buying help

Tue Jun 08, 2004 11:13 pm

I am wanting to buy a cub and have found two that I am looking at. One is a 1949 model with a 59 mower deck. The PTO will not engage and the owner said that there is a small metal ring just under the gear shifter that needs to be welded. He said that he fixed it several years ago the first time. I have no idea what he is talking about. It has been converted to 12 volt. Starts easy and drives in all gears. The price is $1200.

The second has the square grill, painted red, with the exhaust going under the tractor to the rear. It comes with a 42 inch IH mower. This one runs great and the owner uses it on a regular basis. It is still 6 volt. The price is $1800.

Does 6 or 12 volt make any difference and which mower deck would the tractor cut best with. This will be just a hobby for me.

Wed Jun 09, 2004 6:30 am

The pto problem on the 49 is not a particularly difficult or expensive fix. (if the current owner didn't mess something up with his "welding") The 5 foot deck can be a bit much if the tractor isn't in good condition, but a decent cub will handle it fine. 12 volt system is not an issue unless you want to restore to original condition. Still, it's usually only a battery and light bulbs and maybe a coil if it's battery ignition.
The later model cub with the 42" mower would be my choice at the prices you list. It will handle the mower fine and if you have any trees around your property, the underslung exhaust is very beneficial. Besides, with the smaller mower, you get to ride your cub around the yard a little longer.

Wed Jun 09, 2004 8:29 am

I agree with Big dog, and will add one note, the 42 inch mower is the better choice if you do some mowing where the grass/weeds get taller rather than being mowed every week. If you are failry new to cubs go to and do some reading.