Inexperienced A Owner

Sun Apr 05, 2009 2:37 pm

I recently inherited a '47 A. I know very little about the attachments that go just behind the front wheels. Also, I understand that there was some kind of lifting system on the rear of the tractor. My A has neither of these... just a drawbar. Any help on how this stuff works and/or where I can find the parts to reinstall these items on my tractor?



Re: Inexperienced A Owner

Sun Apr 05, 2009 6:14 pm


Although the Welcome Wagon below is written for mostly the Cub resources that are available on the forums, aside from the other items that are here, there is some albeit limited information on the A's or even Super A's. However there is a Parts Manual for the A on the server and can be found here A - B. There are a number of A owners here that can be of help. I hope the limited resources will be of help to you. Oh, yeah the link below to Binder Books, also applies to the rest of the Letter Series tractors of which the A is a member, and you will find Owner's, Part's and Service Manuals for the A there as well.

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Re: Inexperienced A Owner

Sun Apr 05, 2009 9:49 pm

The A didn't come with any built-in lift system. The rockshafts etc. were typically part of the mounted implement and were different for different machines. The pneumatic lift was an option for the tractor but still required additional parts that belonged to the implement.

Re: Inexperienced A Owner

Mon Apr 06, 2009 8:01 am

Nice tractor though,just a little harder to find stuff that works.Keep an eye open and take your time.Kevin :shock: :shock:

Re: Inexperienced A Owner

Mon Apr 06, 2009 4:29 pm

where are you at Md??? I might have found a plow and disc for ya.Kevin

Re: Inexperienced A Owner

Wed Apr 08, 2009 8:52 am


Thank you for your insight. What about the handle just right and forward of the seat? Even though mine has been cut off to the length of about 3 or 4 inches, I assume this handle is to set the height of an emplement under the belly? I have heard that there was a set of handles on the left side of the throttle lever to raise and lower the front of the implement, also. Is this correct? If so, where can I find these parts? See, I plan on using this tractor. Nothing heavy, just turning the garden and such. Sure would help if I could use the plows and cultivators that were intended for the A!


I am in S. Carolina.


Re: Inexperienced A Owner

Wed Apr 08, 2009 7:04 pm

The cultivators used 2 levers to the left of the speed control. Some had one large and one small. There was a lever to the right of the platform both for some cultivators and the moldboard plow. They were different levers. Other implements used other levers, but those were most common.

Re: Inexperienced A Owner

Mon Apr 27, 2009 4:40 pm

So, let's say that I have a 12 inch single bottom plow that I would like to use in the garden. Also, let's say that I would like the ability to raise/lower this plow to turn around for the next pass. Also, let's say that I would like the plow to attach to the rear of the tractor. What would be the best (cheapest) way to do this on my A? Exhaust lift? Aftermarket hydraulics? I'm at a loss...