Wheel Horse Charger 12

Wheel Horse Charger 12The Wheel Horse Charger 12 is a garden tractor model manufactured from 1968 to 1972 by Wheel Horse in South Bend, Indiana, USA. It was available in a two-wheel drive (2WD) version.

The Wheel Horse Charger 12 is equipped with a 476 cc (29.0 cu·in) single-cylinder gasoline engine with 85.7 mm (3.37 in) of the cylinder bore and 82.6 mm (3.25 in) of the piston stroke, and a belt-driven hydrostatic transmission with infinite forward and reverse gears.

The Wheel Horse Charger 12 garden tractor features:

  • The Kohler K301S gasoline engine which produces 12.1 PS (8.9 kW; 12.0 HP) at 3,600 rpm of horsepower
  • Manual steering
  • Open operator station

General specifications

General Specifications
ModelWheel Horse Charger 12
Tractor typeGarden tractor
Production years1968-1972
FactorySouth Bend, Indiana, USA
Dimensions and weight
Length1,650 mm (65 in)
Width910 mm (35.8 in)
Height1,010 mm (39.8 in)
Wheel base1,150 mm (45.3 in)
Ground clearance180 mm (7.1 in)
Weight305 kg (672 lbs)
Fuel capacity
Fuel tank capacity7.6 liters (2 US gal.; 1.7 Imp. gal)


Engine Specifications
Engine modelKohler K301S
Engine type4-stroke, L-head (side valve), single-cylinder
Displacement476 cm3, (29.0 cu·in)
Bore and stroke85.7 mm X 82.6 mm (3.37 in X 3.25 in)
Max. horsepower12.2 PS (9.0 kW; 12.0 HP) at 3,600 rpm
Cooling systemForced air
Lubricating systemSplash type
Fuel systemCarburetor
Starting systemElectirc starter
Compression pressure
Normal:7.7-8.4 kg/cm2 (7.6-8.3 bar, 110-120 psi) / 1,000 rpm
Valve clearance
Intake valve clearance:0.20-0.25 mm (0.0079-0.0098 in)
Exhaust valve clearance:0.43-0.48 mm (0.0169-0.0189 in)
Oil system
Lubrication system:Splash type
Oil type:API SF or SG
Recommended oil: Summer: SAE 30W
Winter: SAE 5W-20, 5W-30
Ignition system
Spark plug:Champion RH10
Spark plug gap:0.65 mm (0.0256 in)
Spark plug torque:27 N·m (2.8 kg·m, 19.9 ft·lb)

Transmission and chassis

Chassis, steering and brakes
Chassis4×2 2WD
Steering typeManual
Transmission manufacturer or modelSunstrand
Transmission typeBelt-driven hydrostatic
GearsInfinite forward and reverse
Speed Forward: 11.3 kmh (7 mph)
Reverse: 5.6 kmh (3.5 mph)


Front tires Lawn/turf: 16×5.50-8
Rear tires Lawn/turf: 23×8.50-12

Electrical system

Electrical system
Charging system
Charging amps

Serial numbers

John Deere 110 serial numbers


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Cutting width910 mm (36 in)
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Cutting width910 mm (36 in)
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Width1,060 mm (42 in)
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Width1,210 mm (48 in)
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Width1,060 mm (42 in)
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