quote=cdwjava;197810]What's a "wheelhorse"?
one of the first lawn tractor manufacturers. this one is a 1960 model
Wheel horse tractors began in 1946 when Elmer Pond began making two wheeled tractors out of his garage in the SouthBend Indiana area.
In 1947 he made his first four wheeled tractor known as the ride away senior. It had no steering wheel, but went by a lever known as tiller steering. In 1949 he added a steering wheel and fiberglas hood. These tractors used a Wisconson engine and Ford transmission.
Only about 300 were made. In 1955 Elmer produced his first smaller tractor known as the RJ 35 or Ride Away Junior. It had no transmission, but instead went by belts and pulleys.
strangely enough, they were started in the same city that Studebaker was in which is right down the road from me (we have a lot of history in the area. The Dodge bros used to live in my home town which is about 8 miles from South Bend Indiana as well as Ring Lardner (poet) Montgomery Ward (the retail guy) and the Plym family (started Kawneer which is the inventing company of the aluminum doors on just about every store around. South Bend is also the home of the University of Notre Dame and the original home of the Bendix Corp which produced the first hydraulic brakes for cars as well as many many other mechanisms we have all used through the years. There is a lot more)