Cub Cadet
Predecessor International Harvester
Founded 1961
Headquarters Cleveland, OH, USA
Products utility tractors, Lawn mowers, Garden Tractors, snow blowers
Parent MTD Products (since 1981)

Cub Cadet is a premium line of outdoor power equipment, established in 1961 as a brand of the International Harvester Corporation in America, and now as a line with MTD Products. The division was sold off in 1981 when International Harvester became bankrupt and was broken up.

Cub Cadet 1050 - IMG 4639

A modern Cub Cadet LT1050 zero turn model


During the 1960s IH initiated an entirely new line of lawn and garden equipment aimed at the owners of increasingly popular rural homes with large yards and private gardens. There were a wide variety of Cub Cadet branded and after-market attachments available; including mowers, blades, snow blowers, front loaders, ploughs, trailers, etc.

Cub Cadet advertising at that time harped on their thorough testing by "boys - acknowledged by many as the world's worst destructive force!". Cub Cadets became known for their dependability and rugged construction.

Cub Cadet sold offEdit

International Cub Cadet 1961

The International Cub Cadet

MTD Products, Inc., of Cleveland, Ohio, purchased the Cub Cadet brand from International Harvester in 1981 following the break up of IH after they became bankrupt and were restructured. Cub Cadet was held as a wholly owned subsidiary of MTD for many years following this acquisition, which allowed them to operate independently. Recently, MTD has taken a more aggressive role and integrated Cub Cadet into its other lines of power equipment (MTD, YardMachines, YardMan, White Outdoor, Bolens, and Troy-Bilt).

Cub Cadet YanmarEdit

Main article: Cub Cadet Yanmar

In 2007, Cub Cadet (MTD Products) and Yanmar of Japan entered into a partnership to manufacture and market compact and utility tractors in the USA. They would be sold under the Cub Cadet Yanmar brand name through existing Cub Cadet dealers. The partnership was revised in 2011 with Yanmar taking full control, and the Cub Cadet name being dropped.[1][2]

Cub Cadet Trick Shot ChallengeEdit

David Kalb, a warehouse worker from La Habra, California, was the winner of the 2008 Cub Cadet trick shot challenge. Kalb won the chance to play Lebron James, a four-time NBA All-Star and Olympic gold medalist, at a game of H-O-R-S-E in Venice Beach, California in an online contest. Kalb won the first game but the two decided to go best 2 out of 3 whereupon Kalb won also.[3]

Cub Cadet model rangeEdit

Other productsEdit

Cub Cadet cart at Rudgwick 2010 - IMG 5134

A Cub Cadet ATV used by stewards at a UK steam rally

The Cub Cadet brand is also used on utility vehicles for use by estate managers, farmers and park services for moving personnel, tools and light loads. - Cub Cadet ATV. The ATVs are built by HiSun in China, and assembled by Cub Cadet in the USA.

Electric lawn mowers are also branded as Cub Cadet.


A Cub Cadet rechargeable mower

UK MachinesEdit

A few of these can be seen in the Garden machinery classes at tractor and vintage shows.

A few have also been converted for junior classes of the "Sport" of Tractor Pulling.

See alsoEdit


External linksEdit

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