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A friend of mine gave me a Wheel Horse riding mower. I haven't had time to go pick it up yet. He inherited it and several others including farm equipment and a bunch of nice older Cub Cadet garden tractors.

Most of the farm equipment went into my possession, but dangit, I really should've tried to buy the Cub Cadets too.

He had the motor rebuilt. I think this is the same one that he said his relative bought off the highway department many years ago and had been painted yellow. Only seen it once and not up close, so I don't have much info on it yet. The friend said it has hydraulic drive. I'm not 100% sure, but I think it also has a Tecumseh engine. Not fond of Tecumseh.

Does that sound vaguely familiar to anyone that knows about Wheel Horse mowers?
 

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I'm kinda fond of the Wheel Horse brand before Toro bought them. My first job was working at a equipment rental store. We sold and serviced WH there. I can't recall a Tecumseh powered Hydro driven tractor, but I'm no expert on them by any means.

Maybe you got lucky and got the flagship model, the 520H. It was an Onan 20HP powered hydro drive. Very nice garden tractor.:good2:
 

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Wheel Horse used Tecumseh engines, as well as Kohler engines, throughout most of the 60s and early 70s. Here is the Wheel Horse forum you will need to visit to get more info on Wheel Horses: RedSquare Wheel Horse Information forum It's known as Red Square Wheel Horse forum.

I had a few Wheel Horses ranging from a 1963 753 to a 1998 314-8. Solid built tractors with a simple design. Easy to work on and you can still find parts for them, either from Toro or used or reproduction parts.
 

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Here are some pictures of my past Wheel Horses I've owned:

My 1963 753. It had a 7 hp Kohler K-161 on it, 3 speed Wheel Horse transmission. It has the wrong seat on it, should be a pan seat.

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My 1979 C-141 Automatic. Has a 14 hp Kohler K-321 that I rebuilt after breaking a rod. Has the Sundstrand hydrostatic transmission with hydraulic lift:

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My 1981 C-125 Automatic. Has a 12 hp Kohler K-301 on it, Eaton 11 hydrostatic transmission, hydraulic lift:

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My 1998 314-8, has a 14 hp Kohler Command, Wheel Horse's 8-speed transmission, mechanical lift:

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The deck(s) and snow blade I had all could interchange with the C-141, the C-125 and the 314-8. The 753 had a gear driven 32 inch deck and used a different snow blade. Here is 3 of the Wheel Horses together:

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Here is the 314-8 with some of my John Deeres:

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Here is the cover of a 1984 Wheel Horse brochure. It shows the 1984 Wheel Horse line in front of the Wheel Horse Headquarters in South Bend, Indiana:

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Thanks DS and also T-MO for the link, fantastic info, and the wonderful pics.

I may have started this thread prematurely since I've yet to even get pics or some better info on the machine. Hope to find time to go pick it up soon. Back when I was buying the farm equipment from my friend, I had my hands full with all of that and turned down the chance to buy a whole bunch of garden tractors of various brands from him. All had been stored inside and all of them ran.
 

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green and red man - You'll certainly be able to find your share of web forums regarding Wheel Horse LGTs to answer your questions. Below is a link to a "non-forum" site I came across a long time ago while reading an article on another site. I thought you, and maybe others, might enjoy looking at some of the great restoration work and all the different WH tractors. Looking forward to pictures of your new to you Wheel Horse.
R & B Wheel Horse Stables. :thumbup1gif:

Kenneth
 

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In case anyone wondered why I never followed up on this thread, I haven't been able to take possession of the Wheel horse yet. My friend, who said I could have it, travels a lot and often times is out of state.
 

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Wheel Horse 753, 1963 Looking for information on this model year

Everything I have found out on the interwebs has conflicting information on this unit. I will try to get some pictures loaded onto this computer and post em up. if you know anything as far as model year and number it would be greatly appreciated. having a buddy get it fixed up to running now. but i think i want to go further than that with it. Thanks in advance
 

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For more, and better, information, you can go there (if you haven't already)

RedSquare

There you can find manuals, brochures, information, etc. on your Wheel Horse. And those guys are pretty sharp - they can tell by images what model these little red things are.

Here is my latest two Wheel Horses.

A 1961 551



A 1962 702



I just sold a couple of 1963 953s a few weeks ago.
 

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I don't ever remember seeing a Wheel Horse with the engine set that far back. Is that factory?
 

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I don't ever remember seeing a Wheel Horse with the engine set that far back. Is that factory?
Yes, starting in the mid- 50s, Wheel Horse made RJs (Ride-along Juniors), that had the engines just in front of the seat. They were made that way until 1961, when the last one using that design was built. They are commonly referred to by Wheel Horse guys as "Ball Burners", or "Nut Roasters". Starting in 1961, Wheel Horse, along with the 401 and 551 (which had the engine that far back), they made the 701 which had the engine location similar to what you see my 702 having.
 

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Interesting! I was a mechanic at a Wheel Horse dealership at various times from the late 70's to the early 80's. I can't remember seeing one of those, but my memory ain't what it used to be.

THANKS for posting the brochure!! Pretty cool stuff.
 
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