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02-01-2013 05:07:45

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A Farmall Cub was the first tractor I ever drove. When I was about 5 years old in 1947, Dad bought a Cub to help with chores around the farm. In thinking back, I also think Dad had me in mind when he got it and almost immediately I started helping with small jobs where I could drive it. First job I remember is "pulling the hay rope". Back in the day, putting hay up in the barn involved using a hay fork that ran on a track in the peak of the barn, You could "stab" 8 bales of hay with a "fork" on the hayrack at the end of the barn, and the "fork" would be pulled up by a "main rope" (through a series of pulleys) to the track, latch into a carrier and be pulled along the track to wherever you wanted to drop the bales. Then the guy on the hayrack would pull a "trip rope" to drop the bales. At that point whoever was driving the tractor pulling the main rope would stop and back up while the guy on the hayrack would pull the fork back with the trip rope. the Cub was a perfect size to do that job, and with the wide front end, you could strattle the rope without running over it with the front wheels. Sounds like a boring job, but to a small kid, anything to drive a tractor was fun, even if all you did was drive in a straight line for 100' or so, then back up and repeat, 9 times for a load of 72 bales. I have a picture around here somewhere of me sitting on that Cub, I believe the day it was delivered new.

Enjoy your Cub... they are a fun little tractor.
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James Dotson

02-01-2013 06:20:59

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 Re: New to tractors in reply to IH fan, 02-01-2013 05:07:45  
Thanks, I know I will.

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