My first 154 actually. I've owned a dozen 10-12hp IH Cub Cadets over the years, but they just weren't that exciting anymore. I still have 2, one for tractor pulls, and one that, for some reason, I move cars around the parking lot at the workshop with (a smart person would realize that one would do both things with the same one... but that's not me.)
So, this IH Cub Lo-Boy 154 is quite the beauty. I love mowing with it. I brought it home, drove it off the trailer, lowered the deck, engaged the mower, and off I went. Mowed 5 acres in a couple hours. I'll tell you, it was quite the ride, a world of difference from mowing with a 124. It is like comparing a Ford Fiesta to a Maserati. There is no comparrison.
So, here's the story. Bought a new house, figured I'd buy a new tractor, gotta mow right? I had my eyes open, few weeks went by, nothing jumping at me. Then on the way home one day I passed a 1950 Case VAC farm tractor with rear blade and bush hog. I loved it, and I had gotten rid of my Farmall Super A with woods deck a few years back, and missed it. They're practically the same right? Well, as it goes, it was an impulse buy. After a few weeks of recconing, I decided that the Case was not a good mower. i had a bush hog that attached to the 3 point hitch. If I wanted a finishing mower that attached, the best thing I could find in the area was $2000+. So I decided to keep my eyes peeled again. Somehow I came across the 154 on the net, and was amazed. I had never seen one before. I quickly searched and found every one in a 300 mile radius. The closest being 15 minutes away, the farthest 292 miles away. I looked up specs, found some could be had with a blade. I wanted a blade, I like to plow snow. There was one with a blade in a reasonable distance (190 miles). He wanted $2500 for the tractor, blade, and deck. The blade and deck were not attached, but rather in pieces elsewhere. I asked him about the price, but he was firm. A bit more than I wanted to spend, quite honestly, plus it had those skinny dig in the mud tires on it. I had seen turf tires, and I wanted them. Badly. So, I went and ruled out all without turf tires. I was at 3. The one in worst condition was $2500, the one in mid condition was $3200, and the one in best condition was $1750. I decided to try my hand at the $1750. It was 129 miles and 3 states away, but when you know what you want, something like that isn't much. Plus, I like road trips. I got as much info as I could, spoke iwth the guy for a while, thought for a day, called back, asked if he'd take $1500, he said yes, I said I'll be there Saturday. So I headed out, it was his late father's estate, and his late father's tractor. I went over it, no leaks, hydraulics worked well, started strong, new battery, clean, etc. I said I'll take it, handed him cash, loaded it to the trailer, and made my way home.
I've owned a tractor or two in my day (roughly 15). I have never in my life been this excited about one. The ride quality is unbelievably comfortable, in general, not just for a tractor's sake. The turning radius... I was driving in strait circles around mid sized tree's. No reverse, forward, reverse, forward, and making 8 passes. I come up on a tree, I circle it, and continue on my way. That was extremely impressive in general, not taking it's size into account. I hit high and wet grass in the back yard, all of the back yard, and it breezed through it. I did hit a surface root, which stopped it dead in it's tracts, even cut the engine off. I was mowing from about 8" grass down to as low as it would go though, can't help it I didn't see the root. Still, started right back up, raised the deck, went over, lowered, and was on my way. The tires... man are they sweet. It's got a cigarette lighter. I've had this before, but they never worked. High and low beams? Now we're talking. I'm going to find a way to install a cup holder to this thing, and it'll be perfect.
Here's some pictures!