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How do you find vintage Wheel Horse tractors?

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As of 2015, vintage Wheel Horse tractors are available at ClaZ.org and AmericanListed.com. The tractor listings cover a wide range of prices, conditions and features. Both websites offer asking prices, photographs, descriptions, the cities and states in which the tractors are located, and seller contact information. An annual tradition since 1999, members of the Wheel Horse Collectors Club meet in Arendtsville, Pennsylvania, in June to display and trade vintage Wheel Horse garden tractors and mowers.

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In 1946, Cecil Pond returned home to South Bend, Indiana, after World War II and began building the tractors that he named Wheel Horse. Using surplus motorcycle and automotive parts, and his garage as his manufacturing plant, Pond constructed two-wheeled garden tractors that functioned like horses when users hitched them to carts. By 1956, Pond had a thriving business, which he expanded into a full line of riding lawn mowers, and garden and lawn tractors. The development of suburban home communities helped Pond's company generate millions of dollars in sales annually.

In 1974, Pond sold his company to American Motors Corporation. Toro acquired the equipment line from American Motors in 1986, and continued building Wheel Horse machinery until 2007. Pond passed away in December 2011, at age 87, yet the equipment he created remains popular among collectors.

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