I hate to say it, but the new Cub Cadets are not made in China, they are made in Tennessee. They are also not as bad as everyone tries to make them out to be. There are members on here, including me, that have newer Cub Cadet equipment and are very happy with it. We have many older Cub Cadets that still get used all the time. Dad uses a 782 and/or a Quietline to mow every week. I have my 1450 out at least once a week for something. But my primary mower, push mower and string trimmer are all Cub Cadet's. All I've had to do with any of them is routine maintenance, and sharpen the blades (or add/replace string). If you look in other threads, there are members that really like their new CC stuff. Yes, there are some that have had issues.... but, back in the day, so did the old stuff when it was new. I remember at least once Dad's 149 above had to go back to the dealer to have something addressed when it was new. Does that make it "bad" or "junk", no..... because that tractor is still a worker in our fleet today. Has it needed work, absolutely...Yes I only look at the cans that say IH . The cub labeled stuff is for the China made cubs cadets. That is why I tinker with a 1974 made tractor instead of one made today
Yep, it was one of the divisions making money in the late 70's for IH. They knew they could sell it off and make some money trying to keep the Ag and Truck divisions going. The early 80's when they sold it to MTD, is the same time frame they killed off the Light Line vehicles (Pickups, Scout, Travelall) and sold the construction stuff to Dresser (I believe). So from the 80-81 time frame IH was trying to save what was left, (which is the same time they put out the 88 Series Farm Tractors) and we all know how that worked out. In 85 they sold the Ag division to J.I. Case (Tenneco) and went to just trucks/busses and engines. What we now know as Navistar, which it the Engine, and Truck and Bus Company is all that is left of the IH that we know. Even that name change did a bunch of damage. In 86 or 87, they started selling the trucks under the Navistar name (They actually said Navistar on the grille) and NOBODY bought them, since they didn't know who Navistar was. The name change lasted 1 model year, and then they changed the name to International Truck and Bus Company, and Navistar engines. The IH Engine Plant / Foundry that was here in Indianapolis on Brookville Road, (they made all the 6.9/7.3 IDI, 7.3/6.0/6.4 PSD engines used in Ford trucks and the IH versions also) had a Navistar sign out front until the day they closed the plant in ~2008.Sold out would be more like the truth!