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This will be the place I post my recent acquisition, progress, work, etc.  Today my brother and I drove to wellington Ohio and picked up a Cub Cadet 73.  I've been looking for one for various reasons and found one that wasn't too far from home, in decent to OK shape, and the price was right.  No attachments, but it runs great (starts no choke), starts easy, the clutch is tight and didn't seem too wore out, and drove good throughout all gears.  

About 5 min after I bought it

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Stopped to check out Redline Equipment.  Not much inventory there.

 

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Also found an IH truck dealership near Perrysburg.

 

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Got it home in one piece.  It was a great trip and a great day.  Made a new acquaintance in a new town I'd never been to before.  (the seller was a great hospitable guy)

 

It was raining but my daughter wanted a ride. 

 

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alongside my brothers Original. 

 

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Nice addition! Did you check out Wellington Implement while you were there?

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Nice. I’ve never driven one, never even sat on one, but to me  it looks like they would be really light on the front.

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7 hours ago, FarmallFan said:

Nice addition! Did you check out Wellington Implement while you were there?

I did not.  Stayed in town then went back west to get home.  Didn’t even know it was a thing, go figure.  ☺️

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Not much progress yesterday due to 3” of rain in 12 hours.   Everything is flooded.   Swapped the wide fronts for 4” wheels; will re tire at some point.   Made a list of the essentials and the wants; immediately it needs a fuel bowl (leaks out of the shut off) and the clutch adjusted.  

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Been running it around to get a feel for it, adjusted on the clutch some, and discovered it has an oil leak.   It’s either coming from the breather, governor bushing, or both.  I’ve ordered the gaskets kit for the breaker and a new bushing for the governor; I’ll be cleaning and re building the breaker in hopes that’s what it is.  

 

I got it out with the 147 for a fun photo opp.  Every time my daughter sees one or hears it she says “tractor ride?!” 

 

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Is there another size that goes in between the 147 and 73? Or are they not from the same series?

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On 5/25/2020 at 12:10 PM, FarmallFan said:

Is there another size that goes in between the 147 and 73? Or are they not from the same series?

yes.  That particular series was the 73, 106, 107, 126, 127 and 147.  The differences being 73= gear drive 3 speed 1 reverse 7 HP motor.  106=10 horse 3 speed gear drive.  107= 10 HP Hydrostatic drive.  126= 12 horse 3 speed gear drive.  127= 12 hp Hydrostatic drive.  147= 14 HP hydrostatic drive.  Note; no 14 HP gear drive was available in this series, and the 147 has a gusseted frame to accommodate the larger flywheel.    The 73 through 127 basically used the same frame.  The hood and lack of fender pan/fiberglass dash set the 73 apart from the rest.  It also was the only model in that series to have a hood ornament and the last until the red ones came out.  

 

I'm enjoying the 73 thus far in that it's like a 1/4 scale version of the 147 I already have even though many of the components are the same. (front end piece, front axle, etc).  It's such a size difference between a 7HP and a 14 HP motor.  

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