cub cadet 782???

Fri Aug 24, 2007 7:21 am

Ok what is it? I was told its 17hp and a hydro only. Whats it worth? When did int cub cadet fold up?

Fri Aug 24, 2007 11:15 am

your correct about the 17hp and hydro, has hydro lift,some of these were offered through ih, they have a red rear end the other other non ih had black rear ends,,one thing you want to watch is they had problems with the early 17 hp engines,, prices very from $500-$1500,i hope this helps

Fri Aug 24, 2007 12:38 pm

The model was built by IH from late 1979 until April 1981 when IH sold the line to Cub Cadet Corp (CCC). CCC continued to build them, painted both red and yellow/white until 1985 (1984 for the y/w). The red ones were sold by IH dealers, the yellow/white by dealers that did not sell IH equipment. Even though all the IH parts inventory was transfered to CCC and some used to assemble tractors, it is generally accepted that the tractors with the red axles were built by IH, the tractors with black axles were built by CCC. The KT-17 Kohler engine came in two versions, Series I and the later Series II. The Series II is the better of the two because it had a full pressure oiling system, and the Series I did not. As long as the Series I engine was operated on fairly level ground, both engines have about the same life span (1100 to 1500 hrs normally), but if the Series I was used on hill sides, ditch banks etc, they had a habit of starving the crank/rod journal for oil, and adding a picture window in the side of one of the cylinders. The Series II engine can be rebuilt, but most consider the Series I to not be worth the time and or money to rebuild.

Fri Aug 24, 2007 7:49 pm

Had a 782 since 1986. Had 620 hours when I got it and still runs very well. Rebuilt the K2 - series 1 motor a couple of years ago and felt it was worth the $300 I spent. Replaced seals in the axle about 8 years ago and completely flushed the hydro since this tractor is used as a blower in the winter. I've done 2 frame up repaints. I have found these tractors to be indestructable in moderation.

There is also a 882 and 982 including diesel models. Honda and Brigs make engines to repower these machines too. Lots of life left in my little red Cub.

Fri Aug 24, 2007 11:52 pm

The 682/782's fall in the Murphy's law/you can't win sort of segment. Possibly the stoutest GT Cub Cadet ever made frame and transaxle wise, but then you throw in the KT17 engine factor which sort of ruined the overall package. JD got seriously screwed over with their model 317 in regards to the KT17, IH unloaded Cub Cadet to CCC (MTD) right around the time serious KT17 engine failures in 682's and 782's were cropping up.

It's just being aware of what a used 682/782 has under the hood that can make a difference, because the early Kohler opposed twins don't have the near indestructibility of the old Kohler cast iron singles. Yet there are still KT17 series I's running perfectly today that were never used on slopes that allowed it's pressure spray oil system to work fine. Thing is you buy one of these from the original flatland owner and take it down your ditch, it can and likely will blow apart minutes later, making that well pampered tractor a boat anchor instantly. Generally speaking, finding a 782 with a KT17 SII is the best bet if you want one of these tractors, unless you have other plans such as repowering it with another engine.


Sun Aug 26, 2007 8:20 am

I notice there are two production runs on the 782's. One had the orginal cub cadet hydro tranny and the other is a later design hydro tranny. One is yellow and white and the other is red.

I guess I want the orginal cub cadet hydro tranny over the cheaper alumimum tranny. I figure the cub cadet castiron hydro tranny is more heavy duty for my application? Lets say it won't be grass cutting.

And yes the option of repowering it just maybe a thought too. I may or may not use the PTO.

Sun Aug 26, 2007 8:53 am

Go RED They last forever.

Sun Aug 26, 2007 2:26 pm

I found a 782 that looks beat condition wise but new paint would make it look great. It has the orginal CC hydro tranny that i'm looking for and its red. It appears to have been in a fire with the dashboard melted and there's a plugged hole in the gas tank too. But it all seems to be repairable. So whats a fair price on the 782's? He wants $400 for it. The motor and tranny seems to operate ok too and the rubber looks ok too.

Sun Aug 26, 2007 9:01 pm

If it runs, buy it. Find a broken one for parts. They are out there and span the years so parts fit.