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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.




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.



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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