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PostSubject: Re: Wheel Horse Charger 8   Tue Feb 20, 2018 7:12 am

@Double W Cross Ranch wrote:
Turf Tractions?

Guy I bought them from said they were Chick Magnet Tractions?
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PostSubject: Re: Wheel Horse Charger 8   Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:57 am

LOL.  When I got the Roper, it had one regular turf tire and one that said on the side, "Turf Traction".  Looks just like it.  I can get some pics later.


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PostSubject: Re: Wheel Horse Charger 8   Tue Feb 20, 2018 4:44 pm

So it's a hydro right? Looks very nice , would love to get my paws on something similar.
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PostSubject: Re: Wheel Horse Charger 8   Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:07 pm

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So it's a hydro right? Looks very nice , would love to get my paws on something similar.

The one is a hydro with a eaton trans & the other (go kart wheels) is a 1975 lawn ranger with a peerles 648 4sp

They could be had either way, at the time it was called "automatic" ! The transaxles are in beefy housings compared to anything made nowadays. No idea the internal strength comparison but they look stout.


I hooked up a tank to the little one tonight & it started on the first try..... I am still motor swapping the other one.

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PostSubject: Re: Wheel Horse Charger 8   Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:31 pm

awww yeah engine is bolted in, super awesome paint job, just a few odds and ends needed to finish up & finally try to see if it moves.


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PostSubject: Re: Wheel Horse Charger 8   Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:08 pm

it lives finally!!!  got some 22x7.5-12 rears and some fronts from a craftsman gt.  It drives ok, its kind of slow but I like it. I got the tires from a local guy, the rears are full of washer fluid, they weigh about double that it should...

Biggest problem is a regular tractor battery wont fit... I need a smaller battery, atv or motorcycle maybe?




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PostSubject: Re: Wheel Horse Charger 8   Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:14 pm

What a great low buck tractor. How's the hydro drive?
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PostSubject: Re: Wheel Horse Charger 8   Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:23 pm

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What a great low buck tractor.  How's the hydro drive?

its ok, again its pretty slow, but it works fine. Does not make much noise.  I have a gear one sitting in the garage so I will compare when I get it going.  I will see if that tecumseh engine gets running if not I got a 17 horse briggs i might use.  Gonna work on my simplicty oppy swap next, then when it gets warmer, go on to my stretched build off tractor.

Hey but i paid 40 bucks for the tractor, 40 for the tires, a carb rebuild kit & some spray paint....
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PostSubject: Re: Wheel Horse Charger 8   Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:31 pm

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What a great low buck tractor.  How's the hydro drive?

oh yeah by the way i bought another one.... 50 bucks....






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PostSubject: Re: Wheel Horse Charger 8   Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:56 pm

YOU MUST HAVE 3 MILLION HORSE SHOES AND A YARD FULL OF 4 LEAF CLOVERS!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Wheel Horse Charger 8   Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:00 am

i agree with double w, i have never even seen a wheel horse down here least even find one for sale! send one my way cause i have been looking for a good o'le horse for awhile with zero luck.
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PostSubject: Re: Wheel Horse Charger 8   Mon Feb 26, 2018 11:10 am

@biggasmowers wrote:
i agree with double w, i have never even seen a wheel horse down here least even find one for sale! send one my way cause i have been looking for a good o'le horse for awhile with zero luck.

Really I see the bigger ones and the toro ones allot, they are just so expensive that most the time are out of my league.

I have searched allot and have not found any charger or commando 8's like the ones I got. The lawn ranger I did see a few, but they are not popular because of the vertical engine & they are smallish.

I got two of them from the same guy & the one I just finished with, was going to scrap.



I am going to pep boys later I guess and looking to see if I can find a more narrow battery that will fit it.
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PostSubject: Re: Wheel Horse Charger 8   Mon Feb 26, 2018 11:42 am

You are still extraordinarily lucky.
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PostSubject: Re: Wheel Horse Charger 8   Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:45 pm

Whats the drive system look like? is there a right angle gearbox or is it a vertical imput tranny?
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PostSubject: Re: Wheel Horse Charger 8   Mon Feb 26, 2018 4:18 pm

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Whats the drive system look like? is there a right angle gearbox or is it a vertical imput tranny?

vertical input pulley same as most of my other stuff... just the axles & housings are beefy. Ill snap a pic later .
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PostSubject: Re: Wheel Horse Charger 8   Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:27 pm

I had to make a battery tray before I could start re wiring this thing, because the battery was hitting the steering gear.... Worked out good but it is tight..



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PostSubject: Re: Wheel Horse Charger 8   Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:31 pm

That is a super snug fit!

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PostSubject: Re: Wheel Horse Charger 8   Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:43 pm

That is a very tight fit, but what do you need all that space around the motor for anyway? I like how you're reviving this old horse.
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PostSubject: Re: Wheel Horse Charger 8   Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:53 pm

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That is a very tight fit, but what do you need all that space around the motor for anyway?  I like how you're reviving this old horse.

I wanted to buy a motorcycle or jetski battery (AGM), then they wanted 90 dollars for what looks like a tissue box, I said hell no give me a tractor battery ill make it work.
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PostSubject: Re: Wheel Horse Charger 8   Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:59 pm

Rode it around again tonight in the snow, allot of traction with these tires.....




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PostSubject: Re: Wheel Horse Charger 8   Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:28 pm

Nice! Looks like everyone got a turn. Lots of smiles!

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PostSubject: Re: Wheel Horse Charger 8   Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:30 pm

Must be nice to get snow
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PostSubject: Re: Wheel Horse Charger 8   Sun Mar 11, 2018 6:59 am

Getting a tractor running and driving for the first time I think is one of the most fun parts.
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PostSubject: Re: Wheel Horse Charger 8   Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:43 pm

@Crazy_Carl wrote:
Getting a tractor running and driving for the first time I think is one of the most fun parts.

yeah man good times....

Be real soon I hope that this is driving, got the carb cleaned out & steering wheel is finally fixed up, just a few more odds and ends and hopefully will attempt to drive it...  Had to replace the entire dash, put real normal size wheels on it....



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PostSubject: Re: Wheel Horse Charger 8   Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:10 pm

Man, I love me a Wheel Horse. I'm hella jealous. What's that steering wheel from?
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PostSubject: Re: Wheel Horse Charger 8   Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:17 am

I'm actually more excited to see you get this one running because it's geared. Just look at how cool that shifter looks. I do have a soft spot for hydros though. They're nice for bucket work, chore work, and moving trailers around.
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