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Wheel Horse 953

Postby T-Mo » Sat Jan 06, 2018 10:07 am

I picked up two Wheel Horse 953s a few months ago. They were built one year only in 1963, though in 1964 Wheel Horse built a 1054 which was basically an upgraded 953. The 953 has a 9.6 single cylinder Kohler K-series engine, 3 speed gear drive transmission and hydraulic lift. It has 16 inch front tires on 8 inch rims and 27 inch rear tires on 15 inch rims. They are heavy built garden tractors.

I got one of my 953s running, though it still needs some work to get it running smoothly. Here is are pictures of the running 953.

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Here is both 953s, plus a few other Wheel Horses, on the day I brought them home. Both 953s are in the front of the trailer.

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As you can see, I moved the boat seat to the running tractor. It would be great if I can get both of them going and plowing like the 953 shown in these youtube videos. These videos was posted on Red Square Wheel Horse forum.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7Mvc3UnLZI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6HOszk9c4s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H54Nb34B_4k

The running 953 also has an issue with the hydraulic lift. Moving the handle doesn't affect the pump, so that will have to be address. Here is a video of it running and one showing the non-operation of the hydraulic lift handle.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsJKQ-473vM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZfl0sl9jbI

The noise you hear is the belt to the hydraulic pump jumping too much. Needs a new belt for sure.

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Re: Wheel Horse 953

Postby ricky racer » Sat Jan 06, 2018 12:41 pm

Great videos!! I love the sound of those old Kohler engines.
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Re: Wheel Horse 953

Postby clemk » Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:23 pm

Nice! Thanks for sharing!
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