Cub -vs- 154 prices?

Thu Oct 06, 2005 8:39 am

I've been looking to buy a cub for a couple months (no rush will get one when the price is right), and have been somewhat suprised by the pricing of new vs old. Given the similarities why does it seem that the older Cubs go as high or higher then the newer Cubs from the 60s and later? I personally like the 154s and 184s (never did care for the offset seating arrangement) especially since their main purpose will be lawn and garden work and not cultivating.

Thu Oct 06, 2005 8:47 am

The number series tractors had some problems with the drive train because of the unusual clutch arrangement. Even though they were a little more powerful and in some opinions better looking tractors they are viewed by many as oversized lawn mowers. That certainly affects value some.
However, I have seen several of the number series tractors bring pretty good money if they were in good condition. In fact, in this area, if a standard cub and a number series lo-boy of equal condition were for sale, the number series tractor would likely bring the higher dollar.

Thu Oct 06, 2005 8:54 am

In this area the number series will normally sell form $300 to $600 higher than a comparably equipped cub.


Thu Oct 06, 2005 9:46 am

its all about what you want. i love my "high boy" cubs, the ih lo boys too.

ive had 2 154's, sold one (found a sucker, thank god)and got a 184. I like the 184, but hard to steer in tight places. the 154, guess i just got a bad taste in my mouth as a result of the repairs and money i had to put into it to get it work well. i think they are harder to work on than the "farmall cubs". and they just arnt as purty, i think.

as to value, book value i think they are fairly close, they go about the same around here. unless they find out you are a collector, then the price goes up. good luck in the hunt. as my dad says, thats where the fun is, once you get it, thats when the work starts.

Thu Oct 06, 2005 10:29 am

Too bad you are so far away! I have a 154 project tractor that I'll sell CHEAP. It was the donor tractor for Rambo's engine, but I'll include a rebuildable block. Everything is there except the carb and hydraulic pump. Turf tires good.

Picture before engine was removed.

Make offer.


Thu Oct 06, 2005 10:53 am

Ohio is a bit far to drive for a "project" tractor. Especially with fuel at 2.79 a gallon while pulling a trailer.

I'll bookmark this thread , that deck might become real important if I buy the "wrong" tractor. Wonder what UPS would want to ship something like that?

Lawn mower

Thu Oct 06, 2005 11:05 am

You're right BD, that does kind of look like a giant lawn mower.

Thu Oct 06, 2005 11:25 am

It seems that the numbered Lo-Boys have what everyone wants to add to their high boy. IPTO and a 3 point hitch.

These tractors are stylish, have "dash" and are easy to get on and off of. They handle well. A numbered Lo-Boy should be on everyones list of must have Cub series tractors.

Thu Oct 06, 2005 12:29 pm

George Willer wrote:Too bad you are so far away! I have a 154 project tractor that I'll sell CHEAP.

How cheap is cheap? The distance is a problem but might not be big enough to stop me.

Thu Oct 06, 2005 1:25 pm

Jim Becker wrote:
George Willer wrote:Too bad you are so far away! I have a 154 project tractor that I'll sell CHEAP.

How cheap is cheap? The distance is a problem but might not be big enough to stop me.


I'd look forward to another visit. How cheap would it have to be? If a crow could pull a trailer, he could be here in less than 1000 miles. :lol:

Get on/off

Thu Oct 06, 2005 2:51 pm

You're right about the get on and off. The Cub is not my favorite vehicle to have to get onto and off of numerous times in rapid succession. In fact, it's one of my pet peeves. I wish I could put a universal joint into the steering shaft so that I could have "tilt wheel."


Thu Oct 06, 2005 3:20 pm

Hey george you wouldnt have a 185 laying around would you? :? that would conclude my pursuit of the number seris full size cub. (Cheap)? :D

Thu Oct 06, 2005 5:16 pm

All I have to do is catch a crow and teach him to pull a trailer. Having to follow the roads will add a couple hundred miles.

I'll send you a private email.

154's anybody

Mon Oct 10, 2005 7:49 pm
upcoming auction.

also the one i sold, should be back from the paint and new clutch installation. i was glad to be rrid of it because of the clutch. it ran fine. it should after all the money i poured into, new plugs points condensor, coil, generator rebuilt, battery, all filters, and fluids, just to name a few things and then the clutch gave out, i cut bait, lost money, but didnt have to learn how to do that clutch (yet). i found ed's card (he's a tractor jockey) 618-562-4821, west union illinois. i traded it in on the 184 i got. (already had a 154 in good shape, didnt want two).