Sat Jun 02, 2007 1:39 am

Hi all, I should have posted here long ago. Ive been on this site for nearly a year now. My name is Trent and I am happily married with 3 beautiful children and live in Southern Illinois.

I hope no one has any hard feelings for me and how I got my Cub. I think we all dream of something like this, my dream just came true. My Cub is a 1949 model that belonged to my great aunt and uncle. The got it in 1952 from a neighbor who got a Super H. They took outstanding care of anything they ever had. The cub had set (in Aunt Betty's concrete-floored building) for 8 years. Aunt Betty scaled down her gardening and mowed with more conventional machines as she got on in years. She moved to town some years ago, after Uncle John passed and last summer, she sold her olf farm. While she was clearing everything out, she gave to me and Dad her Cub. We brought it home and started it that day. After a carb rebuild, we used it to mow with the Woods 42 a couple times.

Over the fall, a retired IH mechanic offered to go through it for us. We went through the motor and replaced rings, rod bearings, seals, ground valves, and that 1949 Cub is a purrer! She had, in good condition, the Woods 42, the plow, what looks to be the complete cultivators, with all the accessories, lifts, brackets, even original bolts in their correct places. All in dry storage on concrete floors. Also, a 22 mower that is rusty. The PTO pulley is real nice, though. Oh yeah, even the right angle belt pulley attachment. There is a swinging drawbar, but I never found the front support peice that bolts to the rears. I even have the original owners manual and the manuals for the 22 mower and cultivators. In the same packet was the original signed sales receipt and manual for the Woods 42 from when they bought it in 1972!

Over the winter, I took off the Woods and stripped it down and repainted. Also aquired a 54 blade that I repainted also. Put on the blade, but it never snowed enough this year to use it. :( Took off the blade and hooked up the plow for the garden. Currently have the Woods back on for mowing. Gonna need to take mower back off and mount cultivators for the first time for the garden. Looking forward to it.

These things are handy little tractors and I have to admit, I have been pleasantly surprised with how easy it is to switch amongst the implements for what I need to do. I will treasure this prize, this amazing gift from my great aunt, for years to come.

Thanks for reading,

Sat Jun 02, 2007 8:39 pm


Very nice story about how you acquired your Cub. You are one of the more fortunate ones, who is able to claim a real close personal family relationship with their Cub. Being able to keep the Cub in the family and keep it working many decades after their 7 year expected design life, is just wonderul. I have a feeling there are a number of our members who not only can understand but actually experience the very same feelings for their generational Cubs...

Glad you were able to get a Cub that has a lot of meaning for you.

Now.. about that Woods Mower Manual :wink: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Sun Jun 03, 2007 7:04 am

I thank it is wonderful that you were able to get the cub and keep it in the family. Congratulations on having it. Getting it rebuilt now you can enjoy it for many many years. :) :) :)

Sun Jun 03, 2007 7:10 am

Trent - it's always great to hear about a tractor that stays in the family. I wish I could find one of dad's old M's that I grew up with.

Sun Jun 03, 2007 9:28 am

Great story Trent and welcome.


Mon Jun 04, 2007 7:25 pm

Great intro and Trent and hope to see you and your CUB at Docfest 2008 :D

Wed Jun 06, 2007 4:50 pm

That's a great story. My Cub is one my Dad had and he gave it to me, and as yours it has a story that means a lot to me. Hope to get to meet you in the future.


Fri Jun 08, 2007 7:10 am

Great story Trent and congrats on the Cub. I know you will enjoy the Cub and the forum as well. The little Cub, for some reason. is an infectious and addictive machine! I've already been looking for No. 2. Pete