1958 Ride-away Junior (RJ-58)
This is my RJ-58. I picked this up from a fellow collector in Dixon, IL. He had found it advertised in some classifieds and purchased it for some of the extra parts to use on his RJ. He knew I was wanting one for my collection and gave me a call. Since it was missing the engine, I did a little 'horse-trading' with another collector for a period correct Clinton B-1290 to put on it.
1960 Suburban 400 (ST-400)
This was my first round nose. Also known as a "nut-roaster" or "ball-burner" if you prefer. So aptly named from the location of the motor right in between the legs of the operator. This tractor and some attachments came to me as a one family but multi-owner tractor. Purchased new back in 1960 or 1961, and passed along through the family for years. It's original, complete and in in pretty good shape overall. Since owning it, I've replaced the carburetor. That's it. This tractor came with a front mounted reel mower that I enjoy displaying at shows. It's not a very common attachment to find, and usually generates a good deal of conversation.
1961 701 (701)
Every year at the end of April there is a very large swap meet over in LeSueur, Minnesota at the LeSueur County Pioneer Power Association grounds. That's where I found this 701 for sale. The poor thing had a broken foot, which has since been temporarily repaired and the rear end was locked in gear with a broken shift lever. I was glad to find the 701, it's a relatively hard model to find, and has some parts that are unique to only that model. Since buying the first 701, I've also picked up an additional 701 to use for parts in case I need any. Any extra will probably be sold to help fund the project as it progresses. Never know though.... maybe I'll just decide to fix up both!
1964 854 (854)
This is my 1964 854. Looks a little rough, I know. It is. It came this way from the auction. I really wanted one of these in my collection. It's the largest model of the round nose Wheel Horses. Eventually I hope to get this refurbished. I've recently gotten some rear wheels put back on it to make it look a little more normal, but didn't have a chance to shoot new pictures.
1968 Commando 6 (1-4631)
I have a pretty good collection of 1968 models, and a good friend and fellow collector had this Commando 6 that he thought would fit right in. He'd picked it up in a multi-tractor/parts deal and wasn't really interested in it. He stored it for me for several years, and we finally got it moved down into the Red Shed. It seems to run alright and won't need much other than a freshening up. It will make a nice little worker. Should also make a nice tractor to display my PTO-66 belly farm pto at shows.
1968 Commando 8 (1-4831)
This is my 1968 Commando 8. Except for the paint it is all original. I bought it from a guy who had taken it apart and painted every piece. He had even taken the trouble to mask all the decals, so they are original and in very nice shape. I bought this tractor to mow with, it came with a deck. It has since been used with a plow to turn the garden in the fall. The 8HP Kohler is still running good and strong.
1968 Raider 9 (1-6931)
My father-in-law called me up one day and said there was a Wheel Horse for parts on ebay that was in the town he lived in. He knew the guy selling it, and wondered if I was interested. Said he'd pick it up for me if I wanted it. I checked it out... it was yet another 1968 tractor. I figured why not... a few bucks, and another tractor in my 1968 catalog. The Raider had a broken rod in its original Tecumseh HH 100. I had a spare K-181 from a parts tractor that I bolted in.
1968 Charger 9 (1-7931)
Here we have a 1968 Charger 9. I bought this one around Savanna, IL. A guy had found it out in the treeline on a riverbank. It's pretty rough, but I think it's a keeper. This tractor is essentially the same as the Raider, only it has a hydrostatic transmission instead of the gear drive. I had originally thought about putting one of those Honda clone engines in it for a re-power, however it wasn't the direct bolt-in solution I was hoping for. This project is currently in pieces and stored away until I decide what to do with it.
1970 R-26 (x-xxxx)
This R-26 was the second generation after Wheel Horse bought the REO line. It's pretty much a novelty item as far as the collection. Funny that it fits inside the four wheeled wagon so nicely. It was put there for storage and convenience a few years ago, and has now gone to several shows just like that!
1974 B-80 (1-0140)
This is the first Wheel Horse I owned myself. It's a 1974 B-80. I got the lead on it from a guy I was working with. He had a little A-90 and one day while we were talking about his tractor, he said a guy he worked with at another job had an old Wheel Horse that didn't quite run right and he didn't want anymore. He'd already bought a replacement mower and he was willing to give it away to whoever would haul it away. Well needless to say, a phone call and a day later it was in the back of my truck. New spark plug and clean out the fuel pump and she was as good as new.
1986 416-8 (31-16K802)
This Wheel Horse 416-8 is the last one my grandfather owned before he died. It's still at the home place parked in the shop. My grandfather is the reason I collect Wheel Horses, and I am excited to be able to have his last tractor. It is the most prized tractor in the collection.