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New 184 LoBoy owner

Postby gardenhill » Wed Apr 15, 2015 12:07 am

I am a new member. I recently purchased a 1979 184 LoBoy with a belly mower for a fair price. It has a three point hitch, less the linkage. I wanted to use it for gardening and some mowing. Can implements for any small tractors be used with the 184, if I obtain the rest of the hitch. Also, can I buy a generic Cat 1 three point hitch and adapt it to the 184 or do I have to use the original equipment. The tractor runs good and mower works well, but if I can not use a disk and cultivator for gardening, without spending a fortune, I may have to resale it. Might even make some money, but would like to keep it, I like the looks of it.

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Re: New 184 LoBoy owner

Postby mjr46 » Wed Apr 15, 2015 7:40 am

gardenhill wrote:I am a new member. I recently purchased a 1979 184 LoBoy with a belly mower for a fair price. It has a three point hitch, less the linkage. I wanted to use it for gardening and some mowing. Can implements for any small tractors be used with the 184, if I obtain the rest of the hitch. Also, can I buy a generic Cat 1 three point hitch and adapt it to the 184 or do I have to use the original equipment. The tractor runs good and mower works well, but if I can not use a disk and cultivator for gardening, without spending a fortune, I may have to resale it. Might even make some money, but would like to keep it, I like the looks of it.
depends on how big of a disk?? if it has turf tires...you might want to invest in an AG tire set up to use it for gardening.......I've used mine to push snow as I have the IH 54 plow and I now have the McKee 2 stage snow blower and I've used mine to pull a grade blade to grade my gravel driveway, I also have used mine to pull a 5 ft landscape rake and to work it right I need speed and found it really needs to be run with the tractor in 2nd gear which really wasn't as fast as I would of liked to have run it and when lifting the rake it would make it feel like the front tires were floating so with a disc you'd need to weight the front unless it was a disc pulled on the ground and not by the 3 point.......if you have the IH tiller box/cultivator the tractor will run it but you need to use it with a creeper gear......I've seen people with these that had ag tires sink a single row plow so they can do small gardening, just don't expect to use a huge disc and ag tires are really recommended for that task as you'll need some speed and traction.

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Re: New 184 LoBoy owner

Postby outdoors4evr » Wed Apr 15, 2015 9:58 am

I have a 184 with the 3 point and creeper gear and turf tires. The 3 point works great with the IH tiller, but as mentioned, the creeper is a must have for a tiller. If you need more traction, you can add wheel spacers and chains to a 184.
The 3-point hitch can lift approximately 300 - 400 lbs depending on the length of the implement. Most ATV equipment or smaller category 1 equipment is appropriate. The PTO is unique (speed, direction, and size), so any PTO equipment must have been specifically designed for the tractor.

Enjoy your new toy!
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Re: New 184 LoBoy owner

Postby gardenhill » Wed Apr 15, 2015 9:33 pm

I really thank you, outdoors4evr and mjr46, for your quick reply. My 184 does not have a creeper gear and it has turf tires. So, I may be out of luck with tilling a garden. I have 2 acres of land, so it probably would be better to cut my yard grass with a lawn tractor or zero turn. My best bet might be to sell the 184 and look for something better suited for a small garden and grass cutting. Sure like the little 184 though. I may keep it a while and see it I run up on some equipment made for it. I’ve seen a several Farmall Cubs in the area but no 184s. I live in the Florida panhandle and I see a lot of old 8N Fords around. I just thought they were too big for my needs.
Like I said, thanks for the info.
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Re: New 184 LoBoy owner

Postby Bill Hudson » Wed Apr 15, 2015 9:55 pm

Gardenhill,

Keep the 184 to mow the grass and get an F-Cub, with Fast Hitch, for the garden work. The F-Cub provides more clearance and more equipment options for the garden work.

As a point of information, Mr. E holds an annual CubFest in Sneads, just an hour east of you on US-90. Too late for this year, however, you could plan to attend next February and get a boatload of good information on Cubs AND lots of good food and conversation.

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Re: New 184 LoBoy owner

Postby outdoors4evr » Thu Apr 16, 2015 6:54 am

The 184 with a 60" deck can mow about 2 acres per hour in second gear. Might want to try it before you sell it.
There aren't many more comfortable tractors for mowing. The 184 is one of the best estate mowers built.
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Re: New 184 LoBoy owner

Postby Eugene » Thu Apr 16, 2015 9:20 am

gardenhill wrote:I see a lot of old 8N Fords around. I just thought they were too big for my needs.
I do not disagree with any previous comments on the 184 or numbered Cubs. They are great mower tractors, but lack tillage equipment availability.

I would reconsider the Fords. If there are a lot of N series Fords around, there will also be a lot of tillage equipment available.
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Re: New 184 LoBoy owner

Postby gardenhill » Thu Apr 16, 2015 11:29 am

Thanks everyone. Guess I need to give this some thought. You all have given me some good pros and cons. Now, I just have to decide which one is best for me.
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Re: New 184 LoBoy owner

Postby gitractorman » Thu Apr 16, 2015 8:16 pm

To answer one of you questions, yes, standard Cat 1 3-point hitch parts & pieces can be used to finish out your hitch setup. The arms and linkage are all standard, off-the-shelf items, so Tractor Supply or any Ag supply store should be able to help you out. Also, any Cat 1 plow and disk will work on your tractor, but you'll want to stick with a single-bottom plow and a smaller disk. The 184 is a 1-row plow tractor, so a single bottom plow will work, but a 2-bottom plow (2-row) will be way too much. Also, it should be able to handle a 6-foot wide single disk, but you're more likely to find 4-foot wide double disks, which will work too.

The rear PTO on the 184 is not a standard size or rotation, so none of the standard Cat 1 - 540 RPM implements like a tiller will work on it. So, you're stuck with plow and disk for your tillage equipment.

I would keep your eyes out for a set of narrow rear rims and Ag tires if you want to plow & disk. The standard 2-piece Farmall Cub rims will work for you, and they're plentiful and cheap. You just have to set them up the right way to get the correct tread width. The standard narrow rims on the 154/185/184 lo boy tractors had a single piece, welded wheel with the dish and rim welded together so they were not adjustable, but they're pretty hard to find. The 2-piece F-cub rims will work fine.

Good luck!
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Re: New 184 LoBoy owner

Postby gardenhill » Sat Apr 18, 2015 12:45 pm

Thanks, Bill. Sounds like good info. I've started looking around.

Thanks again,
Hill

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Re: New 184 LoBoy owner

Postby hdbooner53 » Sat Jun 06, 2015 6:33 am

I have a 184 w/ 3pt creeper, I have a 6 ft cultivator and disc and a single bottom plow, I think the heaviest is the disc, it about 700lbs, the 184 handles it well, but I run it in the creeper gear, I have a front loader on it and sometimes I put alittle weight in it to hold the front end down, I have a 100 ft X 300ft garden, good luck
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