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Greetings Eric,
General question:
I have a $50 deposit on an $700 used Toro wheel house from my local toro dealer and am set to pick it up at 10 AM 5/18. They took it in on trade. Looks clean, they said the belt "slipped off" while testing and offer to replace it if I have any problems.
I can't find anything on web on "common problems" or things good or bad about this model.
Can you share any words of advice or caution.
Thinks to look for or ask about?
Cincinnati OH

Decent mower.  The only weak part it may have is the hydro transmission.  Do you know if it has the Peerless or Hydro-Gear transmission?

On a mower that old you should expect the deck bearing to be wore but they can be replaced pretty cheap if you do the work yourself.

The best part is you can download all the Service Manuals from Toro's website...for free!  Toro owns and makes Wheel Horse.

Let me know what transmission it has.

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Eric A. Jones


Lawnmower Repair . Certified Master Service Technician from B&S. Have 23 years experience on B&S, Lawn Chief, Weed Eater, Echo, Peerless, Wheel Horse, Snapper, Atlas, MTD, McCulloch, Homelite and many other numerous brands. Specialize in electrical repair.


Born and raised in the midwest. Started tinkering with engines when I was about 14 on my Suzuki RM-80. I began lawn mower repair at a small hardware store. I knew absolutely nothing. I read lots of repair manuals and met an older fellow who taught me many lessons. I continued working on small engines through high school and paid my way through college working on mowers at the same hardware store. Decided to get away from the midwest and mower repair so I joined the Air Force. I repaired air traffic control electronic equipment and ended up in Hawaii where I got a part time job at Small Engine Clinic. I gained a lot of experience from the Small Engine Clinic and had a blast repairing small engines. I then took the Briggs and Stratton Master Service Technician test and earned my MST. I then traveled to Wisconsin where I attended the factory update training seminar and received formal training. Continued working on mowers part time as I completed 20 years of military. Retired from the military on a Friday and continued in the lawn and garden industry the next Monday.

MAS Aerospace Operations BA Mathematics AAS Electronic Communications AAS Electronic Technology

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