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Cub 144 Cultivator - Always Wrong!

Postby PVF1799 » Sat Jun 13, 2015 9:29 pm

Prepping out Cub 144 Cultivator today for future use, I needed to consult the Operators Manual. There on page 6, illustration 6B - I realized that our Wedge Bolt Clamps have always been installed upside down - Meaning the nut was on the top instead of the bottom. Dad stated they've been like that since he purchased them from the local IH Dealer in the mid 1950's.

Trust me - this will be corrected when I restore the 144. I did two of the wedge clamps this evening - to hold the shanks behind the back wheels when we plant corn.

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Re: Cub 144 Cultivator - Always Wrong!

Postby PaulMac » Tue Jun 16, 2015 6:11 pm

Wow! Thanks for the tip Ken. Looks like your not the only one. My father always put the nut up the last 30 plus years. I look forward to correcting him in a week or two when we put your tool bars on. He will get a good laugh.

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Re: Cub 144 Cultivator - Always Wrong!

Postby Daniel H. » Tue Jun 16, 2015 10:55 pm

You are supposed to tighen the nut as you drive the wedge bolt down with a hammer. Some of mine had been welded because the PO did not understand how to keep them tight.
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Re: Cub 144 Cultivator - Always Wrong!

Postby PVF1799 » Wed Jun 17, 2015 8:16 am

Daniel H. wrote:You are supposed to tighen the nut as you drive the wedge bolt down with a hammer. Some of mine had been welded because the PO did not understand how to keep them tight.


I read that in the book also - I was AMAZED and how easy the nut turned after a tap. Dad - always had us get a BIGGER Wrench. Really surprised we never snapped the 7/16" threaded part of that wedge.
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Re: Cub 144 Cultivator - Always Wrong!

Postby Super A » Wed Jun 17, 2015 3:19 pm

Always had them with the nut up. When I saw them with the nuts down in the parts books/owners manuals, I thought it looked weird. Have done it that way for 60+ years, no need to change now.

...But I did learn to smack the wedge with a hammer or in the absence of a hammer, the wrench I am tightening them with. Definitely easier to get the wedges tight!

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Re: Cub 144 Cultivator - Always Wrong!

Postby Bus Driver » Wed Jun 17, 2015 3:35 pm

Don't overdo the hammer. I have some of the clamp bodies that have been brazed after splitting and some that are simply beyond repair after repair attempts by previous owners.
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Re: Cub 144 Cultivator - Always Wrong!

Postby Daniel H. » Wed Jun 17, 2015 8:39 pm

I believe some of the aftermarket wedge bolts may be fatter than the orignal. I wonder if that has anything to do with broken clamps?
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Re: Cub 144 Cultivator - Always Wrong!

Postby dmacarthur » Thu Jun 18, 2015 7:14 pm

I agree that the new wedges can be oversized, I have had to grind one down so the potato hillers would fit- these are old hillers and the round shanks are a bit larger than the newer ones.


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