The Tough International Harvester Cub Cadet Compact Garden Tractor

International Harvester Cub Cadet compact garden tractors were built to last.

| April 2004

  • A 1967 Cub Cadet Model 124 owned by Dan Will, of Hopkinton, N.H. Note the plate where the optional headlights would’ve been installed, the quare fenders, which bolt to the footrest, and the grille shape, which was continued to the end of the narrow-frame line. Neither the cutsom snowplow nor the wheel weights are original Cub Cadet equipment.
    A 1967 Cub Cadet Model 124 owned by Dan Will, of Hopkinton, N.H. Note the plate where the optional headlights would’ve been installed, the quare fenders, which bolt to the footrest, and the grille shape, which was continued to the end of the narrow-frame line. Neither the cutsom snowplow nor the wheel weights are original Cub Cadet equipment.
  • Ted Delooza, of Penn Yan, N.Y., on the 1970 Cub Cadet Model 106 he restored to use at plow days and for show. Note the raised panel stamped into the hood, and the one-piece fender/footrest that actually extends to both sides of the tractor. Tim’s tractor has the optional headlights, a rear three-point hitch, Brinly sleeve hitch adapter, rear PTO and two-speed creeper transmission. The front weight bracket and weights were custom-made by Tim. The rear wheel weights aren’t original Cub Cadet equipment.
    Ted Delooza, of Penn Yan, N.Y., on the 1970 Cub Cadet Model 106 he restored to use at plow days and for show. Note the raised panel stamped into the hood, and the one-piece fender/footrest that actually extends to both sides of the tractor. Tim’s tractor has the optional headlights, a rear three-point hitch, Brinly sleeve hitch adapter, rear PTO and two-speed creeper transmission. The front weight bracket and weights were custom-made by Tim. The rear wheel weights aren’t original Cub Cadet equipment.
  • Haban sickle-bar mower mounted on a Cub Cadet Model 100 owned by Lenny and Lanni Ohnmeiss, of Cogan Station, Pa.
    Haban sickle-bar mower mounted on a Cub Cadet Model 100 owned by Lenny and Lanni Ohnmeiss, of Cogan Station, Pa.
  • Scott Cross enjoys working with his refurbished Cub Cadet Model 1650. Note the engine compartment is enclosed on this late 1970s Quietline Series tractor. The lever to the right of Scott's right hand operates the hydraulic lift.
    Scott Cross enjoys working with his refurbished Cub Cadet Model 1650. Note the engine compartment is enclosed on this late 1970s Quietline Series tractor. The lever to the right of Scott's right hand operates the hydraulic lift.
  • Todd Markle, of Spring Mills, Pa., enjoys plowing with his restored Cub Cadet Model 102. Note the angular fenders, which bolt directly to the footrest on this tractor.
    Todd Markle, of Spring Mills, Pa., enjoys plowing with his restored Cub Cadet Model 102. Note the angular fenders, which bolt directly to the footrest on this tractor.
  • A Brinly cultivator mounted on a Cub Cadet Model 70 owned by Lenny and Lanni Ohnmeiss, of Cogan Station, Pa.
    A Brinly cultivator mounted on a Cub Cadet Model 70 owned by Lenny and Lanni Ohnmeiss, of Cogan Station, Pa.
  • Front-mounted PTO-driven reel mower on a Cub Cadet Model 122 owned by Lenny and Lanni Ohnmeiss, of Cogan Station, Pa.
    Front-mounted PTO-driven reel mower on a Cub Cadet Model 122 owned by Lenny and Lanni Ohnmeiss, of Cogan Station, Pa.
  • A 1960 Cub Cadet field-test tractor with serial no. 516 in original condition, owned by Herb Kroger, of Deputy, Ind. The tractor is one of 25 sent out for testing by IH before regular production began in 1961.
    A 1960 Cub Cadet field-test tractor with serial no. 516 in original condition, owned by Herb Kroger, of Deputy, Ind. The tractor is one of 25 sent out for testing by IH before regular production began in 1961.
  • Marketing materials for the Cub Cadet targeted women in suburbia.
    Marketing materials for the Cub Cadet targeted women in suburbia.
  • A 1972 Cub Cadet Model 109 owned by Kate Will, of Whittier, Calif.
    A 1972 Cub Cadet Model 109 owned by Kate Will, of Whittier, Calif.
  • Detail of the fiberglass dash panel on a 1968 Cub Cadet Model 104 owned by Don Dolph, of Harrah, Okla.
    Detail of the fiberglass dash panel on a 1968 Cub Cadet Model 104 owned by Don Dolph, of Harrah, Okla.
  • Cub Cadet engineering protoype 409 owned by Paul Bell, of Louisville, Ky. Note the smooth footrest, the tall fender-mount pan, the reversed seat spring and the wider flanged fenders, which were all changed before production.
    Cub Cadet engineering protoype 409 owned by Paul Bell, of Louisville, Ky. Note the smooth footrest, the tall fender-mount pan, the reversed seat spring and the wider flanged fenders, which were all changed before production.
  • A three-cylinder, water-cooled Kubota engine powers this Cub Cadet Model 782D, owned by Pat Irlbeck, of Dedham, Iowa.
    A three-cylinder, water-cooled Kubota engine powers this Cub Cadet Model 782D, owned by Pat Irlbeck, of Dedham, Iowa.
  • A Kubota diesel-powered Model 782D ownded by Terry Techen, of Hull, Iowa. The custom flame paint job is Terry’s handiwork.
    A Kubota diesel-powered Model 782D ownded by Terry Techen, of Hull, Iowa. The custom flame paint job is Terry’s handiwork.
  • This beautiful 1966 Cub Cadet Model 71 was restored by its owner, Talmage Doyle, of Westover, Md. The tractor has optional fenders, rear wheel weights, lights, two-speed creeper transmission, three-point hitch and Brinly sleeve hitch adapter.
    This beautiful 1966 Cub Cadet Model 71 was restored by its owner, Talmage Doyle, of Westover, Md. The tractor has optional fenders, rear wheel weights, lights, two-speed creeper transmission, three-point hitch and Brinly sleeve hitch adapter.
  • Detail of rare recoil-started 1965 Cub Cadet Model 70, owned by Paul Bell, of Louisville, Ky.
    Detail of rare recoil-started 1965 Cub Cadet Model 70, owned by Paul Bell, of Louisville, Ky.

  • A 1967 Cub Cadet Model 124 owned by Dan Will, of Hopkinton, N.H. Note the plate where the optional headlights would’ve been installed, the quare fenders, which bolt to the footrest, and the grille shape, which was continued to the end of the narrow-frame line. Neither the cutsom snowplow nor the wheel weights are original Cub Cadet equipment.
  • Ted Delooza, of Penn Yan, N.Y., on the 1970 Cub Cadet Model 106 he restored to use at plow days and for show. Note the raised panel stamped into the hood, and the one-piece fender/footrest that actually extends to both sides of the tractor. Tim’s tractor has the optional headlights, a rear three-point hitch, Brinly sleeve hitch adapter, rear PTO and two-speed creeper transmission. The front weight bracket and weights were custom-made by Tim. The rear wheel weights aren’t original Cub Cadet equipment.
  • Haban sickle-bar mower mounted on a Cub Cadet Model 100 owned by Lenny and Lanni Ohnmeiss, of Cogan Station, Pa.
  • Scott Cross enjoys working with his refurbished Cub Cadet Model 1650. Note the engine compartment is enclosed on this late 1970s Quietline Series tractor. The lever to the right of Scott's right hand operates the hydraulic lift.
  • Todd Markle, of Spring Mills, Pa., enjoys plowing with his restored Cub Cadet Model 102. Note the angular fenders, which bolt directly to the footrest on this tractor.
  • A Brinly cultivator mounted on a Cub Cadet Model 70 owned by Lenny and Lanni Ohnmeiss, of Cogan Station, Pa.
  • Front-mounted PTO-driven reel mower on a Cub Cadet Model 122 owned by Lenny and Lanni Ohnmeiss, of Cogan Station, Pa.
  • A 1960 Cub Cadet field-test tractor with serial no. 516 in original condition, owned by Herb Kroger, of Deputy, Ind. The tractor is one of 25 sent out for testing by IH before regular production began in 1961.
  • Marketing materials for the Cub Cadet targeted women in suburbia.
  • A 1972 Cub Cadet Model 109 owned by Kate Will, of Whittier, Calif.
  • Detail of the fiberglass dash panel on a 1968 Cub Cadet Model 104 owned by Don Dolph, of Harrah, Okla.
  • Cub Cadet engineering protoype 409 owned by Paul Bell, of Louisville, Ky. Note the smooth footrest, the tall fender-mount pan, the reversed seat spring and the wider flanged fenders, which were all changed before production.
  • A three-cylinder, water-cooled Kubota engine powers this Cub Cadet Model 782D, owned by Pat Irlbeck, of Dedham, Iowa.
  • A Kubota diesel-powered Model 782D ownded by Terry Techen, of Hull, Iowa. The custom flame paint job is Terry’s handiwork.
  • This beautiful 1966 Cub Cadet Model 71 was restored by its owner, Talmage Doyle, of Westover, Md. The tractor has optional fenders, rear wheel weights, lights, two-speed creeper transmission, three-point hitch and Brinly sleeve hitch adapter.
  • Detail of rare recoil-started 1965 Cub Cadet Model 70, owned by Paul Bell, of Louisville, Ky.

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An obvious standout at its debut in 1961, the International Harvester Cub Cadet compact tractor is still a popular and versatile lawn and garden tractor nearly 45 years later.

These tough "titans of the turf" were the result of less than two years of intensive development and filled a significant gap in the lawn and garden equipment market. Equipped with a farm tractor transmission, differential and Kohler-made engines, the machines were clearly built to last and hold a special place in the hearts of many equipment collectors and tractor collectors.

Cub Cadet garden tractors were expensive at the time ... but they were inexpensive over time. In the original advertising campaign, IH noted that the Cub Cadet was the "most advanced compact tractor of its day."

No doubt that was true, but they remain popular to this day — thousands are still in daily service and even more are preserved in private collections.



Birth of an American original

By late 1958, IH executives recognized a potential market for a small, four wheel tractor equipped with an air cooled engine. The largely suburban post-war market demanded a multi-purpose tractor that was capable of easing lawn and garden chores year round. While the Farmall Cub was considered an ideal choice to fill the niche, the popular farm tractor was far more expensive than the $500 price that successfully sold other garden tractor brands.

As a result, by mid-1959, IH designers envisioned the Cub Cadet garden tractor as the "Cubette." The tractor would sport a 7 hp Kohler engine, an off-center disc clutch, all-gear transmission and differential borrowed from the Farmall Cub, as well as cam and follower steering. In early 1960, IH engineers completed designs for a high-quality machine that could withstand the rigors of heavy use and ground-engaging implements.

By June 1960, three experimental Cubette tractors were built and tested exhaustively. The engineers concluded that these Cubettes performed as well as or better than the competitive models in all tests, and moved forward with the project.

frossard
12/3/2016 5:41:54 PM

I have proto tractor #403 international cub cadet purchased at an auction


rgkrohe
5/27/2015 4:23:20 PM

Just wondering what my IH Cub Cadet model 71 might be worth?


JimParker
9/12/2014 8:35:34 PM

I am looking for a 3 point hitch for my cub cadet model 1812 lawn tractor




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