Really nice site, and I am a new member. As I kick back and eat my lunch, I could not have imagined that Wheel Horse Tractor owners would have such a cool and well-organized place to ‘meet’ despite being out of production for so long. My name is Ron and I have a 1979 C-81. It has a WH pull-behind cart as well as a snow plow with chains, weights, etc..
The tractor belonged to my grandfather, who purchased it new in 1979 for just over $1,100.00. Some of my best memories are learning to drive it (barely reaching the pedals) and trying to understand the difference between the clutch and brake. I believe at one point it had a lawn sweeper, which eventually just dragged and made skid marks across the lawn until it was retired.
My grandfather drove this tractor year-round for 7 years until he passed away. In the winter it was plowing and hauling logs to the house, in the spring it aerated, fall it mulched, summer it mowed. The C-81 always remained at his house and in my family.
The most interesting part (or at least interesting to me) is that for the last 39 years, this mower has been in-service without missing one season. It has never been out of commission. To this day, we have it picked up for service every year and it is still running on its original 8hp Kohler Engine and cuts just over an acre of lawn. The only major replacements were pulley bearings for the blade deck and a starter motor. It is ultra-quiet and never strains while performing its tasks. So, when you look at the picture, you probably see a beat up old machine, but I can assure you that is a tried-and-true Wheel Horse used year-round for nearly 4 decades and maintained as best we thought possible. It’s a testament to a reliable and powerful brand.
That said, I have decided to lessen the workload on this machine and perhaps get another Wheel Horse as a tribute to my Pop. The main issue is that the cutting deck on this machine is between 32-34” (I believe) and it takes a long time to cut the lawn. (although I enjoy the peaceful feeling of doing it, it’s not conducive with my day job). The secondary issue is that this is a rear-discharge deck. I’d like to somehow bag the clippings for most of my cuts in order to feed my mulch/compost pile. I’m open for suggestions as to what model would be best. I do have some hills (a few steep).
One final note…
I’d love to crown this C-81 with a new (or comparable) seat. My goal is to get one as close to original as possible, with the same bolt patterns. I can provide photos if needed. Any help would be appreciated. Again, glad to be a part of this community, and please bear with me as I get used to navigating this site.
Thanks for reading.
By 702 timmy
looking at upgrading my c-100 10 horse to a 16 horse. Can a k-341 fit into a c-100 space? Any complications? Thanks timmy
I need some wiring help. I am swapping a Kohler CV16S from a Scotts (JD) in to a Crapsman YT 3000 that formerly had A Briggs engine. PO of Crapsman forgot the part about checking oil regularly. PO of Scotts changed engine oil but didn't own a grease gun thuse entire front steering gear trashed.
Before you start throwing things at the screen, the resulting franken tractor (Scottsman CraftDeere?) is being donated for use in maintenance of a city park in the Mexican Town area of Detroit.
The company I work for donates time, people, and a storage area for park maintenance tools and equipment. Owner is Hispanic and doe gobs of stuff for the community both personally and through our company.
On to the question.
I need to marry up the Kohler engine wiring with the Craftsman chassis wiring.
The Craftsman chassis has the following wires coming to the molex connector that used to connect to the Briggs engine.
Chassis Blue - Connected to Grey from the Briggs
Chassis Blue jumperd to second hole connector - Connected to Red From the Briggs
Chassis Black and Black with white stripe - both to same connector hole - Connected to Black from the Briggs
Chassis Orange - Connected to Orange from the briggs
Chassis White - this wire did not connect to anything on the briggs
Kohler engine has the following wires coming from the engine going to Molex connector
2 Red - both go to same connection point
Can anyone tell me which Kohler engine wire goes to which Craftsman Chassis wire?
Free Scotts Chassis with hydro (it would be a roller if the front axles weren't trashed) to whom ever can sort this out.
Can anyone tell me when (the year), and what models hour meters began to be factory installed on Wheel Horse tractors?
At what point did they become standard on all Wheel Horse models?
I have a 1963 633 with the steal Square pan seat. It is cracked and looking to replace it. I can find loads of the standard round replacement seats but not a square one. Does anybody know where I can find one?