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Wheel Horse 417-8 Part 5: PTO, Intake, and Exhaust

It’s time for the final Wheel Horse post!  Well, for a little bit at least. This garden tractor has a clutched multi-step pulley that is engaged/disengaged with a lever.  The lever pulls on a triangular piece that presses the pulley … Continue reading

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Wheel Horse 417-8 Part 4: Electrical

This is going to be a wordy post on the electrical joining of the motor and chassis because there’s only so many pictures of wires I can show you.  I wanted to join the electrical system of the new motor … Continue reading

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Wheel Horse 417-8 Part 3: Starting Motor Replacement

After looking into the cost to rebuild the motor on my Wheel Horse 417-8, I decided to start looking for a new motor to replace the old one.  I settled on a Predator 420 single cylinder engine from Harbor Freight.  … Continue reading

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Wheel Horse 417-8 Part 2: Motor Inspection

I finally got around to taking a closer look at the Kohler KT-17 on my garden tractor.  As mentioned in my previous post, it smokes a lot while running which means oil is getting sucked into the combustion chamber and … Continue reading

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Wheel Horse 417-8

About a year ago I picked up a non-running Wheel Horse 417-8 garden tractor off of Craigslist for cheap.  A garden tractor is larger than your average riding mower but smaller than a sub compact tractor.  Garden tractors have PTOs, … Continue reading

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Craftsman Jack Repair

My Craftsman jack recently developed a large leak.  If I filled it back up, it performed fine.  Over a couple days though, the fluid would all leak out around the ram.  I figured it was just an o ring and … Continue reading

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Kysor/Johnson Horizontal Bandsaw: Part 6

Now that my bandsaw is up and running I can start adding some things to it. First though… Group “large” saw shot.  I’m planning to sell the hacksaw to a friend and figured I’d get the group shot while I … Continue reading

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