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.

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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


tim
7/15/2014 7:43:26 PM

I have through my father in-laws estate a International Cub 100 1963ish complete. It has headlights, tail light, rear hitch, and granny gear. I am taking offers.


joann
3/3/2014 7:46:20 PM

Found a really cool piece of equipment marked Lombard IronWorks August Georgia. I cannot find pictures of any of their pieces. Any ideas of where I can get more information??


dw
2/13/2014 2:21:50 PM

Can anyone tell me the length, in inches, of the drive line (driveshaft) of a Cub Cadet 1541 S/N: 801537 garden tractor? Thank you...... dw


bruce
11/4/2013 2:11:53 PM

we have a 1976 cub cadet 105 with a 10 horse kohler engine. it will not start or even crank over. the black wire from the back of key is burned to bare metal. we are not sure where this wire goes? there is also a bare wire down by the starter/ generator we need an explenation and photoes showing both areas. thank you bruce


barton
5/28/2009 5:48:30 PM

at some point, i've been told, that kohler discontinued the 12hp engine (as is in the model 127). the replacement is the 14hp kohler which meant that cub cadet had to develop a service bulletin of some kind for this change. it affects a lot of things in the narrow frame 127 including how the mower deck belt drive off of the front pto is aligned. is there any kind of guide or service note that cub cadet used for this situation?