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Exucse me if this gets a little long winded. I just picked up a 185 last weekend with a rear mounted 59" woods mower, snow blade and regular tires. It's just what I needed and couldn't find in any other tractor for the price. The owner stated that the engine had a recent overhaul but it needed tuned up. She was real weak but after I put a tune up kit in it and set the timing correctly at full throttle this tractor runs strong. The timing was set about 25 degrees too far advanced. This tractor feels like an old friend. I used to have a job mowing with one back in the 70s as a teenager and always thought these were great for getting the job done. At some point in time this tractor was converted over to an electric PTO clutch setup, is this very common? I don't see a problem with way it works as long as the charging system can keep up with the extra current draw. I got real lucky and found out 2 of the guys you see on Ebay selling parts for these are in the same county. I'm going to look into putting a turf tire setup on it if the price isn't too bad. I'll post some pictures when I get time. I've got a lot of work to do right now
Congratulations and Welcome to the Forum!!
If the electric PTO is working and you don't seem to have issues with the engine starting (weak battery) leave it as is. Hamilton Bob is a member here and seems to be a good honest person to deal with. I haven't heard one bad thing about him. Enjoy your Cub and have fun!!
The numbered series cubs are very good for what they were designed to do. I also spent years as a teenager mowing on a 154. They do a great job, much better than the offset cubs, just go over it and make sure things are tight. I am not sure of the current draw of the electric clutch but it can't be very much. Should be no problem keeping up with charging.
First welcome to the forum. Its one of the best for the farmall cubs and the international numbered cubs.
I have found out along with most of the 154/185/184 owners its the only tractor i have found that does what i wanted it for "mowing". At one time the manufacturing/production numbers surpassed the fcubs for quite a few years. I guess this tractor really filled the need for an estate mowing machine.
I believe the only difference between the 154 and 185 is the HP and the electric PTO. The 154 is the only one with the manual pto.
I'm technically misunderstood at times i guess its been this way my whole life so why should it change now.
The electric clutch may have been an option on the 185 but I've never seen one. I've only seen electric on the 184.
This tractor originally came with a manual PTO clutch and was converted over to an electric setup. I was suspicious about it and since my first post I have found this clutch not to work . It heats up and stops holding after mowing for about 15 minutes. I'm going to put the original manual PTO drive back in when I find one.
Thanks to Bob and Lou for great deals on parts and advice. I replaced the makeshift PTO shaft and clutch with the correct parts. I new the drive clutch was short for this world but the rear flywheel/plate decided to break loose from the trans input shaft so I replaced it, the clutch disc and drive shaft. I got this all done in the past 3 days while running around looking for parts. It should be good to go now. At least I'm still in my original budget for a tractor purchase. Now if it would just stop raining!
Hello and welcome What you will see below is well, kinda long winded.. but and this is the important qualifier, there is a reason. A lot of information is contained in the Welcome Wagon. This Forum Family has some of the best and most comprehensive resources available to just about any hobby on the internet that I have seen to date. So.. have a look. I apologize for the dearth of information on the 185 and yes the rest of the Numbered Lo-Boys, but I am attempting to correct that problem. There is an owner's manual, there is a so-so service manual -- it is part of the I&T series, and I am trying to find the IH GSS series for each the Numbered Cubs but it is an ongoing process. Same applies to the parts manuals, but they are coming.
I would recommend contacting Binder Books below for manuals should you need them. The IH ones are the best, especially the originals which is what I try to find, but if a repro is acceptable the best ones come from Binder - period
So with that, welcome and grab a comfy chair, a cup of coffee and read away..
Welcome to the forum dadsbadhabit, you have definitely made the right choice of sites for any of the cub tractors. As Rudi has said and do read the information that he has posted, it has a lot of time saving information. Not to mention the time spent in gathering this for all of us to utilize.
If you browse threw the posts on the forum you will see that lots of questions are asked and answered with great results, so again as Rudi says sit back have a cup of coffee and read.
Good luck with you 185 and again welcome to the forum.
I just got a 185 myself, and mine has the "live pto" option and hydraulic lift on it.---no 3-point,---60" mower,--skinny turf tires on rear but I wont be "muddin" with it so that part dont bother for my use---(mowing) Trying to service it and get the starter to work,and clean all the cut grass out of it!
I love the ease of the way it drives and steers,--plus its easy for me to get on /off of, so I just need some decent weather to finish working on it! Having the lpto is the reason I bought it, that way I can stop and back up without the mower having to coast on the overrunning clutch so much!
Welcome to this great forum, too!!! thanks ; sonny
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