AgriculturalInternational Cub Tractor

     International Harvester was a very large company producing a wide variety of products, mainly farm equipment, under the name International and Farmall.  Not only did they produce tractors and engines, but they also made Balers, Combines, Cultivators, Lawn Equipment, Mowers, Plows, Refrigeration Equipment, Wagons, and even a number of different War Time Products.  Much of the war time production was for tractors and trucks, however they also produced torpedoes and rifles. 

     The smallest model in the International Harvester line; the Cub was first introduced as the Farmall Cub, produced from 1947 until 1964.  After the Farmall Cub, the International Cub was built from 1965 through 1979. This is tractor familiar to the present day market and is still coveted by vegetable farmers today.  According to C. H. Wendel, in his book 150 Years of International Harvester, a different type of Cub was also produced, "A Cub Lo-Boy model was built from 1955 to 1975Ē.  Our Cub is not a Lo-Boy, and is referred to as simply a Cub.

     Cub tractors have three forward speeds and a single reverse speed.  Capable of traveling 2.125 to 7.3 MPH, these Cub tractors were designed primarily for farms that were less than 40 acres, ideal for vegetable and truck farms as well as nurseries and poultry farms.  "At least 17 different implements were available for the Farmall Cub,"  making it a versatile machine for any small farm.  The original price of the 1973 Cub we have is not known, however the list price of the International Cub in 1964 was $1,680.

     International Cub Tractors of the 1970's, like our late 1973 model, featured "increased power and new versatility."  "The introduction of tubular steel components permitted a drastic reduction of weight, making attachments like the mounted loader a practical matter."  Our Cub was recently restored to its original condition, after years of service at Rhomberg Farms.  Adolph Rhomberg and his youngest brother Arthur Rhomberg, Sr. purchased their second pair of Cubs from Eime Hardware in Concord Village, Missouri, for their gentlemanís farm in Fenton, Missouri.  The 1973 models replaced their well worn 1947ís. The original Operatorís Manual was still hanging on a nail in the barn when Hazel Rhomberg gifted the tractor to her grandson Greg Rhomberg, Curator of the Antique Warehouse. Click here to view the restoration process of the machine/tractor.

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