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So what makes the drive trains on older Cub Cadets so desirable?


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Posted February 26, 2010 - 12:51 PM

I am familiar with Bolens and Massey drive trains but not much others. I think the Bolens drive train on the bigger tube frames would be ideal for a puller but everyone always suggests Cub Cadets and I wanna know what makes the drive train on them so different?

Pictures would be nice if you have them :D

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Posted February 26, 2010 - 01:19 PM

Well,the old cubs with gear and not hydro used the same trans and rear end that the full size farmall cubs had,just narrowed to fit the scale of the cub cadets.So they are very tough.They are a real conventional transmission.

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Posted February 26, 2010 - 01:33 PM

No belts to slip and burn up, along with a super heavy trans and rear, they are hard to beat.
Almost all other tractors use a belt somewhere in the driveline.
Also, Kohler K series engines that are tough and easy to modify.
They also have the added benifit of being common and easy to find.

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Posted February 26, 2010 - 08:39 PM

So the clutch and drive line come directly off the flywheel just like on a car?

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Posted February 26, 2010 - 09:29 PM

I know they have a clutch, they also have the ability to put in a optional "creeper gear" very low great for plowing. Sorry, but I'm not a fan of garden tractor pulling or garden tractor racing. The hot rod guys destroyed a lot of cars back in the late forties, fifties and sixties, I hate to see what they do to the old GT's, but then again, I maybe a purist, to each his own

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Posted February 27, 2010 - 09:31 AM

So the clutch and drive line come directly off the flywheel just like on a car?


Yes,except for the first model,It's engine sat higher in the frame . It had a belt that ran down to the shaft with the clutch on it and from there back it was all shaft drive.

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Posted February 27, 2010 - 12:08 PM

They have a very tough final drive, hardly ever break. I've had a few of them & never had to do anything to the transaxles. The ones with creeper thopugh, if you attempt pulling heavy loads with it in creeper gear, the creeper gear can fail. It's not designed for heavy loads, just for tilling, snowblowing & the like. Creeper was never intended to be a granny gear for pulling power, just for the low speed.

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Posted May 29, 2010 - 12:22 AM

clutch1..jpg here is a break down of the clutch from the narrow frame. This picture is from Brian Miller's website. He has a lot of tips and tricks for modifying old Cubs.

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Posted May 29, 2010 - 05:14 AM

I have Brian Miller's site bookmarked, he does have a lot of good info on there. I am still waiting to get a good deal on a gear drive cub to make a puller out of.

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Posted May 29, 2010 - 07:17 AM

gear drive cub to make a puller out of.


oh the tragedy...poor Cubs...built too tough for their own good...LOL

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Posted May 29, 2010 - 08:24 AM

oh the tragedy...poor Cubs...built too tough for their own good...LOL

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Posted May 29, 2010 - 09:10 AM

oh the tragedy...poor Cubs...built too tough for their own good...LOL


Converted to a puller is probably a better fate than rusting away behind a shed somewhere, like a lot of other brands. LOL.

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Posted May 31, 2010 - 07:06 AM

If I do a puller it will be kept pretty much original or at least be able to be returned to original. I was going to make my 147 a puller but it is hydro and it just mows so nice it is kind of hard to give up.

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Posted May 31, 2010 - 12:50 PM

I hear you...my 109 is the best cutting rider I've ever owned.

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Posted November 30, 2010 - 07:38 PM

Gear drive Cub Cadets built by International Harvester 1961 to 1981 are said to be way over engineered. They have continued their proven record for decades and are known to never give out.




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