This section is under construction.  If you have a picture that you would like me to put in here or have one I am missing, email it to me at shop@xtrememotorworks.com

 

CUB CADET HISTORY

 

IH began Cub Cadet production in 1960 at the Shed in Gloria Drive, Kentucky, where the International Cub and Cub Lo-Boy tractors were also made. The first Cub Cadet model made was the International Cub Cadet Tractor, better known as the Original. The Cub Cadet Original was powered by a 7 horsepower Kohler engine and was made between 1960 and 1963. Ironically, the Original Cub Cadet didn't employ a totally direct drive transmission which was what later became the big selling point of Cub Cadet Garden Tractors. Instead, it incorporated a belt that ran from the flywheel to the drive shaft to turn the three speed transmission. This system was necessary due to the way the engine sat on a platform above the drive shaft. Round fenders, headlights, and a creeper gear are all examples of optional equipment for the Original Cub Cadet.

 

Cub Cadet Original

International Cub Cadet (AKA "Original") This is the very first Cub Cadet that IH manufactured from 1960 to 1963. It has a 7hp Kohler engine with a starter/generator, internal dry band axle brake, 3/8" wide drive belt-to-clutch-disc driveshaft and bolted implements. It has no model number.

 

Built:  1960 thru August 1963

 

   

The next models were the Cub Cadet 70 and 100. International designed the Cub Cadet 70 and 100 because of requests from customers to build a tougher tractor. International responded to these requests by incorporating a two channel frame, called the narrow frame, inside which the engine sat. The new frame allowed the flywheel on the engine to be directly in line with the drive shaft eliminating the need for a belt to drive the three speed transmission. Therefore, the Cub Cadet model 70 and 100 was the first true shaft driven Cub Cadet. The Cub Cadet 70 was a direct replacement to the original which still contained the seven horsepower Kohler engine. The model 100 offered the same features as the model 70; the only difference was it had a ten horsepower Kohler engine instead of the seven horsepower engine. Round finders, headlights, and a creeper gear were all examples of options that could be had on the model 70 and 100. Production of the Cub Cadet 70 and 100 ranged from 1963 to 1965.

 

70

100

(7hp, 10hp Kohler engine with a starter/generator; both of these are clutch driven with an internal brake)

 

Built:  August 1963 thru August 1965

 

The next design was the Cub Cadet 71, 102, and 122. The Cub Cadet 71 was the replacement for the Cub Cadet seventy and kept many of the same features as the 70 including the pan seat, optional round finders, and seven horsepower Kohler engine. The model 102, which replaced the model 100, was fitted with a ten horsepower Kohler engine. The Cub Cadet 122 was the first Cub Cadet Garden tractor to contain a twelve horsepower Kohler engine. The Cub Cadet 102 and 122 retained the same frame as the models 70 and 100, but they were the first cub cadets to come standard with square fenders. Production of the 71, 102, and 122 ran from 1965 to 1967. During this production run, in 1966, International produced the Cub Cadet model 123. The model 123 was the same as the model 122, except the three speed gear driven transmission was replaced by a shaft driven hydrostatic transmission. The hydrostatic transmission allowed the operator to have complete control over their speed eliminating the requirement to clutch and choose gears. Because International thought people would be skeptical of the reliability of a hydrostatic transmission, they painted a few 123s as tigers and put them in circus acts in which operators would perform tricks on them jamming it in reverse and forward to prove the durability of the new transmission.

 

71, 102

(7hp, 10hp Kohler engine with a starter/generator; both of these are clutch driven with an internal brake)

 

8/65-11/67

122

(12hp Kohler engine with a starter/generator; clutch drive with external brakes)

 

8/65-11/67

123

 

(12hp Kohler engine with a starter/generator; hydrostatic drive with an internal brake)

6/66-11/67

 

 

The next Cub Cadet models that International introduced were the models 72, 104, 124, 105, and 125. The model 72 was a direct replacement for the model 71 which used the seven horsepower kohler engine, three speed direct drive transmission, and pan seat. The model 104 replaced the model 102 using the ten horsepower kohler engine and three speed transmission. The model 124 replaced the model 122 using the twelve horsepower kohler engine and three speed direct drive transmission. The model 125 replaced the model 123 using the twelve horse power kohler engine and a hydrostatic transmission. The model 105 was the first Cub Cadet to offer a ten horsepower Kohler motor with a hydrostatic transmission. These Cub Cadet models retained the same square fenders as the previous models. The biggest difference in these Cub Cadets was their fiberglass dash which contained a voltage meter. The production of the 72, 104, 124, 105, and 125 ran from 1967 to 1969.

 

72

(7hp Kohler engine with a starter/generator; narrow frame; clutch drive; internal brake)

11/67-08/69

104

 

(10hp Kohler engine with a starter/generator; narrow frame; clutch drive)

11/67-08/69

124

 

 

105

125

(12hp Kohler engine with a starter/generator; narrow frame; hydrostatic drive; internal brake)

11/67-08/69

125

 

 

 

 

Models 73, 106, 126, 107, 127, and 147, which was the last generation of Cub Cadets to utilize the narrow frame, composed the next generation of Cub Cadets. The model 73 still contained the seven horsepower Kohler engine, three speed direct drive transmission, pan seat, and optional round finders. The Cub Cadet 106, which replaced the model 104, had a ten horsepower Kohler engine and three speed transmission, while the model 126 which replaced the model 124, had a twelve horsepower Kohler engine and a three speed direct drive transmission. The ten horsepower model 107 and the twelve horsepower model 127 where hydrostatic units which replaced the models 105 and 125. The model 147 was unique because it was the first model of Cub Cadet to utilize a fourteen horsepower Kohler engine. The flywheel on this engine was so large, International had to widen the frame next to the flywheel so the engine would fit between the rails. The model 147 was also unique because it was equipped with electric lift. Electric lift used an electric motor to raise and lower implements with the movement of a switch. The most noteworthy style change in these Cub Cadet models where the wider square finders. These are the same fenders that were standard on all the following Cub Cadet models International made and some of the early models MTD made. These models were produced from 1969 to 1971.

 

73

(7hp Kohler engine with a starter/generator; narrow frame; clutch drive; internal brake)

08/69-08/71

106

 

(10hp Kohler engine with a starter/generator; narrow frame; clutch drive; external brakes)

08/69-08/71

126

(12hp Kohler engine with a starter/generator; narrow frame; clutch drive; external brakes)

08/69-08/71

107

(10hp Kohler engine with a starter/generator; narrow frame; hydrostatic drive; external brakes)

08/69-08/71

127

 

(12hp Kohler engine with a starter/generator; narrow frame; hydrostatic drive; external brakes)

08/69-08/71

147

14hp Kohler engine with a starter/generator; narrow frame; hydrostatic drive; external brakes

11/69-08/71

 

The next models of Cub Cadet would be built on a totally new frame called a wide frame. This frame would be used for the rest of the International built Cub Cadet garden tractors as well as until recently, MTD built Cub Cadet garden tractors. International produced the models 86, 108, 128, 109, 129, and 149 which replaced the models 73, 106, 126, 107, 127, and 147 respectively. The model 86 which contained an eight horsepower Kohler engine, a three speed direct drive transmission, and wide square finders, broke away from having a different appearance as the bigger garden tractors. The ten horsepower model 108 and the twelve horsepower model 128 each had a three speed direct drive transmission. Hydrostatic models included the ten horsepower 109, twelve horsepower 129, and the fourteen horsepower 149. The cub cadet 149 was the first model Cub Cadet to employ hydraulic lift as a standard feature. The hydraulic lift ran off from the hydrostatic transmission and allowed the operator to raise and lower implements with the push of a lever. Production of these models ran from 1971 to 1974. Because of the competition and the increasing demand form customers for more power, International introduced a sixteen horsepower model 169 during the last year of the production run of this series in 1974. Since there were only 4,005 Cub Cadet 169's made, they've become very popular among collectors.

 

86

These models have an 8hp, 10hp, 12hp, 14hp and 16hp Kohler engine [respectively] with a starter/generator; wide frame, a solid mounted engine, external brakes, mechanical PTO clutch. Models 86, 108 and 128 are clutch driven, the others are hydrostatically driven.

 

09/71-10/74

108

These models have an 8hp, 10hp, 12hp, 14hp and 16hp Kohler engine [respectively] with a starter/generator; wide frame, a solid mounted engine, external brakes, mechanical PTO clutch. Models 86, 108 and 128 are clutch driven, the others are hydrostatically driven.

 

09/71-10/74

 

128

These models have an 8hp, 10hp, 12hp, 14hp and 16hp Kohler engine [respectively] with a starter/generator; wide frame, a solid mounted engine, external brakes, mechanical PTO clutch. Models 86, 108 and 128 are clutch driven, the others are hydrostatically driven.

 

09/71-10/74

 

109

These models have an 8hp, 10hp, 12hp, 14hp and 16hp Kohler engine [respectively] with a starter/generator; wide frame, a solid mounted engine, external brakes, mechanical PTO clutch. Models 86, 108 and 128 are clutch driven, the others are hydrostatically driven.

 

09/71-10/74

 

129

These models have an 8hp, 10hp, 12hp, 14hp and 16hp Kohler engine [respectively] with a starter/generator; wide frame, a solid mounted engine, external brakes, mechanical PTO clutch. Models 86, 108 and 128 are clutch driven, the others are hydrostatically driven.

 

09/71-10/74

 

149

These models have an 8hp, 10hp, 12hp, 14hp and 16hp Kohler engine [respectively] with a starter/generator; wide frame, a solid mounted engine, external brakes, mechanical PTO clutch. Models 86, 108 and 128 are clutch driven, the others are hydrostatically driven.

 

09/71-10/74

 

169

These models have an 8hp, 10hp, 12hp, 14hp and 16hp Kohler engine [respectively] with a starter/generator; wide frame, a solid mounted engine, external brakes, mechanical PTO clutch. Models 86, 108 and 128 are clutch driven, the others are hydrostatically driven.

 

09/71-10/74

 

 

The next series of Cub Cadets are commonly known as the Quiet Line series. Models 800, 1000, 1200, 1250, 1450, and 1650 made up this series. These were the first cub cadets to feature alternators instead of starter generators. The ten horsepower 1000 and the twelve horsepower 1200 contained a three speed direct drive transmission and replaced the previous models 86, 108, and 128 respectively. The hydrostatic twelve horsepower 1250, fourteen horsepower 1450, and sixteen horsepower 1650 replaced the previous 129, 149, and 169 models respectively. Hydraulic lift was a standard feature on the models 1450 and 1650. Notice how International dropped the ten horsepower hydrostatic model. These models outward appearance is distinguished by engine side covers. These covers combined with engine ISO mounts, extra shrouding, and a larger muffler made this series significantly quieter than previous series of Cub Cadets. Production of these models ran from 1974 to 1979 making this series Internationals the longest produced series of Cub Cadets. International produced the Cub Cadet model 800 in 1974. The eight horsepower kohler powered 800 was one of International's answers to compete with the cheap garden tractors sold in box stores. The model 800 contained all of the same features as the models 1000 and 1200 such as the ISO mounts, side covers, and the three speed direct drive transmission. The 800's superior quality made it cost more than the cheap garden tractors sold in box stores. Because of this, only a few 800s were sold and it was unable to compete with the cheap box store garden tractors. This lead International to cease the production of the model 800 in 1976. Because there are less than 3,000 model 800s produced, they are one of the rarest Cub Cadets made. The Cub Cadet model 1100 was another answer International had to the cheap garden tractors sold in box stores. The model 1100 was an economy model which eliminated the engine side covers and ISO mounts. The 1100 was the first Cub Cadet garden tractor to deviate from the Kohler engine using an 11 horsepower Briggs and Stratton engine. The model 1100 also used a cheaper belt driven four speed transmission. The model 1100 was produced through the entire production run of this series.

 

800

("Quiet Line" model. Has an 8hp Kohler engine with a gear starter; clutch drive, wide frame; ISO-mounted engine; external brakes, electric PTO clutch)

10/74-1/76

 

1000

("Quiet Line" models. These tractors have a 10hp, 12hp, 14hp and 16hp Kohler engine [respectively] with a gear starter; wide frame, ISO-mounted engine, external brakes, electric PTO clutch, and an enclosed engine compartment. Models 1000 and 1200 are clutch driven, the others are hydrostatically driven. The later model quietline tractors, serial #632502 and later, were equipped with 1" diameter front spindles.)

10/74-9/79

 

1100

 

 

1200

("Quiet Line" models. These tractors have a 10hp, 12hp, 14hp and 16hp Kohler engine [respectively] with a gear starter; wide frame, ISO-mounted engine, external brakes, electric PTO clutch, and an enclosed engine compartment. Models 1000 and 1200 are clutch driven, the others are hydrostatically driven. The later model quietline tractors, serial #632502 and later, were equipped with 1" diameter front spindles.)

10/74-9/79

 

1250

("Quiet Line" models. These tractors have a 10hp, 12hp, 14hp and 16hp Kohler engine [respectively] with a gear starter; wide frame, ISO-mounted engine, external brakes, electric PTO clutch, and an enclosed engine compartment. Models 1000 and 1200 are clutch driven, the others are hydrostatically driven. The later model quietline tractors, serial #632502 and later, were equipped with 1" diameter front spindles.)

10/74-9/79

 

1450

 

 

1650

   

 

The final series of Cub Cadets International produced was the models 482, 582, 582S, 682, 782, and 982. The model 482 was powered by an eleven horsepower single cylinder Briggs and Stratton engine and a four speed belt driven transmission. The three speed direct drive 582 and the four speed belt driven 582S was powered by a twin cylinder sixteen horsepower Briggs and Stratton engine. The hydrostatic models 682 and 782 were both powered by a seventeen horsepower Kohler engine. The only difference between the model 682 and model 782 was the model 782 had hydraulic lift while the model 682 did not. This was the first series of Cub Cadets to feature twin cylinder engines. The model 982 was another model that was unique to Cub Cadet. The 982 was built on a longer frame giving it a longer wheel base. Also, the 982 employed larger tires which gave it a wider stance. The hydrostatic 982 was powered by a 19.9 horsepower Onan engine. Because of its size, International classified the 982 as a super garden tractor. According to sales brochures, the 982 was designed to maintain commercial and estate properties. This series of Cub Cadets can easily be distinguished by Internationals deviation of the white and yellow paint scheme to red paint designed to match their big tractors. This production ran from 1980 to 1981 until International sold its lawn and garden tractor line to MTD.

International also produced several lawn tractors beginning in 1972.

 

482

 

582 / 582S

 

682

 

 

782

 

782D

 

982

 

 

Cub Cadet advertising at the time harped on their thorough testing by "boys - acknowledged by many as the world's worst destructive force!". Cub Cadets became known for their dependability and rugged construction. A cult-like following has emerged around Cub Cadet tractors.  MTD Products, Inc., of Cleveland, Ohio, purchased the Cub Cadet brand from International Harvester in 1981. Cub Cadet was held as a wholly owned subsidiary for many years following this acquisition, which allowed them to operate independently. At first, MTD retained many of the same models from the international produced models. One distinct change of the MTD made was replacing the international cast iron rear end with an aluminum rear end. Also, MTD produced yellow and white painted Cub Cadets for independent Cub Cadet dealerships while still producing red Cub Cadets for agricultural dealerships. MTD was also the first to employ a 15 horsepower 3 cylinder water cooled Kubota diesel in the models 782D and 882, making them the first Cub Cadets to have a diesel engine. Recently, MTD has taken a more aggressive role and integrated Cub Cadet into its other lines of power equipment to provide more commonality of parts (MTD, YardMachines, YardMan, White Outdoor, Bolens, and Troy-Bilt). They also sell larger tractors built by Yanmar under the "Cub Cadet Commercial" division, as well as Utility Terrain Vehicles and other lawn and garden products.

 


 

The Cub Cadets are classified by 3 style frames:

The "narrow" frame.

The "wide" frame models can only accept a single cylinder engine.

The "spread" frame models can accept either a single cylinder or a twin cylinder engine because the frame rails were made wider and they lay down more to clear the cylinders of a flathead twin opposed cylinder engine.

 

Model

Drive

Engine

Years Built

Manufactured by - IH / CCC / MTD

   

482

Belt Drive / Peerless Axle

11 Hp Briggs

1979 - 1981

IH

 

 

Belt Drive / Peerless Axle

11 Hp Briggs

1982 - 1984

CCC

 

580

Belt Drive / Peerless Axle

16 Hp Briggs

1982 - 1984

CCC

   

582 Special

Belt Drive / Peerless Axle

16 Hp Briggs

1979 - 1981

IH

 

 

Belt Drive / Peerless Axle

16 Hp Briggs

1982 - 1984

CCC

 

582

Clutch Drive

16 Hp Briggs

1979 - 1981

IH

   

Clutch Drive

16 Hp Briggs

1982 - 1984

CCC

 

680

   

1982 - 1984

CCC

   

682

Hydrostatic Drive

19.9 Onan

1979 - 1981

IH

   

Hydrostatic Drive

19.9 Onan

1982 - 1984

CCC

 

782

Hydrostatic Drive

19.9 Kohler

1979 - 1981

IH

 

 

Hydrostatic Drive

19.9 Kohler

1982 - 1984

CCC

 

782D

Hydrostatic Drive

Kubota Diesel

1979 - 1981

IH

 

 

784

Hydrostatic Drive

 

1982 - 1984

CCC

   

882

Hydrostatic Drive

Kubota Diesel

1984

CCC

 

982

Hydrostatic Drive

19.9 Onan

1979 - 1981

IH

 

 

Hydrostatic Drive

19.9 Onan

1982 - 1984

CCC

   

984

Hydrostatic Drive

 

1982 - 1984

CCC

   

986

Hydrostatic Drive

 

1982 - 1984

CCC

   

1050

Clutch Drive

 

1989

CCC

   

1204

Hydrostatic Drive

 

1987 - 1988

CCC

   

1210

Hydrostatic Drive

 

1985 - 1989

CCC

   

1211

Hydrostatic Drive

 

1987 - 1989

CCC

   

1282

Hydrostatic Drive

12 Hp Kohler

1979 - 1981

IH

 

1340

Hydrostatic Drive

 

1990 - 1991

CCC

   

1440

Hydrostatic Drive

 

1992 - 1997

CCC

 

 

1512

Hydrostatic Drive

 

1986 - 1987

CCC

 

1535

Clutch Drive

 

1990 - 1991

CCC

   

1540

Hydrostatic Drive

 

1990

CCC

   

1541

Hydrostatic Drive

 

1991

CCC

 

1604

Hydrostatic Drive

 

1985 - 1986

CCC

   

1606

Clutch Drive

 

1985 - 1986

CCC

   

1641

Hydrostatic Drive

 

1992 - 1997

CCC

   

1710

Hydrostatic Drive

 

1985

CCC

   

1711

Hydrostatic Drive

 

1985

CCC

   

1712

Hydrostatic Drive

 

1985

CCC

   

1715

Hydrostatic Drive

 

1988 - 1989

CCC

   

1720

Hydrostatic Drive

 

1988 - 1991

CCC

   

1772

Hydrostatic Drive

Kubota Diesel

1989

CCC

 

1782

Hydrostatic Drive

 

1990 - 1996

CCC

   

1806

Clutch Drive

 

1987 - 1988

CCC

 

1810

Hydrostatic Drive

 

1986 - 1989

CCC

 

1811

Hydrostatic Drive

 

1986 - 1989

CCC

 

 

1812

Hydrostatic Drive

 

1987 - 1989

CCC

   

1860

Hydrostatic Drive

 

1990 - 1991

CCC

   

1861

Hydrostatic Drive

 

1992

CCC

   

1862

Hydrostatic Drive

 

1990 - 1992

CCC

 

 

1863

Hydrostatic Drive

 

1993 - 1996

CCC

   

1864

Hydrostatic Drive

 

1993 - 1997

CCC

   

1872

Hydrostatic Drive

 

1987 - 1989

CCC

 

1882

Hydrostatic Drive

 

1990 - 1991

CCC

   

1912

Hydrostatic Drive

 

1985 - 1986

CCC

   

1914

Hydrostatic Drive

 

1985 - 1986

CCC

   

2072

Hydrostatic Drive

 

1987 - 1989

CCC

   

2082

Hydrostatic Drive

 

1990 - 1993

CCC

 

 

2084

Hydrostatic Drive

 

1994

CCC

   

2086

Hydrostatic Drive

 

1996 - 1997

CCC

   

2182

Hydrostatic Drive

 

1990 - 1995

CCC

 

2284

Hydrostatic Drive

 

1995 - 1997

CCC