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
Model Wheel Horse Charger 12
Tractor type Garden tractor
Production years 1968-1972
Factory South Bend, Indiana, USA
Dimensions and weight
Length 1,650 mm (65 in)
Width 910 mm (35.8 in)
Height 1,010 mm (39.8 in)
Wheel base 1,150 mm (45.3 in)
Ground clearance 180 mm (7.1 in)
Weight 305 kg (672 lbs)
Fuel capacity
Fuel tank capacity 7.6 liters (2 US gal.; 1.7 Imp. gal)


Engine Specifications
Engine model Kohler K301S
Engine type 4-stroke, L-head (side valve), single-cylinder
Displacement 476 cm3, (29.0 cu·in)
Bore and stroke 85.7 mm X 82.6 mm (3.37 in X 3.25 in)
Max. horsepower 12.2 PS (9.0 kW; 12.0 HP) at 3,600 rpm
Cooling system Forced air
Lubricating system Splash type
Fuel system Carburetor
Starting system Electirc 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
Chassis 4×2 2WD
Steering type Manual
Transmission manufacturer or model Sunstrand
Transmission type Belt-driven hydrostatic
Gears Infinite 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
Ground Negative
Charging system
Charging amps
Battery 12V

Serial numbers

John Deere 110 serial numbers
1968 1-7231
1969 1-7241
1970 1-7251
1971 1-0400
1972 1-0401


Wheel Horse 5-1362: 36″ mid-mount mower deck with 2-blade
Cutting width 910 mm (36 in)
Wheel Horse 5-7365: 36″ mid-mount mower deck with 3-blade
Cutting width 910 mm (36 in)
Wheel Horse 5-1422: 42″ mid-mount mower deck with 3-blade
Width 1,060 mm (42 in)
Wheel Horse 5-1482: 48″ mid-mount mower deck with 3-blade
Width 1,210 mm (48 in)
Wheel Horse 42″ blade
Width 1,060 mm (42 in)
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