The Farmall Cub is the smallest tractor in the International Harvester line, capable of pulling one 12-inch bottom plow. Production began in 1947 and continued relatively unchanged until 1964. Variations of the tractor (International Cub Lo-Boys) were continued for some time after that. The Cub was the only Farmall built with an L-head engine.
Farmall Cubs built in different years can be found with McCormick-Deering, Farmall, and International Harvester decals, depending upon the configuration of the parent company International Harvester in the year of production.
This little tractor was aimed at the needs of the small-acreage farmer - farms of 40 crop acres or less and truck gardens, or for larger farms that needed an extra tractor. Seven or eight implements were initially designed for it: Plow, Disc, Backblade, Sickle-Bar Mower, Belly-Mower, and a one-armed front-end loader for starters. Like the Farmall Model A, the Cub was off-set to the left with the driver and steering wheel on the right. This concept was called "CultiVision" in reference to the ability of the driver to have a perfect view of a belly-mounted cultivator. In 1947, the Farmall Cub sold for around $545.00 - attachments and implements were extra.
The Farmall Cub was easily one of the most popular small chore tractors made in history. This is shown by the sheer numbers of Cubs that were built. With a production run lasting almost 20 years, over 200,000 of them were built between 1947 and 1964.