Yellow Fever: Cub Cadet Garden Tractors
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.
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)
Keeping the Doodlebug Project Alive
Farmers from the 30s to the 50s built makeshift tractors called doodlebugs from available parts and pieces found on the farm.
Custom Built Cub Cadet Buggy
Check out Forest Spaulding’s custom-built buggy pieced together using several parts from a cub cadet and various other tractors.
Maytag Tractor, 29 Years Later
The son of the builder of a Maytag tractor featured in a 1989 article gives us an update.