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Cub Cadet 122

Postby Ives48 » Sat Mar 24, 2018 4:14 pm

Hello,
I am looking for some advice as to the value of a Cub Cadet 122 with a 42” mower. The entire tractor has been gone through and repainted. I am located in Upstate N.Y. I’ll see if I can attach some photos
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Re: Cub Cadet 122

Postby Stanton » Sat Mar 24, 2018 6:32 pm

Welcome to the forum.

Hard to say. You might check local Craig*list ads and only cub cadets websites for similar models.
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Re: Cub Cadet 122

Postby Ives48 » Sat Mar 24, 2018 6:35 pm

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Re: Cub Cadet 122

Postby Eugene » Sat Mar 24, 2018 6:41 pm

Going to provide a wide range of answers.

$400- if running and in working condition. Mower deck has to be in excellent condition including the deck mounting frame.

Prices vary greatly by local. The $400- is a ball park figure. Next issue is the cost of replacing any needed or worn repair parts.

Photos are cosmetic only. You need to give the tractor and mower deck a physical before determining a value.
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Re: Cub Cadet 122

Postby Ives48 » Sat Mar 24, 2018 7:00 pm

The deck seemed to be in excellent condition. Were the cast iron end decks a standard feature? I did not have the opportunity to mow as we still have a few feet of snow. The current owner is a family friend and he purchased it from a local mechanic who restores tractors. How much would the value deviate from the $400 figure assuming the entire engine has been rebuilt and all worn parts have been replaced?
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Re: Cub Cadet 122

Postby Eugene » Sat Mar 24, 2018 7:51 pm

As Stanton suggested, check the local Craigslist for wanted selling prices.

My $400- estimation is based on selling prices in central Missouri. The Kohler engine is much less expensive to rebuild than the mower deck. Other needed parts, such as steering, will add to repair costs.

No deviation in price even if the owner told me that the 80 year old previous owner only rode it to church on nice spring days.

The mower deck appears complete in the photos.
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Re: Cub Cadet 122

Postby gitractorman » Sun Mar 25, 2018 4:54 am

Welcome to the forum!!!

Price is TOTALLY dependent on what buyers are willing to pay. Prices of Cub Cadets have changes a lot in the past few years, and they really vary depending on geographic location. I've sold some beautifully restored CCs in the $2000 range, but you won't see that now as the market won't bring that. If that 122 is perfect cosmetically and mechanically, steering tight, mower spindles not wobbly, perfect tires, starts and runs perfect, I could see it being in the $1000 range. However, it's unlikely that it is perfect. Most people throw paint on them and do a quick tune up and try to flip them. I can already tell you that the seat is not correct for the year, but the original white seats are hard to find. In the end, it's only worth what you're willing to pay for it. We can help you if you have any mechanical condition questions.
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Re: Cub Cadet 122

Postby gitractorman » Sun Mar 25, 2018 5:05 am

Ok, looked closer at your pics and can tell you a few "picky" cosmetic things that are not correct. The mower spindle shields and mule drive hanger assembly would have been painted yellow originally, not white. Also the brackets for the rear reflectors, and the thumb button for the lift mechanism would not have been painted at all, just bare galvanized metal. Here is a decal on the back, center of the hood that would originally have been at the top, center of the dash, not on the hood. So, you can see that it was not "restored" but rather "repainted". Restorations typically strive for being factory new correct, and that level of detail takes considerably more time and much more knowledge then just repainting.
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Re: Cub Cadet 122

Postby dgrapes59 » Sun Mar 25, 2018 8:28 am

Welcome to the forum!

Those 122's are great machines. Rebuilt engine and "worn parts" replaced can mean totally different things depending on who you ask. The quality of those repairs can also vary greatly, depending on who does them. Example, hood brace has been repaired, screw heads visible on sides of hood. Proper repair would have been to weld, not putting holes and machine screws. Something wrong is going on with the steering wheel nut as well. Paint appears to be thin, quick rattle can fix?
If indeed the engine was PROPERLY rebuilt and the deck is sound, it would be $400 +?? Machine around here. All the "cosmetic" things previous noted can be addressed down the road if they bother you.

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Re: Cub Cadet 122

Postby AL Farmall Boy » Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:46 am

It looks good to me! Not factory correct or perfect, but if the mechanicals were great and no issues, I would jump on it at $1000. That is if I needed it. You can't buy a riding mower for $1,000 built as tough as that one.
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Re: Cub Cadet 122

Postby Eugene » Mon Mar 26, 2018 1:38 pm

AL Farmall Boy wrote:I would jump on it at $1000. You can't buy a riding mower for $1,000 built as tough as that one.
Let's not get carried away. While it's true that a new riding lawnmower costs more than a $1000-, you can purchase a narrow framed Cub Cadet, in pretty good condition. for my $400- ball park estimate.

Next item is that the tractor is around 50 years old and will have issues.

I purchased a 122 at acution years ago for $400-. Work ready condition, came with blade and mower. I normally wouldn't have paid that much for a narrow framed Cub Cadet, except this one had the rear PTO.

Used the tractor for several years. The 122 tractor and deck are currently sitting in the corner of my acreage shop being parted out. Planning on using the trans/diferential and PTO in my standard Cub.

I have 3 narrow framed Cub Cadets is work ready condition. Spent the two previous winters going completely through one each winter. So I have a pretty good idea of the repair/rebuild costs. I have the 122 for spare parts, and another on the shelves.
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Re: Cub Cadet 122

Postby AL Farmall Boy » Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:21 pm

Just for curiosity, what would you estimate it cost to completely go through one from front to back, less labor/time costs of course. I bet it's less than $2500
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Re: Cub Cadet 122

Postby Eugene » Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:48 pm

I have the tools and equipment for a complete engine overhaul. Normally engine rebuild including parts is less than $100-.

Next major issue with the tractor is steering. Tie rod ends and rebuild kit for the steering sector, $125 to $150-.
Control arm to spindle repair is more an issue of time, not money.

Mower decks is where the rebuild gets expensive. A spindle with bearings, $150- each. There is always a new belt, blades, and some times a pulley.

Mower deck lift bracket, mostly welding to build up worn spots.

None of the above figures accounts for my time as it will take me several winter months to completely go through a Cub Cadet.

I buy narrow framed Cub Cadets at auction if they go cheap enough. From a $50- to $100- parts tractor: voltage regulator $75-. One mower deck spindle $150-, Starter/generator $200-, tires and other parts extra. Used the engine from a parted out Cub Cadet to power a home made log splitter.

Edit: I didn't list all the possible expenses in a complete rebuild. There is always possible need for tune up, wheel bearings, carburetor repair, any thing else that pops up.
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Re: Cub Cadet 122

Postby AL Farmall Boy » Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:14 pm

Yeah I see what you're saying. I'm just getting at that if you were going to spend $3,000 on a new riding mower, I'd rather rebuild an old Cub Cadet.
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Re: Cub Cadet 122

Postby Eugene » Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:30 pm

AL Farmall Boy wrote:Yeah I see what you're saying. I'm just getting at that if you were going to spend $3,000 on a new riding mower, I'd rather rebuild an old Cub Cadet.
Couple years back I was at the big box store. Watched the folks load a $15K- Huskvarna lawn mower into a pickup.

I'm thinking, it's s whole lot cheaper to repair what I have and keep it in working condition.
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