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Adventures in mowing with an antique

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05-12-2013 18:20:49

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Well this maintaining two households is causing new adventures, we have to mow grass at both places so I have one of my old Cub Cadets that has to go back to work. Some observations of my first try mowing with Miss Cubby II. 1. I'm getting old and the memory is going OR I didn't really fix that steering box. The alternative is I'm getting old and can't fix stuff anymore, don't like the last one as I work industrial maintenance supervision.

2. The right turn only feature works for NASCAR, not real handy for mowing grass especially when the discharge is on the right.

3. Grease guns are wonderful inventions, wish mine wasn't 400 miles away, I suspect the deck would be quieter if I could grease the bearings.

4. Memory is definitely going, can't remember which screw is idle and which screw is load, and it's a Kohler K series engine, it really doesn't get much simpler than that. Suspect if the carb was adjusted it might actually idle.

5. The upholstered set without the upholstery? Gotta do something about that, sitting on bolts poking up isn't fun, kinda cold too!

6. Need to wear heavier shoes or learn to hit that clutch pedal square on the pedal, the little lip on the end hurts when it pokes up through your tennis shoe.

7. Might want to grab an extra pair of earplugs outta the box at work, this is definitely a pre-Quietline model.

Miss Cubby II is a Cub Cadet model 70 that someone put a K301 into before she came to me. My Mom purchased a water front cottage (read trailer on the drainage ditch with a pole barn) and this was left in the pole barn. I put a head on it that actually had spark plug threads in it, replaced the pipe elbow and hunk of galvanized water pipe with a real CC muffler, the boogered up PTO clutch and clutch fork, gapped the points and instant hobby. Up until my taking a new job in North Central Iowa Miss Cubby II lived in Northern Wisconsin in a big heated garage with her Cub 102 sister and a nice Wheel Horse that usually does most of the mowing and snow removal. Times are tough and she has to go back to work at her age, on the bright side parts and repairs have moved up a bit on the list since she's gainfully employed.

This whole exercise reminds me what a tough old tractor the old Cub Cadets were and how easy they are to fix with basic knowledge and tools. More adventures as things break (and they will)

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05-13-2013 18:07:10

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 Re: Adventures in mowing with an antique in reply to wisbaker, 05-12-2013 18:20:49  
Yea I was thinking about that at lunch, it's even back wards for racing, Would be okay for a sickle bar or bailer but it's not that big, the lawn or the tractor.

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05-12-2013 21:22:00

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 Re: Adventures in mowing with an antique in reply to wisbaker, 05-12-2013 18:20:49  
Neat little story. I think many of us have found ourselves in some of those situations from time to time. BTW, I was thinkin' NASCAR's rule was "Put your right foot on the floor and turn LEFT.

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05-13-2013 10:56:13

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 Re: Adventures in mowing with an antique in reply to ShadetreeRet, 05-12-2013 21:22:00  
Yehbut maybe they need to steer towards the right when the back end slides.

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