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#1 bbuckler ONLINE  

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Posted June 10, 2017 - 09:48 PM

Been thinking about selling my 16/6 twin and buying the Cub cadet 1650 with tiller from my uncle.

The 16/6 twin has plenty of power but it not cheap to fix when it breaks down. The cub cadet 1650 needs a engine rebuild but it has a tiller , sleeve hitch everything but a mower deck. What do ya'll think I should do sell 16/6 and buy the 1650 or keep the 16/6 twin ?



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Posted June 10, 2017 - 10:00 PM

The 1650 is a more capable machine. And that's from a Sears guy...

Do you have another mower?
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Posted June 10, 2017 - 10:01 PM

The 1650 is a more capable machine. And that's from a Sears guy...

Do you have another mower?

I use newer mowers for cutting grass since I couldn't find the seals for the deck but if I do find them my SS15 is almost finished


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Posted June 11, 2017 - 06:20 AM

Keep both. With older equipment, you need to have a backup. Good Luck, Rick

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Posted June 11, 2017 - 08:18 AM

yeah I agree. keep both.  I have had both over the years and if I absolutely had to sell 1, it would be the Sears.

I have overhauled a couple of those decks, and though it has been a few years since I had my last Roper deck apart I don't remember what seals you are talking about.  I do know that the bearings are common front outer wheel bearings from an older RWD car. 


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Posted June 11, 2017 - 09:07 AM

I wish I could keep both but selling the 16/6 would be the only way I could get the money.



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Posted June 11, 2017 - 09:15 AM

Get the Cub. They're great machines that are easy to work on and parts are plentiful. Here's a link to a good rebuild kit from a great seller, tons of guys over on the cub forum have used these kits and they're great.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/121321472438

Edited by olds45512, June 11, 2017 - 09:54 AM.

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Posted June 12, 2017 - 06:25 AM

Make sure when and if you get the 1650, you replace the iso mounts that support the engine and do the "cradle mod" to the engine mounting cradle itself.  You can find info on that in the cub forums.   1650's are bad for eating up engine mounts, then the engine comes loose from the cradle and the bolts strip out the threads in the oil pan.  New iso mounts and the engine cradle mod fixes this one bad aspect of the Quietline series.    I had a 1650, they are a hood shaking beast.  Definate change from the smooth running Onan twin your used to.   Good luck on which ever way you decide to go.   Mike


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Posted June 12, 2017 - 09:15 AM

I agree with everything mtoney said plus take a good look at the rag joints on the drive shaft. Not a big fan of the ISO mounts on the Cubs either. The linkage that controls the hydros are also prone to wear and can make maintaining speed a a chore. Those Cubs are a good tractors but can shake and rattle like crazy if they weren't cared for. 


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