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Towing a Cub

Postby CaperKen » Tue Nov 08, 2016 12:45 pm

I've not gotten my new Cub running. But, I need to get it into the garage.

How can I best tow the Cub? I can't push it myself since my hip and shoulder replacements are not quite fully healed.

Can I just put a rope around the front axle and pull it with my ATV? I don't want to break anything.

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Re: Towing a Cub

Postby cub.bub » Tue Nov 08, 2016 1:06 pm

You can tie a rope on the front axle, keeping in mind the angle of the rope to point of connection as to NOT damage the steering tie rods.
Good luck, Bruce.

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Re: Towing a Cub

Postby CaperKen » Tue Nov 08, 2016 1:26 pm

Thanks. I'll be very careful.

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Re: Towing a Cub

Postby Matt Kirsch » Tue Nov 08, 2016 2:18 pm

As long as you are just trying to pull a free-rolling tractor across a fairly hard surface, tying off to the front axle is okay.

If you are trying to pull start the tractor, pull the tractor out of the mud, or drag a seized-up tractor with/without flat tires, you should attach to the drawbar.

Yes, even if pulling the tractor forward. Run the chain/rope between the wheels and attach to the drawbar.

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Re: Towing a Cub

Postby staninlowerAL » Tue Nov 08, 2016 3:10 pm

:Dito: Matt's recommendation. Many times connecting and pulling from the front end will damage the bolster. I've seen a couple with the front end pulled out from under the tractor.

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Re: Towing a Cub

Postby cub.bub » Tue Nov 08, 2016 3:31 pm

Matt and Stan are right.....but with the statement of not being able to push by hand due to injuries led me to believe it was "free rolling" on somewhat "flat surface".
It would take quite a tug to pull the bolster out from underneath the tractor.
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Re: Towing a Cub

Postby Coventry plumber » Tue Nov 08, 2016 3:52 pm

To hard of a tug can easily crank the ear where the block bolts to the bolster. I've seem many cub with a cracked ear. I agree with pulling from the drawbar .
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Re: Towing a Cub

Postby CaperKen » Tue Nov 08, 2016 4:26 pm

These answers are really helpful.

I will be pulling the tractor on a flat gravel driveway in a U turn to get it into my garage. There's about a 1 inch step going up onto the garage pad.

I'll try going between the wheels and hooking up to the drawbar. But since the driveway is flat, it does not sound like pulling from the front axle would cause problems.

I'm not sure how 68 tractor years translate into human years, but I don't want to cause my old friend any age-related problems, so I'll take it very easy.

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Re: Towing a Cub

Postby 1541 » Tue Nov 08, 2016 7:44 pm

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Yep, the previous owner got stuck and when they attempted to pull it out wrapped the chain around the front axle and gave it a good tug.


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Re: Towing a Cub

Postby Jim Becker » Tue Nov 08, 2016 11:13 pm

This is why I disapprove of the receiver sockets attached to the front of a Cub.

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Re: Towing a Cub

Postby CaperKen » Wed Nov 09, 2016 12:20 pm

I attached the rope to the drawbar, threaded it between the wheels and pulled it almost into the garage using my 4-wheeler.

Not having had a tractor before and not remembering my physics, I re-discovered the mechanical advantage available by pushing forward on the top of the rear tires. That helped. So did my dear wife.

Then, I was able to pull it into the garage by using my Cub Cadet zero-turn mower that gets stored ahead of the tractor in the garage. So, Rosalie is safely in the garage for the winter. Now, I just have to figure out what's keeping her from starting.

Thanks for all the help.

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Re: Towing a Cub

Postby HART » Wed Nov 09, 2016 1:52 pm

When pulling from drawbar does'nt someone still have to steer. 0r do I misunderstand?

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Re: Towing a Cub

Postby Barnyard » Wed Nov 09, 2016 1:57 pm

Yes, someone will need to steer. If I am by myself I will get on and off the tow vehicle several times to keep turning the wheel as needed.
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Re: Towing a Cub

Postby schmibm » Wed Nov 09, 2016 9:25 pm

Jim Becker wrote:This is why I disapprove of the receiver sockets attached to the front of a Cub.

Amen Jim!! It never seemed to me to be a very sturdy mounting location. The tiny piece of casting that it attaches to would surely snap first. But I don't want to find out.
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Re: Towing a Cub

Postby Glen » Thu Nov 10, 2016 11:32 pm

Hi,
CaperKen, the sickle bar mower is supposed to be straight up and down when it is up, in your pic it is pointed ahead. It is probably loose at the clamp bolt down by the pitman. If you want it straight, push back by hand near the top of the cutter bar, and see if it turns at the clamp. Use gloves when handling the cutter bar is safer. The clamp is on the round bar, If loose, tighten the clamp bolt, while the mower is straight up and down.
The bolt might be rusted, and the clamp loose, apply penetrating oil to the nut, and turn it both ways until it comes loose, you might have to hold the bolt from turning while you get the nut to turn.
Here is a pic from TM Tractor, the bolt in the clamp is at the left of the pic, on the round bar, you can see the bolt head.
If you change the angle, let the mower down, and be sure the cutter bar is the right angle, or alignment, for mowing.
If you change the angle, you don't want the grass board rods hitting you when you are driving. I remove the grassboard when the mower is up. :)
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