Cub Cadet RZT 54 Operator`s manual

Safe Operation Practices • Set-Up • Operation • Maintenance • Service • Troubleshooting • Warranty
Operator’s Manual
RZT L Series Tractor
WARNING
READ AND FOLLOW ALL SAFETY RULES AND INSTRUCTIONS IN THIS MANUAL
BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO OPERATE THIS MACHINE.
FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THESE INSTRUCTIONS MAY RESULT IN PERSONAL INJURY.
CUB CADET LLC, P.O. BOX 361131 CLEVELAND, OHIO 44136-0019
Printed In USA
Form No. 769-09343
(September 23, 2013)
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To The Owner
Thank You
Thank you for purchasing a Cub Cadet Zero-Turn Tractor. It was
carefully engineered to provide excellent performance when
properly operated and maintained.
If applicable, the power testing information used to establish
the power rating of the engine equipped on this machine can be
found at www.opei.org or the engine manufacturer’s web site.
Please read this entire manual prior to operating the equipment.
It instructs you how to safely and easily set up, operate and
maintain your machine. Please be sure that you, and any other
persons who will operate the machine, carefully follow the
recommended safety practices at all times. Failure to do so could
result in personal injury or property damage.
If you have any problems or questions concerning the machine,
phone your local Cub Cadet dealer or contact us directly. Cub
Cadet’s Customer Support telephone numbers, website address
and mailing address can be found on this page. We want to
ensure your complete satisfaction at all times.
All information in this manual is relative to the most recent
product information available at the time of printing. Review
this manual frequently to familiarize yourself with the machine,
its features and operation. Please be aware that this Operator’s
Manual may cover a range of product specifications for various
models. Characteristics and features discussed and/or illustrated
in this manual may not be applicable to all models. We reserve
the right to change product specifications, designs and
equipment without notice and without incurring obligation.
Throughout this manual, all references to right and left side of the
machine are observed from the operating position
The engine manufacturer is responsible for all engine-related
issues with regards to performance, power-rating, specifications,
warranty and service. Please refer to the engine manufacturer’s
Owner’s/Operator’s Manual, packed separately with your
machine, for more information.
Table of Contents
Safe Operation Practices......................................... 3
Assembly & Set-Up................................................... 9
Controls & Features.................................................12
Operation.................................................................15
Maintenance & Adjustment................................. 22
Service..................................................................... 28
Troubleshooting..................................................... 34
Replacement Parts ................................................ 35
Attachments & Accessories................................... 37
Warranties.............................................................. 38
Record Product Information
Model Number
Before setting up and operating your new equipment, please
locate the model plate on the equipment and record the
information in the provided area to the right. This information
will be necessary, should you seek technical support via our web
site or with your local Cub Cadet dealer. Pivot the seat assembly
forward to locate the model plate on the underside of the seat
pivot bracket.
Serial Number
Product Registration and Customer Support
Please register your product on our website, www.cubcadet.com.
If you have difficulty assembling this product or have any questions regarding the controls, operation, or maintenance of
this machine, you can seek help from the experts. Choose from the options below:
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Visit us on the web at www.cubcadet.com
See How-to Maintenance and Parts Installation Videos at www.cubcadet.com/tutorials
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Locate your nearest Cub Cadet Dealer at (877) 282-8684
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Write to Cub Cadet LLC • P.O. Box 361131 • Cleveland, OH • 44136-0019
Important Safe Operation Practices
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WARNING! This symbol points out important safety instructions which, if not followed,
could endanger the personal safety and/or property of yourself and others. Read and follow
all instructions in this manual before attempting to operate this machine. Failure to comply
with these instructions may result in personal injury.
When you see this symbol, HEED ITS WARNING!
CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65
WARNING! Engine Exhaust, some of its constituents, and certain vehicle components
contain or emit chemicals known to State of California to cause cancer and birth defects
or other reproductive harm.
WARNING! Battery posts, terminals, and related accessories contain lead and lead
compounds, chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and reproductive
harm. Wash hands after handling
DANGER! This machine was built to be operated according to the safe operation practices in
this manual. As with any type of power equipment, carelessness or error on the part of the
operator can result in serious injury. This machine is capable of amputating hands and feet
and throwing objects. Failure to observe the following safety instructions could result in
serious injury or death.
General Operation
1.
Read, understand, and follow all instructions on the
machine and in the manual(s) before attempting to
assemble and operate. Keep this manual in a safe place for
future and regular reference and for ordering replacement
parts.
2.
Be familiar with all controls and their proper operation.
Know how to stop the machine and disengage them
quickly.
3.
Never allow children under 14 years of age to operate this
machine. Children 14 and over should read and understand
the instructions and safe operation practices in this manual
and on the machine and should be trained and supervised
by an adult.
4.
Never allow adults to operate this machine without proper
instruction.
5.
To help avoid blade contact or a thrown object injury,
keep bystanders, helpers, children and pets at least 75 feet
from the machine while it is in operation. Stop machine if
anyone enters the area.
6.
Thoroughly inspect the area where the equipment is to be
used. Remove all stones, sticks, wire, bones, toys, and other
foreign objects which could be picked up and thrown by
the blade(s). Thrown objects can cause serious personal
injury.
7.
Plan your mowing pattern to avoid discharge of material
toward roads, sidewalks, bystanders and the like. Also,
avoid discharging material against a wall or obstruction
which may cause discharged material to ricochet back
toward the operator.
8.
Always wear safety glasses or safety goggles during
operation and while performing an adjustment or repair
to protect your eyes. Thrown objects which ricochet can
cause serious injury to the eyes.
9.
Wear sturdy, rough-soled work shoes and close-fitting
slacks and shirts. Loose fitting clothes and jewelry can be
caught in movable parts. Never operate this machine in
bare feet or sandals.
10.
Be aware of the mower and attachment discharge direction
and do not point it at anyone. Do not operate the mower
without the discharge cover or entire grass catcher in its
proper place.
11.
Do not put hands or feet near rotating parts or under the
cutting deck. Contact with the blade(s) can amputate
hands and feet.
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12.
A missing or damaged discharge cover can cause blade
contact or thrown object injuries.
13.
Stop the blade(s) when crossing gravel drives, walks, or
roads and while not cutting grass.
14.
Watch for traffic when operating near or crossing
roadways. This machine is not intended for use on any
public roadway.
15.
Do not operate the machine while under the influence of
alcohol or drugs.
16.
Mow only in daylight or good artificial light.
17.
Never carry passengers.
18.
Do not use the machine for towing.
19.
Back up slowly. Always look down and behind before and
while backing to avoid a back-over accident. Be aware
and pay attention to the safety system function that
stops power to the blades when driving in reverse. If not
fuctioning properly, contact an authorized dealer for safety
system inspection and repair.
20.
Slow down before turning. Operate the machine smoothly.
Avoid erratic operation and excessive speed.
21.
Disengage blade(s), set parking brake, stop engine and wait
until the blade(s) come to a complete stop before removing
grass catcher, emptying grass, unclogging chute, removing
any grass or debris, or making any adjustments.
22. Never leave a running machine unattended. Always turn off
blade(s), place drive control levers in neutral, set parking
brake, stop engine and remove key before dismounting.
23.
Use extra care when loading or unloading the machine into
a trailer or truck. This machine should not be driven up or
down ramp(s), because the machine could tip over, causing
serious personal injury. The machine must be pushed
manually on ramp(s) to load or unload properly.
24. Muffler and engine become hot and can cause a burn. Do
not touch.
25. Check overhead clearances carefully before driving under
low hanging tree branches, wires, door openings etc.,
where the operator may be struck or pulled from the
machine, which could result in serious injury.
26. Disengage all attachment clutches, set the parking brake
to the ‘ON’ position and move the RH and LH drive control
levers to the neutral position before attempting to start the
engine.
27.
Your machine is designed to cut normal residential grass of
a height no more than 10”. Do not attempt to mow through
unusually tall, dry grass (e.g., pasture) or piles of dry leaves.
Dry grass or leaves may contact the engine exhaust and/
or build up on the mower deck presenting a potential fire
hazard.
28. Use only accessories and attachments approved for this
machine by the machine manufacturer. Read, understand
and follow all instructions provided with the approved
accessory or attachment.
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29.
Data indicates that operators, age 60 years and above, are
involved in a large percentage of riding mower-related
injuries. These operators should evaluate their ability
to operate the riding mower safely enough to protect
themselves and others from serious injury.
30.
If situations occur which are not covered in this manual, use
care and good judgment. Contact your customer service
representative for assistance.
Slope Operation
Slopes are a major factor related to loss of control and tip-over
accidents which can result in severe injury or death. All slopes
require extra caution. If you cannot back up the slope or if you
feel uneasy on it, do not mow it.
For your safety, use the slope gauge included as part of this
manual to measure slopes before operating this machine on
a sloped or hilly area. If the slope is greater than 15 degrees as
shown on the slope gauge, do not operate this machine on that
area or serious injury could result.
Do:
1.
Mow across slopes, not up and down. Exercise extreme
caution when changing direction on slopes.
2.
Watch for holes, ruts, bumps, rocks, or other hidden
objects. Uneven terrain could overturn the machine. Tall
grass can hide obstacles.
3.
Use slow speed. Choose a low enough speed so that you
will not have to stop while on the slope. Avoid starting
or stopping on a slope. If the tires are unable to maintain
traction, disengage the blades and proceed slowly and
carefully straight down the slope.
4.
Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for wheel
weights or counterweights to improve stability.
5.
Use extra care with grass catchers or other attachments.
These can change the stability of the machine.
6.
Keep all movement on the slopes slow and gradual. Do
not make sudden changes in speed or direction. Rapid
acceleration or deceleration could cause the front of the
machine to lift and rapidly roll over backwards, which
could cause serious injury.
Do Not:
1.
Do not turn on slopes unless necessary; then turn slowly
uphill and use extra care while turning.
2.
Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches or embankments. The
mower could suddenly turn over if a wheel is over the edge
of a cliff, ditch, or if an edge caves in.
3.
Do not try to stabilize the machine by putting your foot on
the ground.
4.
Do not use a grass catcher on steep slopes.
5.
Do not mow on wet grass. Reduced traction could cause
sliding.
Children
1.
Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to the
presence of children. Children are often attracted to the
machine and the mowing activity. They do not understand
the dangers. Never assume that children will remain where
you last saw them.
a.
b.
c.
d.
e.
f.
g.
2.
Keep children out of the mowing area and in
watchful care of a responsible adult other than the
operator.
Be alert and turn machine off if a child enters the
area.
To avoid back-over accidents, always look behind
and down for small children.
Never carry children, even with the blade(s) shut off.
They may fall off and be seriously injured or interfere
with safe machine operation.
Use extreme care when approaching blind corners,
doorways, shrubs, trees or other objects that may
block your vision of a child who may run into the
path of the machine.
Keep children away from hot or running engines.
They can suffer burns from a hot muffler.
Remove key when machine is unattended to prevent unauthorized operation.
Never allow children under 14 years of age to operate this
machine. Children 14 and over should read and understand
the instructions and safe operation practices in this manual
and on the machine and should be trained and supervised
by an adult.
Service
Safe Handling of Gasoline:
1.
To avoid personal injury or property damage use extreme
care in handling gasoline. Gasoline is extremely
flammable and the vapors are explosive. Serious
personal injury can occur when gasoline is spilled on
yourself or your clothes which can ignite. Wash your skin
and change clothes immediately.
a.
Use only an approved gasoline container.
b.
Never fill containers inside a vehicle or on a truck
or trailer bed with a plastic liner. Always place
containers on the ground away from your vehicle
before filling.
c.
When practical, remove gas-powered equipment
from the truck or trailer and refuel it on the ground.
If this is not possible, then refuel such equipment on
a trailer with a portable container, rather than from a
gasoline dispenser nozzle.
d.
Keep the nozzle in contact with the rim of the fuel
tank or container opening at all times until fueling is
complete. Do not use a nozzle lock-open device.
e.
Extinguish all cigarettes, cigars, pipes and other
sources of ignition.
f.
Never fuel machine indoors.
g.
Never remove gas cap or add fuel while the engine
is hot or running. Allow engine to cool at least two
minutes before refueling.
h.
Never over fill fuel tank. Fill tank to no more than ½”
below bottom of filler neck to allow space for fuel
expansion.
i.
Replace gasoline cap and tighten securely.
j.
If gasoline is spilled, wipe it off the engine and
equipment. Move machine to another area. Wait 5
minutes before starting the engine.
k.
To reduce fire hazards, keep machine free of grass,
leaves, or other debris build-up. Clean up oil or fuel
spillage and remove any fuel soaked debris.
l.
Never store the machine or fuel container inside
where there is an open flame, spark or pilot light
as on a water heater, space heater, furnace, clothes
dryer or other gas appliances.
m. Allow a machine to cool at least five minutes before
storing.
General Service
1.
Never run an engine indoors or in a poorly ventilated area.
Engine exhaust contains carbon monoxide, an odorless,
and deadly gas.
2.
Before cleaning, repairing, or inspecting, make certain the
blade(s) and all moving parts have stopped. Disconnect the
spark plug wire and ground against the engine to prevent
unintended starting.
3.
Periodically check to make sure the blades come to
complete stop within approximately (5) five seconds after
operating the blade disengagement control. If the blades
do not stop within the this time frame, your machine
should be serviced professionally by an authorized dealer.
4.
Regularly check the safety interlock system for proper
function, as described later in this manual. If the safety
interlock system does not function properly, have your
machine serviced professionally by an authorized dealer.
5.
Check the blade(s) and engine mounting bolts at frequent
intervals for proper tightness. Also, visually inspect blade(s)
for damage (e.g., excessive wear, bent, cracked). Replace
the blade(s) with the original equipment manufacturer’s
(O.E.M.) blade(s) only, listed in this manual. “Use of parts
which do not meet the original equipment specifications
may lead to improper performance and compromise
safety!”
6.
Mower blades are sharp. Wrap the blade or wear gloves,
and use extra caution when servicing them.
7.
Keep all nuts, bolts, and screws tight to be sure the
equipment is in safe working condition.
8.
Never tamper with the safety interlock system or other
safety devices. Check their proper operation regularly.
9.
After striking a foreign object, stop the engine, disconnect
the spark plug wire(s) and ground against the engine.
Thoroughly inspect the machine for any damage. Repair
the damage before starting and operating.
10.
Never attempt to make adjustments or repairs to the
machine while the engine is running.
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Grass catcher components and the discharge cover are
subject to wear and damage which could expose moving
parts or allow objects to be thrown. For safety protection,
frequently check components and replace immediately
with original equipment manufacturer’s (O.E.M.) parts only,
listed in this manual. “Use of parts which do not meet the
original equipment specifications may lead to improper
performance and compromise safety!”
Do not modify engine
12.
Do not change the engine governor settings or over-speed
the engine. The governor controls the maximum safe
operating speed of the engine.
13.
Maintain or replace safety and instruction labels, as
necessary.
Engines which are certified to comply with California and federal
EPA emission regulations for SORE (Small Off Road Equipment)
are certified to operate on regular unleaded gasoline, and
may include the following emission control systems: Engine
Modification (EM) and Three Way Catalyst (TWC) if so equipped.
14.
Observe proper disposal laws and regulations for gas, oil,
etc. to protect the environment.
15.
According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission
(CPSC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),
this product has an Average Useful Life of seven (7) years,
or 270 hours of operation. At the end of the Average Useful
Life have the machine inspected annually by an authorized
service dealer to ensure that all mechanical and safety
systems are working properly and not worn excessively.
Failure to do so can result in accidents, injuries or death.
11.
To avoid serious injury or death, do not modify engine in any
way. Tampering with the governor setting can lead to a runaway
engine and cause it to operate at unsafe speeds. Never tamper
with factory setting of engine governor.
Notice Regarding Emissions
When required, models are equipped with low permeation fuel
lines and fuel tanks for evaporative emission control. California
models may also include a carbon canister. Please contact
Customer Support for information regarding the evaporative
emission control configuration for your model.
Spark Arrestor
WARNING! This machine is equipped with an
internal combustion engine and should not be used
on or near any unimproved forest-covered, brushcovered or grass-covered land unless the engine’s
exhaust system is equipped with a spark arrestor
meeting applicable local or state laws (if any).
If a spark arrestor is used, it should be maintained in
effective working order by the operator. In the State of California
the above is required by law (Section 4442 of the California Public
Resources Code). Other states may have similar laws. Federal laws
apply on federal lands.
A spark arrestor for the muffler is available through your
nearest engine authorized service dealer or contact the service
department, P.O. Box 361131 Cleveland, Ohio 44136-0019.
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Safety Symbols
This page depicts and describes safety symbols that may appear on this product. Read, understand, and follow all instructions on the
machine before attempting to assemble and operate.
Symbol
Description
READ THE OPERATOR’S MANUAL(S)
Read, understand, and follow all instructions in the manual(s) before attempting to
assemble and operate
WARNING— ROTATING BLADES
Do not put hands or feet near rotating parts or under the cutting deck. Contact with the
blade(s) can amputate hands and feet.
WARNING—THROWN OBJECTS
This machine may pick up and throw and objects which can cause serious personal injury.
WARNING—THROWN OBJECTS
This machine may pick up and throw and objects which can cause serious personal injury.
BYSTANDERS
Keep bystanders, helpers, children and pets at least 75 feet from the machine while it is in
operation.
WARNING— SLOPE OPERATION
Do not operate this machine on a slope greater than 15 degrees.
DANGER — ROTATING BLADES
To reduce the risk of injury, keep hands and feet away. Do not operate unless discharge cover
or grass catcher is in its proper place. If damaged, replace immediately.
WARNING! Your Responsibility — Restrict the use of this power machine to persons who read, understand and
follow the warnings and instructions in this manual and on the machine.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS!
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Figure 1
line
Figure 2
(TOO STEEP)
15° Slope
WARNING! Slopes are a major factor related to tip-over and roll-over accidents which can result in severe injury or death.
Do not operate machine on slopes in excess of 15 degrees. All slopes require extra caution.
Always mow across the face of slopes, never up and down slopes.
To check the slope, proceed as follows:
1. Remove this page and fold along the dashed line.
2. Locate a vertical object on or behind the slope (e.g. a pole, building, fence, tree, etc.)
3. Align either side of the slope gauge with the object (See Figure 1 and Figure 2 ).
4. Adjust gauge up or down until the left corner touches the slope (See Figure 1 and Figure 2).
5. If there is a gap below the gauge, the slope is too steep for safe operation (See Figure 2 above).
ashed
15° d
USE THIS SLOPE GAUGE TO DETERMINE
IF A SLOPE IS TOO STEEP FOR SAFE OPERATION!
(OK)
15° Slope
Slope Gauge
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Assembly & Set-Up
Contents of Crate
•
One RZT L Tractor
•
One Oil Drain Tube
•
One Deck Wash Hose Coupler
•
One Tractor Operator’s Manual
•
One Engine Operator’s Manual
•
One Hardware Pack
NOTE: This Operator’s Manual covers several models. Tractor
features may vary by model. Not all features in this manual are
applicable to all tractor models and the tractor depicted may
differ from yours.
2.
Remove the two shoulder screws and lock nuts in the seat
pan as shown in Figure 3-2.
Tractor Preparation
Manually Moving the Tractor
1.
Seat Pan
Engage the transmission bypass rods, one on each side of
the tractor, to move the tractor manually without starting it.
The transmission bypass rods are located on the rear of the
tractor, just inside each rear wheel. Engage the bypass rods
by pulling each one out (a) and to the right (b) to lock it into
place. See Figure 3-1.
Shoulder
Screw
Lock
Nuts
Wire Harness
Shoulder
Screw
Figure 3-2
3.
a
b
Rotate the seat into position and secure the seat into place
with the previously removed shoulder screws and lock
nuts. Be careful not to crimp or damage the wire harness
while installing the seat. See Figure 3-3.
Figure 3-1
2.
Disengage the bypass rods by reversing steps a & b after
moving the tractor. See Figure 3-1.
3.
Remove the deck wash system nozzle adapter from the
manual bag and store for future use.
Lock
Nuts
Install Operator’s Seat
Wire Harness
To install the seat proceed as follows:
Seat Bracket
NOTE: The seat is shipped with the seat switch and seat pan
attached.
1.
Cut any straps securing the seat assembly and the drive
control levers to the tractor. Remove any packing material.
NOTE: Be careful not to cut the wiring harness connecting the
seat and the seat switch.
Shoulder
Screws
Figure 3-3
NOTE: Be sure to push the excess wire from the wire harness into
the seat box hole before continuing.
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Position Drive Control levers
Connecting the Battery Cables
CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 WARNING!
Battery posts, terminals, and related accessories
contain lead and lead compounds, chemicals known
to the State of California to cause cancer and
reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling.
The drive control levers of the tractor are lowered for shipping
purposes. The hex screws and flat washers that normally secure
the control levers in their operating position are in a hardware
pack inside your manual bag. The control levers must be
repositioned to operate the tractor. To reposition the control
levers for operation, proceed as follows:
1.
Remove the hex screws and flat washers from the hardware
pack in your manual bag.
2.
Lift and swing that control lever upward until the slotted
hole in the lever bracket aligns with one of the holes in the
pivot bracket. See Figure 3-4.
Control Lever
CAUTION: When attaching battery cables, always
connect the POSITIVE (Red) wire to its terminal first,
followed by the NEGATIVE (Black) wire.
For shipping reasons, both battery cables on your equipment
may have been left disconnected from the terminals at the
factory. To connect the battery cables, proceed as follows:
NOTE: The positive battery terminal is marked Pos. (+). The
negative battery terminal is marked Neg. (–).
NOTE: If the positive battery cable is already attached, skip ahead
to step 2.
1.
Remove the plastic cover, if present, from the positive
battery termina l and attach the red cable to the positive
battery terminal (+) with the bolt and hex nut. See Figure 3-5.
Flat Washer
Hex Screw
Pivot
Bracket
Figure 3-4
3.
Slide the flat washer onto the hex screw. From the outside,
insert the hex screw with washer through the control lever
slot and the hole of the pivot bracket. See Figure 3-4. Using
a 1⁄2” wrench snug the screw, but do not fully tighten.
4.
Note the relative position of the control lever to the pivot
bracket, then repeat the previous steps to reposition the
other control lever in approximately the same position.
CAUTION: Torque the screws down tightly to
prevent the control levers from slipping out of
position.
5.
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Refer to “Adjusting the Drive Control Levers” in the
Maintenance & Adjustments for instructions for the final
adjustment of the levers.
Section 2— Assembly & Set-Up
Figure 3-5
2.
Remove the plastic cover, if present, from the negative
battery terminal and attach the black cable to the negative
battery terminal (–) with the bolt and hex nut. See Figure 3-5.
3.
Position the red rubber boot over the positive battery
terminal to help protect it from corrosion.
NOTE: If the battery is put into service after the date shown
on top/side of battery, charge the battery as instructed in the
Maintenance section your Operator’s Manual prior to operating
the tractor.
Lower Deck Discharge Chute Deflector
Adjusting the Seat
WARNING! Never operate the mower deck
without the chute deflector installed and in the
down position.
To adjust the position of the seat, pull up and hold the seat
adjustment lever. Slide the seat forward or rearward to the desired
position; then release the adjustment lever. Make sure seat is
locked into position before operating the tractor. See Figure 3-8.
The discharge chute deflector must be installed before operating
the mower.
1.
Remove the keys that are attached with a zip tie to the
chute bracket.
2.
Remove the flange lock nuts from the deck. Do not remove
the push nuts or carriage bolts, leaving them in place will
aid in installing the chute. See Figure 3-6.
50” Deck
Shown
Flange Lock Nuts
Carriage Bolts
Push Nuts
Figure 3-8
Figure 3-6
3.
Install the discharge chute deflector using the carriage
bolts, push nuts and flange lock nuts as shown in Figure 3-7
and securely tighten the hardware.
50” Deck
Shown
Flange Lock Nuts
Discharge
Chute
Deflector
Carriage Bolts
Push Nuts
Figure 3-7
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Controls & Features
Deck Lift
Handle
LH Drive
RH Drive
Control Lever Control Lever
Seat Adjustment Lever
Deck Height
Index
Throttle Control
or Throttle/Choke
Control
Hour Meter/
Indicator Panel
Choke Control
PTO Switch
Ignition Switch
Fuel Level Window
Fuel Tank Cap
Cup Holder
Storage Tray
LH Transmission Bypass Rod
NOTE: This Operator’s Manual covers several models. Tractor
features may vary by model. Not all features in this manual are
applicable to all tractor models and the tractor depicted may
differ from yours.
NOTE: References to LEFT, RIGHT, FRONT, and REAR indicate that
position on the tractor when facing forward while seated in the
operator’s seat.
RH and LH Drive Control Levers
The RH and LH control levers are located on each side of the
operator’s seat. These hinged levers pivot outward to open
space to permit the operator to either sit in the tractor seat, or to
dismount the tractor. The levers must be fully opened out and in
the neutral position to start the tractor engine. When the levers
are fully outward, the parking brake is also engaged.
Each lever controls the respective RH or LH transmission.
Consequently, these levers control all of the movements of the
tractor. Driving and steering utilizing these control levers is quite
different from conventional tractors, and will take some practice
to master. Refer to Operation for instructions on using the control
levers.
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RH Transmission Bypass Rod
Deck Height Index
The deck height index consists of eight index notches
located on the front/right of the console. Each notch
corresponds to a 1⁄2” change in the deck height position
ranging from 1-1⁄2” at the lowest notch to 4” at the
highest notch.
Deck Lift Handle
The deck lift handle is located on the front/right of the
console, and is used to raise and lower the mower deck.
Pull the handle to the left out of the index notch and push
downward to lower the deck, or pull upward to raise the
deck. When the desired height is attained, move the lift
handle to the right until fully in the index notch.
Ignition Switch
Fuel Tank Cap
The ignition switch is located on the RH console
to the rear of the PTO switch. The ignition switch
has three positions as follows:
The fuel tank cap is located near the middle of the LH console.
Turn the fill cap approximately 1⁄4 turn and pull upward to
remove. The fuel cap is tethered to the tractor to prevent its loss.
Do not attempt to remove the cap from the tractor. Fill tank to
the bottom of the filler neck, allowing some space in the tank for
fuel expansion. Do not overfill the tank.
STOP — The engine and electrical system is
turned off.
RUN
— The tractor electrical system is energized.
START — The starter motor will turn over the engine. Release
the key immediately when the engine starts
Push the cap downward on the fuel tank fill neck and turn
approximately 1⁄4 turn clockwise to tighten. Always re-install the
fuel cap tightly onto the fuel tank after removing.
WARNING! Never fill the fuel tank when the engine
is running. If the engine is hot from recently running,
allow to cool for several minutes before refueling.
Highly flammable gasoline could splash onto the
engine and cause a fire.
NOTE: To prevent accidental starting and/or battery discharge,
remove the key from the ignition switch when the tractor is not
in use.
Power Take-Off (PTO) Switch
The PTO switch is located on the RH console to
the left of the hour meter/indicator panel.
The PTO switch operates the electric PTO
clutch mounted on the bottom of the engine
crankshaft. Pull the switch knob upward to
engage the PTO clutch, or push the knob
downward to disengage the clutch.
The PTO switch must be in the “disengaged”
position when starting the engine.
Transmission Bypass Rods
Fuel Level Window
The Fuel Level Window is located on the outer left side of
the LH console and shows the level of fuel in the gas tank.
Throttle/Choke Control (If so equipped)
The throttle/choke control is located on the RH console
to the left of the hour meter/indicator panel. When
set in a given position, a uniform engine speed will be
maintained.
•
Push the throttle/choke control handle forward to
increase the engine speed. The tractor is designed
to operate with the throttle/choke control in the
fast position (full throttle) when the tractor is being
driven and the mower deck is engaged.
•
Pull the throttle/choke control handle rearward to
decrease the engine speed.
The transmission bypass rods (one for each the RH and LH
transmission) are located on the rear of the tractor, just inside
each rear wheel.
When engaged, the two rods open a bypass within the
hydrostatic transmissions, which allows the tractor to be pushed
short distances by hand. Refer to the Assembly & Set-Up section
for instructions on using the bypass feature.
CAUTION: Never tow your tractor. Towing the
tractor with the rear wheels on the ground may
cause severe damage to the transmissions.
FAST
SLOW
•
When starting the engine, push the control handle fully
forward into the “CHOKE” position.
•
After starting and warming the engine, move the control
handle rearward until you feel it move past the choke
detent.
Cup Holder
The cup holder is located toward the middle of the RH console.
Storage Tray
The storage tray is located at the rear of the RH console.
Seat Adjustment Lever
The seat adjustment lever is located below the front/left of the
seat. The lever allows for adjustment forward or backward of
the operator’s seat. Refer to the Assembly & Set-Up section for
instructions on adjusting the seat position.
Section 4 — Controls & Features
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Throttle Control (If so equipped)
Indicator Panel Features
The throttle control is located on the RH console to the
left of the hour meter/indicator panel. When set in a given
position, a uniform engine speed will be maintained.
FAST
Illuminates and the battery voltage is displayed briefly when the
ignition switch it turned to the “ON” position.
Push the throttle control handle forward to increase the
engine speed. The tractor is designed to operate with the
throttle control in the fast position (full throttle) when the
tractor is being driven and the mower deck is engaged.
Illuminates to indicate the battery voltage has dropped below
11.5 (+0.5/-1.0) volts. The battery voltage is also displayed on
the hour meter. If this indicator and display come on during
operation, check the battery and charging system for possible
causes and/or contact your Cub Cadet dealer.
Pull the throttle control handle rearward to decrease the
engine speed.
Oil Pressure Indicator (If Engine So Equipped)
SLOW
Choke Control (If so equipped)
The choke control is located on the RH console to
the right of the hour meter/indicator panel .The
choke control determines the position of the engine
choke. Pull the knob out to choke the engine; push
the knob in to open the choke.
Hour Meter/Indicator Panel
The hour meter records the hours that
the tractor has been operated in the
digital display (tenths of an hour - right
most digit).
PTO Engaged Indicator
OIL
BATT.
HOURS 1/10
PTO /
BLADE
PARK
BRAKE
NOTE: The hour meter is activated whenever the ignition switch
is turned to the “ON” position. Keep a record of the actual hours
of operation to assure all maintenance procedures are completed
according to the instructions in this manual and the engine manual.
When key is turned to the “ON” position, the battery indicator
light briefly illuminates and the battery voltage is briefly
displayed. The display then changes to the accumulated hours.
The Indicator Monitor will also remind the operator of maintenance
intervals for changing the engine oil. The LCD will alternately flash,
“CHG” ; “OIL” and the recorded hours for five minutes after every
50 hours of recorded operation. The maintenance interval lasts for
two hours (from 50-52, 100-102, 150-152, etc.). The LCD will flash as
described for five minutes every time the tractor’s engine is started
during this maintenance interval. Follow the oil change intervals
provided in the engine manual.
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Section 4— Controls & Features
This warning lamp indicates low engine oil pressure. If the
indicator comes on while the engine is running, stop the engine
immediately and check for possible causes. Do not run the
engine while this indicator is illuminated. Contact your Cub
Cadet dealer to have the tractor and engine inspected.
NOTE: The oil pressure indicator may illuminate when the
ignition switch is in the ON position, but should turn off when
the engine is started.
The hour meter/indicator panel is
located on the RH console to the right
of the throttle or throttle/choke control.
Hour Meter Features
Battery Indicator
This indicator illuminates when the PTO switch is pulled upward
in the “ENGAGED” position and the ignition switch is turned
to the “START” position. Check this indicator if the engine will
not crank with the ignition switch in the “START” position. If
necessary, move the PTO switch to the “DISENGAGED” position.
Parking Brake Engaged Indicator
This indicator illuminates when the parking brake is in the
DISENGAGED position and the ignition switch is turned to the
“START” position. Check this indicator if the engine will not crank
with the ignition switch in the “START” position. If necessary,
move the parking brake to the ENGAGED position.
This indicator also illuminates when the ignition switch is turned
to the “START” position and the RH and/or LH drive control levers
are in a position other than the fully out in neutral position. Move
the control levers fully outward.
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Operation
General Safety
•
•
•
RECEIVE INSTRUCTION — Entirely read this operator’s
manual. Learn to operate this machine SAFELY. Do not risk
INJURY or DEATH. Allow only those who have become
competent in its usage to operate this tractor.
Before starting the engine or beginning operation, be familiar
with the controls. The operator should be in the operator’s
seat. The PTO switch must be in the disengaged position and
the RH and LH drive control levers moved fully outward in the
neutral position.
•
Keep all shields in place. Keep away from moving parts.
•
NO RIDERS! Keep all people and pets a safe distance away.
Look behind and down to both sides of the tractor before
and while backing up.
•
DO NOT direct the mower discharge at people.
•
Avoid slopes where possible. Never operate on slopes
greater than 15°. Slopes with a greater incline present
dangerous operating conditions. Tractors can be rolled over.
•
Before leaving the operator’s seat: Shut off the PTO, move
the RH and LH drive control levers fully outward in the
neutral position, shut off the engine and remove the
ignition key. Wait for all movement to stop before servicing
or cleaning.
•
Operate the drive control levers smoothly and avoid
any sudden movements of the levers when starting and
stopping. Keep a firm grip on the control levers.
•
Be careful when operating near roadways. Stop the tractor
motion and wait for vehicles to pass before operating
along the road.
•
Do not operate the tractor with the mower deck removed.
Removal of the deck will change the balance of the tractor,
and could contribute to a tractor rollover.
•
Avoid operation on traction surfaces that are unstable; use
extreme caution if the surface is slippery.
•
Slow down before turning and come to a complete stop
before any zero turn maneuver.
•
Do not stop the tractor or park the tractor over
combustible materials such as dry grass, leaves, debris, etc.
•
Do not fill the fuel tank when the engine is running or
while the engine is hot. Allow the engine several minutes
to cool before refueling. Tighten the fuel cap securely.
Unleaded gasoline is recommended because it leaves less
combustion chamber deposits and reduces harmful exhaust
emissions. Leaded gasoline is not recommended and must
not be used where exhaust emissions are regulated.
NOTE: Purchase gasoline in small quantities. Do not use
gasoline left over from the previous season, to minimize
gum deposits in the fuel system.
•
Gasohol (up to 10% ethyl alcohol, 90% unleaded gasoline
by volume) is an approved fuel. Other gasoline/alcohol
blends are not approved.
•
Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) and unleaded gasoline
blends (up to a maximum of 15% MTBE by volume) are
approved fuels. Other gasoline/ether blends are not approved.
•
Check the engine oil level.
•
Clean the air cleaner element if necessary.
•
Check the tire inflation pressures.
•
Adjust the seat for operator’s maximum comfort, visibility
and for maintaining complete control of the tractor.
Safety Interlock System
This tractor is equipped with a safety interlock system for the
protection of the operator. If the interlock system should ever
malfunction, do not operate the tractor. Contact your authorized
Cub Cadet Dealer.
•
The safety interlock system prevents the engine from
cranking or starting unless the RH and LH drive control
levers are moved fully outward in the neutral position and
the PTO is disengaged.
•
The safety interlock system will shut off the engine if the
operator leaves the seat with the PTO engaged.
NOTE: The PTO switch must be moved to the “STOP”
position to restart the engine.
•
The safety interlock system will shut off the PTO and the
mower blades will stop if both drive control levers are
moved into the reverse position. To re-engage the PTO, the
levers must be in the neutral or forward drive position and
the PTO switch must be placed in the OFF (disengaged)
position and then returned to the ON (engaged) position.
Before Operating Your Tractor
•
Before you operate the tractor, study this manual carefully
to familiarize yourself with the operation of all the
instruments and controls. It has been prepared to help you
operate and maintain your tractor efficiently.
•
This engine is certified to operate only on clean, fresh,
unleaded regular gasoline. For best results, fill the fuel
tank with only clean, fresh, unleaded gasoline with a pump
sticker octane rating of 87 or higher.
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Starting the Engine
WARNING! This tractor is equipped with a safety
interlock system designed for the protection of the
operator. Do not operate the tractor if any part of
the interlock system is malfunctioning. Periodically
check the functions of the interlock system for
proper operation.
WARNING! For personal safety, the operator must
be sitting in the tractor seat when starting the
engine.
1.
Operator must be sitting in the tractor seat with the control
levers fully outward in neutral (parking brake on).
2.
Make certain the PTO switch is in the disengaged (down)
position. Refer to Fig. 5-1.
RH Control Lever
Out in Neutral
LH Control Lever
Out in Neutral
Throttle Control to
the “Mid” Position
7.
Allow the engine to run for a few minutes at mid-throttle
before putting the engine under load.
8.
Observe the hour meter/indicator panel. If the battery
indicator light or oil pressure light come on, immediately
stop the engine. Have the tractor inspected by your Cub
Cadet dealer.
Cold Weather Starting
When starting the engine at temperatures near or below freezing,
ensure the correct viscosity motor oil is used in the engine and the
battery is fully charged. Start the engine as follows:
1.
Be sure the battery is in good condition. A warm battery
has much more starting capacity than a cold battery.
2.
Use fresh winter grade fuel. Winter grade gasoline has
higher volatility to improve starting. Do not use gasoline
left over from summer.
3.
Follow the previous instruction for Starting the Engine.
Using Jumper Cables To Start Engine
WARNING! Batteries contain sulfuric acid and
produce explosive gasses. Make certain the area is
well ventilated, wear gloves and eye protection, and
avoid sparks or flames near the battery.
If the battery charge is not sufficient to crank the engine,
recharge the battery. If a battery charger is unavailable and
the tractor must be started, the aid of a booster battery will be
necessary. Connect the booster battery as follows:
1.
Connect the end of one cable to the disabled tractor
battery’s positive terminal; then connect the other end of
that cable to the booster battery’s positive terminal.
2.
Connect one end of the other cable to the booster
battery’s negative terminal; then connect the other end of
that cable to the frame of the disabled tractor, as far from
the battery as possible.
3.
Start the disabled tractor following the normal starting
instructions previously provided; then disconnect the
jumper cables in the exact reverse order of their connection.
Move the choke control or throttle/choke control into the
full choke position. Refer to Fig. 5-1.
4.
Have the tractor’s electrical system checked and repaired
as soon as possible to eliminate the need for jump starting.
NOTE: If the engine is warmed up, it may not be necessary
to place the choke or throttle/choke control in the choke
position.
Stopping the Engine
1.
Disengage the PTO.
4.
Move the throttle control to midway between its slow
and
fast
positions on models with a separate choke control.
2.
Move the RH and LH drive control levers fully outward in
the neutral position.
5.
Insert the key into the ignition switch and turn the key
clockwise to the start position and release it as soon
as the engine starts; however, do not crank the engine
continuously for more than 5 seconds at a time. If the
engine does not start within this time, turn the key to the
stop position and wait at least 15 seconds to allow the
engine’s starter motor to cool. Try again after waiting. If
after a few attempts the engine fails to start, do not keep
trying to start it with the choke closed as this will cause
flooding and make starting more difficult.
3.
Move the throttle control to midway between the slow
and fast
positions.
4.
Turn the ignition key to the stop
the key from the ignition switch.
PTO Switch in Down
(Disengaged) Position
Ignition Switch
Pull Choke up to
Full Choke
Figure 5-1
3.
6.
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As the engine warms up, gradually pull the throttle/choke
control lever rearward past the choke detent position or
slowly disengage the choke on models with a separate
choke. Do not use the choke position to enrich the fuel
mixture, except as necessary to start the engine.
Section 5— Operation
position and remove
NOTE: Always remove the key from the ignition switch to prevent
accidental starting or battery discharge if the equipment is left
unattended.
Practice Operation (Initial Use)
3.
Operating a zero-turn tractor is not like operating a conventional
type riding tractor. Although and because a zero turn tractor is
more maneuverable, getting used to operating the control levers
takes some practice.
NOTE: Although the tractor’s engine is designed to run at
full throttle, when performing a practice session the tractor
must be operated at less than full throttle. This only applies
to practice.
It is strongly recommended that you locate a reasonably large,
level and open “practice area” where there are no obstructions,
pedestrians, or animals. You should practice operating the
tractor for a minimum of 30 minutes.
Carefully move (or have moved) the tractor to the practice area.
When performing the practice session, the PTO should not be
engaged. While practicing, operate the tractor at approximately
1⁄2-3⁄4 throttle and at less than full speed in both forward and
reverse.
Carefully practice maneuvering the tractor using the instructions
in the following section “Driving the Tractor.” Practice until you
are confident that you can safely operate the tractor.
WARNING! Always maintain a firm grip on the
control levers. DO NOT release the control levers to
slow or stop the tractor; move levers to neutral
position using your hands.
4.
1.
2.
To drive the tractor, firmly grasp the respective drive
control levers with your right and left hands and continue
with Driving the Tractor Forward on the following page.
Driving the Tractor Forward
WARNING! Keep all movement of the drive control
levers slow and smooth. Abrupt movement of the
control levers can affect the stability of the tractor
and could cause the tractor to flip over, which may
result in serious injury or death to the operator.
Driving the Tractor
WARNING! Avoid sudden starts, excessive speed
and sudden stops.
Move the throttle control lever forward to the full throttle
position.
1.
Adjust the operator’s seat to the most comfortable
position that allows you to operate the controls. See seat
adjustment in the Assembly & Set-Up section.
Slowly and evenly move both drive control levers forward.
The tractor will start to move forward. See Fig. 5-3.
Driving Forward
Move the RH and LH drive control levers inward in the
neutral position which also disengages the parking brake.
Refer to Figure 5-2.
Faster
Slower
Control Lever Moved
Inward and in Neutral
Neutral
Position
Figure 5-3
Figure 5-2
NOTE: Lap bars must be moved fully inward before pushing
forward or backward to ensure brakes are fully disengaged.
Parking the tractor on uneven terrain or a hill may cause the
brakes to bind and not release fully. In this case the tractor
will not drive when the lap bars are moved. If this happens,
move the lap bar in the opposite direction slightly to take
the load off the brakes and allow them to release fully.
NOTE: If the control levers are not even in the neutral
position, refer to Maintenance & Adjustments for
instructions to adjust the levers so that they are even.
2.
As the control levers are pushed farther forward the speed
of the tractor will increase.
3.
To slow the tractor move the controls lever rearward to
attain the desired speed, or move the levers to the neutral
position to stop the tractor.
WARNING! Always maintain your grasp on the
drive control levers. Do not release the levers to slow
the tractor or to return to neutral.
Section 5 — Operation
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Turning the Tractor While Driving Forward
WARNING! When reversing the direction of travel,
we recommend performing gradual ‘U’ turns where
possible. Sharper turns increase the possibility of turf
defacement, and could affect control of the tractor.
ALWAYS slow the tractor before making sharp turns.
To turn the tractor while driving forward, move the control
levers as necessary so that one lever is rearward of the other. The
tractor will turn in the direction of the rearward control lever.
1.
To turn to the left, move the left drive control lever
rearward of the right lever. See Fig. 5-4.
4.
To execute a “pivot turn,” move the turn side drive control
lever to the neutral position, while moving the other
control lever forward.
NOTE: Making a “pivot turn” on grass will greatly increase
the potential for defacement of the turf.
Driving the Tractor In Reverse
WARNING! Always look behind and down on both
sides of the tractor before backing up. Always look
behind while traveling in the reverse direction.
1.
Forward Left Turn
Slowly and evenly move both drive control levers rearward. The
tractor will start to move in the reverse direction. See Fig. 5-6.
Neutral
Position
Slower
Faster
Figure 5-4
2.
To turn to the right, move the right drive control lever
rearward of the left lever. See Fig. 5-5.
Forward Right Turn
Figure 5-5
3.
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The greater the distance between the two levers, the
sharper the tractor will turn.
Section 5— Operation
Figure 5-6
2.
As the control levers are pushed farther rearward the speed
of the tractor will increase.
3.
To slow the tractor move the controls lever forward to
attain the desired speed, or move the levers to the neutral
position to stop the tractor.
Turning While Driving Rearward
Executing a Zero Turn
WARNING! When executing a zero turn, the tractor
To turn the tractor while driving rearward, move the control
levers as necessary so that one lever is forward of the other. The
tractor will turn in the direction of the forward control lever.
1.
To turn to the left while traveling in reverse, move the left
drive control lever forward of the right lever. See Fig. 5-7.
MUST BE STOPPED. Executing a zero turn while the
tractor is moving can significantly reduce your control of
the tractor and will cause severe turf defacement.
1.
Stop the forward or reverse motion of the tractor by
moving the two drive control levers to neutral.
2.
To turn clockwise, move the left control lever forward while
simultaneously moving the right control lever rearward. See
Fig. 5-9.
Clockwise Zero Turn
Rearward Left Turn
Figure 5-7
2.
To turn to the right while traveling in reverse, move the right
drive control lever forward of the left lever. See Fig. 5-8.
Figure 5-9
3.
To turn counterclockwise, move the right control lever
forward while simultaneously moving the left control lever
rearward. See Fig. 5-10.
Counterclockwise Zero Turn
Rearward Right Turn
Figure 5-8
3.
The greater the distance between the two levers, the
sharper the tractor will turn.
4.
To execute a “pivot turn,” move the turn side drive control
lever to the neutral position, while moving the other
control lever rearward.
Figure 5-10
NOTE: Making a “pivot turn” on grass will greatly increase
the potential for defacement of the turf.
Section 5 — Operation
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Stopping the Tractor
1.
Move both drive control levers to the neutral position to
stop the motion of the tractor.
2.
Push the PTO switch downward to the disengaged position.
3.
Use the deck lift handle to raise the deck to its highest position.
4.
If dismounting the tractor, move the drive control handles
fully outward in the neutral position which also engages
the parking brake, move the throttle control lever to the
fast
position, turn the ignition switch to stop and
remove the key from the switch.
WARNING! Do not leave the seat of the tractor
without disengaging the PTO and moving drive
control levers fully outward in the neutral/parking
brake engaged position. If leaving the tractor
unattended, turn the ignition key off and remove key.
Using the Mower Deck
WARNING! Make certain the area to be mowed is
free of debris, sticks, stones, wire or other objects
that can be thrown by the rotating blades.
NOTE: Do not engage the mower deck when lowered in grass.
Premature wear and possible failure of the ‘V” belt and PTO
clutch will result. Fully raise the deck or move to a non grassy
area before engaging the mower deck.
1.
Mow across slopes, not up and down. If mowing a slope, start
at bottom and work upward to ensure turns are made uphill.
2.
On the first pass pick a point on the opposite side of the
area to be mowed.
3.
Engage the PTO clutch using the PTO switch and move the
throttle control or throttle/choke control to the fast
position.
4.
Lower the mower deck to the desired height setting using
the lift handle.
5.
Slowly and evenly push the RH and LH drive control levers
forward to move the tractor forward, and keep the tractor
headed directly toward the alignment point.
Driving On Slopes
Refer to the slope gauge in the Safe Operation Section to help
determine slopes where you may not operate safely.
WARNING! Do not operate on inclines with a slope
in excess of 15 degrees (a rise of approximately 2-1⁄2
feet every 10 feet). The tractor could overturn and
cause serious injury.
1.
NOTE: The speed of the tractor will affect the quality of the
mower cut. Mowing at full speed will adversely affect the cut
quality. Control the ground speed with the control levers.
6.
When approaching the other end of the strip, slow down
or stop before turning. A U-turn is recommended unless a
pivot or zero turn is required.
7.
Align the mower with an edge of the mowed strip and
overlap approximately 3”.
Operating The PTO
8.
Direct the tractor on each subsequent strip to align with a
previously cut strip.
Operate the PTO clutch as follows:
9.
To prevent rutting or grooving of the turf, if possible, change
the direction that the strips are mowed by approximately 45°
for the next and each subsequent mowing.
2.
Avoid turning downhill if possible. Start at the bottom of a
slope and work upward. Always slow down before turning.
3.
Use extra care and go slowly when turning downhill.
1.
Move the throttle control lever to approximately the mid
throttle position.
2.
Pull the PTO switch upward to the “ENGAGED” position.
3.
Advance the throttle lever to the operating speed (full
engine speed).
4.
The operator must remain in the tractor seat at all times. If
the operator should leave the seat without turning off the
power take-off switch, the tractor’s engine will shut off.
5.
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Always drive across slopes, never up and down. Control
the speed and direction of the tractor using primarily the
control lever on the downhill side of the tractor, with the
uphill control lever remaining essentially in a fixed position.
The PTO clutch cannot be operated when the tractor is
driving in the reverse direction. The PTO will disengage
when both drive control levers are moved to the reverse
position. To re-engage the PTO, the levers must be in
the neutral or froward drive position and the PTO switch
must be placed in the OFF (disengaged) position and then
returned to the ON (engaged) position.
Section 5— Operation
WARNING! Be careful when crossing gravel paths
or driveways. Disengage the PTO and raise the deck
to the highest position before crossing.
NOTE: When stopping the tractor for any reason
while on a grass surface, always:
•
Place the control levers in the neutral/parking brake
engaged position,
•
Shut engine off and remove the key.
•
Doing so will minimize the possibility of having your lawn
‘‘browned’’ by hot exhaust from your tractor’s running engine.
Checking the Safety Interlock Circuits
Periodically check the safety interlock circuits to ensure they are
working properly. If a safety circuit is not working as designed,
contact you Cub Cadet dealer to have the tractor inspected. DO
NOT operate the tractor if any safety circuit is not functioning
properly. To check the safety circuits, proceed as follows:
1.
Pull the PTO switch upward to the engaged position.
Momentarily turn the ignition switch to the start position;
the engine should not crank.
2.
Move both control levers fully inward in the neutral
position; then lift upward from the operator’s seat. The
engine should stop.
3.
With both control levers fully outward in the neutral/
parking brake engaged position, engage the PTO. Lift
upward from the operator’s seat; the engine should stop.
4.
Start the tractor and move the control levers inward to the
neutral operating position. Engage the PTO and move both
control lever slowly into the slow reverse position; the PTO
should disengage and the mower deck should stop.
Section 5 — Operation
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Maintenance & Adjustments
Maintenance Schedule
Before
Each use
Check Engine Intake Screen/Cover
Every
10 Hours
Every
25 Hours
Every
50 Hours
Every
100 Hours
Prior
to Storing
P
Clean Battery Terminals
Lube Front Wheels
P
P
P
P
Clean Engine Cooling Fins
Lube Front Deck Wheels
NOTE: This Operator’s Manual covers several models. Tractor
features may vary by model. Not all features in this manual are
applicable to all tractor models and the tractor depicted may
differ from yours.
P
P
P
P
3.
Pull back the lock collar of the nozzle adapter and push the
adapter onto one of the deck wash nozzles at either end of
the mower deck. Release the lock collar to lock the adapter
on the nozzle. See Figure 6-1.
Maintenance
WARNING! Before performing any maintenance or
repairs, disengage the PTO, move the drive control
levers fully outward in the neutral position, engage
the parking brake, stop the engine and remove the
key to prevent unintended starting.
Nozzle
Adapter
Engine
Pull Lock
Collar Back
Adapter
Lock Collar
Refer to the Engine Manual for all engine maintenance intervals,
procedures, specifications and instructions.
Deck Wash
Nozzle
Lubrication
•
Using a pressure lubricating gun, lubricate the front castor
wheel axles with Cub Cadet 251H EP grease after every 10
hours of service.
•
Periodically lubricate all other pivot points with a quality
lubricating oil.
Cleaning the Spindle Pulleys
Once a month remove the belt covers to remove any
accumulation of grass clippings from around the spindle pulleys
and V-belt. Clean more often when mowing tall, dry grass.
Using the Deck Wash System
WARNING! When using the deck wash system, never
engage the deck from any position other than the
operator’s seat of the tractor. Do not use an assistant or
engage deck in the presence of any bystanders.
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1.
Attach the nozzle adapter to a standard garden hose
connected to a water supply.
2.
Move the tractor to an area within reach of the hose where the
dispersal of wet grass clippings is acceptable to you. Disengage
the PTO, engage the parking brake and stop the engine.
Figure 6-1
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
Turn on the water supply.
From the tractor operator’s seat, start the engine and
engage the PTO. Allow to run as needed. Disengage the
PTO and stop the engine.
Turn off the water supply.
Pull back the lock collar of the nozzle adapter to disconnect
the adapter from the nozzle.
Repeat the previous steps to clean the deck using the
nozzle at the other end of the deck.
Tires
3.
Check the tire air pressure after every 50 hours of operation or
weekly. Keep the tires inflated to the recommended pressures.
Improper inflation will shorten the tire service life. See the tire side
wall for proper inflation pressures. Observe the following guidelines:
The battery must be stored with a full charge. A discharged
battery can freeze sooner than a charged battery. A fully
charged battery will store longer in cold temperatures than hot.
4.
Recharge the battery before returning to service. Although
the tractor may start, the engine charging system may not
fully recharge the battery.
•
Do not inflate a tire above the maximum pressure shown
on the sidewall of the tire.
•
Do not reinflate a tire that has been run flat or seriously under
inflated. Have it inspected and serviced by a qualified tire
mechanic.
Using the Transmission Bypass Rods
If for any reason the tractor will not drive or you wish to move the
tractor, the two hydrostatic transmissions are equipped with a bypass
rod that will allow you to manually move the tractor short distances.
General Battery Information
WARNING! Do not tow the tractor, even with the
bypass rod engaged. Serious transmission damage
will result from doing so.
WARNING!
• Should battery acid accidentally splatter into
the eyes or onto the skin, rinse the affected area
immediately with clean cold water. If there is any
further discomfort, seek prompt medical attention.
1.
• If acid spills on clothing, first dilute it with clean
water, then neutralize with a solution of ammonia/
water or baking soda/water.
From the rear of the tractor, just inside the two rear tires,
locate the transmission bypass rods. Refer to Figure 6-2.
• NEVER connect (or disconnect) battery charger
clips to the battery while the charger is turned on, as
it can cause sparks.
• Keep all sources of ignition (cigarettes, matches,
lighters) away from the battery. The gas generated
during charging can be combustible.
• As a further precaution, only charge the battery
in a well ventilated area.
• Always shield eyes and protect skin and clothing
when working near batteries.
a
• Batteries contain sulfuric acid and may emit
explosive gases. Use extreme caution when handling
batteries. Keep batteries out of the reach of children.
b
Battery Maintenance
•
The battery is filled with battery acid and then sealed at
the factory. However, even a “maintenance free” battery
requires some maintenance to ensure its proper life cycle.
•
Spray the terminals and exposed wire with a battery
terminal sealer, or coat the terminals with a thin coat of
grease or petroleum jelly, to protect against corrosion.
•
Always keep the battery cables and terminals clean and
free of corrosion.
•
Avoid tipping. Even a sealed battery will leak electrolyte
when tipped.
Figure 6-2
2.
NOTE: The tractor will not drive with the bypass rods in the
engage position.
WARNING! Batteries contain sulfuric acid and may
emit explosive gases. Use extreme caution when
handling batteries. Keep batteries out of the reach
of children.
Engage the transmission bypass rods, one on each side of
the tractor, to move the tractor manually without starting
it. The transmission bypass rods are located on the rear of
the tractor, just inside each rear wheel. Engage the bypass
rods by pulling each one out (a) and to the right (b) to lock
it into place. See Figure 6-2.
3.
Disengage the bypass rods by reversing steps a & b after
moving the tractor. See Figure 6-2.
Battery Storage
Hydrostatic Transmission
1.
When storing the tractor for extended periods, disconnect
the negative battery cable. It is not necessary to remove
the battery.
The hydrostatic transmission is sealed at the factory and is
maintenance-free. The fluid level cannot be checked and the
fluid cannot be changed.
2.
All batteries discharge during storage. Keep the exterior
of the battery clean, especially the top. A dirty battery will
discharge more rapidly.
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Tractor Storage
Removing The Tractor From Storage
If your tractor is not going to be operated for an extended period
of time (thirty days to approximately six months), the tractor should
be prepared for storage. Store the tractor in a dry and protected
location. If stored outside, cover the tractor (including the tires) to
protect it from the elements. The procedures outlined below should
be performed whenever the tractor is placed in storage.
1.
Check the engine oil.
2.
Fully charge the battery and inflate the tires to the
recommended pressure.
3.
Fill the fuel tank with clean, fresh gasoline.
4.
Start the engine and allow to idle for a few minutes to
ensure engine is operating properly.
5.
Drive the tractor without a load to make certain all the
tractor systems are functioning properly.
1.
Change the engine oil and filter following the instructions
provided in the engine manual packed with this manual.
WARNING! Never store the tractor with fuel in the
tank indoors or in poorly ventilated enclosures, where
fuel fumes may reach an open flame, spark or pilot
light as on a furnace, water heater, clothes dryer, etc.
2.
To prevent gum deposits from forming inside
the engine’s carburetor and causing possible
malfunction of the engine, the fuel system must be
either completely emptied, or the gasoline must be
treated with a stabilizer to prevent deterioration.
WARNING! Fuel left in the fuel tank deteriorates
and will cause serious starting problems.
b.
c.
Using a fuel stabilizer such as STA-BIL® for storage
between 30 and 90 days:
•
Read the product manufacturer’s instructions
and recommendations.
•
Add to clean, fresh gasoline the correct
amount of stabilizer for the capacity
(approximately 3 gallons) of the fuel system.
•
Fill the fuel tank with treated fuel and run the
engine for 2-3 minutes to get stabilized fuel
into the carburetor.
Adjusting RH & LH Drive Control Levers
The RH and LH drive control levers can be adjusted up or down
and forward or backward for the comfort of the operator.
The drive control levers can be placed in either of two height
positions, and/or can be moved forward or rearward within the
range of the slot in each lower arm..
To adjust the drive control lever height, proceed as follows:
1.
Remove the upper hex screw and flat washer securing the
lever to the pivot bracket.
2.
While supporting the control lever to keep it from falling,
remove the hex screw and flat washer from the bottom of the
control lever and lower arm. Refer to Figure 6-3.
Control Lever
Lower Arm
Emptying the fuel system for storage of more than
90 days:
•
Prior to putting the tractor in storage, monitor
fuel consumption with the goal of running
the fuel tank empty.
•
Run the engine until it begins to stall. Use the
choke to keep the engine running until all fuel
in the carburetor has been exhausted.
•
Referring to the engine manual, drain the fuel
from the carburetor bowl.
3.
Clean the engine and the entire tractor thoroughly.
4.
Fully charge the battery, then disconnect the negative
cable at the battery to prevent possible discharge.
Recharge the battery periodically when in storage.
NOTE: Remove the battery if exposed to prolonged periods
of sub-freezing temperatures. Store in a cool, dry location
where temperatures are above freezing.
Height
Adjustment
Holes
Flat Washer
Hex Screw
Figure 6-3
3.
Reposition the control lever to align with the other set of holes
in the lower arm and insert the hex screw through the flat
washer and into the lower arm. Tighten the hex screw until
snug.
4.
Insert the hex screw through the flat washer and through
the control lever slot and the lower arm. Do not tighten
now.
5.
If you are going to adjust the control levers forward or rearward,
proceed to the next step. If not, fully tighten the hex screw.
Lubricate all lubrication points.
NOTE: Using a pressure washer or garden hose is not
recommended for cleaning your tractor. It may cause
damage to electrical components, spindles, pulleys,
bearings or the engine. The use of water will result in
shortened life and reduce serviceability.
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WARNING! Shut the engine off, remove the
ignition key and engage the parking brake before
making adjustments. Protect your hands by using
heavy gloves when handling the blades.
If storing the tractor for 30 days or more:
a.
5.
Adjustments
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To adjust the drive control levers forward/rearward, proceed as
follows:
4.
1.
The deck is properly leveled when both blade tip measurements
are equal. Retighten the hex bolt on the front left deck hanger
bracket when proper adjustment is achieved.
If not already loose, loosen the hex screw and rotate the
control lever either forward or rearward to the desired
position. See Figure 6-3.
NOTE: If the control lever is too tight to move, slightly
loosen the hex crew at the bottom of the control lever.
2.
Tighten the hex screw to fix the control lever in the
adjusted position
3.
Repeat the above procedure to adjust the other control
lever into the same position. Adjust so that both levers are
even with each other when in the neutral position.
Deck Leveling
NOTE: Check the tractor’s tire pressure before performing
any deck leveling adjustments. Refer to Tires for information
regarding tire pressure.
WARNING! Shut the engine off, remove the
ignition key and engage the parking brake before
making adjustments. Protect your hands by using
heavy gloves when handling the blades.
Leveling the Deck (Side to Side)
NOTE: Check the tractor’s tire pressure before performing any
deck leveling adjustments. Refer to Tires for information regarding
tire pressure. Always level the deck side to side before front to rear.
Leveling the Deck (Front To Rear)
NOTE: Check the tractor’s tire pressure before performing
any deck leveling adjustments. Refer to Tires on page 22 for
information regarding tire pressure. Always level the deck side to
side before front to rear.
The front of the deck should be between 1⁄4-3⁄8” lower than the
rear of the deck. Adjust if necessary as follows:
1.
Park the tractor on a firm, level surface and place the deck
lift handle in a middle position.
2.
Rotate the blade nearest the discharge chute so that it is
parallel with the tractor.
3.
Measure the distance from the front of the blade tip to the
ground and the rear of the blade tip to the ground. The
first measurement taken should be between 1⁄4” and 3⁄8” less
than the second measurement.
4.
Determine the approximate distance necessary for proper
adjustment and proceed, if necessary.
5.
Using a wrench, raise or lower the front of deck by turning
lock nut on the front deck lift rod. See Figure 6-5.
If the cutting deck appears to be mowing unevenly, a side to side
adjustment can be performed. Adjust if necessary as follows:
1.
With the tractor parked on a firm, level surface, place the
deck lift handle in a middle mowing position and rotate both
outside blades so that they are perpendicular with the tractor.
2.
Measure the distance from the outside of the left blade
tip to the ground and the distance from the outside of the
right blade tip to the ground. Both measurements taken
should be equal. If they’re not, proceed to the next step.
3.
Loosen, but do NOT remove, the hex bolt on the rear left
deck hanger link. See Figure 6-4.
Using a wrench, raise or lower the left side of the deck by
turning the adjustment gear. See Figure 6-4.
Lock Nut
Front Deck Lift Rod
Adjustment
Gear
Figure 6-5
6.
The deck is properly leveled when the front tip of the blade
is 1⁄4” lower than the rear tip. Retighten the hex bolt on
the left rear deck hanger links when proper adjustment is
achieved.
Hex Bolt
Figure 6-4
NOTE: The rear right deck hanger link is not adjustable and
is used to help adjust the other hanger links.
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Adjusting the Front Gauge Wheels
Adjusting the Rear Deck Rollers (If so equipped)
WARNING!: Keep hands and feet away from the
discharge opening of the cutting deck.
The front gauge wheels on the mower deck are an anti-scalp
feature, and should not ride on the ground. The front gauge
wheels should be approximately 1⁄4-1⁄2” above the ground when
the deck is set in the desired height setting.
The rear deck rollers can be set in either the low or high position.
The position on the rear deck rollers is generally not changed. In
the low position the rollers will roll the grass. In the high position,
the rollers are in a storage position and do little or no rolling of
the grass. Change the roller position as follows:
1.
Remove the cotter pin from the right end of the J-hook.
See Figure 6-7.
Using the lift handle, set the deck in the desired height setting,
then check the gauge wheel distance from the ground below. If
necessary adjust the front gauge wheels as follows:
1.
2.
Visually check the distance between the front gauge
wheels and the ground. If the gauge wheels are near or
touching the ground, they should be raised. If more than
1⁄2” above the ground, they should be lowered.
High
Position
Right Rear
Roller Bracket
Low Position
Remove the lock nut securing one of the front gauge wheel
shoulder screws to the deck. Remove the gauge wheel and
shoulder screw. See Figure 6-6.
High
Position
J-Hook
Front Gauge
Wheel
Shoulder
Screw
Roller
Cotter
Low
Pin
Position
Figure 6-7
Gauge Wheel
Bracket
Index Holes
Lock
Nut
Figure 6-6
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3.
Insert the shoulder screw into the one of four index holes
in the front gauge wheel bracket that will give the gauge
wheel a 1⁄4-1⁄2” clearance with the ground.
4.
Note the index hole of the just adjusted wheel, and adjust
the other front gauge wheel into the respective index hole
of the other front gauge wheel bracket.
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2.
Slide the J-hook to the left and remove the roller as the
shaft is fully withdrawn from the left rear roller bracket. See
Figure 6-7.
3.
Insert the J-hook back through the roller bracket hole. Slide
the roller onto the shaft as you slide the J-hook to the right.
4.
Slide the J-hook through the desired position in the right
roller bracket, line up the hooked end of the J-hook with
the desired position and secure with the cotter pin once in
place.
Off-Season Storage
Removing the Riding Mower from Storage
Riding Mower Storage
1.
Check the engine oil.
2.
Fully charge the battery, lower riding mower off blocks,
and inflate the tires to the recommended pressure.
3.
Remove the spark plugs and wipe them off. Using the
starter, crank the engine to pump the excess oil out of the
spark plug holes. Replace the spark plugs and the ignition
leads.
4.
If drained before storing, fill the fuel tank with clean, fresh
gasoline.
5.
Check the level of the engine oil in the crankcase and the
hydraulic reservoir tank.
6.
Start the engine and allow to idle for a few minutes to
ensure engine is operating properly.
7.
Drive the riding mower without a load to make certain all
the riding mower systems are functioning properly.
If your riding mower is not going to be operated for an extended
period of time (thirty days to approximately six months), the riding
mower should be prepared for storage. Store the riding mower
in a dry and protected location. If stored outside, cover the riding
mower (including the tires) to protect it from the elements. The
procedures outlined below should be performed whenever the
riding mower is placed in storage.
1.
Change the engine oil and filter following the instructions
provided in the Engine Manual.
WARNING! Never store the riding mower with fuel
in the tank indoors or in poorly ventilated
enclosures, where fuel fumes may reach an open
flame, spark or pilot light as on a furnace, water
heater, clothes dryer, etc.
2.
Service the engine as instructed in the seperate engine
manual.
3.
Engines stored between 30 and 90 days need to be treated
with a gasoline stabilizer such as STA-BIL® and engines
stored over 90 days need to be drained of fuel to prevent
deterioration and gum from forming in fuel system or on
essential carburetor parts. If the gasoline in your engine
deteriorates during storage, you may need to have the
carburetor, and other fuel system components, serviced or
replaced.
WARNING: Drain fuel only into anapproved
container outdoors, away from an open flame. Allow
engine to cool. Extinguish cigarettes, cigars, pipes,
and other sources of ignition prior to draining fuel.
3.
Remove the spark plugs and pour approximately one
ounce of oil into each cylinder. Crank the engine one or
two turns to spread the oil evenly on the cylinder walls.
Replace the spark plugs.
4.
Clean the engine and the entire riding mower thoroughly.
NOTE: Use of a pressure washer or garden hose is not
recommended to clean your riding mower. They may
cause damage to electrical components, spindles, pulleys,
bearings or the engine. The use of water will result in
shortened life and reduce serviceability.
5.
Sharpen the blades so that the mower will be ready to use
when needed.
6.
Protect the metal surfaces. Repair scratches with the
appropriate touch-up spray paint. Brush a rust preventive
oil on any unpainted surfaces including the pulleys and
blades. (Be careful not to get any oil on the drive belts.)
7.
Clean and fully charge the battery, then disconnect the
negative cable at the battery to prevent possible discharge.
Recharge the battery periodically when in storage.
NOTE: Remove the battery if exposed to prolonged periods
of sub-freezing temperatures. Store in a cool, dry location
where temperatures are above freezing.
8.
Lubricate all lubrication points.
9.
Jack the mower up and store it on blocks to take the weight
off of the tires.
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7
Service
Battery Removal
Charging the Battery
WARNING! Battery posts, terminals and related
accessories contain lead and lead compounds. Wash
hands after handling.
Test and, if necessary, recharge the battery after the tractor has
been stored for a period of time.
•
The battery is located beneath the seat frame. To remove the battery:
1.
Remove the hex washer screw securing the battery holddown bracket to the frame. Then flip the battery holddown bracket up to free the battery. See Figure 7-1.
A voltmeter or load tester should read 12.6 volts (DC) or
higher across the battery terminals. See Figure 7-2.
Voltmeter
Reading
State of
Charge
Charging
Time
12.7
100%
Full Charge
12.4
75%
90 Min.
12.2
50%
180 Min.
12.0
25%
280 Min.
Figure 7-2
Hex Washer Screw
•
Charge the battery with a 12-volt battery charger at a
MAXIMUM rate of 10 amps.
Servicing Electrical System
A fuse is installed to protect the tractor’s electrical system from
damage caused by excessive amperage. Always use the same
capacity fuse for replacement. If the electrical system does not
function, check for a blown fuse.
Battery Hold-Down Bracket
Figure 7-1
2.
Remove the hex cap screw and sems nut securing the black
negative battery lead to the negative battery post (marked
NEG). Move the cable away from the negative battery post.
3.
Remove the hex cap screw and sems nut securing the red
positive battery lead to the positive battery post (marked POS).
4.
Carefully lift the battery out of the tractor.
5.
Install the battery by repeating the above steps in the
reverse order.
WARNING! Always connect the positive lead to
the battery before connecting the negative lead.
This will prevent sparking or possible injury from an
electrical short caused by contacting the tractor
body with tools being used to connect the cables.
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If you have a recurring problem with blown fuses, have the tractor’s
electrical system checked by your Cub Cadet Service Dealer.
Relays and Switches
There are several safety switches in the electrical system. If a
function of the safety interlock system described earlier is not
functioning properly, have the electrical system checked by your
Cub Cadet Service Dealer.
Deck Removal
Remove the mower deck from the tractor as follows:
1.
Move the tractor to a level surface, disengage the PTO, stop
the engine, and set the parking brake.
2.
Move the deck gauge wheels or rollers to their highest
setting (lowest deck setting).
3.
Remove the ‘V’ belt from the PTO pulley, located on the bottom
of the engine, using one of the following two methods.
WARNING! The muffler at the rear of the tractor
may be extremely hot, and could cause serious
burns. Use extreme caution when near the muffler.
Allow the muffler to fully cool before removing the
belt from the PTO pulley.
Releasing Belt Tension with the Idler Pulley
Rolling the Belt off the PTO Pulley
1.
1.
Using the deck lift handle, raise the deck to the position that
provides the most horizontal run of the belt between the deck
idler pulleys and the PTO pulley on the bottom of the engine.
2.
Sitting behind the tractor facing forward, reach beneath
the tractor to grasp the belt at the front of the PTO pulley.
Using the deck lift handle, raise the deck to the position
that provides the most horizontal run of the belt between
the deck idler pulleys and the PTO pulley on the bottom of
the engine. See Figure 7-3.
WARNING! Use caution to avoid pinching your
fingers when rolling the belt off the PTO pulley.
3.
Deck Lift Handle
Highest Mowing
Position
Pull the left side of the belt rearward and downward while
manually turning the PTO pulley to the right until the belt
rides out onto the edge of the lower sheave of the pulley.
NOTE: If pulling the right side of the belt, turn the pulley left.
4.
While still holding the belt downward, continue turning the
PTO pulley until the belt is rolled off the pulley. Refer to Figure
7-5.
PTO Pulley
Lowest Mowing
Position
PTO Belt
Figure 7-3
2.
Working from the middle of the tractor, pivot the idler
bracket and movable idler pulley rearward away from the
backside of the ‘V” belt just far enough to lift the belt up
and over the idler pulley. See Figure 7-4.
46/50/54” Decks
42” Decks
Moveable Idler
Pulley
Moveable Idler
Pulley
Transmission
Tube
Figure 7-5
5.
Idler Bracket
Idler Bracket
Fixed
Idler
Pulley
Lower the deck into the lowest position using the deck lift
handle. See Figure 7-3.
Fixed
Idler
Pulley
Figure 7-4
3.
From beneath the rear of the tractor, slide the belt off of
the PTO pulley on the bottom of the engine.
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6.
Pull the cotter pin out of the front deck lift rod securing it
to the deck. See Figure 7-6. Slide the deck lift rod out of the
front hanger bracket.
Deck Installation
Install the deck on the tractor as follows:
1.
Place the deck lift handle in the highest mowing position See
Figure 7-3.
2.
Slide the deck under the tractor on the right side of the
tractor lining up the deck hanger brackets and the deck lift
arms..
3.
Once the deck is under the tractor, move the deck lift
handle to the lowest mowing position.
NOTE: To line the brackets up properly, it may be necessary to
place a small block of wood under each side of the deck.
4.
Pull the deck release pins outward and maneuver the deck
as necessary to align the holes in the deck lift arms with the
pins. Refer to Figure 7-7.
5.
When aligned, push each pin fully inward through the lift
arms to secure the arms in the rear hanger bracket slots.
6.
Reinstall the front deck lift rod and secure in place with the
cotter pin. Refer to Figure 7-6.
7.
Make certain the ‘V’ belt is in the spindle pulleys on the
deck; then route the belt rearward beneath the tractor
frame, above the transmission tube(s), to the PTO pulley on
the bottom of the engine.
8.
Using the deck lift handle, raise the deck to the position
that provides the most horizontal run of the belt between
the deck idler pulleys and the PTO pulley on the bottom of
the engine.
9.
Make certain the belt is in the spindle pulleys of the deck,
and that the backside of the belt is against both the fixed
and movable idler pulleys.
10.
Sitting behind the tractor, facing forward, make certain the
belt is not twisted; then reach beneath the tractor to grasp
the belt and pull it toward the PTO pulley.
Front Deck Lift Rod
Cotter Pin
Figure 7-6
7.
Locate the LH and RH deck release pins on each side of the
deck. Pull the release pins outward and release the deck
from the LH and RH deck lift arms. See Figure 7-7.
Deck
Lift
Arm
WARNING! Use caution to avoid pinching your
fingers when rolling the belt onto the PTO pulley.
Deck
Release
Pin
Figure 7-7
8.
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Place the deck lift handle into the highest mowing position
and slide the deck out from beneath the tractor.
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11.
Pull the right side of the belt rearward and place the
narrow V side of the belt into the PTO pulley. See Figure
7-5.
12.
While holding the belt and pulley together, rotate the pulley
to the left (See Figure 7-5). Continue holding and rotating the
pulley and belt until the belt is fully rolled into the PTO pulley.
NOTE: Before using the tractor double-check the belt
routing to make sure that the belt has been routed properly.
Replacing the Belt
6.
Place the belt around the idler pulleys removed in step 3
with the “V” side facing in. Once in place, reinstall all the
hardware and tighten the flange lock nut to secure the
assembly. See Figure 7-8.
Route the belt as shown in Figure 7-8 and then reinstall the
deck (refer to Deck Installation on page 30).
42” Deck
1.
Remove the deck from beneath the tractor, (refer to Deck
Removal on page 28).
7.
2.
Remove the hex washer screws securing the belt covers to
the deck. See Figure 7-8.
46” Deck
Belt Cover
Hex Washer
Screws
1.
Remove the deck from beneath the tractor, (refer to Deck
Removal on page 28).
2.
Remove the hex washer screws securing the belt covers to
the deck. See Figure 7-9.
Spindle Pulley
Spindle Pulley
Hex Washer
Screws
Belt Guards
Belt Cover
Idler Pulley
Spindle Pulley
Belt Guard
Idler Arm
Idler Pulley
Spindle Pulley
Idler Pulley
PTO Pulley
Idler Arm
Idler Pulley
Figure 7-8
3.
Remove the two idler pulleys by removing the hex screws
and flange lock nuts that secure them to the deck and the
idler arm. See Figure 7-8. Do not lose any of the hardware
when removing the hex screw and flange lock nut.
Hex Screw
Flange Lock Nut
Pulley Cap
Pulley Cap
Figure 7-10
3.
Remove the two idler pulleys by removing the hex screws
and flange lock nuts that secure them to the deck and the
idler arm. See Figure 7-10. Do not lose any of the hardware
when removing the hex screw and flange lock nut.
Flange Lock Nut
Pulley Cap
Flange Lock Nut
Pulley Cap
Idler Pulleys
Washer
Idler Pulley
Belt Guard
Washer
Belt Guard
Idler Arm
Idler Arm
Washer
Belt Guard
PTO Pulley
Idler Pulley
Spacer
Shoulder Spacer
Hex Screw
Hex Screw
Flange Lock Nut
Figure 7-9
NOTE: Take note of the position of the belt guards to
ensure they are properly re-installed.
4.
Remove the belt from the spindle pulleys.
5.
Install the new belt around the spindle pulleys as shown
and reinstall the belt covers. See Figure 7-8.
Flat Washer
Hex Screw
Figure 7-11
NOTE: Take note of the position of the belt guard to ensure
they are properly re-installed.
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4.
Remove the belt from the spindle pulleys.
5.
Install the new belt around the spindle pulleys as shown
and reinstall the belt covers. See Figure 7-9.
6.
Place the belt around the idler pulleys removed in step 3
with the “V” side facing in. Once in place, reinstall all the
hardware and tighten the flange lock nut to secure the
assembly. See Figure 7-10.
7.
3.
Remove the two idler pulleys by removing the hex screws
and flange lock nuts that secure them to the deck and the
idler arm. See Figure 7-12. Do not lose any of the hardware
when removing the hex screw and flange lock nut.
Hex Screw
Pulley Cap
Idler Pulley
Route the belt as shown in Figure 7-10 and then reinstall
the deck (refer to Deck Installation on page 30).
50” & 54” Deck
1.
Remove the deck from beneath the tractor, (refer to Deck
Removal on page 28).
2.
Remove the hex washer screws securing the belt covers to
the deck. See Figure 7-11.
Hex Screw
Idler Pulley
Spacer
Belt Guard
Belt Guard
Flange Lock Nut
Hex Washer
Screws
Idler Arm
Spindle Pulley
Belt Cover
Flange Lock Nut
Belt Guards
Idler Pulley
Spindle Pulley
Idler Arm
Figure 7-12
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Section 7— Service
Figure 7-13
NOTE: Take note of the position of the belt guards to
ensure they are properly re-installed.
Spindle Pulley
4.
Remove the belt from the spindle pulleys.
5.
Install the new belt around the spindle pulleys as shown
and reinstall the belt covers. See Figure 7-11.
6.
Place the belt around the idler pulleys removed in step 3
with the “V” side facing in. Once in place, reinstall all the
hardware and tighten the flange lock nut to secure the
assembly. See Figure 7-12.
7.
Route the belt as shown in Figure 7-12 and then reinstall
the deck (refer to Deck Installation on page 30).
Mower Blade Care
Changing the Transmission Drive Belt
WARNING! Before performing any maintenance,
place the PTO switch in the “OFF” position, engage the
parking brake lever, turn the ignition key to the “OFF”
position and remove the key from the switch. Protect
your hands by using heavy gloves when handling the
blades. When servicing the mower deck, be careful not
to cut yourself on the sharpened blades.
The cutting blades must be kept sharp at all times. Sharpen the
cutting edges of the blades evenly so that the blades remain
balanced and the same angle of sharpness is maintained.
Several components must be removed and special tools used in
order to change the tractor’s transmission drive belt. See your
Cub Cadet dealer to have the transmission drive belt replaced.
Tractor Creeping
Creeping is the slight forward or backward movement of the
mower when the throttle is on and the speed control levers are
in the neutral position. If your mower creeps, see an authorized
service dealer.
If the cutting edge of a blade has already been sharpened many
times, or if any metal separation is present, it is recommended
that new blades be installed. New blades are available at your
authorized dealer.
The blades may be removed as follows.
1.
Remove the deck from beneath the tractor, (refer to Deck
Removal on page 28) then gently flip the deck over to
expose its underside.
2.
Use a 15⁄16” wrench to hold the hex nut on top of the spindle
assembly when loosening the hex nut securing the blade.
A block of wood may be placed between the deck housing
and the cutting edge of the blade to help in breaking loose
the hex nut securing the blade. See Figure 7-14.
Wood Block
Hex Flange Nut
Spindle Assembly
Figure 7-14
3.
When reinstalling the blades, be sure they are installed so that
the wings are pointing upward toward the top of the deck.
4.
Tighten the blade nuts to 70-90 ft. lbs.
5.
Reinstall the deck (refer to Deck Installation on page 30).
Section 7 — Service
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8
Troubleshooting
Problem
Excessive vibration
Uneven cut
Mower will not mulch grass
(If Equipped w/Mulching Kit)
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Cause
Remedy
1. Cutting blade loose or unbalanced.
1. Tighten blade and spindle.
2. Damaged or bent cutting blade.
2. Replace blade.
1. Deck not leveled properly.
1. Perform side-to-side deck adjustment.
2. Dull blade.
2. Sharpen or replace blade.
3. Uneven tire pressure.
3. Check tire pressure in all four tires.
1. Engine speed too low.
1. Place throttle in FAST (rabbit) position.
2. Wet grass.
2. Do not mulch when grass is wet.
3. Excessively high grass.
3. Mow once at a high cutting height, then
mow again at desired height or make a
narrower cutting swath.
4. Dull blade.
4. Sharpen or replace blade.
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Replacement Parts
Component
Part Number and Description
954-04033A
954-04325
954-05008
954-04329
Deck Belt, RZT L42
Deck Belt, RZT L46
Deck Belt, RZT L50
Deck Belt, RZT L54
954-04317A
Drive Belt
942-04312
942-04244A
942-04053C
942-04053-X
942-05056
Deck Blade, RZT L42
Deck Blade, RZT L46
Deck Blade, RZT L50
Extreme Blade, RZT L50
Deck Blade, RZT L54
918-04822A
918-05078
918-04125B
618-06978
Deck Spindle, RZT L42
Deck Spindle, RZT L46
Deck Spindle, RZT L50
Deck Spindle, RZT L54
734-04155 Deck Wheel
925-1707D Battery
951-12179B
Fuel Tank Cap
Phone (800) 965-4CUB to order replacement parts or a complete Parts Manual (have your full model number and serial number
ready). Parts Manual downloads are also available free of charge at www.cubcadet.com
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Component
Part Number and Description
946-1085A
Choke Control Cable (w/ Kawasaki)
946-05131
946-04830B
Throttle Control Cable (w/ Kawasaki)
Throttle/Choke Control Cable
(w/ Kohler)
325-05000
Ignition Key
946-05008
Brake Cable
631-04288
631-05162
631-05176
Discharge Chute Assy., RZT L42/46
Discharge Chute Assy., RZT L50
Discharge Chute Assy., RZT L54
634-04293-0931 Wheel Assembly, RZT L42/46
634-04128-0931 Wheel Assembly, RZT L50 & RZT L54
634-04212B
634-04711
Caster Wheel Assy., RZT L42
Caster Wheel Assy., RZT L46/50/54
Phone (800) 965-4CUB to order replacement parts or a complete Parts Manual (have your full model number and serial number
ready). Parts Manual downloads are also available free of charge at www.cubcadet.com
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Section 9 — Replacement Parts
10
Attachments & Accessories
The following attachments and accessories are compatible with your Cub Cadet RZT L tractor. See your Cub Cadet dealer or the
retailer from which you purchased your tractor for information regarding price and availability.
Part Number
Part
19B70020100
42” & 46” Bagger w/ Weight Kit
19B70004100
50” Bagger w/ Weight Kit
19A70043100
54” Twin Bagger w/ Weight Kit
19A30006100
42” Mulch Kit
19A30005100
46” Mulch Kit
190-193-000
50” Mulch Kit
19A70042100
54” Mulch Kit
19A70031100
Rear Engine Guard
490-850-0005
Blade Removal Tool
490-850-0008
Oil Siphon
490-290-0013
Tractor Cover
490-900-0045
Oil Filter Wrench
SPW-136
Spark Plug Wrench
490-325-0022
16 oz. Tire & Tube Sealant by Tire Science™
490-325-0020
32 oz. Tire & Tube Sealant by Tire Science™
490-850-0014
Deluxe Tire Plug Kit by Tire Science™
22216
32 oz. STA-BIL®
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FEDERAL and/or CALIFORNIA EMISSION CONTROL WARRANTY STATEMENT
YOUR WARRANTY RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS
MTD Consumer Group Inc, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and for those products certified for sale in the state of
California, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) are pleased to explain the emission (evaporative and/or exhaust) control system (ECS)
warranty on your 2013 and later small off-road spark-ignited engine and equipment (outdoor equipment engine). In California, new outdoor
equipment engines must be designed, built and equipped to meet the State’s stringent anti-smog standards (in other states, outdoor
equipment engines must be designed, built, and equipped to meet the U.S. EPA small off-road spark ignition engine regulations). MTD
Consumer Group Inc must warrant the ECS on your outdoor equipment engine for the period of time listed below, provided there has been no
abuse, neglect, or improper maintenance of the outdoor equipment engine.
Your ECS may include parts such as the carburetor, fuel-injection system, ignition system, catalytic converter, fuel tanks, fuel lines, fuel caps,
valves, canisters, filters, vapor hoses, clamps, connectors, and other associated emission-related components.
Where a warrantable condition exists, MTD Consumer Group Inc will repair your outdoor equipment engine at no cost to you including
diagnosis, parts, and labor.
MANUFACTURER’S WARRANTY COVERAGE:
This emission control system is warranted for two years. If any emission-related part on your outdoor equipment engine is defective, the
part will be repaired or replaced by MTD Consumer Group Inc. In the event that a component is covered for longer than two years by the
Manufacturer’s equipment warranty, the longer coverage period will apply.
OWNER’S WARRANTY RESPONSIBILITIES:
As the outdoor equipment engine owner, you are responsible for performance of the required maintenance listed in your owner’s manual. MTD
Consumer Group Inc recommends that you retain all receipts covering maintenance on your outdoor equipment engine, but MTD Consumer
Group Inc cannot deny warranty solely for the lack of receipts.
As the outdoor equipment engine owner, you should however be aware that MTD Consumer Group Inc may deny you warranty coverage if
your outdoor equipment engine or a part has failed due to abuse, neglect, improper maintenance, or unapproved modifications.
You are responsible for presenting your outdoor equipment engine to MTD Consumer Group Inc’s distribution center or service center as soon
as the problem exists. The warranty repairs should be completed in a reasonable amount of time, not to exceed 30 days. If you have a question
regarding your warranty coverage, you should contact the MTD Consumer Group Inc Service Department at 1-800-800-7310 or at
http://support.mtdproducts.com.
GENERAL EMISSIONS WARRANTY COVERAGE:
MTD Consumer Group Inc warrants to the ultimate purchaser and each subsequent purchaser that the outdoor equipment engine is: (1)
designed, built, and equipped so as to conform with all applicable regulations; and (2) free from defects in materials and workmanship that
cause the failure of a warranted part for a period of two years.
The warranty period begins on the date the outdoor equipment engine is delivered to an ultimate purchaser or first placed into service.
Subject to certain conditions and exclusions as stated below, the warranty on emission-related parts is as follows:
1.
Any warranted part that is not scheduled for replacement as required maintenance in the written instructions supplied is warranted for
the warranty period stated above. If the part fails during the period of warranty coverage, the part will be repaired or replaced by MTD
Consumer Group Inc according to subsection (4) below. Any such part repaired or replaced under warranty will be warranted for the
remainder of the period.
2.
Any warranted part that is scheduled only for regular inspection in the written instructions supplied is warranted for the warranty period
stated above. Any such part repaired or replaced under warranty will be warranted for the remaining warranty period.
3.
Any warranted part that is scheduled for replacement as required maintenance in the written instructions supplied is warranted for the
period of time before the first scheduled replacement date for that part. If the part fails before the first scheduled replacement, the part
will be repaired or replaced by MTD Consumer Group Inc according to subsection (4) below. Any such part repaired or replaced under
warranty will be warranted for the remainder of the period prior to the first scheduled replacement point for the part.
4.
Repair or replacement of any warranted part under the warranty provisions herein must be performed at a warranty station at no charge
to the owner.
5.
Notwithstanding the provisions herein, warranty services or repairs will be provided at all of our distribution centers that are franchised to
service the subject engines or equipment.
6.
The outdoor equipment engine owner will not be charged for diagnostic labor that is directly associated with diagnosis of a defective,
emission-related warranted part, provided that such diagnostic work is performed at a warranty station.
7.
MTD Consumer Group Inc is liable for damages to other engine or equipment components proximately caused by a failure under
warranty of any warranted part.
8.
Throughout the off-road engine and equipment warranty period stated above, MTD Consumer Group Inc will maintain a supply of
warranted parts sufficient to meet the expected demand for such parts.
9.
Any replacement part may be used in the performance of any warranty maintenance or repairs and must be provided without charge to
the owner. Such use will not reduce the warranty obligations of MTD Consumer Group Inc.
10.
Add-on or modified parts that are not exempted by the Air Resources Board may not be used. The use of any non-exempted add-on or
modified parts by the ultimate purchaser will be grounds for disallowing a warranty claims. MTD Consumer Group Inc will not be liable to
warrant failures of warranted parts caused by the use of a non-exempted add-on or modified part.
WARRANTED PARTS:
The repair or replacement of any warranted part otherwise eligible for warranty coverage may be excluded from such warranty coverage if
MTD Consumer Group Inc demonstrates that the outdoor equipment engine has been abused, neglected, or improperly maintained, and that
such abuse, neglect, or improper maintenance was the direct cause of the need for repair or replacement of the part. That notwithstanding,
any adjustment of a component that has a factory installed, and properly operating, adjustment limiting device is still eligible for warranty
coverage. Further, the coverage under this warranty extends only to parts that were present on the off-road engine and equipment purchased.
The following emission warranty parts are covered (if applicable):
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Fuel Metering System
•
Cold start enrichment system (soft choke)
•
Carburetor and internal parts (or fuel injection system)
•
Fuel pump
•
Fuel tank
Air Induction System
•
Air cleaner
•
Intake manifold
Ignition System
•
Spark plug(s)
•
Magneto ignition system
Exhaust System
•
Catalytic converter
•
SAI (Reed valve)
Miscellaneous Items Used in Above System
•
Vacuum, temperature, position, time sensitive valves and switches
•
Connectors and assemblies
Evaporative Control
•
Fuel hose
•
Fuel hose clamps
•
Tethered fuel cap
•
Carbon canister
•
Vapor lines
050790 Rev. A
CUB CADET LLC
MANUFACTURER’S LIMITED WARRANTY FOR
RESIDENTIAL ZERO-TURN (“RZT”) MOWERS
IMPORTANT: To obtain warranty coverage owner must present
an original proof of purchase and applicable maintenance records
to the servicing dealer. Please see the operator’s manual for
information on required maintenance and service intervals.
The limited warranty set forth below is given by Cub Cadet LLC with
respect to new merchandise purchased or leased and used in the
United States and/or its territories and possessions, and by MTD
Products Limited with respect to new merchandise purchased or
leased and used in Canada and/or its territories and possessions
(either entity respectively, “Cub Cadet”).
This warranty is in addition to any applicable emissions warranty
provided with your product.
Cub Cadet warrants this product (excluding its Normal Wear Parts,
Batteries and Attachments as described below) against defects in
material and workmanship for a period of three (3) years or one
hundred twenty (120) operation hours, whichever comes first,
commencing on the date of original retail purchase or lease and
will, at its option, repair or replace, free of charge, any part found to
be defective in materials or workmanship.
Normal Wear Parts are warranted to be free from defects in material
and workmanship for a period of thirty (30) days from the date of
original purchase or lease. Normal wear parts include, but are not
limited to items such as: belts, blades, blade adapters, grass bags,
rider deck wheels, seats, and tires.
Batteries have a one-year prorated limited warranty against defects
in material and workmanship, with 100% replacement during the
first three months. After three months, the battery replacement
credit is based on the months remaining in the twelve (12) month
period dating back to the original date of original sale or lease. Any
replacement battery will be warranted only for the remainder of
the original warranty period.
Attachments — Cub Cadet warrants attachments for this product
against defects in material and workmanship for a period of one
(1) year, commencing on the date of the attachment’s original
purchase or lease. Attachments include, but are not limited to items
such as: grass collectors and mulch kits.
This limited warranty shall only apply if this product has been
operated and maintained in accordance with the Operator’s
Manual furnished with the product, and has not been subject to
misuse, abuse, neglect, accident, improper maintenance, alteration,
vandalism, theft, fire, water, or damage because of other peril or
natural disaster. Damage resulting from the installation or use of
any part, accessory or attachment not approved by Cub Cadet
for use with the product(s) covered by this manual will void your
warranty as to any resulting damage. In addition, Cub Cadet may
deny warranty coverage if the hour meter, or any part thereof, is
altered, modified, disconnected or otherwise tampered with.
HOW TO OBTAIN SERVICE: Warranty service is available, WITH
PROOF OF PURCHASE AND APPLICABLE MAINTENANCE RECORDS,
through your local authorized service dealer. To locate the dealer in
your area:
In the U.S.A.
Check your Yellow Pages, or contact Cub Cadet LLC at P.O. Box
361131, Cleveland, Ohio 44136-0019, call 1-877-282- 8684
or log on to our website at www.cubcadet.com.
In Canada
Contact MTD Products Limited, Kitchener, ON N2G 4J1, call 1-800668-1238 or log on to our website at www.mtdcanada.com.
Without limiting the foregoing, this limited warranty does not
provide coverage in the following cases:
a.
Routine maintenance items such as lubricants, filters, blade
sharpening, tune-ups, brake adjustments, clutch adjustments,
deck adjustments, and normal deterioration of the exterior
finish due to use or exposure.
b.
Service completed by someone other than an authorized
service dealer.
c.
Cub Cadet does not extend any warranty for products sold
or exported outside of the United States and/or Canada, and
their respective possessions and territories, except those
sold through Cub Cadet’s authorized channels of export
distribution.
d.
Replacement parts and\or accessories that are not genuine
Cub Cadet parts.
e.
Transportation charges and service calls.
There are no implied warranties, including without limitation
any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a
particular purpose. No warranties shall apply after the
applicable period of express written warranty above. No other
express warranties beyond those mentioned above, given by
any person or entity, including a dealer or retailer, with respect
to any product, shall bind Cub Cadet. The exclusive remedy is
repair or replacement of the product as set forth above.
The terms of this warranty provide the sole and exclusive
remedy arising from the sale and/or lease of the products
covered hereby. Cub Cadet shall not be liable for any incidental
or consequential loss or damage including, without limitation,
expenses incurred for substitute or replacement lawn care
services or for rental expenses to temporarily replace a
warranted product.
Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or limitation of
incidental or consequential damages, or limitations on how long an
implied warranty lasts, so the above exclusions or limitations may
not apply to you.
In no event shall recovery of any kind be greater than the amount
of the purchase price of the product sold. Alteration of safety
features of the product shall void this warranty. You assume the
risk and liability for loss, damage, or injury to you and your property
and/or to others and their property arising out of the misuse or
inability to use the product.
This limited warranty shall not extend to anyone other than the
original purchaser or to the person for whom it was purchased as a
gift.
HOW LOCAL LAWS RELATE TO THIS WARRANTY: This limited
warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have
other rights that vary in different jurisdictions.
Cub Cadet LLC, P.O. BOX 361131 CLEVELAND, OHIO 44136-0019, Phone: 1-877-282-8684
MTD Products Limited, Kitchener, ON N2G 4J1, Phone: 1-800-668-1238
GDOC-100013 REV. B