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Re: Wheelhorse 520-H: Your Opinion
Well, I think $1,200 is a fair price assuming it's in good shape with no major issues needing repair and if it had normal maintenance (oil and filter changes, plugs, etc). $1,950 would be hight to me with those hours. The only WH attachment you're getting is the mower deck. A lot of these WH 520s come with at least a WH plow or blower in northern climates. When I bought my Kubota BX, the dealer offered me $1,000 trade on the WH with the attachments in my signature. I think they could have sold it for $1,500 or more. It has just under 600 hours on it.
I don't know what would be involved in a conversion to a foot operated hydro lever but I do recall someone asking the same question a while ago on this forum so you might try a search and see what comes up. I don't know if he ever posted what he ended up doing. I will say that your right hand will mostly be occupied with moving that lever back and forth depending on what you're doing (e.g., plowing or tilling). The linkage can be tightened up so that it will stay where you put it but I find it a bit stiff to move when the linkage is that tight. I usually run the motion lever with my right hand and use a wheel spinner to steer with my left. I will say that these are heavy duty well made garden tractors that can take just about anything you can throw at it.
Just a follow up on the lever conversion. I believe the current linkage uses a vertical shaft next to the steering wheel that turns a cam connected to a horizontal shaft that runs under the center hump in front of the seat, so, it might not be too bad to modify the linkage to extend the horizontal shaft further forward and then out under the right side foot rest. The older gear model WH's have a brake pedal (or clutch - not sure which) right side pedal that you could use as a motion pedal. You would need to extend the linkage as stated and then rig up some type of spring or tensioner to bring the pedal back to neutral when you let off the pedal. Also, the drive belt routes to the back in that area, so you'd need to make sure none of this interferes with that.
BX25, Landpride Grapple, 54" MMM,
1967 Wheel Horse 1077 with 36" RD deck