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Hello everyone from MN, not exactly new to IH Cub Cadets as I’ve rode them when they were owned by family members in that sense, and what I have currently are after IH’s time…

I have an 1864 with a 54” deck that was passed down to me by a friend who didn’t want it anymore. It needed some TLC. The motor was at 1300+ hrs and running hot to the point it would melt the plastic sides. I replaced the motor with another Kohler Ch18 that I found, with 304 hours (plus usual maintenance like oil changes, hydraulic fluid change, etc), and it now runs like a baby and cuts grass very nicely. At some point, I intend to replace the plastic sides and front housing with metal because tabs are missing and they’ve become brittle over time. Right now, some JB Weld is holding them together…

I also have a 2135 HDS with a Kohler 12.5 hp passed down to me by my father in law. Just a hair over 500 hours, runs very nicely without issues, however the mowing deck is in extremely bad shape. There are a ton of gaps from rust, especially some near the spindles and it’s eventually going to fall apart. I’ve been looking for a replacement deck with no luck. It looks like this model takes a 38” deck but I’m wondering if other sizes would fit that this motor would still be able to handle.

Anyway, hello!
 

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1864 is a good machine in my opinion. Have a couple 1862s myself.
I have ran a 38" from a 2135 on my 2185, mainly because it came with a bagger attachment. As far as a I know any deck from those 2000 series should attach especially if you get the lift pieces with it. How well your 12.5 hp will handle them I couldn't say but I would think 46" would work reasonably well.
 
Hello everyone from MN, not exactly new to IH Cub Cadets as I’ve rode them when they were owned by family members in that sense, and what I have currently are after IH’s time…

I have an 1864 with a 54” deck that was passed down to me by a friend who didn’t want it anymore. It needed some TLC. The motor was at 1300+ hrs and running hot to the point it would melt the plastic sides. I replaced the motor with another Kohler Ch18 that I found, with 304 hours (plus usual maintenance like oil changes, hydraulic fluid change, etc), and it now runs like a baby and cuts grass very nicely. At some point, I intend to replace the plastic sides and front housing with metal because tabs are missing and they’ve become brittle over time. Right now, some JB Weld is holding them together…

I also have a 2135 HDS with a Kohler 12.5 hp passed down to me by my father in law. Just a hair over 500 hours, runs very nicely without issues, however the mowing deck is in extremely bad shape. There are a ton of gaps from rust, especially some near the spindles and it’s eventually going to fall apart. I’ve been looking for a replacement deck with no luck. It looks like this model takes a 38” deck but I’m wondering if other sizes would fit that this motor would still be able to handle.

Anyway, hello!
Please, never again use the rusted deck. It'll be very, very exciting if the deck collapses when blades are spinning.
Cheers, Jack
 
1864 is a great machine.
Get a blower for that thing.
I'm 2hrs south just wanted to say Welcome!!
 
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