2006 - Volume #30, Issue #5, Page #25[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Cub Cadet "Gator"
The four back wheels drive the unit and the two front wheels steer, he says.
Newton lengthened the frame by 33 in. to add the second Cub Cadet rear end, taken from another Cub Cadet. The resulting dual rear axles (with original hydrostatic transmissions) made it easy to add a drive shaft to join the two hydraulic motors so that both rear ends are powered.
"There was a story in FARM SHOW at one time about a fellow who put a box on the back of a Craftsman riding mower. That kind of gave me the idea to do this. He only had one rear axle though, and I thought it would look better to have two," he says.
Newton mounted a wooden 42-in. square box. The hinged sides fold down, allowing four people to ride on the resulting platform for parades. With the sides up, the unit can haul dirt or gravel. Newton included a hydraulic lift cylinder to turn it into a handy dump box.
"I also made a new seat bracket that allowed me to put a second seat on so I could haul a passenger. You can drive it from either the right or left side, but I prefer the left because the hydrostatic controls are on that side," he explains. "I also extended the foot rest area so you can put both feet on one side."
The tractor originally had a 14 hp gas engine, but Newton re-powered the unit with a 10 hp, 2-cycle Perkins diesel engine he got from a friend "to make it more interesting."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Warren Newton, 4463 N. River Rd., Fort Gratiot, Mich. 48059 (ph 810 982-2101; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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