Wheel Horse Garden Tractor: The Horse of a Different Color
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On Jan. 14, 1982, Wheel Horse was sold to a private investment group, who continued to operate the business until 1986 when it was sold to Toro, a company that actually knew outdoor power products, and how to build and market them.
“Wheel Horse put Toro back into the riding mower business,” says Ed Cole, Toro’s representative at the WHCC show. “Today, some Toro Wheel Horse machines are based on earlier Wheel Horse designs, and some are all new.”
Ed, who still owns vintage Wheel Horse tractors, has never missed a WHCC show. “I have a 1974 B-80 5-Speed Special,” he says. “I still use it to push snow.” Ed notes Toro is proud of the Wheel Horse brand, and as such continues to be very supportive of the WHCC’s endeavors and donates prizes and money to support the show. “Toro has been good for us,” Bill Pearson adds. “And they still make quite a few parts for the older models.”
The lovely mountain valley at the South Mountain Fairgrounds in Arendtsville, Pa., will again play host to the iron horse of a different color on June 23-24, 2006. FCFor more information:– Wheel Horse Collectors Club, www.wheelhorsecollectorsclub.org.– William Pearson, (804) 261-4914.– Straight From The Horse’s Mouth, by Michael A. Martino Jr. Oscar “Hank” Will III is an old-iron collector and freelance writer and photographer. He splits his time between his home in Gettysburg, Pa., and his farm in East Andover, N.H.
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