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Whatsup, new here, just looking for some advice on my latest project.

Anyways, my friend just sold me a wheel horse 212-6 riding mower for $10, its got a broken front axle, the transmission was locked up, but other than that it was in good shape. Its got a 12.5 kawasaki in it, peerless 920 series which i already took it apart and cleaned it out, the shift keys were rusted together but i got it all set now, it also has quite a bit of electronics including an ammeter, hour meter (things for over 1000 hours on it), electric PTO, and even a low oil sensor.

I'm pretty much just looking for general info on it and any manuals or wiring diagrams you guys might have, Im pretty sure it was made before toro bought wheel horse, since i dont see toro anywhere on it and i know the Kawasaki it has is fairly old (fb460v).

These are the numbers i got off the tag (pretty hard to see)

8Z12K60D

28943
 

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i checked two sources and couldn't find the number you gave, 28943. check the numbers again and see if you wrote them down right. the number you need is the five digit, with it being like this: 2 8943, with a space between the first two digits. i also could not find 212-6 on either source. could be the sources are incomplete, too.
 

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The 1987 212-6 model 32-12K601 used FB460V-AS13
The 1988 212-6 model 32-12K602 used FB460V-BS13
according to Toro. The 28943 serial is more apt to be 1987 but could be either.

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Thanks for the info, like i said the ID tag is partially worn off so i cant really tell the complete numbers, but 87 sounds about right. Any ideas on where to get wiring diagrams? i've tried toro.com but couldnt find anything ( i may have done it wrong).

Also where where does the engine say if its a as13 or bs13, i couldnt find anything on the engine except that its a kawasaki with full pressure lube and its a fb460v
 

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The 1987 and 1988 have different wiring diagrams. They show a row of 5 idiot lights on the dash for the 1987 but not the 1988. Have seen mistakes in these before.
You can download the 523 page Demystification Guide from Toro if you have high speed service. Go to https://lookup3.toro.com/request/request.cfm and enter the long model number and type none in the serial # box. Let us know if you are on slow speed and will pull out the one set you need and send to you.
I would have thought the AS13 # would be with the engine's serial number. You can download the engine manual from the above link - it might show you where they are.

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Well its a bs13, so 88 then. It also has the 5 idiot lights so im not sure.
 

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Krunch get us some pictures of it. I also think that the front axle is still available for that mower too, at least a few years ago it was.
 

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gwest sent me the wiring diagrams for both the 87 and 88, the 87's wiring matches mine. I've already started to weld up a new front axle (since i cant really weld the one thats on there, i believe its cast.

Here are some bad phone pics.



Theres the broken axle.



This must be the low oil sensor? or oil pressure sensor?



The wiring diagrams say that only the 87 has these idiot lights, but mine has the same model engine as the 88 is supposed to have.
 

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If you ever want a plow for it I know a dealer that has a brand new one in a box. It came with the place when he bought the shop in 1992.
 

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That would be nice, vermont does get a lot of snow haha. Do you know how much he wants for it? Is it in NY?
 

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I have had 2 Wheel Horse 252-H tractors with that same Kawasaki 12.5hp motor. That motor is nearly indestructible.
 

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Well i got it going today, welded up the front end, cleaned the carb bowl, started right up after 5 minutes of trying to start it with the gas off :duh:

ran it for a bit and it started to surge, but not horribly so its running a little lean, ill clean the carb tomorrow. But shes nice, diff is locked properly and it got a lot of torque, engine always starts right up (except for the bad battery, but when jumped it does). So far the front end has held up, but it does look weak.
heres some pics.



Cant find the bolts for the seat, and there special ones with spacers :oops:

Welds on the front axle, they look horrible, but trust me there much worse than my normal welds, i think its because its cast steel (or cast iron?) and its really thick.
 

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hello everybody out there in tractor world,i'm a newcomer i have a 212-6 wheel horse tractor. i went to parts tree.com they have everything you need, almost everything,when you go to the site look for toro model no. for toro is 32-12k602, that's for 212-6,same as wheel horse,even shows you a diagram of the whole mower,hope this helps calvin
 

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I actually found a semi good battery on my murray. Its been sitting for 4 years outside, and is atleast 8 years old and still holds a charge for a few days, now thats what i call well made.

The only thing i cant find is the front headlight assembly, im thinking of just finding two lights that will fit and sticking them in there.
 

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I actually found a semi good battery on my murray. Its been sitting for 4 years outside, and is atleast 8 years old and still holds a charge for a few days, now thats what i call well made.

The only thing i cant find is the front headlight assembly, im thinking of just finding two lights that will fit and sticking them in there.
Or, you could try this http://cgi.ebay.com/WHEEL-HORSE-HEAD-LIGHTS_W0QQitemZ320384287289QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item4a98644239&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12%7C66%3A2%7C39%3A1%7C72%3A1205%7C240%3A1318%7C301%3A1%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50 one from eBay.

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Greetings all! First, let me tell you that if I claimed to be a lousy mechanic, I would be bragging...That said, I just bought a Wheel Horse 212-6 with a snow thrower, mowing deck, and plow blade. This morning, going up hill in wet snow with the PTO engaged, and blowing snow, the rear wheels started to spin. Shortly after, with no noise that sounded any different than the tire chains trying to get a grip in the gravel, the left rear wheel nearly fell off, and I found a few broken pieces of metal under the tractor. I assume I have pretty much destroyed the transmission??? Any ideas how expensive this is going to be? Thanks! Anybody who is from Maine, who is interested in an otherwise nice tractor, with lots of attachements...Drop me a line!
 

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Boy, youo give up easily. Those 212's are work horses. I've got one and can't kill it.

Fixing the rear end might not be as hard as you think. The Toro site has a parts breakdown and good pics. I believe that most of the parts are still available. Gary, the MTF Toro/WheelHorse guru might chime in soon. He's helped my thru some fixes on my machine.

What kind of metal parts did you find under the machine?
Did the axle pull out of the rear end or did the 'C' clip just fall out?
We need more info.
Don't give up. Them old machines can't be killed that easily.
 

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Even with a destroyed rearend you can find them rearends around. Some might be even on ebay. They are worth putting money into cause they will last forever with proper maintenance.
 

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The 1987 model 212-6 is model number 32-12K601 and the 1988 is model 32-12K602. Looks like both use the 920-010 Peerless transmission.
Parts lists are here
http://www.partstree.com/parts/
Type Toro in the 2nd box and a long model number in the 3rd box. The parts that are priced should be available from any Toro dealer.

Since Peerless has all but disappeared I don't know if you will find parts for it. Do have a parts lists available if you need it. A used unit likely easier to find and you don't have to have a 6-speed which gives you more options.

Garry
 
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