Cub Cadet 106 - is a garden tractor
made from 1969 to 1971
has a 10 HP Kohler K engine
Cub Cadet 1250 - is a garden tractor
made from 1974 to 1980
has a Kohler K 12 HP engine
Cub Cadet 1450 - is a garden tractor
made from 1974 to 1980
has a 14 HP Kohler K engine
Ingersoll 222 - is a garden tractor
made from 1969 to 1988
Has a 12 HP Kohler K engine.
The Ingersoll is the ONLY tractor that has hydraulic capabilities and it likely has hydraulic implement lift. If you see the name Ingersoll on the hood, then it must be 1985 or newer and definitely has hydraulic implement lift. The serial number would reveal a lot of information.
There are two words that I want to caution you about. The first is the word "restored". That word is unbelievably subjective and what one person considers as "restoration" can be far different than what I would consider "restoration". A true restoration means that the tractor was stripped to the bare frame and then carefully put back together after going over every part and repairing or replacing it. All parts must be brought back to their original condition prior to being bolted back on and if they are worn beyond redemption, then they must be replaced with new parts.
Slapping a quick coat of paint on an old tractor by using some rattle cans is not restoration but some guys think it is.
The second deadly word is "rebuilt" and anytime someone uses that word to describe an engine, my immediate reaction is to say "PROVE IT". Show me the invoices for all the parts purchased along with the invoices from the machine shop that prove the engine was bored oversize, the crank was turned, the camshaft was profiled, the valve guides and seats were replaced, the valve springs were tested and the head and block were machined flat.
Throwing a new set of rings onto an old piston is not rebuilding the engine but a lot of guys think it is Take for instance the 1450 on sale for $600.00. A reputable machine shop would charge at least $400.00 or more to do a proper rebuild on the Kohler K engine, especially if they used genuine Kohler piston, rings, con rod, bearings, seals, valves, valve guides, valve springs etc.
As for the 1250 claiming to have less than 600 hours, that too makes no sense. At the very least, that tractor is 33 years old and at an average of 50 hours of use per year, it should have 1650 hours on it.
Whether the 222 Ingersoll is worth $1000.00 or not would depend on its true condition AND if it has optional equipment such as the rear PTO kit, a sleeve hitch, wheel weight kit, tire chains or a Flow Control Kit. Without any of those options, then my reaction is that it is over-priced.
In my opinion, you should be looking for a nice 444 Case that has a 3 pt hitch and rear PTO kit on it. Engine condition is everything because that is the most expensive item to repair/rebuild. A compression test PLUS a Leak Down Test will reveal how good an engine is. You are far better off paying a bit more for a tractor with a really good engine in it than going with a less expensive tractor that has a marginal engine on the verge of needing a rebuild.
If you want me to look at the photos of the Ingersoll, send me an e-mail. I will gladly give you my opinion and so will Dave Beiter who is also a Case/Ingersoll enthusiast well-known to me. Now is the time to do your research carefully so that you spend your hard-earned cash wisely. All of the Cubs listed are ones made when IH ran the show and the quality is there but they are all manual transmission models.