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Model: Cub Series

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Toward the middle 50’s, the small tractor market changed dramatically. The rapid development of the suburbs around major cities saw the need for a new kind of small tractor. The medium sized farms gave way to housing developments. The residents of these communities didn’t require all the gardening complexities that were offered on a traditional ‘garden tractor’. Their requirements were mostly for lawn care. A smaller and more dedicated tractor was in order. The Cub Series was introduced around 1956 to meet this growing demand.

Photo of 2 of my Tiger Cubs

Tiger Cubs

(Left is a Standard Cub - Right is a Super Cub)

Tiger carried over some of the design features from the 883 Series. Amongst these were the welded steel frame, ratchet brakes and the sprocket/chain gear reduction in the final drive. The result was a 400 lb., small tractor.

The Cubs were offered in 2 styles, the Cub and the Super Cub. Either of these models were available with a Clinton D900 engine (said to generate 3.0 H.P. - 2 ½ actual if you look at the Clinton’s information) or a Kohler K90 (said to generate 3.6 H.P.). The model number designation was taken from the advertised HP of the engine. (Examples - A Cub with the Kohler engine is a 360 Cub. A Super Cub with the Clinton engine is a 300 Super Cub.)

The drive system on these was a system of pulleys, friction wheels and belts. One lever is used to engage motion in either direction. Push forward on the lever and arms move that tension 2 belts to engage forward drive. Pull back on the lever and arms move to free one belt and drop a friction pulley onto the engine output. Once touching, the friction wheels engage reverse drive.

Tiger rolled out this series with great fanfare. A large advertising effort was made during their introduction. Despite Tigers’ high expectations, the Cub’s didn’t sell well. The engines were remarkably underpowered for the weight of this tractor (400 lbs. without a seated operator). The engines cough and hoot when going up the smallest grade and the belts slip terribly. I have found myself having to get off and walk beside the tractors often at shows when going up a light grade. In some of the literature I have collected, it shows Cubs with front blades and moldboard plows. It is quite humorous to think this tractor could have actually plowed a field.

The Cubs were discontinued shortly after their introduction (estimated about 5 month long production). As you may expect, only a few examples survive to this day. Those at Tiger Tractor Corp had to regroup and design a more competitive small tractor.