New to the group and looking for advice. My father was a devoted wheel horse enthusiast for many years. He only cut grass with a wheel horse tractor (rear discharge deck) pulling a Parker lawn sweeper. We have a lot of property and it took him a while but he was retired and loved being on the wheel horse. When he got sick, I had to take over all the lawn maintenance. All of our family lives close on the same road. At the time, I was responsible for maintaining 7 properties plus my fulltime job. Using the wheel horse was not an option for me so I bought a commercial zero turn mower. Unfortunately, in 2017 my father passed away. I have all his tractors and it has been hard for me to think about what to do with them. He had 6 wheel horse tractors total. 3 tractors we used for cutting grass and 3 tractors are show pieces that have never cut a blade of grass. I have a few guys that have been asking me for years to sell them but I am not sure if I’m ready. I am turning to the group because I am lost at what I even have. Its my belief that the tractors are rare and the conditions are mint. If anyone would be willing to express their opinion and provide feedback I would be grateful.
Wheel horse 420 LSE (shows 7.5 hr)
Wheel horse 520 hydro (shows 92 hr)
Wheel horse classic GT (shows 26 hr)
By Bear G
Bought this 420 LSE. It’s #37/200. More of a worker than a show tractor. I’ll probably continue to use it as a worker. Needs some cosmetic elbow grease more than anything.
Came with 48” deck, & wheel horse grass catcher system, Snow Blower, 2 aerators, (plug & spike type), & a grass thatcher.
So about a year ago jimt1971 started talking with Pilgrim regarding a worker 420LSE. Long story short the neighbor or friend (I can't remember which) purchased the tractor to use. We werr okay with this as we were told that if the person who got it didn't like it, he might get it back. Fast forward to a few weeks ago, Jimt1971 got word that pilgrim got the tractor back and wanted to see if he was still interested in purchasing it. The price was agreed to, and we hoped that Pilgrim could make it to the WHCC show😥 unfortunately he was not able to make it, sooo we agreed to go out to his place to pick it up. We left at 5:30am, and started our 12 hour road trip...got to Pilgrims, and got to spend a small amount of time with him and his wife before having to head back home. I have to say that Pilgrim and his wife are two of the most genuine people I have had the pleasure of meeting. They were amazingly sweet, and a pleasure to do business with. Today we got to take a better look at the tractor, and we plan on restoring it back to its former glory. The one thing thatvwill remain is the decal from the mower shop that it came from to preserve its history!!
Without further adeau, here are the pics
Well I didn't want to buy any more machines. I am out of space and have no time to spend with them like I used to. So at the last minute I decided to grab my boy and take our 420 LSE and Jacobsen Chief to a parade/show about 25 minutes away with some good friends. As I was lined up for the parade, one of the other club members came up to me and said a fellow across the field has some Horses he wants to sell. I almost didn't go, but I have learned a long time ago that you follow up on all leads.
He mentioned to me he bought one at auction a while back and was planning on fixing the broken axle, but never got around to it. I almost lost interest until he said it had chrome rims and was a special edition. So needless to say I cruised on over to his place after the parade and we struck a deal. I am glad I had my tractor money with me at the time.
the bottom of the seat is ruined....but hey maybe I will ship it to KenB and have him do his magic. Also as you can see the axle is broken.....of course that will be fixed. In some ways this one is better than my first one and in some cases the first one has better parts.
so needless to say #2 is now home waiting for some love. The first photo is how I got it. The last two pictures are after a quick 20 minute wash. Only 580 hours on the meter but no clue on what number this one is.