Cub Cadet 72

Cub Cadet 72The Cub Cadet 72 is a garden tractor model from the 1X4/1X5 series, manufactured from 1967 to 1969 by Cub Cadet (a part of International Harvester) in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. It was available in two-wheel drive (2WD) version.

The Cub Cadet 72 is equipped with a 262 cc (16.2 cu·in) single-cylinder gasoline engine with 73.0 mm (2.87 in) of the cylinder bore and 63.5 mm (2.5 in) of the piston stroke, and one of two transmissions: a gear type transmission with 3 forward and 1 reverse gear and dry disc clutch (6 forward and 2 reverse with creeper).

The Cub Cadet 72 garden tractor features:

  • The Kohler K161 gasoline engine which produces 7.1 PS (5.2 kW; 7.0 HP) at 3,600 rpm of horsepower
  • Manual steering
  • Dry disc brakes
  • Open operator station
  • Independent front PTO with mechanical clutch and 3,600 rpm
  • Transmission rear PTO with with dry disc clutch and 525 rpm

General specifications

General Specifications
ModelCub Cadet 72
Tractor typeLawn tractor
Production years1967-1969
FactoryLouisville, Kentucky, USA
Dimensions and weight
Length1,620 mm (63.8 in)
Width840 mm (33.1 in)
Height1,000 mm (39.4 in)
Wheel base1,090 mm (42.9 in)
Ground clearance150 mm (5.9 in)
Weight251 kg (553 lbs)
Fuel capacity
Fuel tank capacity4.7 liters (1.2 US gal.; 1 Imp. gal)


Engine Specifications
Engine model Kohler K161S – electric starter
Kohler K161T – retractable starter
Engine type4-stroke, L-head, single-cylinder
Displacement262 cm3, (16.23 cu·in)
Bore and stroke73.025 mm X 63.5 mm (2.87 in X 2.5 in)
Fuel typeGasoline
Max. horsepower7.1 PS (5.2 kW; 7.0 HP) at 3,600 rpm
Cooling systemForced air
Lubricating systemSplash type
Fuel systemCarburetor
Ignition system Magneto ignition system for retractable starter
Battery ignition system for electric starter
Starting system Retractable starter or
Electric starter 12V
Valve clearance
Intake valve clearance:0.15-0.20 mm (0.0059-0.0079 in)
Exhaust valve clearance:0.43-0.48 mm (0.0169-0.0189 in)
Oil system
Lubrication system:Splash type
Oil type:API SF or SG
Recommended oil: Summer: SAE 30W
Winter: SAE 5W-20, 5W-30
Oil capacity:1.2 L (1.27 US. qt, 1.06 Imp. qt.)
Ignition system
Spark plug:Champion RJ8C
Spark plug gap:0.65 mm (0.0256 in)
Spark plug torque:27 N·m (2.8 kg·m, 19.9 ft·lb)
Ignition timing:20° B.T.D.C.
Compression pressure
Normal:7.7-8.4 kg/cm2 (7.6-8.3 bar, 110-120 psi) / 1,000 rpm

Transmission and chassis

Chassis, steering and brakes
Chassis4×2 2WD
Steering typeManual
BrakesDry disc
Transmission manufacturer or model
Transmission typeGear type with dry disc clutch
Gears3 forward and 1 reverse
Speed Forward: 11.1 kmh (6.9 mph)
Reverse: 4.0 kmh (2.5 mph)
Transmission oil capacity3.3 L (0.9 US. gal, 0.7 Imp. gal.)
Transmission № 2
Transmission manufacturer or model
Transmission typeCreeper
Gears6 forward and 2 reverse
Speed Forward: 10.9 kmh (6.8 mph)
Reverse: 4.0 kmh (2.5 mph)


Front tires Ag: 4.80×8
Rear tires Ag: 6×12

Rear Hitch

Three-Point Hitch
CategoryCub Cadet three-point
Control type
Lift capacity (at ends)

PTO (Power take-off shaft)

Front PTO typeIndependent with mechanical clutch
Front PTO speed3,600 rpm
Rear PTO typeTransmission with dry disc clutch
Rear PTO speed525 rpm

Electrical system

Electrical system
Charging systemGenerator
Charging amps15A

Serial numbers

Cub Cadet 72 serial numbers


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