Three wheeled cub

Sat Apr 27, 2013 11:28 am

Went out to do some bush hogging this morning. Things were going well for awhile. Then while looking back at the mower and ducking around some branches, before I knew it the cub was down to 3 legs...... Got it stopped after I ran over the tire with the mower, things happen fast. This is what she looked like...

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I had used a couple lug nuts from napa after painting the tractor on that side, and maybe due to paint build up or just over looking to tighten that side up, the lug nuts must have worked loose. Well at some point a few fell out and the remainding one broke the hub as the wheel came off. It happened after crossing a small ditch for water drainage, I'm sure the bump from that didn't help.

Guys and gals, check your lug nuts from time to time, especially if you have had the tractor apart for repairs or paint. This could have been worse if it had been on a hill side somewhere. Good news is, it's just a hub. Remarkably the tire and wheel escaped with just a small mark on one side from the mower running across it :D

Safety, safety, safety. There is never a bad time to just check equipment over before going to work.

Have a good day folks.

Re: Three wheeled cub

Sat Apr 27, 2013 11:32 am

Yes, it could have been worse, but you were lucky. Thanks for the heads up! It may someone else from similar problems.

Re: Three wheeled cub

Sat Apr 27, 2013 11:45 am

Great reminder for all of us!
Check the right side engine ear real close. It's situations like this that lead to them getting broken.

Re: Three wheeled cub

Sat Apr 27, 2013 11:58 am

I just had a gentleman that lives nearby come by last weekend needing a few lug bolts. He just fixed up his Cub and had bought a Woods mower from me to use with it. Well....he was out mowing last weekend when he lost a front wheel the same exact way. He lost 3 lug bolts and luckily didn't break the hub. It sure does pay to check things over but you can't always catch it all.

He had also mentioned his gas was sloshing out of the tank, so I quizzed him on what kind of gas cap he had. He had mentioned that it was the original style in 1949 and did seal well. I gave him one of the newer safety style caps and told him that he could have that one and tell me if he liked it better. He called the next day and was thrilled with it because he said the tank was full and as he was mowing on the side of a hill, he didn't see one drop come out. I reckon I should get some more of those caps before the supply runs out.