outdoors4evr wrote:Anyone up for a friendly cubfest competition?
Goal: Create hand controls for your cub.
Requirement: Must be able to be moved to another cub.
Requirement: Must not interfere with the use of common cultivating or mowing implements.
Winning design to be shipped to a family in need.
If I had a spare cub I would take you up on that challange. Sounds like fun.
For Tubby Creek Farm:
Good advice from all but if you are determined to convert a cub then some more info would help.
Resources, i.e. welding, machining, metal working?
How do you plan to get on and off and where?I assume from the right side and into a cub seat with a backrest.
Budget? How much do you have to spend?
A hydrostatic cub would be a straight forward conversion. I was looking into a centrifugal clutch for a cub several years ago, that would work well but requires some fab skills.
Levers for a combined clutch brake that would mimic an over the center clutch would also be easy to make, left or right side?
If you want to stay simple but the least safe would be a combined clutch brake lever. Pseudo over the center action. Leave the foot controls in place and functional for your wife. The brakes would set initially with a spring to hold the tractor lightly to allow the clutch to enguage. The brakes would also have a stronger direct action when moving the lever more to provide a solid stopping action. No splitting the tractor and should be no interference with the action of the original cub layout.
A hydrostat or centrifugal cub would be more interesting and I believe safer but you know yourself and the level of risk you are willing to take. I like simple over complex so I would opt to go with a simple mechanical solution if you had to convert. Now I may have to look for a parts cub to see if I could conver one!