Checking in from Sykesville, Maryland

Tue Nov 06, 2007 10:30 am

Hello all!

Been a member here about 10 minutes and will start with a brief intro.

Closer to Winfield than Sykesville, we built a house on what was a 3-acre hay field. I needed a good tractor to take care of the place and knew that a modern tractor wouldn't put up with me. I looked at Case, Bolens, overpriced John Deere, and finally settled on a Cub Cadet 1450.

I liked the 1450 (hydro with hyro lift) so much I bought a fixer-upper 1250! I've always been impressed with the way these machines are built and hope to have a couple of narrow-frames someday (I like how they look!).

Anyway, finished and sold the 1250 (gear model with electric lift). I started looking for a tiller and 3-pt for the 1450 when the engine blew.

Needing a mower quickly, I bought a Craftsman with a 25 HP Kohler. 3 years later, it's on its third transaxle and this one is puking oil!

Enough is enough. I sent the 1450 engine out for a rebuild, but couldn't wait so I bought a 1512 with the Kubota diesel. I just got done custom-bending a lift rod that will clear the frame and mounted the snow plow from the 1450. I'm so hooked again that I'm looking for a 1650/3-pt/tiller so I can do a full resto on the 1450 - it's been a good tractor and deserves to be rebuilt and not parted out.

Hope I can contribute, but have a feeling I'll be learning alot here!

Tue Nov 06, 2007 10:57 am

Welcome Loader, to the Forum :!: . You're right, this is the place to be when looking for help and info, glad to have you. Pete

Tue Nov 06, 2007 11:26 am

Welcome aboard Loader!

Tue Nov 06, 2007 12:01 pm

Welcome to the group. You can't beat this forum for all the info you will ned. You picked the right place to land.

Tue Nov 06, 2007 1:10 pm

Loader- Welcome! We look forward to seeing posts from you!!

Tue Nov 06, 2007 4:41 pm


First, Image 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 :!: :D

The Welcome Wagon is a relatively brief introduction to the information that is currently available on Cub tractors, and answers many of the common questions new members ask right of the bat. Although it is a bit overwhelming :shock: , it has been designed to actually be copied to a Word Processor such as Microsoft Word (which preserves the active links), and saved to your desktop for easy reference at a later date or when you have a bit more time to read all the information contained in the links below. Please do so, enjoy and I hope this will be a useful aid in learning more about your New Cub Tractor :!: :D

Filling out your Image Profile is a real help. It just needs to be - State,City, County, a lot less than what is available in your local phone book. Knowing where you are will help in members offering to come help, when you are looking for parts - the area that would be useful to you etc., Also our CubFests, Mini-Fests or a simple KaffeeKlatsch/get together over coffee and a doughnut etc., to help each other benefits. Just a thought :!:

Ok, so here is the spiel Image:

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. One of the other projects we have been working on and it will be a continuing effort is the The Cub Book of Knowledge. This the the place to go to get all the quick links to some very good articles written by many members of the forum on solving some of the problems we encounter as we repair, maintain and up-grade our Cubs. Keep looking for this to grow.

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 pages are intended to complement our Official Website Sponsors: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 if 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 :?: . While you are at it Original Farmall Cub and Cub Cadet is Ken's latest addition to the series. Along with Guy Fay's Letter Series Originality Guide, these are three 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.

Oh, and while the program still lasts.. you might want to check the Announcement: Navistar Free Gas Cap Offer - On-Line Form thread at the top of the Cub Forum and send away for the new style safety cap before that program runs out as well. The program has been extended and no new definite end-date has been announced at this point. It is an extension only and may end rather quickly depending on available stocks. Please do take advantage of this offer and get the new safety caps :idea: :!:

I truly hope that you enjoy your Cub and that you will be a frequent contributor to the forum. Again, Image to the Cub FamilyImage :D

Tue Nov 06, 2007 4:53 pm

Greetings from the Eastern Shore!!! (Chestertown)

I recently joined myself and there are quite a few people from Maryland. If you need anything don't hesitate to ask...this is the nicest group of people you could ever want to meet.

Another thing..keep a look out on the announcement board - I am working on the First Annual Frosty Farmall Ride. Probably shooting for sometime in March up at my family's farm. If that fails to go off as planned then I am definately hosting a crabs and tractors event in June.

Tue Nov 06, 2007 5:25 pm

Glad to meet you Loader,,,,,,, :D

Tue Nov 06, 2007 6:11 pm

Welcome, Loader. Glad to see another Marylander. :D

Wed Nov 07, 2007 12:12 am

Thanks to you all!

I just finished going through the maintenance on the 1512. I really wish I could find some info on it! I already overheated the main circuit breaker! That took two days and the wiring diagram from a 782D to fix!

New engine oil and filter, fuel filter, air cleaner, anti-freeze - done. The local Kubota dealer was a big help with the part numbers.

Now, if I could just find out about a block heater. The Kubota dealer told me to check with Cub Cadet, and the local Cub Cadet shop told me they'd have to call about it (and I haven't heard back).

I've spent most of the evening reading posts. Lots of information on here!

Wed Nov 07, 2007 1:31 am


Is this a disease? Do I have a new illness?

Wed Nov 21, 2007 1:21 pm

I bought a 1200 with a dozer blade and 1450 with a mowing deck and snow thrower 4 years ago to go with the new house that has 2 acres of grass and 500 feet of driveway to maintain.
In year one Iblew the driveshaft/clutch in the 1200 and had to rebuild it. The hydrostatic in the 1450 started leaking, then the engine blew in year 2.
Frustrated with old junk, I went and bought the biggest garden tractor Craftsman had to offer. Man was I in for a lesson!
Two more years have passed. I had to shovel snow by hand the last two winters and that Sears heavy-duty garden tractor is on it's third transaxle (at $900 per repair - thank goodness for extended warranties!).
So, I learned my lesson. Having been bitten by the diesel bug, I was able to combine both interests and got a 1512 Cub Cadet. It's got the plow on and waiting for snow.
But, I can't stop! I ran out and picked up a 782, I'm negotiating with my brother to get him to give up his 1650, and I'm seriously thinking about a 105 a buddy offered me!
How many tractors does one man need? Is there an end in site or should I just build another storage building?

Wed Nov 21, 2007 2:39 pm

Hey Loader, no end in site as to number of tractors :!: . Just figure what size building you think you will need and then either double or triple it and you will be okay :D . BTW, happy Thanksgiving, Pete

Re: Is this a disease? Do I have a new illness?

Wed Nov 21, 2007 3:41 pm

Loader wrote:How many tractors does one man need?

Loader, need has nothing to do with it!!! :D The operative word is want.

Re: Is this a disease? Do I have a new illness?

Thu Nov 22, 2007 10:40 pm

Don McCombs wrote:
Loader wrote:How many tractors does one man need?

Loader, need has nothing to do with it!!! :D The operative word is want.

You should've seen the look I got from my mother-in-law when my wife told her we have another tractor! (I just bought a 782).

I really, really want a narrow-frame. I just can't decide which model to go after!