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Garden Tractors Discussion Forum

Cub Cadet 125

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Brian Hoffman

02-28-2011 09:01:47

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Hi guys, I am new to the garden tractor stuff. Usually mess with a Case DC. Looking at a Cub Cadet 125 Hydro. Starts, runs, drives ok. Hydro seems to be ok. Lots of slop in steering as well as in hydro lever. Are these easy fixes? Any trouble spots I should be concerned with on this tractor? Comes with 42" mower deck and front blade. Thanks for any input.

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03-02-2011 18:05:16

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 Re: Cub Cadet 125 in reply to Brian Hoffman, 02-28-2011 09:01:47  
Steering spindle is always a problem on that style Cub. My new fix is to put the whole front axle out of a wide frame on it--different style spindles. The hydro can be fixed --it is more than likely the double spring on the directional plate (at the side of the pump) becomes worn and sloppy. Take the plate off and use 3/16" key stock and weld on the plate. Stretch the springs just a little and most play will come out. If the directional handle moves too free, there is a nut on the bottom behind the battery that tightens against a friction disc. Just snug that up until you are happy with it. If it creeps with the brake pedal locked down, there is an adjustment at the trans that you can make. If you need to do that just question back later. Hopes this helps.

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03-01-2011 05:27:17

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 Re: Cub Cadet 125 in reply to Brian Hoffman, 02-28-2011 09:01:47  
Steering gear can be tightened. If I remember right, there is a nut on the bottom that can be tightened. Might be a cotter pin through it. I did it once on a 129, but dont have it here right now to look. Hydro works Ok, but some have a "lundge" problem. I inquired about that on YT and at local dealer. The old mechanics that heve worked on them says that is kind of the nature of those eary hydraulic tractor. The speed isn't constant. Seems like it would speed up when you dont want to...dont go near the pond, near the side of a car, etc.....

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Brian Hoffman

03-02-2011 09:18:45

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 Re: Cub Cadet 125 in reply to Greenfrog, 03-01-2011 05:27:17  
LOL! I will stay away from the pond, rocks, etc. Tractor does free wheel just fine. I am taking a chance on it. I like the thing and hope it won't be too much trouble to fix up. Thanks for the responses.

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02-28-2011 16:50:55

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 Re: Cub Cadet 125 in reply to Brian Hoffman, 02-28-2011 09:01:47  
The steering and hydro shift can fixed/adjusted.
You may want to check if you can push the tractor without the engine running by depressing the hydro valve release. Sometimes those relief valves need to e cleaned and in order to do this, you have to split the tractor.

You may want to get a parts and operator"s manual on CD. You can get these on eBay.
Good luck.


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