Using the Cub- What can you do for me lately

Fri Jun 25, 2004 7:25 am

Hello,
I'm in the market for a tractor to go along with my JD B.
I have 60 acres which I'm starting to farm. 50 acres on one place (Where the B will be), 10 on the other. On the 10 I have three acres of corn and some hay that I put up loose. The 50 acres will be pasture and hay. Rather than keep moving the tractor back and forth I am looking for something to keep up with the 10 acres. I was wondering if the Cub would do the trick?Here are more specific questions.
1. Would the plow work in the red Alabama clay?
2. Has anyone used the corn cultivator? How does it work?
3. Right now I use a brush hog to mow hay, would the belly mower do the same thing?
4. How reliable and easy to maintain are the cubs (I realize they're a 50 year old machine).
5. Are the only implements I can use with this tractor the ones made by farmall?
6. Is their a PTO conversion for the pulley in the back or s that a bad Idea.

Thank you in advance for responding. I am looking for a small tractor to use on the farm not restore (at least not yet anyway). I've always loved the look of the cub and am trying to find an excuse to get one in my barn.
Thanks again,
Brad Bachelor

Fri Jun 25, 2004 8:03 am

Brad:

Well, ifn you are looking for excuses to purchase the Cub, you have come to the right place :!: :lol:

Everybody here is nuts about Cubs :wink: .

I'm in the market for a tractor to go along with my JD B.
I have 60 acres which I'm starting to farm. 50 acres on one place (Where the B will be), 10 on the other. On the 10 I have three acres of corn and some hay that I put up loose. The 50 acres will be pasture and hay. Rather than keep moving the tractor back and forth I am looking for something to keep up with the 10 acres. I was wondering if the Cub would do the trick?


Yup, the Cub was designed for tobacco, corn and truck gardens for farmers with up to 40 acres of crops. The Cub could probably handle more, but it would take more time. You can check out the sales literature on the Cub - under Ads and Brochures on the Manual Server at the link below.

Here are more specific questions.


1. Would the plow work in the red Alabama clay?


I am not in Alabama, but up here in New Brunswick we have a lot of clay and the Cub plows it really well. If the Cub is well tuned, it should have no problems. The Cub-193 is a really good plow designed for the Cub and is a real pleasure to use, in fact it is downright addictive :)

2. Has anyone used the corn cultivator? How does it work?


I do not have the corn cultivator, but I do have the Cub-144 which I use for my corn. It works very well and I am very happy with it. Once setup it is a snap to use and a joy. Also very addictive. Not sure if it is the cultivator or just the Cub, but I cultivate nearly every day - gotta have seat time :roll: :wink: :D

3. Right now I use a brush hog to mow hay, would the belly mower do the same thing?


I do not have a brush hog and I don't mow hay yet, but the other guys on the board who do are real pleased and they will probably pop in with their views as well.

4. How reliable and easy to maintain are the cubs (I realize they're a 50 year old machine).


Now, you ARE asking the right guy :!: I am totally mechanically challenged and I am able to maintain it properly. Got a lot of help from everyone here on this Forum and ATIS. Ellie-Mae was in very poor shape, in the beginning I thought she ran great until I had her purring like a kitten and found out just how much power she had. With the info on the Manual Server, some judiciously asked questions and a little bit of TLC, these Cubs are very easy to maintain, repair and RESTORE :!:

Be careful though. They are addictive and you may have trouble just owning one Cub. Ask me - in the 2 years that I have owned Ellie, I have bought 2 more. Jethro and Granny (who I pick up tomorrow :D )

5. Are the only implements I can use with this tractor the ones made by farmall?


Yes and no. I have a number of pull behind and mountable implements that are not Farmall or even IH but 3rd party. The only limitation is for PTO driven equipment. The Cub's PTO is 1800 rpm and counterclockwise running versus clockwise and 540 rpm for standard PTO equipment. Not all that much of a problem though as you are limited to 300-350 lbs of implement in the back to lift with the Touch Control.

6. Is their a PTO conversion for the pulley in the back or is that a bad Idea.


Yes, but it is very expensive when you can find one....

Thank you in advance for responding. I am looking for a small tractor to use on the farm not restore (at least not yet anyway). I've always loved the look of the cub and am trying to find an excuse to get one in my barn.


Have I given you enough excuses yet :?: :wink: :lol:

Good luck and I hope you get a Cub soon. Oh, and welcome to the Forum!

Sat Jun 26, 2004 11:11 pm

Bachelor, I'll add one note to Rudi's comments. The belly mower for a cub is a good unit, but I do not think it would work good for hay. It turns much faster than a bush hog, and the blade is very close to the deck. It is designed to cut and chop the grass into small pieces.

Sun Jun 27, 2004 7:12 am

John *.?-!.* cub owner wrote:Bachelor, I'll add one note to Rudi's comments. The belly mower for a cub is a good unit, but I do not think it would work good for hay. It turns much faster than a bush hog, and the blade is very close to the deck. It is designed to cut and chop the grass into small pieces.
Need to clarify my statement. I was referring to the belly mount ROTARY MOWERS, not the sickle mower. The sickle mowers are good for cutting hay, but are only found in 4 1/2 foot and 5 foot versions. They also do not have any type of break-away if an obstacle is encountered.

Mon Jun 28, 2004 7:07 am

Thanks John and Rudi for your replies. I think your right, a sickle bar mower is the way to go.
One more question though(the one everyone asks....), How much should I pay for a good working cub? Not necessarily restored, but functional. Is over $2000 high, or about right?

Awww shoot.... I couldn't get by with just one more question.....
What about these later model cubs (late 60's early 70's) are they the same tractor with different body work?
Thanks again for your help,
Brad

Mon Jun 28, 2004 11:03 am

Later model cubs are basically the same, the only difference is cosmetic.
I paid $2300.00 for my loboy with disk, plow, and C-3 mower.
Considering what you can buy new for that amount, and the fact that Cubs are made to last many decades, they are a bargain!