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Yellow Fever: Cub Cadet Garden Tractors

Cub Cadet marketing material targeting suburban women 

Consistently, our most popular articles on FarmCollector.com have a central theme: garden tractors. More specifically, International Harvester Cub Cadets and Cubettes.

Back in April 2004, our friend Oscar H. Will III (who is now the editor of our sister publication, Grit) wrote an in-depth article about the history of the Cub Cadet, its implements and even included some great resources. He followed with a two-part, very detailed explanation of a Cub Cadet restoration. It is a must read for anyone considering taking on the task of restoring a Cub Cadet, or any Cub Cadet fan.

Cub Cadet Model 100 

In 2008, Mr. Will solidified his garden tractor expert reputation by releasing a book Garden Tractors: Deere, Cub Cadet, and All the Rest. It’s full of great photos (new and old, like the one at the top that I love) that outline the garden tractor’s history and brands.

Cub Cadet articles from the Farm Collector Archives
The Tough International Harvester Cub Cadet Garden Tractor by Oscar H. Will III from the April 2004 issue
Cub Cadet Garden Tractor Restoration by Oscar H. Will III from the May 2004 issue
Cub Cadet Garden Tractor Restoration (Part II) by Oscar H. Will III from the June 2004 issue

Garden Tractors: Deere, Cub Cadet, and All the Rest by Oscar H. Will III (2008, $25, available from Farm Collector books)
Original Farmall Cub and Cub Cadet by Kenneth Updike (2004, $37.95, available from Farm Collector books)