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I trailer my tractors from time to time and I'm always am aware of the key vibrating loose. I remember once when I met a guy half way in Illinois when we traded tractors. I took the key out of my tractor, he didn't. When we met, his key was gone so I put that little tidbit back in my memory. And every since I removed the keys from my tractor after I load them onto the trailer.

On my '89 316, the previous owner had the key tied to the steering column with a piece of twine.

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We got some free examples of lanyards at my company from a vendor. There was a metal cable lanyard and a few plastic lanyards. I asked if I could have these lanyards. I will use the plastic lanyards on my other tractors, but they have plastic dashes, so I have to be more careful about installing them. But on my 316, I decided to use the metal cable lanyard. I had a Red Square Wheel Horse keychain, brand new, just lying around, so I thought I would use it also. Sort of matches my black horse Army shoulder patch that I use as my avatar.

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I did something similar a few years ago to a Wheel Horse 314-8 that I owned at one time.

Keys do vibrate loose and if you don't put them in your pocket after you load up or have them lanyard to the tractor, you may be keyless when you get to your destination. Not good if you don't have an extra key in your truck.
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We normally do the same with the yard equipment. We never remover the keys from any thing.
Got to like those Wheel Horse tractors. Bought a new 314-8 in 94 just changed out the fuel pump on it Friday. Only thing I have had to do to it since we've owned it.
 

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This one was a 1998. I bought it from a JD dealer back in August '07 for $800 and sold it in July '09 for $900. I had to put a new idler pulley on the drive belt and put a stronger spring on the clutch return mechanism. That year used a cylinder similar to the one on your back hatch of your vehicle. The problem was they lost their strength and the solution was to used the old style springs to get the pedal to return. It had the 14 hp Kohler Command engine. Wheel Horses are simple to work on, but when you have one apart you wonder why they cost so much new. Their prices new was in line with JD's top of the line garden tractors, but they were so simple that the price didn't match the engineering on them, imho.

I sold it to a missionary in Guatemala and his son made trips down about once or twice a year. I delivered it to his son's house in Illinois and the son took it down to his father in Guatemala. It was going to do some grass cutting down there, among other things.
 

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Seeing what you've done makes me think that I might do something like this, only I'll use a slight modification..

Almost all lanyards come with a quick-connect clip for attaching 'whatever' to it. I will look for something that I can attach to the dash that will provide a ring that the lanyard clip will fit. Slide the lanyard through the key, push the clip end back through the lanyard and pull. The lanyard is now tightly attached to the key and I can clip it to the dash and unclip it any time I need to.
 
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