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International Cub Cadet
International Cub Cadet, 1961
Model history
Model introduced 1961
Model discontinued 1963
Model status Discontinued
No. produced 59,406
Superseded by International Cub Cadet 70
Engine Specification
Engine make Kohler
Engine model K161
Fuel type gasoline
Power hp 7
Power kW 5.2
Governed rpm 3600
Displacement cu in /(litre) 16 ci
No. of Cylinders 1
Bore in (mm) 2.875 in
Stroke in (mm) 2.5 in
Cooling system air
Naturally aspirated, Turbo or Supercharged NA
Transmission Details
Transmission type sliding gear
Gearbox make International
Forward 3
Reverse 1
Drive 2WD
Linkage Category Unknown
Tyre Sizes (std/options)
Front 4.80/4.00-8 2-ply
Rear 6-12 2-ply
Tractor Dimensions
Length (inches/metres) 62 in
Width (inches/meters) 33 in
Height (inches/meters) 38 in
Weight (nominal) lb/kg 475 lb
Turning circle (nominal) inches/meters 13.4 ft
Wheelbase 43 in
Other info
Factories Louisville Works, Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Plow rating 1-10"
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The International Cub Cadet (original) was built by International Harvester from 1961 to 1963 in the Louisville, Kentucky, USA factory. It featured a 7 hp (5.2 kW) Kohler engine.

Model History Edit

For Company history see
Main article: International Harvester

International decided to enter the garden tractor market in 1961 with the Cub Cadet. Unlike some of the riding tractors on the market, the International Cub Cadet (original) was styled like a real tractor and it was the first garden tractor built by a major tractor manufacturer. It was also sold and serviced by highly respected International dealerships. The 7-hp Cub Cadet was powered by a 16 ci single-cylinder air-cooled Kohler K161 engine and used the 3-speed transmission from the larger International Cub with V-belt drive from the engine to the transmission input shaft.

Five International-branded attachments were available for the Cub Cadet: front blade, rotary mower, dump trailer, snow thrower, and spike tooth harrow. An optional 3-point hitch could mount a small plow, disk, rear blade, etc. Unlike International farm tractors, the Cub Cadet was painted a 2-tone yellow and white. It was an instant hit and 19,091[1] were built the first year.

Timeline Edit

Factory locations Edit

  • Louisville Works, Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Specification Edit

See Infobox for basic details

Variations and Options Edit

  • 2-speed underdrive creeper gear box giving 6 forward speeds
  • Dual rear wheels
  • 3-point hitch
  • electric starting
  • fenders
  • Headlights and tail light
  • 9 speed M and W trans axle
  • Rear Pto
  • Front Pto upgrade kit
  • Hydro Lift

Serial Numbers Information Edit

Year Serial run[2][3][4] Number Built[5] Notes .
1961 501-23674 19091
1962 23675-49845 26051
1963 49846-65457 14264
Total built 59,406

Preservation Edit

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Gallery Edit

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See also Edit

Collection related info
  • Shows and Meets - events featuring tractors and other machinery
  • Clubs Listing - List of clubs including various tractor marques
  • Collections - list of private collections with tractors (add yours)
  • Museums - includes museums featuring tractors (please add missing ones)

References / Sources Edit

  1. Klancher, Lee 1996. International Harvester Photographic History, Motorbooks International, Osceola, Wisconsin, p.193
  2. Baumheckel, Ralph and Borghoff, Kent. 1997. International Harvester Farm Equipment Product History, American Society of Agricultural Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan, pp.395-396
  3. Updike, Kenneth. 2002. Farmall Cub & Cub Cadet, MBI Publishing, St. Paul, Minnesote, p.115
  4. http://www.ihcubcadet.com
  5. Klancher, Lee 1996. International Harvester Photographic History, Motorbooks International, Osceola, Wisconsin, p.193

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