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Re: best cub to buy & why

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Dick L

11-05-2013 03:47:59

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For that I would look at something 20 horse or above. I have a Simplicity 9523 which is the same tractor as the Allis Chalmers 5020. Most companies sold tractors in this category. I would go with a clutch type tractor. My son has a John Deere but you will spend twice the money for those and not get more use out of it.

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11-05-2013 04:59:17

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 Re: best cub to buy & why in reply to Dick L, 11-05-2013 03:47:59  
OK, I guess I left out some info. We do have a 35 HP Massey Ferguson farm tractor with a loader for the heavy stuff. The arena drag is amounts to a 4 X 8 chain link fence with some spikes to level the sand in the round pen. I thought the Cub Cadet's might work as I had read that they same drive train as the Cub farm tractor. I thought the Cub would do some of the lighter duty stuff pull a wagon full of manure, or firewood & maybe dump if it had hydraulics. I don't think the arena drag would be as stressful as say a rototiller that I see as an option on the Cub. The Cub would be primarily a lawnmower, I like the idea of the IH built machines as I think I could repair about anything on them and the are worth fixing when they break, & they were built before the government started regulating then to death!

So, I guess I'm looking to know narrow frame vs wide frame, are mower decks interchangeable, advantages to the different motors used. If I'm going to buy an older machine it will need some work, I just want to be sure I get the best one to put the time & money in to, I'm thinking it will be the last mower I will need to buy!

Thanks again for the help.

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Dick L

11-06-2013 14:01:55

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 Re: best cub to buy & why in reply to cowboy357, 11-05-2013 04:59:17  
Neighbor had a covey of the older Cubs. He has a one cab and a snow blower. He has another with a blade on the front that he has had for 20 years or so. He has one with a belly mower that he pulls a cycle mower to mow around their pond. Your most likely looking the right way for what you are going to use it for.

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George Marsh

11-05-2013 09:20:42

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 Re: best cub to buy & why in reply to cowboy357, 11-05-2013 04:59:17  
I had an old 1962 cub cadet 10 hp that was built like a tractor, clutch, 3 speed gear box, tractor type rear back tire.

Wasn't much of a lawn mower. Deck was always eating a bearing. Took 2 acres to turn.

Not sure they make tractors like that today.

People who are in to lawn mower tractor pulls like this old girl because of the tranny and rear axle.

I would avoid using most of today's mowers to pull with. I have a troy-built and pulling would eat the two belts that connect to the rear end. Those belts aren't cheap. Not too much fun to replace either.

IMHO, the best puller would be to find an old mower that used an actual gear box. However I haven't seen any sold in the past 25 years. I have an old craftsman with that tranny. Put tractor tires on it and use it to pull 2 atv type three ft disks. The worst thing is you may need to replace tranny belt, which is cheap and easy to do.

My 15 year old john deere GT275. It has a better hydrostatic tranny and tractor bar type rear tires. I have a 30 inch tiller, so hydrostatic is needed. It would make a good puller. Also have a 4 ft mower deck. Both are easy to take off and put on. Must use JD deck and JD tiller.


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