you see you made the common mistake....... its not a cub cadet not at all. it's a small AG tractor, predates the cub cadet, and has a 4 cylinder liquid cooled engine. it weights about 1,400 dry about twice the weight of a cub cadet (no implements, weights or hydraulics). the way my tractor is setup she probably weights more like 2,000. my tractor was built in 1948, its a farmall cub. the interesting thing is when IH originally designed the cub cadet they took the transmission from the cub, removed the final drives (replaced with stub shafts on a cub cadet) but the transmission housing and internal gears are the same on a gear drive IH cub cadet. the did this so the cub cadet did not require new tooling and new design for the transmission. the farmall cub was produced from 1947-1979, my tractor was produced the 2nd year they made them.https://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=Aj ... t-901&fp=1
the rear tires are probably about 4 feet tall. you actually have to climb up onto the machine.
as far as you jd 214 they were a good little garden tractor, they were not in the same class as my cub but would be in the same class as a cub cadet. they were a useful machine and the original design for that variator dated back to the round fender JD 110, 1963. its a peerless cast iron transmission not as heavy as a cub cadet from that area but they werent bad either. your 214 is a garden tractor NOT a lawn tractor (lawn tractor= junk). you can pull decent sized loads and it will hold up, you can blade snow, run a snowblower attachment, rotto tiller, single bottom plow, mow and im sure there's more then i can remember. how do i know this, i used to have a 1971 jd 112 square fender but sold it when i bought my cub. i like the 112, i used it many years but i have two acres and i am able to mow with a 60" mower with my cub reducing mowing time. that and its even more durable then the kohler, which is a good engine in its own right. C60's are damn near indestructible. full pressure lube with a cartridge oil filter, automotive style bearings , liquid cooled, ect ect.