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post #1 of 6 Old 01-26-2009, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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Wheelhorse 520-H: Your Opinion

I have a chance to pick-up a 520-H (not sure of the year) with 550 hours on it. The guy is asking $ 1,950.00. It comes with a Craftsman Plow Blade (custom weld job on the old plow frame) a decent 60" (I believe) 3 blade mower deck, good rubber, wheel weights and chains. I could probably get it for about $ 1,200.00 as the guy is a little desparate for $ right now and I think this would be a fair price.

My question is this: It has a lever mounted hydro control on the right side of the steering column. I am really looking for a foot pedal controlled hydro as they are definately (IMO) more comfortable and easier to use. Can this be retrofitted and made into a foot pedal type without a major fabrication job? Is the asking price high, low or about right? I think it's on the high side and feel $ 1,200.00 would be a fair price if it can be retrofitted fairly easy.

I'm starting to look now as I would like to have a 520-H w/foot type hydro for the upcoming season. I now have a 264-6 with a shot mower deck that I use for grunt work and a Craftsman YS4500 for lawn mowing. I plan on selling both if/when I find a decent 520-H.

I'm thinking of waiting for the "right one" to come along as Spring is still a long way off around these parts. Are any 520-H model years considered better than another?

Thanks in advance for your suggestions and help.
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Give him the $1,200 before he can change his mind!!!!! This is, of course, assuming fair condition.

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Re: Wheelhorse 520-H: Your Opinion

I have seen foot control conversion kits on ebay for a 520-H. I dont know if you can still get them from WH or not. I would jump on that deal though.
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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.


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Foot controls are NLA but a member of Red Square was going to makes some. I don't know if he did. Here's the link to that topic. You might contact him directly to find out.

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Re: Wheelhorse 520-H: Your Opinion

Thank you for your feedback.

Are there any model years for the 520-H that are considered better than other model years? Does anybody know how many and what years this particular model was made?

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