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Hi From Vermont

Postby macmonter » Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:27 am

I'm new to this forum, but I'm old to having a Cub. I bought a 1953 Farmall Cub (red) (serial # 162555 J) with a #22 sickle bar mower 25 years ago. I also have a 2006 Cub Cadet GT 2550 (yellow). The red Cub is used to mow a 3 acre meadow and the yellow Cub mows a 1 acre lawn around the my house.

The red cub ran great from the first day except when the sickle bar was engaged causing a vibration so strong that it was difficult staying in the seat. The previous owner admitted to having hit a few rocks with the part suspended from the belly-mount (New England soil is loaded with protruding rocks). So, the 1st major repair was to have the shaft tube rebuilt with new brass bushings. Thankfully, the shaft was straight! I just recently had to have a crack in the shaft tube welded. Yes, I hit a rock! The previous owner told me to use only non-detergent oil in the crankcase since the engine had never been opened and the cylinder walls were probably coated with varnished oil and detergent oil might clean the cylinders causing increased oil consumption. Not knowing any different, I've used only non-detergent oil for the past 25 years. The advise must have been good since the red cub uses no oil and the oil is still clean looking after an average 25 hours per year use. I change the oil and filter every spring. Other than new plugs every few years and a tune-up 20 years ago, nothing else has been done. It is one GREAT machine!

The yellow cub also is a great machine! The only problem I've had is broken hinges on the seat pan after only having it for 3 years. I thought it was a design problem until the dealer said he had never encountered that problem and asked if I was cutting on a hill. Well, yes! Remember, I live in Vermont that is not only rocky but also hilly. Now, when I mow along the side of a hill I hold the grab handle on the fender to prevent my 185 pounds from putting torque on the hinges. Also, every time I flip the seat forward to fill the gas tank I check the seat hinges for cracks. I don't want to experience again of suddenly having my body with a tractor seat under it heading down hill without the tractor!

I'm looking forward to learning from all of of you on this forum so I can enjoy my Cubs for many years to come.


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Re: Hi From Vermont

Postby Bigdog » Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:24 am

Welcome to the forum! Enjoy the ride and it sounds like you are already enjoying your cubs.
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Re: Hi From Vermont

Postby Bob McCarty » Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:30 am

Macmonter, Welcome to the Forum. You'll find a lot of Cub lovers here. If you need any help, or have any questions, this is the place to be.

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Re: Hi From Vermont

Postby Tezell » Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:35 am

Welcome to the forum! I agree and a lot of other folks here also agree.... they are great little tractors. :big afro:
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Re: Hi From Vermont

Postby Bezirk » Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:52 am

Welcome aboard:
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Re: Hi From Vermont

Postby Buzzard Wing » Mon Aug 15, 2011 6:37 pm

Welcome neighbor!

You should plan on attending Cubfest NE (Columbus Day weekend).... you will like it.
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Re: Hi From Vermont

Postby Joe Malinowski » Mon Aug 15, 2011 7:35 pm

Welcome from Ma. Where abouts in Vt are you?
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Re: Hi From Vermont

Postby ScottyD'sdad » Mon Aug 15, 2011 7:45 pm

Welcome to the forum. I second the recommendation to attend the cubfest. Ed
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Re: Hi From Vermont

Postby Rudi » Tue Aug 16, 2011 12:44 pm

G'day and welcome to the forum. I am pretty positive that with the quarter century of experience with your 53 you will have lots of interesting stories which we will look forward to. Check out the CubFest's and Gatherings Calendar. There are a couple/three or so CubFests in the NorthEast that I am positive you would really enjoy :D and Cecil's is really a unique CubFest and that is almost a must attend event if possible.

You probably have a lot of info on your Cub, but one of the great things about our community is the amount of resources that we have available to our members. If you get a bit of time, it might be interesting to check out our resources listed below - simply follow the links.

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Re: Hi From Vermont

Postby Mike in Louisiana » Wed Aug 17, 2011 8:04 am

Macmonter, Imageand Imageto Image From way down in Louisiana.
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Re: Hi From Vermont

Postby RaymondDurban » Wed Oct 26, 2011 8:58 am

Welcome to the Forum macmonter and Alijah!! You have come to the right place for all things Cub!!

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