I'll nominate my International Harvester Cub Cadet 149.
This is my 1972 International Harvester Cub Cadet 149. Introduced in late 1971 models 86, 108, 109, 128, 129, 149 and 169 all had what is called the Wide Frame
design incorporated to accommodate the larger-sized flywheel and blower housing of the Kohler higher horse power engines. At this time wide frame models 86, 108, and 128 were still gear-driven utilizing the Farmall Cub's transmission while the 129, 149 and 169 models were hydrostatic drive. All models used the original Cub Cadet's cast iron rear end and differential. The hydrostatic pumps on the 149 and 169 were fitted with auxiliary ports in order to accommodate the tractor's lifting and remote hydraulic needs through the Sundstrand Co. hydrostatic system.
The target markets for the higher horse power tractors such as the 14 horse power 149 were homeowners with large acreage needing a somewhat larger tractor for mowing. Although the International Harvester Cub Cadet 149 wasn't a direct competitor to the 14 horse power John Deere 140 for the garden tractor market owners of a 149 could purchase a Lawn Sweeper, Utility Cart, Box Scraper, Rear Rake, Back Blade, 42" or 54" Push Blade, Shredder Grinder, 36" or 42" Snowthrower and a rear mounted Rotary Tiller as added attachments. With the addition of a Cub Cadet three point hitch owner's of both earlier narrow frame and later wide frame tractors could purchase a rear sleeve hitch enabling the use of a Brinly-Hardy moldboard plow, disk, harrow, back blade and several other allied equipment attachment that were available at the time.
I purchased this 149 from the previous owner while looking at a John Deere LGT
he had listed for sale as well. While there he let me know the 149 was for sale also and the rest is history as they say. I purchased the 149 almost two years ago now and I'm the third owner. As you can see the tractor isn't painted Cub Cadet Yellow rather the previous owner chose to paint it New Caterpillar Yellow. At first I wasn't sure about the color, but in a short time it grew on me and now I'm glad it's this color. Although the tractor was in great shape at the time of purchase there were a myriad of items that needed fixing throughout the tractor. As time permitted over the last couple years I've replaced with new and or fixed all that's been needed. Only attachment that came with the tractor is a totally restored 42" mower deck.
Even though I've not really put this tractor to work as of yet I have plans for its future use. By fabricating a rear mounting bracket for a 15 gal. spray tank I plan on making it my spot sprayer tractor.
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