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Cub Cadet Modified
I modified my Cub Cadet 149 mower so it has independent hydraulics. Lets me operate two implements independent of each other.
I fitted the tractor with a 3-pt. made for a newer model. All mounting holes had to be redrilled but we made it work. Then we installed a double two-way valve with open center, one outlet for the 3-pt. and the other for using another hydraulic cylinder. It mounts on the rear left fender. You must use an open center 2-way valve or the hydrostatic transmission will not work. I still cannot use two attachments simultaneously but it is now possible to use one attachment and leave another one on. The best use I've found is to mount a4-ft. Kubota grader blade (which I modified so I can angle it hydraulically) on the 3-pt. with a snowblower on front. A flow divider must be installed between the tractor's original hydraulics and the two-way valve. I still wasn't happy with the lift capacity so I installed a coil spring from afield cultivator above the left rear axle between the fender and frame. Now it works great.
These features are available on larger garden tractors that cost $7,000 or more. I bought the tractor used for $1,250 and spent only about $550 to modify it. I've never heard of anyone else modifying a small tractor like this. I've used it for over two years without a problem. Wouldn't change athing. (William J. Kohl, 4321 N. Lynndale Dr., Appleton, Wis. 54915 ph 414 733-5219)

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1991 - Volume #15, Issue #3