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Re: Which one to pick?

Postby outdoors4evr » Mon Jun 24, 2013 7:43 am

jimthetravler wrote:
Slickwilly1976 wrote:And I have found another question I see 185 has an alternator while 184 has a starter/generator any opinions on which lasts longer in general service?


The 184 has the alternator and the 185 has the starter/generator.
Either one does the starting/charging job well. Both tractors are 12v Negative ground. For a spray rig you might benefit from the increased amperage available with the alternator. I have a sprayer on my 184. It does eat some amps but it is within the capabilities of the 184. Never had a dead battery. (yet)
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Re: Which one to pick?

Postby Slickwilly1976 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 8:42 am

To my knowledge they run. I'm sure they probably need tuned up and carbs cleaned or rebuilt. None of them are trailer queens they all need restored but the all seem good candidates they don't seem like rust buckets. They seem to have pretty decent tires decent paint and so on. His name is Bobby Collins he lives in Resaca Georgia and his number is 706/602/9027. He also keeps most any part you would ever need. His inventory changes so if he doesn't have it he can probably get it.
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Re: Which one to pick?

Postby jimthetravler » Tue Jun 25, 2013 4:39 pm

Slickwilly1976 wrote:To my knowledge they run. I'm sure they probably need tuned up and carbs cleaned or rebuilt. None of them are trailer queens they all need restored but the all seem good candidates they don't seem like rust buckets. They seem to have pretty decent tires decent paint and so on. His name is Bobby Collins he lives in Resaca Georgia and his number is 706/602/9027. He also keeps most any part you would ever need. His inventory changes so if he doesn't have it he can probably get it.


Thank you very much.
I can tell its time to start keeping a book on this subject.
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Re: Which one to pick?

Postby BigBill » Mon Jul 08, 2013 2:48 pm

The numbered cubs are mowing machines. I love the comfort when mowing with my int154 lowboy.

I like having multiple tractors so I don't need to change attatchments this is a good thing as I get older.
I'm technically misunderstood at times i guess its been this way my whole life so why should it change now.
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Re: Which one to pick?

Postby 169Cub » Fri Jul 12, 2013 11:46 pm

Ok, well I think I have to chime in here a bit. First off, I like your comments on the different Cubs. I have to say that I got into the FCubs because of the Cub Cadets, I have to introduce those guys too. Now I am looking at this as more of a connoisseur. I will define that as saying each tractor has an interesting feel, or gives an experience to be savored and enjoyed. So here goes my opinion, FWIW. For grass cutting, depending on acreage and how bumpy the ground is, a Cub Cadet would give the girls (and boys) something to enjoy, I would pick 169 or a 149 for one girl, and possibly a 123 or a 147 for the other. They are easy to work on, narrow frames not as much, but still rather easy. I like the FCub. So far I have only used mine for grass cutting or some grading of my driveway and I have been impressed. Now for the real hard work, I would recommend something newer. The newer tractors are like luxury cars. I mean, they have everything and decrease the time spent on doing most chores. Don't get me wrong, I love my FCub and it won't leave as long as I can breathe.

Example, I have a newer John Deere 3120. 3pt, diesel, loader, 72" deck, and it even has cruise control! I have been blessed with 5 acres of land, 3 of which I cut grass etc. The Cub Cadets takes me 3-4 hours to cut grass. The Farmall Cub, 59" Pennington deck, about 2 hours. The John Deere, about 1.5 hours or less. If I don't have a lot of time, the Deere is running. If it is a Saturday, and I have all day, the Farmall has the job. I love the sound of the old C60 flathead purring. I love watching the exhaust stack and the flapper as the engine's governor kicks in. I enjoy looking out over the hood and checking out the contours of the sheet metal. I enjoy the gear drive and the smell of the exhaust, and the smell of the fresh cut grass coasting along at just a tad under 3mph. I enjoy that more than anything and I have to say that it is like therapy or something. The Cub Cadets, they have their own unique flare, that causes me to be happy. The 50" deck throwing grass out the side, the single cylinder Kohler singing as I cruise along. I can go on and on... Basically, I think that the old tractors are the best, they stood up to the test of time, they have brought me to get to know so many people on the forums I hang out at and I have made friends all over the country because of them. You can't beat that. Yet, when life is busy, a new tractor to jump in to get something done real quick, well, that is nice too. 8)

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Re: Which one to pick?

Postby Smokeycub » Sat Jul 13, 2013 7:59 am

Amen 169Cub! Well said! :D
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Re: Which one to pick?

Postby jimthetravler » Sun Jul 14, 2013 8:15 am

There ya go.
I believe that says it.
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