to what BD said
to the greatest forum on the internet, and to the Cub Family. You will find that all the folks on this forum are kind, helpful and just full of Cub info and knowledge. They also happen to be the finest folks I have ever met
Now, I use my Cubs to do all kinds of chores on my 25 acres of mixed wood lot, gardens and fields. Ellie-Mae and Granny yard logs, haul 4 foot cord wood on my home built logging wagon, pull a snow trail groomer to keep my road well maintained, plow, harrow, cultivate, dig potato's with a M-H potato digger and plow snow in the winter along with all manner of other chores. Soon, mowing will be part of the chore list as well.
My wife's uncle is constantly telling me how poor a tractor the Cub is (he has had one for 25 years... and won't sell it and uses it every year for his gardening
) and everytime I try something new with my Cub, his eyes open wide in shock and surprise. He no longer says too much about what a Cub cannot do, but now speaks of what a Cub CAN DO... big role reversal.
So tell your neighbour that you will gladly take that worthless little tractor off his hands and lighten his load ... for a small amount of money considering he doesn't think it is worth much...
Trust me... you will not only have your hands on one of the finest engineered marvels of yester-year, it is still the very best all around garden/chore tractor around..
However... you must understand that a Cub IS NOT a Kubota 4x4 nor is it even comparable to a small Massey Ferguson 4x4. With great care, time, a lot of patience AND using your noodle.. you can accomplish much with a Cub.. BUT a Cub is not a skidsteer.. it is not a log skidder, it is not a dozer and it is not a cross country trail machine. It is however very good at a great many things.
I use mine as I said for yarding my logs.. I live in New Brunswick, which is not at all dissimilar in landscape to Maine.. same type of mixed forest, same type of hilly terrain.. all part of the ancient Appalachian mountains, the oldest around... but you have to be careful.
For some of your work, it may be best and safest to at times RENT a CUT 4x4 tractor of some brand name to do the really difficult stuff.. but the rest of it a Cub should be able to handle provided you take your time and think before you attempt stuff that you are not sure of. The best rule of thumb with a Cub is
If it doesn't feel safe... it probably isn't.. Think safe, work safe, live long
Ok, so here is the spiel
I would suggest that you read this thread: New Members and Visitors, Please READ Prior to Posting
. There are many great links to informative pages such as the ATIS FAQ's 1
and ATIS FAQ's 2
, The Best of H.L. Chauvin
who has written very interesting articles on troubleshooting common problems with your Cub.
Also, you might want to visit the Cub Manual Server
as there is tons of info on servicing, maintaining and re-building your Cub. In addition to this basic information, there are also a number of other useful tools available on the server. There is the Specialty Services
page which has contact info for neat stuff like getting your seats recovered, buying quality Decals, Serial Number tags and a host of other neat items. Also there are the Parts Pages - both Used Parts Suppliers
and New Parts Suppliers
pages with links to quality dealers. I am always looking for YOUR
favourite dealers for New and Used Parts to include here. These are intended to complement the businesses who support FarmallCub.com Website
I would also recommend that you visit Binder Books
and purchase the three most important manuals you can own for Maintenance, Repair and Rebuilding your Cub. These are the Owner's Manual
, the GSS-1411 Service Manual
and the TC-37F Parts Manual
. Although they are available on the Cub Manual Server
, it is better is you also have your own paper copy. Binder Books
is the only Authorized IH Publication Reprint House and they have the best quality manuals available. Most other's are not of the same quality. Just a personal thought here, the I&T Shop Manuals
, although helpful in some areas, really are not sufficient for the job. If you wish though, they are good additional reference works.
IF you really want to get the skinny on all things Cub, might I suggest you get a copy of Ken Updike's Farmall Cub and Cub Cadet's
. Along with Guy Fay's Letter Series Originality Guide
, these are two must have's in anyone's collection.
In addition to the above information, don't forget to check out the various articles that are available to help with your Repair, Restore, Rebuild or just your Maintenance Projects. There are a number of sub pages such as Electrolysis or Rust Zapper's
, Maintenance Tips, Jigs and Techniques
, Implement and Part Sketches
and of course the Paint, Decals & Other Finish Questions
which has the Paint Chart and the Paint Committee Decisions links.
I truly hope that you enjoy your Cub and that you will be a frequent contributor to the forum. Again,
to the Cub Family