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Re: Possible new Cub owner needs advice

Postby Glen » Mon Oct 25, 2021 2:25 am

The Cub operator's manual can help you learn about maintenance that the Cub needs.

Below is the 1965 Cub and LoBoy operator's manual. The experts on here recommend people read it. It has lots of info about operation, maintenance, and lubrication. There is a table of contents on page 1, and the index begins on page 75.
It shows how Cubs originally looked in it. The lube section begins on page 59.
Changing the trans, final drive, and steering gear oils are on page 70.

http://farmallcub.com/rudi_cub/www.clea ... index.html

It shows the electrical system that a 1965 Cub originally had.
Cubs made after mid 1964 originally have 12 volt, negative ground electrical systems.

The Touch Control uses Case IH Hy-Tran fluid. It is sold at Case IH dealers.
There are other brands, be sure it works with IH hydraulic systems before buying one.
The manual tells how to check and change the Touch Control fluid, and remove the air from the system.
Be sure to check the fluid with the arms in the rear, or down position, the manual says.

I would check or change all the oils before using the Cub. Using a Cub with low oil in a gear housing can damage the parts in it.
There are 3 separate gear housings at the rear area of a Cub, with 3 separate oil levels to check, the transmission, and 2 final drives.

The transmissions in Cubs commonly get water in them, from rain, or condensation inside the housing over time.

The air cleaner is an oil bath air cleaner. Dirt that is sucked in settles to the bottom of the oil cup. It should have clean, light motor oil in the oil cup to work right.

The operator's manual tells how to change the oils, and what oils to use.

There is a search box at the top of the page, to the right of the Farmall Cub, you can find info in posts that have been made. :)
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Re: Possible new Cub owner needs advice

Postby ajhbike » Mon Oct 25, 2021 3:27 am

Making or buying a couple of prongs to make the SC 3 point is easy and gives you access to a lot of 3 point attachments. I have used a 2 bottom plow, 5 ft bush hog, 6ft discs, back blade, rear dirt dump bucket, 6 ft cultivator, carryall, front snow plow, etc. Not a complicated tractor. Almost all my tractors have tire checking. Not a big deal.

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Re: Possible new Cub owner needs advice

Postby outdoors4evr » Mon Oct 25, 2021 6:09 am

I am way late to the party here, but had a few of thoughts.
Welcome by the way, a lot of previous posts in this thread also originated from the Mitten State.

1) ATV attachments work well behind a lawn tractor.
2) A Johnny Bucket may help with a limited "loader" function
3) The price you listed for a "pretty" cub isn't far out of line for Michigan because of all the attachments.
- Maybe you could try to negotiate the price down $300-$400ish.
4) There are a lot of "more capable" tractors that are much more popular in Michigan. It seems like there are a LOT of Ford 2N/8N or Ferguson tractors available at a very reasonable price that also have a 3-point hitch with attachments.

With that said, I have done a lot of work with my numbered lowboy. I don't think a numbered series fits your needs, but it is similar size and horsepower to the cub.
This bucket holds about as much as a rounded up wheelbarrow.
A Tiller helps manage garden weeds - I till twice a year cuz I am not very good at managing the weeds by hand.
Mowing 3 acres takes a while so I also use a tow behind offset mower on the wide open spaces.
Snow management is also a consideration.
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IH 3160a Mower
IH Model 15 Tiller
IH-54 Blade

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Re: Possible new Cub owner needs advice

Postby SamsFarm » Tue Oct 26, 2021 12:11 am

Ditch the x530 and step up to a diesel with cat 1 three point and 540 pto. Best if you get a gear transmission, but most of the newer smaller models only come with the scrap overpriced hydrostat trans.

Get a cat 1 three point finish mower to match the size of the new tractor.

Then other three point inplements as needed!

I like the theroy of no till, but I am too small to spend the bucks on a no till drill, no till planter, and a cover crop roller so I use a cub to cultivate!

Cultivating is fine if the rains agree with ya, but if it is too wet, then the weeds can get a good go.

No herbicides on my farm!

If you change your mind about no till, then look for a cub with cultivators!

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