What Cadets have a Kohler 181 engine.

Mon Jun 11, 2012 7:49 pm

This 181 has a regular starter on it not a starter genator.

Re: What Cadets have a Kohler 181 engine.

Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:31 pm

The K 181 is an 8-hp Kohler K-series engines. The only tractor that Cub Cadet built with that engine, and no starter/generator, with a regular starter, in a horizontal shaft engine, is the Cub Cadet 800, noted as one of the lowest production number Cub Cadet tractors ever at around 2350 only ever being produced between 1974 and 1976. The tractor was expensive for it's low-hp size, and Cub Cadet offered the 1100, which was a belt drive garden tractor with a Peerless rear differential, that cost less than the 800, but was 11 hp. therefore, the 800 was dropped from production in 1976, even though the rest of the quiteline tractors of that series were produced until 1979.

In 1979 when the red, *82 series tractors came out, the lowest HP garden tractor was the 482, with an 11-hp Briggs & Stratton engine.

The Cub Cadet model 86 had the same engine, but had a starter/generator. This tractor however, was the first Cub Cadet to come with the 181 - 8-hp engine. Previous models, going back to the CC Original, used the K 161, 7-hp engine.

So, if you've found one with the 181 engine and a regular starter, and it's yellow/white with blue stripes, then it's an 800. Having said that, the K-181 was a VERY popular engine, and could have been dropped into almost any CC model as a replacement engine, and MANY were sold as repower units for Originals, 70 71, 72, 73 tractors, which all had the 161 7-hp engine.

Re: What Cadets have a Kohler 181 engine.

Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:13 am

GI tractorman you always give great info on Cadets etc. I thank you very much.
Really I have only the 181 engine alone and are looking to sell it if you hear of anyone needing it.
Keep in touch man and if you are ever over our way near Woodstock ON, do drop in.
PS you don't know of anyone with a 3pt -12"Brinley... single furrow plow for sale do you?
Are you taking in the tight-rope walk on June 15th? I would like to go but it will be so crowded TV is the next best thing. Maybe you can see it from the roof of your house. Red

Re: What Cadets have a Kohler 181 engine.

Tue Jun 12, 2012 12:59 pm

Thanks Red. No problem on the info, and I'll keep my ears open if anyone's looking for an engine.
I may know where there is one of those plows. I'll check with the guy and let you know. His may be a sleeve hitch style, and may be a 10" plow if it is, but I'll check regardless.

My folks are coming up for the weekend, and I thought about trying to make it to the falls for the Nik Wallenda walk, but I'm on the fence about it. Between the locals (scourge of the earth) and Japanese tourists, it's a whole lot safer and much less headache to just watch it from home. You're almost right though. I can see the mist from the falls from the roof of my house, but the river drops about 50-feet in elevation between Navy Island (north tip of Grand Island) and the top of the falls, so you can't really see the falls.


Re: What Cadets have a Kohler 181 engine.

Tue Jun 12, 2012 6:29 pm

Bill I am looking for a 12" Brinley ,3pt hitch. I have bought form the mid West but are having trouble making a link to east OHIO

Re: What Cadets have a Kohler 181 engine.

Sat Jun 16, 2012 2:39 pm

Bill that was quite show last night over the Falls... Do you have anythign to report?

Re: What Cadets have a Kohler 181 engine.

Sun Jun 17, 2012 6:47 am

No, did not venture up there. A "friend" offered the use of a hotel roof to see the falls walk, but after checking into it further, he was charging $40/person admission to the "party" and you could not even see the falls from the hotel roof, let alone the wire or Wallenda. We watched it on ABC from the comfort of our basement family room.