2009 - Volume #33, Issue #1, Page #33[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Where To Get Parts For Cubs And Cub Cadets
"We only sell and work on Cub Cadet products," says Rob Houtz, fourth of five generations in the family business. What started as an International Harvester dealership selling to farmers in 1934 is now surrounded by the suburbs of Chicago. "We sell new tractors and buy and sell old ones in every condition for parts and resale. We only sell original parts, no reproductions or after market. We have more than 15,000 parts numbers on our computer and many more not yet entered."
The first model introduced and its parts are in much demand from collectors. Houtz recently sold one of the 7 hp tractors in perfect condition to a collector in New Zealand for $1,500. Parts have been shipped to Canada, South America and Europe with business done by phone and email as well as in person.
Houtz handles all kinds of requests. "I have one customer who is waiting for us to find an original pan seat with no rust, no cracks or welds, in perfect condition. It has to be just so."
Houtz says he will buy any Cub tractor in any condition. The only question is price. Retiring collectors contact him because they know he will find a good home for their tractors and parts.
"We may get a call and buy as many as 10 tractors from a collector," says Houtz. "Right now we have more than 200 on the lot for parts or resale."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, R.F. Houtz & Son, Inc., 245 E North Street, Elburn, Ill. 60119 (ph 630 365-6551; fax 630 365-6579; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.rfhoutz.com).
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