Cub Cadet RZT50 Operator`s manual

Safe Operation Practices • Set-Up • Operation • Maintenance • Service • Troubleshooting • Warranty
Operator’s Manual
RZT Series Tractor — Model RZT50VT
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. 769-04647
(November 19, 2008)
1
To The Owner
Thank You
Thank you for purchasing an RZT series tractor manufactured by
Cub Cadet LLC. It was carefully engineered to provide excellent
performance when properly operated and maintained.
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.
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. Cub Cadet
LLC reserves the right to change product specifications, designs
and equipment without notice and without incurring obligation.
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.
Throughout this manual, all references to right and left side of the
machine are observed from the operating position.
Table of Contents
Safe Operation Practices......................................... 3 Service..................................................................... 29
Assembly & Set-Up................................................... 9 Troubleshooting..................................................... 36
Controls & Features.................................................12 Replacement Parts ................................................ 38
Operation.................................................................15 Attachments & Accessories................................... 40
Maintenance & Adjustment................................. 22 Warranty...................................................Back Cover
Record Product Information
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.
Model Number
Serial Number
Customer Support
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:
2
◊
Visit us on the web at www.cubcadet.com
◊
Locate your nearest Cub Cadet Dealer at (877) 282-8684
◊
Write us at Cub Cadet LLC • P.O. Box 361131 • Cleveland, OH • 44136-0019
Important Safe Operation Practices
2
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.
3
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.
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.
19.
Slow down before turning. Operate the machine smoothly.
Avoid erratic operation and excessive speed.
20.
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.
21.
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.
22. 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.
23.
Muffler and engine become hot and can cause a burn. Do
not touch.
24.
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.
25.
Disengage all attachment clutches, set the parking brake
to the ‘on’ position and move the RH and LH drive
control levers fully outward to the neutral position before
attempting to start the engine.
26.
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.
27.
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.
28. 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.
4
Section 2 — Important Safe Operation Practices
29.
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 flip 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.
6.
Do not tow heavy pull behind attachments (e.g. loaded
dump cart, lawn roller, etc.) on slopes greater than 5
degrees. When going down hill, the extra weight tends
to push the tractor and may cause you to loose control
(e.g. tractor may speed up, braking and steering ability are
reduced, attachment may jack-knife and cause tractor to
overturn).
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.
Tow only with a machine that has a hitch designed for
towing. Do not attach towed equipment except at the
hitch point.
2.
Follow the manufacturers recommendation for weight
limits for towed equipment and towing on slopes.
3.
Never allow children or others in or on towed equipment.
4.
On slopes, the weight of the towed equipment may cause
loss of traction and loss of control.
5.
Travel slowly and allow extra distance to stop.
6.
Do not shift to neutral and coast downhill.
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.
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
inch 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.
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.
Service
Safe Handling of Gasoline:
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.
m. Allow a machine to cool at least five minutes before
storing.
Towing
1.
c.
Section 2 — Important Safe Operation Practices
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!”
Do not modify engine
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.
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.
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.
11.
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!”
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.
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.
5.
6
Section 2 — Important Safe Operation Practices
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
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 arrester
meeting applicable local or state laws (if any).
If a spark arrester 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 arrester 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.
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!
Section 2 — Important Safe Operation Practices
7
8
Section 2 — Safe Operation Practices
d line
(repr
esent
s a 15
° slop
e)
Operate RZT zero turn tractors across the face of slopes rather than up and down. Begin with the first pass across the
bottom of the slope and turn uphill at the end of each pass whenever possible.
WARNING! Do not operate your lawn mower on such slopes. Do not mow on inclines with a slope in excess of 15 degrees
(a rise of approximately 2-1/2 feet every 10 feet). A riding mower could overturn and cause serious injury. Operate riding
mowers up and down slopes, never across the face of slopes.
Use this page as a guide to determine slopes where you may not operate safely.
15°
dotte
or a fence post
or a corner of a building...
long
Fold a
Sight and hold this level with a vertical tree...
3
Assembly & Set-Up
Contents of Crate
•
•
One Lawn Tractor
•
One Oil Drain Tube
•
One RZT Tractor Operator’s
Manual
•
One Briggs & Stratton Engine
Operator’s Manual
Tractor Preparation
2.
Remove the upper crating material from the shipping pallet, and
cut any bands or tie straps securing the tractor to the pallet.
One Deck Wash Hose Coupler
Remove the two shoulder bolts and lock nuts in the seat
pan as shown in Fig. 3-2.
Use the lift handle to raise the deck to its highest position.
Engage the transmission bypass rods on each side of the
tractor; then carefully roll the tractor off the shipping pallet.
The transmission bypass rods (one for each the RH and LH
transmission) are located beneath the frame platform, just inside
each rear wheel. Disengage the bypass rods. See Fig. 3-1.
Seat Pan
Shoulder
Bolt
Pull Out Bypass
Rod Then Lower
Into Slot
RH Transmission
Bypass Rod
Lock
Nuts
Wire Harness
Shoulder
Bolt
Keyhole Slot
Figure 3-2
3.
Rotate the seat into position and secure the seat into place
with the previously removed shoulder bolts and lock nuts.
Be careful not to crimp or damage the wire harness while
installing the seat. See Fig. 3-3.
Figure 3-1
Remove the deck wash system nozzle adapter and oil drain tube
from the manual bag and store for future use.
Install Operator’s Seat
To install the seat proceed as follows:
NOTE: The seat is shipped with the seat switch and seat pan
attached.
1.
Lock
Nuts
Cut any straps securing the seat assembly and the drive
control levers to the tractor. Remove any packing material.
Wire Harness
NOTE: Be careful not to cut the wiring harness connecting the
seat and the seat switch.
Seat Bracket
Shoulder
Bolts
Figure 3-3
9
Connecting the Battery Cables
Position Drive Control levers
The drive control levers of the tractor are lowered for shipping
purposes. The flange lock nuts, hex screws, and flat washers that
normally secure the control levers in their operating position
are unfastened and installed in the slotted holes of the control
levers for shipment. The control levers must be repositioned to
operate the tractor. To reposition the control levers for operation,
proceed as follows:
1.
Remove the hex screw, flat washer, and flange lock nut
from the slot of one of the drive control levers.
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 Fig. 3-4.
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.
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. (–).
Control Lever
Slotted Hole
NOTE: If the positive battery cable is already attached, skip
ahead to step 2.
Flange
Lock Nut
Lift Control
Lever Upward
Pivot
Bracket
Hex Screw
Washer
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. Secure with the
flange lock nut. See Fig. 3-4.
Figure 3-5
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.
1.
Remove the plastic cover, if present, from the positive
battery terminal and attach the red cable to the positive
battery terminal (+) with the bolt and hex nut. See Fig. 3-5.
5.
Refer to “Adjusting the Drive Control Levers” in the
Maintenance & Adjustments for instructions on the final
adjustment of the levers.
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 Fig. 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.
10
Section 2— Assembly & Set-Up
Lower Deck Discharge Chute Deflector
WARNING! Never operate the mower deck without
the chute deflector installed and in the down
position.
Check the mower deck for a shipping brace (with tag) that may
be holding the chute deflector upward for shipment. If a brace
is present, it must be removed before operating the tractor.
Holding the chute deflector fully upward, remove the shipping
brace by grasping it and rotating it clockwise. Lower the chute
deflector. See Fig. 3-6.
Shipping
Brace
Figure 3-6
Section 2 — Assembly & Set-Up
11
4
Controls and Features
Deck Height
Index
Deck Lift
Handle
Parking Brake
Throttle/Choke
Control
Hour Meter/
Indicator Panel
PTO Switch
LH Drive
RH Drive
Control Lever Control Lever
Seat Adjustment Lever
Ignition Switch
Cup Holder
Fuel Tank Cap
Storage Tray
Figure 4-1
NOTE: References to LEFT, RIGHT, FRONT, and REAR indicate that
RH and LH Drive Control Levers
position on the tractor when facing forward while seated in the
operator’s seat.
The RH and LH control levers are located on each side of the
operator’s seat. These hinged levers pivot outward to open
Deck Height Index
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 deck height index consists of six index notches located
the neutral position to start the tractor engine.
on the front/right of the seat box frame. Each notch
Each lever controls the respective RH or LH transmission.
corresponds to a 1⁄2” change in the deck height position
Consequently, these levers control all of the movements of the
ranging from 1-1⁄2” at the lowest notch to 4” at the highest
tractor. Driving and steering utilizing these control levers is
notch.
quite different from conventional tractors, and will take some
practice to master. Refer to Operation for instructions on using
Deck Lift Handle
the control levers.
The deck lift handle is located on the front/right of the seat
box frame, and is used to raise and lower the mower deck.
CUTTING
HEIGHT
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.
12
Ignition Switch
The ignition switch is located on the RH console
to the right of the operator’s seat. The ignition
switch has three positions as follows:
OFF - The engine and electrical system is
turned off.
ON - The tractor electrical system is energized.
START - The starter motor will turn over the engine. Release the
key immediately when the engine starts
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 right of the operator’s seat.
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 (Not Visible)
The transmission bypass rods (one for each the RH and LH
transmission) are located beneath the frame platform, 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 Maintenance & Adjustments 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.
Do not attempt to remove the cap from the tractor.
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.
Hour Meter/Indicator Panel
The hour meter/indicator panel is
located on the LH console to the left of
the operator’s seat.
Hour Meter Features
OIL
BATT.
HOURS 1/10
The hour meter records the hours that
the tractor has been operated in the
digital display (tenths of an hour - right
most digit).
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.
Cup Holder
The cup holder is located toward the rear of the RH console to
the right of the operator’s seat.
Storage Tray
The storage tray is located at the rear of the RH console.
Seat Adjustment Lever (Not Seen)
The seat adjustment lever is located below the front/left of the
seat. The lever allows for adjustment of the fore to aft position
of the operator’s seat. Refer to Maintenance & Adjustments for
instructions on adjusting the seat position.
Fuel Tank Cap
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.
Section 4 — Controls and Features
13
Indicator Panel Features
Parking Brake Engagement Lever
Battery Indicator
The parking brake engagement lever is located on the
front/left of the seat box frame, and is used to engage the
parking brake.
Illuminates and the battery voltage is displayed briefly when the
ignition switch it turned to the “ON” position.
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.
Oil Pressure Indicator
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.
PTO Engaged 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.
Throttle/Choke Control
The throttle/choke control is located on the LH
console to the left of the operator’s seat. When set
in a given position, a uniform engine speed will be
maintained.
14
FAST
•
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.
•
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.
Section 4— Controls and Features
SLOW
Pull the lever fully upward and to the left; then lower into
the short “J” slot to engage the brake.
Pull the lever up out of the “J” slot and to the right; then
lower completely to disengage the parking brake.
NOTE: If the LH and RH drive control levers are not fully
opened out in the neutral position when engaging the
parking brake, the engine will stop. The parking brake
must be placed in the engaged position when starting the
tractor engine.
Transmission Oil Expansion Reservoir
The transmission oil expansion reservoir is connected by hoses to
the RH and LH transmission assemblies, and is located beneath
the seat box. The function of the reservoir is to hold the natural
expansion of transmission oil that occurs as the transmission
warms up during operation. DO NOT FILL THE RESERVOIR.
Under normal operating conditions, no oil should be added
to the reservoir. The COLD oil level should be no higher than
approximately 1⁄4” (the “Full Cold” mark) above the bottom of the
reservoir.
NOTE: Prior to the initial operation of the tractor, the oil level in
the reservoir may be slightly higher than the maximum due to air
in the oil lines. Operation of the tractor will eventually purge the
air from the lines and the oil level will settle to the maximum.
5
Operation
General Safety
Before Operating Your Tractor
•
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 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.
•
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, the parking brake engaged, and the RH and LH
drive control levers moved fully outward in the neutral
position.
•
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.
•
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.
•
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.
•
•
•
Gasohol (up to 10% ethyl alcohol, 90% unleaded gasoline
by volume) is an approved fuel. Other gasoline/alcohol
blends are not approved.
Before leaving the operator’s seat: Shut off the PTO, move
the RH and LH drive control levers fully outward in the
neutral position, engage the parking brake, shut off the
engine and remove the ignition key. Wait for all movement
to stop before servicing or cleaning.
•
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.
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.
•
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.
•
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.
•
NOTE: Purchase gasoline in small quantities. Do not use
gasoline left over from the previous season, to minimize
gum deposits in the fuel system.
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, the
parking brake is engaged, and the PTO is disengaged.
•
To avoid sudden movement when disengaging the parking
brake, the safety interlock system will shut off the engine
if the RH and/or LH drive control levers are moved to a
position other than the fully out in the neutral position
when the parking brake is engaged.
•
The safety interlock system will shut off the engine if the
operator leaves the seat before engaging the parking
brake.
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.
15
•
The safety interlock system will shut off the engine if the
operator leaves the seat with the PTO engaged, regardless
of whether the parking brake is engaged.
5.
Turn the ignition 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 “OFF” 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.
6.
As the engine warms up, gradually pull the throttle/choke
control lever rearward past the choke detent position.
Do not use the choke position to enrich the fuel mixture,
except as necessary to start the engine.
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.
NOTE: The PTO switch must be moved to the “OFF”
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. The PTO will re-engage
when one or both of the levers are moved back to the
neutral or forward position.
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.
2.
Engage the parking brake. Refer to Fig. 5-1.
LH Control Lever
Out in Neutral
Parking Break
Engaged
RH Control Lever
Out in Neutral
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.
PTO Switch in Down
(Disengaged) Position
Throttle Control
Fully Forward to
“Choke” Position
Figure 5-1
3.
Make certain the PTO switch is in the disengaged (down)
position. Refer to Fig. 5-1.
4.
Move the throttle/choke control into the full choke
position.
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.
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 throttle/choke control in the choke position.
16
Section 5— Operation
Stopping the Engine
1.
Place the PTO switch in the “OFF” position.
2.
Move the RH and LH drive control levers fully outward in
the neutral position.
3.
Engage the parking brake.
4.
Move the throttle/choke control to midway between the
SLOW and FAST positions.
5.
Turn the ignition key to the “OFF” position and remove the
key from the ignition switch.
3.
Move the RH and LH drive control levers inward in the
neutral position. Refer to Figure 5-2.
Control Lever Moved
Inward and in Neutral
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)
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.
We strongly recommend 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.
Figure 5-2
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.
4.
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.
Driving 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.
Warning! Avoid sudden starts, excessive speed
and sudden stops.
5.
1.
Adjust the operator’s seat to the most comfortable
position that allows you to operate the controls. See seat
adjustment in the Maintenance & Adjustments section.
2.
Release the parking brake.
Move the throttle/choke control lever forward to the full
throttle position (3300-3500 RPM). 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 (approximately 2500-3000 RPM).
This only applies to practice.
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.
Section 5 — Operation
17
1.
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.
1.
To turn to the left, move the left drive control lever
rearward of the right lever. See Fig. 5-4.
Forward Left Turn
Slowly and evenly move both drive control levers forward.
The tractor will start to move forward. See Fig. 5-3.
Driving Forward
Faster
Slower
Figure 5-4
Neutral
Position
2.
Figure 5-3
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.
To turn to the right, move the right drive control lever
rearward of the left lever. See Fig. 5-5.
Forward Right Turn
WARNING! Always maintain your grasp on the
drive control levers. Do not release the levers to slow
the tractor or to return to neutral.
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.
Figure 5-5
3.
The greater the fore-to-aft 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 forward.
NOTE: Making a “pivot turn” on grass will greatly increase
the potential for defacement of the turf.
18
Section 5— Operation
Driving the Tractor In Reverse
Turning While Driving Rearward
WARNING! Always look behind and down on both
sides of the tractor before backing up. Always look
behind while traveling in the reverse direction.
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.
1.
Slowly and evenly move both drive control levers rearward.
The tractor will start to move in the reverse direction. See
Fig. 5-6.
To turn to the left while traveling in reverse, move the left
drive control lever forward of the right lever. See Fig. 5-7.
Rearward Left Turn
Neutral
Position
Slower
Faster
Figure 5-7
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.
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.
Rearward Right Turn
Figure 5-8
3.
The greater the fore-to-aft 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.
NOTE: Making a “pivot turn” on grass will greatly increase
the potential for defacement of the turf.
Section 5 — Operation
19
Executing a Zero Turn
Stopping the Tractor
Warning! When executing a zero turn, the tractor
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 to occur.
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.
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, engage the parking
brake, move the throttle/choke control lever to the fast
position, turn the ignition switch to “OFF’” and remove the
key from the switch.
Warning! Do not leave the seat of the tractor
without disengaging the PTO, moving drive control
levers fully outward in the neutral position, and
engaging the parking brake. If leaving the tractor
unattended, turn the ignition key off and remove
key.
Clockwise Zero Turn
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.
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.
1.
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.
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.
Operating The Pto
Operate the PTO clutch as follows:
Counterclockwise
Zero Turn
Figure 5-10
20
Section 5— Operation
1.
Move the throttle/choke control lever to approximately the
mid throttle position.
2.
Pull the PTO switch upward to the “ENGAGED” position.
3.
Advance the throttle/choke 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.
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, and will re-engage when one (or both) control
lever(s) is moved to the neutral or forward position.
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.
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.
Sitting in the tractor seat with both drive control levers
opened fully outward, disengage the parking brake and
momentarily turn the ignition switch to the start position.
The engine should not crank.
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.
2.
On the first pass pick a point on the opposite side of the
area to be mowed.
Engage the parking brake and pull the PTO switch upward
to the engaged position. Momentarily turn the ignition
switch to the start position; the engine should not crank.
3.
3.
Engage the PTO clutch using the PTO switch and move the
throttle/choke control to the fast position.
4.
Lower the mower deck to the desired height setting using
the lift handle.
Push the PTO switch downward to the disengaged position
and engage the parking brake. Start the engine and move
one of the drive control levers from the fully outward
neutral position. The engine should stop running. Repeat
the procedure with the opposite control lever.
4.
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.
Move both control levers fully outward in the neutral
position and disengage the parking brake; then lift upward
from the operator’s seat. The engine should stop.
5.
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.
With both control levers fully outward in the neutral
position and the parking brake engaged, engage the PTO.
Lift upward from the operator’s seat; the engine should
stop.
6.
Start the tractor, disengage the parking brake, 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 until one or both of the
control levers is moved to the neutral or forward position.
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”.
8.
Direct the tractor on each subsequent strip to align with a
previously cut strip.
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.
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 shift lever in neutral,
•
Engage the parking brake,
•
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.
Section 5 — Operation
21
6
Maintenance & Adjustments
Maintenance Schedule
Before
Each use
Check Engine Intake Screen/Cover
Check Air Filter for Dirty, Loose or Damaged Parts
Every
25 Hours
Every
50 Hours
P
P
P
P
Prior
to Storing
P
P
Clean and Re-oil Air Filter’s Foam Precleaner
P
Replace Air Filter Element
P
Change Engine Oil and Replace Oil Filter
Clean Battery Terminals
Lube Front Pivot Axle and Caster Axles
P
P
P
P
Clean Engine Cooling Fins
Lube Front Deck Wheels
P
P
Check Spark Plug Condition & Gap
Replace Fuel Filter
Maintenance
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.
P
P
P
P
P
Changing the Engine Oil
Warning! If the engine has been recently run, the
engine, muffler and surrounding metal surfaces will
be hot and can cause burns to the skin. Exercise
caution to avoid burns.
Warning! Before performing any maintenance or
To complete an oil change, proceed as follows:
Engine
1.
Refer to the Briggs & Stratton Owner’s Manual for all engine
maintenance intervals, procedures, specifications and
instructions.
Run the engine for a short time to warm the engine oil. The
oil will flow more freely and carry away more impurities.
Use care to avoid burns from hot oil.
2.
Locate the oil drain port on the right side of the engine.
Hydrostatic Transmission
The zero turn tractor is equipped with dual integrated
hydrostatic pumps/transaxles that are sealed and are
maintenance-free. Fluid levels cannot be checked and fluid
cannot be added or changed.
22
Every
100 Hours
P
Clean Hood/Dash Louvers
Check Engine Oil Level
Every
10 Hours
3.
Pop open the protective cap on the end of the oil drain
valve to expose the drain port. Refer to Fig. 6-1. Remove the
oil fill cap/dipstick from the oil fill tube.
General Battery Information
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.
Oil Fill Cap/Dipstick
•
If acid spills on clothing, first dilute it with
clean water, then neutralize with a solution of
ammonia/water or baking soda/water.
Oil Filler
•
NEVER connect (or disconnect) battery
charger clips to the battery while the charger is
turned on, as it can cause sparks.
Oil Fill Tube
•
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.
Oil Drain Valve
•
Batteries contain sulfuric acid and may
emit explosive gases. Use extreme caution when
handling batteries. Keep batteries out of the reach
of children.
Figure 6-1
4.
5.
Push the oil drain hose (packed with this manual) onto the
oil drain port. Route the opposite end of the hose into an
appropriate oil collection container with at least a 2.5 quart
capacity, to collect the used oil.
The engine is equipped with either a twist-and-pull drain
port or a tabbed drain port. If your engine has the twistand-pull drain go to step a. If your engine is equipped with
the tabbed drain go to step b.
a.
b.
Turn the oil drain valve 1⁄4-turn, then pull outward to
begin draining oil. After the oil has finished draining,
push the end of the oil drain valve back in and turn
1⁄4-turn to secure it back in place. Re-cap the end of
the oil drain valve to keep debris from entering the
drain port.
Pinch the tabs on the oil drain valve, then pull
outward to begin draining oil. After the oil has
finished draining, push the end of the oil drain valve
back in, until the tabs click into place. Re-cap the end
of the oil drain valve to keep debris from entering
the drain port.
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.
Warning! Batteries contain sulfuric acid and may
emit explosive gases. Use extreme caution when
handling batteries. Keep batteries out of the reach
of children.
Tire Maintenance
6.
After the oil has finished draining, push the end of the oil
drain valve back in, until the tabs click into place. Re-cap
the end of the oil drain valve to keep debris from entering
the drain port.
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:
7.
Replace the oil filter, and refill the engine with new oil as
instructed in the Briggs & Stratton Owner’s Manual.
•
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 a qualified tire mechanic inspect and
service the tire.
Air Cleaner
Service the pre-cleaner and cartridge/air cleaner element as
instructed in the Briggs & Stratton Owner’s Manual.
Spark Plug
The spark plugs should be cleaned and the gap reset once a
season. Refer to the Briggs & Stratton Owner’s Manual for correct
plug type and gap specifications.
Lubrication
•
Using a pressure lubricating gun, lubricate the front castor
wheel axles and the front pivot axle with Cub Cadet 251H
EP grease after every 10 hours of service.
Section 6 — Maintenance & Adjustments
23
•
Periodically lubricate all other pivot points with a quality
lubricating oil.
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.
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 not objectionable to
you. Disengage the PTO, engage the parking brake, and
stop the engine.
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 Fig. 6-2.
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.
Warning! Do not tow the tractor, even with the
bypass rod engaged. Serious transmission damage
will result from doing so.
1.
From just in front of the two rear tires, locate the
transmission bypass rods. Refer to Fig. 6-3.
Pull Out Bypass
Rod Then Lower
Into Slot
RH Transmission
Bypass Rod
Keyhole Slot
Nozzle
Adapter
Pull Lock
Collar Back
Adapter
Lock Collar
Deck Wash Nozzle
Figure 6-2
4.
Turn on the water supply.
5.
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.
6.
Turn off the water supply.
7.
Pull back the lock collar of the nozzle adapter to disconnect
the adapter from the nozzle.
8.
Repeat the previous steps to clean the deck using the
nozzle at the other end of the deck.
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.
24
Section 6— Maintenance & Adjustments
Figure 6-3
2.
Pull one rod toward the front of the tractor until the flange
on the rod is forward of the keyhole slot in the frame
assembly.
3.
Lower the bypass rod into the keyhole slot and release so
the rod flange is against the front of the frame bracket.
4.
Repeat the above procedure to engage the other bypass
rod on the other side of the tractor.
5.
After moving the tractor, disengage both bypass rods. Lift
the rod and guide the flange of the rod back through the
larger circular opening of the keyhole, then release the rod.
NOTE: The tractor will not drive with the bypass rods in the
engage position.
c.
Battery Storage
Emptying the fuel system:
1.
When storing the tractor for extended periods, disconnect
the negative battery cable. It is not necessary to remove
the battery.
•
Prior to putting the tractor in storage, monitor
fuel consumption with the goal of running
the fuel tank empty.
2.
All batteries discharge during storage. Keep the exterior
of the battery clean, especially the top. A dirty battery will
discharge more rapidly.
•
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.
3.
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.
•
Referring to the engine manual, drain the fuel
from the carburetor bowl.
4.
Recharge the battery before returning to service. Although
the tractor may start, the engine charging system may not
fully recharge the battery.
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.
Tractor 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.
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.
If storing the tractor for 30 days or more:
a.
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.
5.
Lubricate all lubrication points.
NOTE: Use a pressure washer or garden hose is not
recommended to clean your tractor. 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.
Removing The Tractor From Storage
1.
Check the engine oil.
2.
Fully charge the battery and inflate the tires to the
recommended pressure.
3.
If drained before storing, fill the fuel tank with clean, fresh
gasoline.
4.
Add clean, fresh fuel.
5.
Start the engine and allow to idle for a few minutes to
ensure engine is operating properly.
6.
Drive the tractor without a load to make certain all the
tractor systems are functioning properly.
Warning! Fuel left in the fuel tank deteriorates
and will cause serious starting problems.
b.
Using a fuel stabilizer:
•
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.
Section 6 — Maintenance & Adjustments
25
Adjustments
2.
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.
While supporting the control lever to keep it from falling,
remove the hex insert flange lock nut and shoulder screw
from the bottom of the control lever and pivot bracket.
Refer to Fig. 6-5.
Control Lever
Adjusting the Seat
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 Fig.
6-4.
Pivot Bracket
Flange
Lock Nut
Flat Washer
Height
Adjustment
Holes
Hex
Screw
Shoulder
Screw
Figure 6-5
Figure 6-4
Adjusting RH & LH Drive Control Levers
The RH and LH drive control levers can be adjusted up or down
and fore-and-aft 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 control lever mounting bracket.
3.
Reposition the control lever to align with the other set of
holes in the pivot bracket and insert the shoulder screw
removed earlier. Fasten with the hex insert flange lock nut
and tighten until snug.
4.
Insert the hex screw with washer through the control lever
slot and the pivot bracket. Thread the flange lock nut onto
the screw, but 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
flange lock nut.
To adjust the drive control levers forward or rearward, proceed as
follows:
1.
NOTE: If the control lever is too tight to move, slightly
loosen the hex insert flange lock nut and shoulder screw at
the bottom of the control lever.
To adjust the drive control lever height, proceed as follows:
1.
26
Remove the flange lock nut, flat washer, and hex screw
securing the lever to the pivot bracket.
Section 6— Maintenance & Adjustments
If not already loose, loosen the flange lock nut and rotate
the control lever either forward or rearward to the desired
position. See Fig. 6-5.
2.
Tighten the flange lock nut 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.
Leveling the Mower Deck
Front to Back Leveling.
When correctly adjusted the mower deck should be level side to
side, and the front of the deck should be approximately 1⁄4” lower
than the rear of deck.
1.
The front of the deck should be approximately 1⁄4” lower
than the rear of the deck. Adjust if necessary as follows:
2.
With the deck raised off of the ground, rotate the outer
blades so that they are parallel to the frame of the tractor.
3.
If the side to side leveling was done correctly, measuring
just the right blade should be acceptable to attain the
correct back to front pitch of the deck.
4.
Measure the distance from the front tip of the blade to the
ground and the distance from the rear tip to the ground.
The front distance should be approximately 1⁄4” less than
the rear. If it is not, proceed to the next step.
5.
From the front of the tractor, loosen the outer hex nuts on
the deck front hanger rod and turn them away from the
inner nuts. Refer to Fig. 6-7.
NOTE: Check the tractor’s tire pressure before performing any
deck leveling adjustments. See the tire side wall for proper
inflation pressures.
Side to Side Leveling
1.
If the cutting deck appears to be mowing unevenly, a side
to side adjustment can be performed. Adjust if necessary
as follows:
2.
With the tractor parked on a firm, level surface, place the
deck lift handle in the top notch (highest position) and
rotate both outer blades so that they are perpendicular to
the tractor frame.
3.
Lower the deck to the middle height position.
4.
Measure the distance from the outside left blade tip to the
ground and the distance from the outside right blade tip to
the ground. The measurements should be equal. If they’re
not, proceed to the next step.
5.
Comparing the two measurements, determine whether the
left side of the deck must be raised or lowered.
6.
Loosen, but do not remove, the hex cap screw on the left
deck hanger bracket. See Fig. 6-6.
Inner
Hex Nut
Outer
Hex Nut
Front Hanger Rod
Front Hanger
Rod Bracket
Figure 6-7
Raise Left
Side of Deck
Lower Left
Side of Deck
Adjustment
Gear
Hex Cap
Screw
6.
If the front of the deck was too low, turn the inner hex nuts
clockwise against the hanger bracket to shorten the front
hanger rod and raise the front of the deck. Refer to Fig. 6-7.
7.
If the front of the deck was too high, turn the hex nuts
counterclockwise to lengthen the front hanger rod and
lower the front of the deck.
NOTE: The deck front hanger rod should be at the front of
the slots of the front deck bracket. If one side of the rod is
not at the front of its slot, turn the inner hex nut on that
side until rod just touches the front of the slot. Then remeasure and re-adjust the front hanger rod as necessary.
Figure 6-6
7.
Level the deck by using a wrench to turn the adjustment
gear (found immediately behind the hex cap screw just
loosened) clockwise to raise the left side of the deck, or
counterclockwise to lower the left side of the deck. See Fig.
6-6.
8.
The deck is properly leveled when left and right blade tip
measurements are equal.
9.
Retighten the hex cap screw on the left deck hanger
bracket when proper adjustment is achieved.
8.
When the correct pitch of the deck is acquired, secure the
inner hex nuts with a wrench and tighten the outer hex
nuts against the inner hex nuts to lock them in the adjusted
position.
Section 6 — Maintenance & Adjustments
27
Adjusting the Gauge Wheels
Warning! Keep hands and feet away from the
discharge opening of the cutting deck.
NOTE: The deck gauge wheels are an anti-scalp feature of the
deck and are not designed to support the weight of the cutting
deck.
The mower deck cutting height can be set in any of six height
settings using the tractor’s deck lift handle. The deck heights
range from 1-1⁄2” to 4”. The deck gauge wheel position should be
approximately 1⁄4 to 1⁄2” above the ground when the deck is set in
the desired height setting.
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 as follows:
1.
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.
2.
Remove the lock nut securing one of the front gauge wheel
shoulder screws to the deck. Remove the gauge wheel and
shoulder screw. Refer to Fig. 6-8.
Shoulder Screw
Front Gauge
Wheel
Gauge Wheel
Bracket
Index Holes
Lock Nut
Figure 6-8
28
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” to 1⁄2” clearance with the ground.
4.
Note the index hole of the just adjusted wheel, and adjust
the other gauge wheels into the respective index holes of
the other gauge wheel brackets on the deck.
Section 6— Maintenance & Adjustments
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 on the right/rear of the tractor beneath the
seat box frame. To remove the battery:
1.
Remove the two hex tapping screws from the battery
hold-down bracket and remove the bracket. Use care to
avoid losing the trim strip from the bottom of the bracket.
See Fig. 7-1.
Battery Hold Down Bracket
A voltmeter or load tester should read 12.6 volts (DC) or
higher across the battery terminals. See Fig. 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 Tap Screw
•
Charge the battery with a 12-volt battery charger at a
MAXIMUM rate of 10 amps.
Servicing Electrical System
Trim Strip
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. See Fig. 7-3.
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.
Good
Bad
Figure 7-3
If you have a recurring problem with blown fuses, have the
tractor’s electrical system checked by your Cub Cadet Service
Dealer
29
Relays and Switches
Rolling the Belt off the PTO Pulley
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.
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.
Deck Removal
2.
Sitting behind the tractor facing forward, reach beneath
the tractor to grasp the belt at the front of the PTO pulley.
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.
Warning! Use caution to avoid pinching your
fingers when rolling the belt off the PTO pulley.
3.
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 to
the left.
4.
While still holding the belt downward, continue turning the
PTO pulley until the belt is rolled off the pulley. Refer to Fig.
7-5.
Releasing Belt Tension with the Idler Pulley
1.
2.
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.
PTO Belt
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 Fig. 7-4.
“V”-Belt
Pull Idler
Pulley
Rearward
Transmission
Tube
Movable
Idler
Pulley
Fixed
Idler
Pulley
Idler Bracket
Figure 7-4
3.
30
From beneath the rear of the tractor, slide the belt off of
the PTO pulley on the bottom of the engine.
Section 7— Service
Figure 7-5
5.
Lower the deck to the ground using the deck lift handle.
6.
Locate the LH and RH deck support pins on each side of the
deck. Pull the deck support pins outward and lock in the
disengaged position to release the deck from the tractor’s
LH and RH deck lift arms. Refer to Fig. 7-6.
Rear Deck
Hanger Bracket
Deck
Support
Pin
Deck Installation
To install the mower deck, proceed as follows:
1.
While holding the deck front hanger rod upward, carefully
slide the deck underneath the right side of the tractor.
2.
While still holding the front hanger rod, slide the deck
forward until the front hanger rod can be lowered into the
slots of the front deck bracket.
3.
Lower the front hanger rod into the slots of the front deck
bracket, then slide the deck rearward.
4.
Maneuver the deck so that the slots in the two rear deck
hanger brackets approximately align with the deck lift arms
of the tractor. Refer to Fig. 7-6.
5.
Use the tractor deck lift handle to lower the deck lift arms
into the slots of the rear deck hanger brackets.
6.
Pull the deck support pins outward and maneuver the deck
as necessary to align the holes in the deck lift arms with the
pins. Refer to Fig. 7-6.
7.
When aligned, push each pin fully inward through the lift
arms to secure the arms in the rear hanger bracket slots.
8.
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.
9.
Install the ‘V’ belt onto the PTO pulley using one of the
following two methods.
Deck Lift Arm
Rear Hanger
Bracket Slot
Figure 7-6
7.
Raise the deck lift arms out of the rear hanger bracket slots
by raising the deck lift handle on the tractor to its highest
position. Refer to Fig. 7-6.
8.
Slide the deck forward so that the deck front hanger rod
can be lifted out of the two slots of the front deck bracket.
After lifting the front hanger rod out of the slots, slide the
deck rearward so that the rod can no longer engage the
slots.
9.
Using care to prevent the front hanger rod from falling
back into the deck bracket slots, carefully slide the cutting
deck (from the right side) out from underneath the tractor.
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 installing the
belt.
Using the Idler Pulley to Tension the Belt.
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.
Install the belt in the PTO pulley on the bottom of the
engine.
3.
Route the backside of the belt around the fixed idler pulley
of the deck. Refer to Fig. 7-4.
4.
Working from the middle of the tractor, pivot the idler
bracket/movable pulley rearward against the spring
tension and slide the backside of the belt onto the movable
idler pulley. Refer to Fig. 7-4.
Section 7 — Service
31
Mower Blade Care
Rolling the Belt onto the PTO Pulley.
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.
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. Refer to Fig. 7-4.
3.
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.
Warning! Use caution to avoid pinching your
fingers when rolling the belt onto the PTO pulley.
4.
Pull the right side of the belt rearward and place the
narrow V side of the belt into the PTO pulley. See Fig. 7-5.
5.
While holding the belt and pulley together, rotate the
pulley to the left (See Fig. 7-5). Continue holding and
rotating the pulley and belt until the belt is fully rolled into
the PTO pulley.
Replacing the Deck Drive Belt
1.
Remove the deck from beneath the tractor, (refer to Deck
Removal on page 29).
2.
Remove the hex tapping screws securing the belt covers
to the deck and remove the belt from the spindle pulleys.
Refer to Fig. 7-7.
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.
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 29) 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 Fig. 7-8.
Wood Block
Hex Flange Nut
Belt Cover
Belt
Belt Cover
Spindle
Pulleys
Hex Tap
Screw
Hex Tap
Screw
Spindle Assembly
Figure 7-8
Figure 7-7
32
3.
Install the new belt around the spindle pulleys as shown in
Fig. 7-7 and reinstall the belt covers.
4.
Route the belt rearward between the two idler pulleys
and reinstall the deck following the instructions in Deck
Installation on page 30.
Section 7— Service
3.
When reinstalling the blades, be sure they are installed so
that the wind 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).
Transmission Drive Belt
If the transmission drive belt becomes worn and causes the drive
transmissions to slip, the drive belt must be replaced. To replace
the drive belt, proceed as follows:
1.
2.
Remove the deck drive belt from the PTO clutch on the
bottom of the engine following the instructions in Deck
Removal.
From beneath the rear of the tractor, insert a 3⁄8” drive
ratchet into the square hole of the drive idler bracket. See
Fig. 7-9.
Tractor Creeping
Creeping is the slight forward or backward movement of the
tractor when the engine is running at high idle and the drive
control levers are opened out in the neutral position.
If after operating the tractor for some time, it begins to creep
while in the neutral position, adjust the transmission control rods
as follows.
1.
Place the front of the tractor against an immovable object
(e.g. wall, post, etc.).
2.
Jack up the rear of the tractor so that both rear wheels are
approximately one inch of the ground.
3.
With the engine running at high idle and the drive control
levers opened out in the neutral position, and the parking
brake disengaged, check the rear wheels for rotation.
4.
If only one wheel is rotating, locate the transmission
control rod beneath the frame at the front of the rear tire. If
both wheels rotate, locate both control rods. See Fig. 7-10.
Transmission
Drive Pulley
RH Transmission
Control Rod
Idler
Pulley
Flange
Lock Nut
Hex Screw
Drive
Belt
Square Hole
PTO
Pulley
Idler
Bracket
Idler Bracket
Spring
Transmission
Control Arm
Engine
Pulley
Figure 7-9
3.
4.
Using the ratchet for leverage, pivot the idler bracket and
idler pulley away from the backside of the ‘V” belt; then lift
the belt off and above the engine pulley and off the idler
pulley.
With the belt loose, lift the belt off, up and over the two
transmission drive pulleys. Remove the belt from the
engine and idler pulleys.
5.
Loop the new belt and slide over and onto the two
transmission pulleys.
6.
Route the belt above the idler bracket back to the engine
drive pulley. Lift the belt over the PTO pulley and above the
engine drive pulley.
7.
Using the ratchet for leverage, pivot the idler bracket and
idler pulley against the spring tension; then slip the belt
down into the engine drive pulley and onto the idler pulley.
8.
Release the idler bracket so that the idler pulley tightens
against the back side of the belt and tensions the drive belt.
9.
Reinstall the deck drive belt.
Figure 7-10
5.
Remove the flange lock nut and hex screw securing the
transmission control rod to the transmission control arm.
Wheel rotation should stop. If it does not, contact your Cub
Cadet Service Dealer.
6.
If the rotation stops, adjust the control rod up or down as
necessary to align with the hole in the transmission control
arm. Re-insert the hex nut into the hole in the control arm
and secure with the hex lock nut.
7.
If necessary, repeat the previous two steps to adjust the
other transmission control rod.
8.
Lower the tractor and remove the jack.
Section 7 — Service
33
Tractor High Speed Tracking
If the tractor tracks to one side with both drive control levers fully
forward, adjust the control levers as follows:
1.
Check for proper and balanced air pressure in both front
and rear tires. Refill tires if necessary.
2.
Perform the first three steps in the previous sub-section,
Tractor Creeping, to verify that the tractor is not creeping.
If creeping, adjust following the instructions in that subsection.
3.
Recheck the tracking after making any adjustments to the
transmission control rods.
4.
If uneven tracking persists, note which direction the tractor
is tracking.
5.
a.
If the tractor tracks to the right, adjust the control
lever stop bolt on the left side.
b.
If the tractor tracks to the left, adjust the control
lever stop bolt on the right side.
Locate the applicable stop bolt on the left or right console.
See Fig. 7-11.
Console
Jam Nut
Stop Bolt
Figure 7-11
6.
Loosen the jam nut on the stop bolt, then turn the stop
bolt counterclockwise to make it longer. Recheck the
tracking and fine tune the adjustment as necessary.
NOTE: If the stop bolt is adjusted too far, the tracking
problem will change sides. Make fine tuning adjustments
by shortening the same bolt.
7.
34
Tighten the jam nut against the console and reposition the
control lever as necessary to make the two control handles
even with each other.
Section 7— Service
Notes
35
8
Troubleshooting
Problem
Engine fails to start
Engine runs erratic
36
Cause
Remedy
1. PTO/Blade Engage knob engaged.
1. Place knob in disengaged (OFF) position.
2. Parking brake not engaged.
2. Engage parking brake.
3. Drive control levers not fully outward in
neutral position.
3. Move drive control levers fully outward in
neutral position.
4. Spark plug wire(s) disconnected.
4. Connect wire(s) to spark plug(s).
5. Throttle/choke control lever not in correct
starting position.
5. Place throttle/choke lever to choke position.
6. Choke not activated.
6. Push throttle/choke control lever to choke
position.
7. Fuel tank empty, or stale fuel.
7. Fill tank with clean, fresh (less than 30 days
old) gas.
8. Blocked fuel line.
8. Clean fuel line and replace fuel filter.
9. Faulty spark plug(s).
9. Clean, adjust gap or replace plug(s).
10.Engine flooded.
10.Crank engine with throttle in FAST position.
1. Tractor running with CHOKE activated.
1. Pull the throttle/choke control lever rearward
from the choke position
2. Spark plug wire(s) loose.
2. Connect spark plug wire(s).
3. Blocked fuel line or stale fuel.
3. Clean fuel line; fill tank with clean, fresh
gasoline and replace fuel filter.
4. Vent in gas cap plugged.
4. Clear vent or replace cap if damaged.
5. Water or dirt in fuel system.
5. Drain fuel tank. Refill with clean, fresh
gasoline.
6. Dirty air cleaner.
6. Replace air cleaner paper element or clean
foam pre-cleaner.
Problem
Engine overheats
Cause
Remedy
1. Engine oil level low.
1. Fill crankcase with proper amount and
weight of oil.
2. Air flow restricted.
2. Clean grass clippings and debris from around
the engine’s cooling fins and blower housing.
Engine hesitates at high
RPM
1. Spark plug(s) gap too close.
1. Remove spark plug(s) and reset the gap.
Engine Idles rough
1. Spark plug(s) fouled, faulty or gap too wide.
1. Replace spark plug(s). Set plug gap.
2. Dirty air cleaner.
2. Replace air cleaner element and/or clean
pre-cleaner.
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/choke control lever 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.
Excessive vibration
Uneven cut
Mower will not mulch grass
(If Equipped w/Mulching Kit)
Section 8 — Troubleshooting
37
9
Replacement Parts
Component
Part Number and Description
759-3336
Spark Plug (RC12YC)
BS-792105
Air Filter Element
BS-792303
Foam Pre-cleaner
BS-696854
Oil Filter
BS-691035
Fuel Filter
954-04044A
Drive Belt (Mowing Deck)
954-04043A
Drive Belt (Transmissions)
942-04053C
2-in-1 Deck Blade
918-04125A Deck Spindle
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
38
Component
Part Number and Description
734-04155 Deck Wheel
925-1707D Battery
751-10703
Fuel Tank Cap
746-04539
Throttle Control Cable
925-1745
Ignition Key
631-04070A
Discharge Chute Assembly
634-04128
Wheel Assembly
634-04321A
Caster Wheel Assembly
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
Section 9 — Replacement Parts
39
10
Attachments & Accessories
The following attachments and accessories are compatible with your Cub Cadet RZT tractor. See your Cub Cadet dealer or the retailer
from which you purchased your tractor for information regarding price and availability.
40
Part Number
Part
19A70004100
Double Bagger
190-193-000
Mulch Plug
19A-115-100
Rear Bumper
19A-116-100
Rear Spreader
190-117-100
Sun Shade
Notes
11
41
CALIFORNIA EMISSION CONTROL WARRANTY STATEMENT
YOUR WARRANTY RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS
The California Air Resources Board and MTD Consumer Group Inc are pleased to explain the evaporative emission control system warranty on your 2008 lawn
mower. In California, new lawn mowers must be designed, built and equipped to meet the State’s stringent anti-smog standards. MTD Consumer Group Inc must
warrant the EECS on your lawn mower for the period of time listed below provided there has been no abuse, neglect or improper maintenance of your lawn mower.
Your EECS may include parts such as the carburetor, fuel-injection system, the 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 lawn mower at no cost to you including diagnosis, parts and labor.
MANUFACTURER’S WARRANTY COVERAGE:
This evaporative emission control system is warranted for two years. If any evaporative emission-related part on your equipment is defective, the part will be
repaired or replaced by MTD Consumer Group Inc.
OWNER’S WARRANTY RESPONSIBILITIES:
As the lawn mower 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 lawn mower, but MTD Consumer Group Inc cannot deny warranty solely for the lack of receipts.
As the lawn mower owner, you should however be aware that MTD Consumer Group Inc may deny you warranty coverage if your lawn mower or a part has failed
due to abuse, neglect, or improper maintenance or unapproved modifications.
You are responsible for presenting your lawn mower 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.
GENERAL EMISSIONS WARRANTY COVERAGE:
MTD Consumer Group Inc warrants to the ultimate purchaser and each subsequent purchaser that the lawn mower is: Designed, built and equipped so as to
conform with all applicable regulations; and free from defects in materials and workmanship that cause the failure of a warranted part to be identical in all material
respects to that part as described in MTD Consumer Group Inc’s application for certification.
The warranty period begins on the date the lawn mower is delivered to an ultimate purchaser or first placed into service. The warranty period is two years.
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 lawn mower 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 lawn mower 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 lawn mower 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. The following emission warranty parts are covered:
(1) Fuel Metering System
• Cold start enrichment system (soft choke)
• Carburetor and internal parts
• Fuel pump
• Fuel tank (2) Air Induction System
• Air cleaner
• Intake manifold (3) Ignition System
• Spark plug(s)
• Magneto ignition system (4) Exhaust System
• Catalytic converter
• SAI (Reed valve) (5) Miscellaneous Items Used in Above System
• Vacuum, temperature, position, time sensitive valves and switches
• Connectors and assemblies (6) Evaporative Control
• Fuel hose certified for ARB evaporative emissions 2008
• Fuel hose clamps
• Tethered fuel cap
• Carbon canister
• Vapor lines
GDOC-100175 Rev. C
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”).
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 Canada:
Contact MTD Products Limited, Kitchener, ON N2G 4J1, call
1-800-668-1238 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.
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.
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