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    1957 Farmall Cub

    So I came across this cub on Craigslist. Talked to the guy. One owner tractor, always kept inside. Been sitting for many years but the gas was drained. And then run dry. Looks like original paint that is in good condition. Includes sickle bar mower and cultivators.

    The guy wants 2200 for it. I'm thinking maybe a bit high. What are all your guys thoughts.

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    I'm not an authority on Cubs, but I've been seeing running ones in the Midwest from $1350-$3000. One looked pretty similar to that one, in better looking condition & running w/mid mount mower was $1500.

    Here's another one, in IA: 1959 Farmall Cub
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    I'dl go put some gas in it, see if it will run. run it around for a spell, if it runs good-ok. work him down a few hundred if the cultivators is all there, and the sickle bar too. ur getting 2 implements with it also, ur going to half to see what cub implements are bringing, and what ur willing to give. good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigJim55 View Post
    I'dl go put some gas in it, see if it will run. run it around for a spell, if it runs good-ok. work him down a few hundred if the cultivators is all there, and the sickle bar too. ur getting 2 implements with it also, ur going to half to see what cub implements are bringing, and what ur willing to give. good luck
    Once it runs I think you'll have a much harder time bringing the price down.

    I think it's a little high, but with the sickle it's not too out of sight. The paint and tires look good, if the engine is free then they usually fire up with very little work required. A carburetor cleaning and an ignition tune up will probably get it running.
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    I like it. It even has weights on the rear wheels. If I had use for it I don't see it as being to much if I didn't have to travel to far to get it. He might come down some if you showed him the cash.
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    I think the price is fair, especially with the sickle bar included, but not a "steal". That's about average for my area (NE Ohio) but I'd bet they'd take $2,000 without any argument. Prices for Cubs vary widely by region of the country.

    Although replacement parts are plentiful, it's important to keep in mind some parts are now available only as Chinese reproductions. The quality varies from pure junk to merely acceptable. Also, I was a little surprised to find many parts were far more expensive than I expected. For example, parts for my 1975 Ford 3000 are much less expensive and better quality.

    Be diligent with the normal checklist: oil, blow-by, antifreeze, brakes, hydraulics, PTO, belts, hoses, tire and rubber rot, etc.
    You may want to consult the Farmall Cub forum too: Farmall Cub • View forum - Farmall Cub

    I paid $1000 for my 1950 Cub with a nice International belly mower. It was in excellent cosmetic condition with good tires but leaked something from EVERY possible location, had no brakes and was not easy to start. As a result, my total cost has now soared to $2800 to make it mechanically rock solid. I might get $2200- $2500 if I found the right buyer but that's OK. This is not retirement investment stuff

    I will tell you these Cubs are a real hoot to operate....up to a point. I normally use mine to mow some awkward areas under trees and irregular little spaces. A couple of times I've used mine to mow 5+ acres of grass but it takes a toll on my old back. Granted, I'm mostly cutting green weeds on former horse pastures but every jolt is immediately transferred to your bones. I enjoy the nostalgia but NOTHING beats the comfort of a cab with AC and nimble power steering!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rod330 View Post
    I think the price is fair, especially with the sickle bar included, but not a "steal". That's about average for my area (NE Ohio) but I'd bet they'd take $2,000 without any argument. Prices for Cubs vary widely by region of the country.

    Although replacement parts are plentiful, it's important to keep in mind some parts are now available only as Chinese reproductions.
    There are also four different Cubs. You have the Farmall Cub/ F Cub like the one pictured, then there's the number series Cubs- 154, 184 and 185. The number series is sometimes called the Cub LoBoy, but I believe there was also a LoBoy version of the F Cub.

    The number series uses the same engine as the F Cub, but instead of a starter on the bell housing it uses a starter generator on the fan belt. It looks much more similar to the Cub Cadet line of the era than the Farmall line. The 154 and 185 are very similar, but the 184 was a little bit different. All three came with three speed transmissions and were fairly limited with ground engaging implements. They were designed mostly for mowing, but were only equipped with a rear PTO. The mid mount deck was driven off a pulley on the rear PTO with a long belt, similar to the setup on the F Cub.
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    There's one semi-near me that has been partially restored and comes with a plow (but not other attachments) for $2000.

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    I think your guy is just a tad high but not outrageous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimR View Post
    There's one semi-near me that has been partially restored and comes with a plow (but not other attachments) for $2000.

    Farmall Cub

    I think your guy is just a tad high but not outrageous.
    I DON'T know for sure if he is really out of the ball park. the way the OP said it was his originally his tractor from new- it's sat in the barn for years, has wheel weights on rear, good rear tires, and since they the tires hasn't seen any sun, they shouldn't be weather cracked, hopefully. his has the sickle bar cutter, along with a one bottom plow.i bet if u took him 20 brand new $100 bills-he might just say-sold!! load it up!! boy-u think the seller realizes how hard we are fighting for his sale at least some of us!
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    That sad think is if I pull the trigger in this it won't be for my but for my son. Maybe it will let me get my 955 back. He's commandeered it.


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