Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/Wheel Horse

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The Wheel Horse 417-8 I have which has been out of service for a while, and still I have not started it since early December, has been out of service for way too long for me. So I was talking with a man in my hunting club and he has a 312-8 and either a 414-8 or a 314-8, but the 312-8 is a parts mower and he said we could have the broken parts of my mower off of his parts mower if they fit, I been looking at partstree.com and compared the parts and it looks like in the blueprints they are the same but on the parts number list there are a few parts that have different parts numbers. I wasn't sure if they all will be able to go onto my 417-8 (the pto section) could they be swapped?

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You will just have to try to see if they will work.  I suspect if there are different part numbers the parts are different but that does not mean they won't work.  A good example of parts with different numbers but will work are Briggs and Stratton flywheels.  Many of the Quantum engine flywheels will fit and work on most Quantum engines even though there are different parts for the various flywheels.

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Eric A. Jones

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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.

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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.

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MAS Aerospace Operations BA Mathematics AAS Electronic Communications AAS Electronic Technology

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