Wheel Horse 257-H

Wheel Horse 257-HThe Wheel Horse 257-H is a lawn tractor model from the 250 series, manufactured from 1988 to 1989 by Wheel Horse (a part of Toro) in South Bend, Indiana, USA. It was available in two-wheel drive (2WD) version only.

The Wheel Horse 257-H is equipped with a 534 cc (32.6 cu·in) single-cylinder gasoline engine with 89.0 mm (3.5 in) of the cylinder bore and 86.0 mm (3.39 in) of the piston stroke, and a belt-driven hydrostatic transmission with infinite forward and reverse gears.

The Wheel Horse 257H lawn tractor features:

  • The Kawasaki FC540V gasoline engine which produces 17.3 PS (12.7 kW; 17.0 HP) of horsepower.
  • Manual steering
  • Open operator station
  • Independent front PTO with electric clutch

General specifications

General Specifications
ModelWheel Horse 257-H
Tractor typeLawn tractor
Production years1988-1989
FactorySouth Bend, Indiana, USA
Dimensions and weight
Length1,820 mm (71.7 in)
Width900 mm (35.4 in)
Wheel base1,150 mm (45.3 in)
Fuel capacity
Fuel tank capacity7.6 liters (2 US gal.; 1.7 Imp. gal)


Engine modelKawasaki FC540V
Engine typeFour-stroke, air-cooled, OHV
Fuel typeGasoline
Displacement0.5 L, 534 cm3, (32.6 cu·in)
Bore and stroke89.0 mm X 86.0 mm (3.5 in X 3.39 in)
Compression ratio8.3:1
Fuel systemFloat type carburetor with fixed main jet
Horsepower17.3 PS (12.7 kW; 17.0 HP) at 3,350 rpm
Oil system
Lubrication system:Full pressurized
Oil type:4-stroke or an equivalent (SF, SE, SD)
Recommended oil:SAE 10W-30
Oil capacity:1.8 L (1.9 US. qt, 1.6 Imp. qt.)
Ignition system
Spark plug:NGK BPR5ES or Champion RN11YC
Spark plug gap:0.7-0.8 mm (0.0276-0.0315 in)
Valve clearance
Intake valve clearance:0.15 mm (0.006 in)
Exhaust valve clearance:0.15 mm (0.006 in)

Transmission and chassis

Chassis, steering and brakes
Chassis4×2 2WD
Steering typeManual
Transmission manufacturer or modelEaton 7
Transmission typeBelt-driven hydrostatic
GearsInfinite forward and reverse
Speed Forward: 7.6 kmh (4.7 mph)
Reverse: 5.5 kmh (3.4 mph)
Transmission oil capacity0.7 L (0.2 US. gal, 0.2 Imp. gal.)


Front tires Lawn/turf: 15×6.00-6
Rear tires Lawn/turf: 22×9.00-12

PTO (Power take-off shaft)

Middle PTO typeIndependent with electric clutch
Middle PTO speed

Electrical system

Electrical system
Charging system
Charging amps


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