keep the one I have unless it was worked out in the deal. As for travel, I'd rather not go more than a couple hours from Warren, PA. Like I said, I'm not sure if I'll regret this, but maybe someone out there is looking for a similar trade.