... and every flush suburbanite/wannabe farmer has to have one.
It's big business, selling CUT's (Compact Utility Tractors) with all sorts of attachments, most not revelant to what the owner has to accomplish.
I actually have one of the very first 'Suburbanite Gentleman Farmer' utility tractors.
It's a mid 70s IH Cub Cadet LoBoy 154. There was also a Cub 'LoBoy' that was built from the Cub model. The Cub Cadet LoBoy is all IH iron... no MTD here although MTD does still manufacture the popular replacement parts.
It used the C60 power unit engine... 15 honest horsepower!!! They revised the tractor over the years and put in a stronger crank so they could get beyond 2200 rpm. Then higher compression pistons and ended up at 18 hp. That was the 184 Cub Cadet LoBoy.
Mine has the wide turf tires and a 60" mower deck. Some people have loaders on them and a three point hitch (category 0) but in all reality this is a fantastic lawn mowing machine and not much of a tractor. It has a really stupid clutch setup and a belt drive on a pto that runs backwards... it was probably the very first 1000 rpm pto though. I know of three others within a few miles of here and I see them out and about all the time. Just saw one yesterday at Snow's Nursery... it was for sale and looked pretty rough. I'll have to stop and take a look at it. Might be a good parts tractor.
My Dad had the same C60 engine in a 1940s combine. It was a tow behind with a 5' or 6' head on it. I remember it not starting very good after sitting for a year so he would put the belt pulley on the 'H' and start it with the big belt.
IH built power units for the military with that same engine too.
It's been said it looks like a regular Cub Cadet on steroids... here's an old CC sales brochure photo one surrounded by the rest of the CC line that year. These are the skinny turf tires.
I bought it from your buddy down at J&R...
actually that was the 2nd lawn tractor I bought from them. When we first moved down here I bought a used Gilson from them too.
Here's a youtube of a guy mowing with one. This one has the 'real' turf tires. You can see (or rather hear) that he's having trouble with the clutch. It has a brake on it that has to be adjusted real close and then you have to 'step through' the clutch to engage the brake... and if the brake isn't adjusted or engaged... things go 'grrrrrrrrind'!!!
IH made three different mower decks for the series of tractors... all were 60" plus Woods made a couple of decks for it too... 59"... Go figure!!! This is a different deck than mine has.
If I'm mowing in the open (we have a lot of trees) or finish mowing the back fields (lately I just use the brush hog a couple of times a year) I tow a 60" Swisher offset behind it. I can mow a lot of lawn with it set up that way!!!