Wheel Horse Mower


Ranger850

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the 90' are the new 70's.
 


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Yeah, I know, it seems like the 90's were just yesterday but they were nearly 20 years ago... what a simpler time :). Also that means I am getting older... To many at least in the tractor world from what I've found it isn't vintage unless it was made in the 50's or older... but then there's the younger crowd that think anything from the 90's is too old and not reliable...
I was kind of ribbing you a little there, I didn't mean anything by it.

I get that with my '85 at car shows. Lots of older people think newer stuff is junk, lots of younger people think older stuff is junk... and 80's/90's is kinda caught right in the threshold of going the same way for both camps. And then others think 80's stuff is easy to get cheap in good shape since it is so "new" and is an easy cop out to get a show winner. I about loled when I heard that as I was in the middle of fixing my floor pan and torque box.

Lots of people are getting upset because the "classic" tractor market is starting to get soft. The people that grew up with 40's and 50's iron is dying out. I grew up with mine, I have a picture of me riding on my B at 2 years old with my dad. I am weird, few other people in their mid 30's are thinking "man, I outta get an old tractor" Time is marching on, lots more 60's and 70's iron is being restored because people have the connection to that their forefathers had to the 30's-50's stuff. We are doing brakes and buttoning up a few leaks on a 1971 JD 4020 that is off to the paint shop after it leaves here for a $5k+ paint job. Did a couple 1066's over the winter for another guy that are going to get repainted.

My car club started out as a Model A club, the show was called "Model A day" when they got started back in the 70's. Now we might get one or two Model A's in our whole 300 car car show. Things change.

Now if 'Cudas would just hurry up and get cheap...
 

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got me a wheel horse today. no mower deck but has a rear tiller. 1979 C-101 model. 10 hp kohler, 3 speed with a high/low range (so 6 fwd gears, they call it a 8 speed , guess they count both reverse gears) was $600. At some point I’ll probably put ag tires on the back and do away with the yard tires with the chains. be neat to find a blade, I have one for the ‘deere but this is much more of a tractor.
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More on subject this time... Not a Wheel Horse since they aren't common on this side of the country but I picked up a David Bradley walking tractor a couple weeks ago with sickle bar mower and good knobby tires, with reverse. Still had the old Briggs Model 5 (I think, doesn't matter...). I over paid but gotta do something for the reed canary grass... I had a Predator 79cc engine handy so put that on the engine plate today, have to go to town to get belts since I moved the engine to try to shove it under the hood... The wobble box needed some love, the bearing plate had one out of three bolts in it, other two were broken off and the thrust bushing was like 1/4" from touching the wobble box...

Hoping to get the thing going tomorrow
 

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got me a wheel horse today. no mower deck but has a rear tiller. 1979 C-101 model. 10 hp kohler, 3 speed with a high/low range (so 6 fwd gears, they call it a 8 speed , guess they count both reverse gears) was $600. At some point I’ll probably put ag tires on the back and do away with the yard tires with the chains. be neat to find a blade, I have one for the ‘deere but this is much more of a tractor.View attachment 42760View attachment 42761View attachment 42762View attachment 42763View attachment 42764
Nice C-101.

There were 6-speed and 8-speed transmissions. Both have three forward speeds, one reverse speed, and a high and low range. The difference is the one has 8 pinion gears, one has 10-pinion gears. IIRC the output shafts are different diameters as well.

This thread explains it pretty well. https://www.wheelhorseforum.com/topic/85399-can-8-3-6/?tab=comments#comment-850773

You should be able to put almost any WH deck on that, you just need the right mule drive for the front.
 

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took the tiller off today to make it easier to check out my tire issue (r.r. losing air) found that air is seeping through the sidewall, rubber must be rotten. Had a couple 13” trailer rims with tiny snow tires on them (p 155 80 13 ) so I swapped the wide tires with chains for skinny snow tires, hard to air up tires with valve stem on the inside and cant flip rims around. At some point I’ll put ag tread tires on the stock rims but these old 13’s at least hold air good. Took care of the broken steering wheel too, original was cracked bad around the hub. the wheel on there now is from the 97 ranger. I just drilled a 1/4” hole in the hub and it lines up with the roll pin hole in the steering shaft. This steering wheel is a little bigger then the original so its really close between steering wheel and the lift lever when its in the up position. Going to get some new belts, these ones have been on there awhile.
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I've got a set of Carlisle Tru Powers on both my Horses. They look great and don't tear the grass up nearly as bad as the "turf savers" do.
 


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