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Operator’s Manual
Series 1000
Hydrostatic
Garden Tractor
Model 1222
(14AB13CH710)
IMPORTANT: Read safety rules and instructions carefully
Warning: This unit is equipped with an internal combustion engine and should not be used on or near any unimproved forest-covered,
brush-covered 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 Cub Cadet dealer or contact the service department, P.O. Box
361131 Cleveland, Ohio 44136-0019.
Cub Cadet LLC., P.O. Box 361131, Cleveland, OH 44136-0019
PRINTED IN U.S.A.
FORM NO. 769-00995.fm
(12/2003)
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Content
Customer Support
Important Safe Operation Practices
Tractor Set-Up
Know Your Garden Tractor
Operation
Making Adjustments
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Content
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27
Back Cover
Maintenance
Service
Specifications
Attachments
Warranty: Commercial
Warranty: Residential
FINDING MODEL NUMBER
This Operator’s Manual is an important part of your new garden tractor. It will help you assemble, prepare
and maintain the unit for best performance. Please read and understand what it says.
Before you start assembling your new equipment, please locate the model plate under the
seat of the tractor and copy the information in the space provided below. A sample model plate is
also given below. This information will be necessary to use the manufacturer’s web site and/or
help from the Customer Support Department or an authorized service dealer.
Copy the model number here:
Copy the serial number here:
CUB CADET LLC
P. O. BOX 361131
www.cubcadet.com CLEVELAND, OH 44136
DEALER LOCATOR PHONE NUMBER: 877-282-8684
CUSTOMER SUPPORT
Please do NOT return the unit to the retailer from where it was purchased, without first contacting Customer Support.
If you have difficulty assembling this product or have any questions regarding the controls, operation or
maintenance of this unit, you can seek help from the experts. Choose from the options below:
Visit cubcadet.com for many useful suggestions. Click on Customer Support button and you
will get the four options reproduced here. Click on the appropriate button and help is
immediately available.
The answer you are
looking for could be just
a mouse click away!
The answer you are
looking for could be just
a mouse click away!
To reach the Customer Dealer Referrral Line, please call 1- (877) 282-8684 .
Engine
Manual
The engine manufacturer is responsible for all engine-related issues with regards to
performance, power-rating, specifications, warranty and service. Please refer to the engine
manufacturer’s Owner’s/Operator’s Manual, at the end of this manual, for more information.
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SECTION 1: IMPORTANT SAFE OPERATION PRACTICES
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.
DANGER: This machine was built to be operated according to the rules for safe operation 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.
WARNING: Engine exhaust, some of its constituents, and certain vehicle components contain or
emit chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other
reproductive harm.
General Operation
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.
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. Disengage blade(s) before shifting into reverse. Back up
slowly. Always look down and behind before and while
backing to avoid a back-over accident.
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 transmission 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 unit should not be driven up or
down ramp(s), because the unit could tip over, causing
serious personal injury. The unit 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
unit, which could result in serious injury.
25. Disengage all attachment clutches, depress the brake
pedal completely and shift into neutral before attempting
to start engine.
26. Your machine is designed to cut normal residential grass
of a height no more than 10”. Do not attempt to mow
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 old to operate this
machine. Children 14 years old and over should read and
understand the operation instructions and safety rules in
this manual and should be trained and supervised by a
parent.
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.
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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 mowerrelated injuries. These operators should evaluate their
ability to operate the riding mower safely enough to
protect themselves and others from serious injury.
29. If situations occur which are not covered in this manual,
use care and good judgment. Contact Cub Cadet Dealer
for assistance.
5.
6.
7.
Children
1.
Slope Operation
Slopes are a major factor related to loss of control and tipover 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 unit on a
sloped or hilly area. If the slope is greater than 15 degrees as
shown on the slope gauge, do not operate this unit on that
area or serious injury could result.
Do:
1.
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3.
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6.
7.
Mow up and down slopes, not across. Exercise extreme
caution when changing direction on slopes.
Watch for holes, ruts, bumps, rocks, or other hidden
objects. Uneven terrain could overturn the machine. Tall
grass can hide obstacles.
Use slow speed. Choose a low enough speed setting so
that you will not have to stop or shift while on the slope.
Tires may lose traction on slopes even though the brakes
are functioning properly. Always keep machine in gear
when going down slopes to take advantage of engine
braking action.
Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for wheel
weights or counterweights to improve stability.
Use extra care with grass catchers or other attachments.
These can change the stability of the machine.
Keep all movement on the slopes slow and gradual. Do
not make sudden changes in speed or direction. Rapid
engagement or braking could cause the front of the
machine to lift and rapidly flip over backwards which
could cause serious injury.
Avoid starting or stopping on a slope. If tires lose traction,
disengage the blade(s) and proceed slowly straight down
the slope.
8.
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2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
1. Do not turn on slopes unless necessary; then, turn slowly
3.
4.
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. 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 area.
b. Before and while backing, look behind and down
for small children.
c. Never carry children, even with the blade(s) shut
off. They may fall off and be seriously injured or
interfere with safe machine operation.
d. 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 machine.
e. Disengage the cutting blade(s) before shifting in
reverse. The “No-Cut-In Reverse” feature is a
reminder not to cut in reverse and to help avoid
back over accidents. Do not defeat it.
f. Keep children away from hot or running engines.
They can suffer burns from a hot muffler.
g. Remove key when machine is unattended to
prevent unauthorized operation.
Never allow children under 14 years to operate the
machine. Children 14 years old and over should read and
understand the operation and safety rules in this manual
and should be trained and supervised by a parent.
Towing
Do Not:
2.
Do not mow on wet grass. It may cause sliding.
Do not shift to neutral and coast downhill. Over-speeding
may cause the operator to lose control of the machine
resulting in serious injury or death.
Do not tow heavy 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 may be reduced,
attachment may jack-knife and tractor may overturn).
and gradually downhill, if possible.
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.
Do not try to stabilize the machine by putting your foot on
the ground.
Do not use a grass catcher on steep slopes.
Tow only with a machine that has a hitch designed for
towing. Do not attach towed equipment except at the
hitch point.
Follow the manufacturers recommendation for weight
limits for towed equipment and towing on slopes.
Never allow children or others in or on towed equipment.
On slopes, the weight of the towed equipment may cause
loss of traction and loss of control.
Travel slowly and allow extra distance to stop.
Do not shift to neutral and coast downhill.
Service
Safe Handling Of Gasoline:
1.
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To avoid personal injury or property damage use
extreme care in handling gasoline. Gasoline is
extremely flammable and the vapors are explosive.
Serious personal injury can occur when gasoline is
spilled on yourself or your clothes which can ignite. Wash
your skin and change clothes immediately.
a. Use only an approved gasoline container.
b. Never fill containers inside a vehicle or on a truck
or trailer bed with a plastic liner. Always place
containers on the ground away from your vehicle
before filling.
c. When practical, remove gas-powered equipment
from the truck or trailer and refuel it on the ground.
If this is not possible, then refuel such equipment
on a trailer with a portable container, rather than
from a gasoline dispenser nozzle.
d. Keep the nozzle in contact with the rim of the fuel
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 unit to another area. Wait 5
minutes before starting the engine.
k. To reduce fire hazards, keep machine free of
grass, leaves, or other debris build-up. Clean up
oil or fuel spillage and remove any fuel soaked
debris.
l. Never store the machine or fuel container inside
where there is an open flame, spark or pilot light
as on a water heater, space heater, furnace,
clothes dryer or other gas appliances.
m. Allow a machine to cool at least 5 minutes before
storing.
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12.
General Service:
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14.
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3.
Never run an engine indoors or in a poorly ventilated
area. Engine exhaust contains carbon monoxide, an
odorless, and deadly gas.
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.
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 unit should be
serviced professionally by an authorized Service Dealer.
Check brake operation frequently as it is subjected to
wear during normal operation. Adjust and service as
required.
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!”
Mower blades are sharp. Wrap the blade or wear gloves,
and use extra caution when servicing them.
Keep all nuts, bolts, and screws tight to be sure the
equipment is in safe working condition.
Never tamper with the safety interlock system or other
safety devices. Check their proper operation regularly.
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.
Never attempt to make adjustments or repairs to the
machine while the engine is running.
Grass catcher components and the discharge cover are
subject to wear and damage which could expose moving
parts or allow objects to be thrown.
For safety protection, frequently check components and
replace immediately with original equipment
manufacturer’s (O.E.M.) parts only, listed in this manual.
“Use of parts which do not meet the original equipment
specifications may lead to improper performance and
compromise safety!”
Do not change the engine governor settings or overspeed the engine. The governor controls the maximum
safe operating speed of the engine.
Maintain or replace safety and instruction labels, as
necessary.
Observe proper disposal laws and regulations for gas,
oil, etc. to protect the environment.
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.
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF INJURY, DO NOT
OPERATE UNLESS DISCHARGE COVER OR
GRASS CATCHER IS IN ITS PROPER PLACE.
IF DAMAGED, REPLACE IMMEDIATELY.
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AVOID SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH
KEEP HANDS AND FEET AWAY FROM ROTATING PARTS.
REMOVE OBJECTS THAT CAN BE THROWN BY THE
BLADE IN ANY DIRECTION. WEAR SAFETY GLASSES.
DO NOT MOW WHEN CHILDREN OR OTHERS ARE AROUND.
NEVER CARRY CHILDREN EVEN WITH BLADES OFF.
USE EXTRA CAUTION ON SLOPES. DO NOT MOW SLOPES
GREATER THAN 10° MOW UP AND DOWN, NOT ACROSS.
AVOID SUDDEN TURNS, USE LOW GEAR.
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MAX
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READ OPERATOR'S MANUAL. KEEP SAFETY DEVICES IN PLACE AND WORKING.
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SECTION 2: SLOPE GAUGE
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WARNING
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. If operating a walk-behind mower on such a slope, it is extremely difficult to maintain
your footing and you could slip, resulting in serious injury.
Operate RIDING mowers up and down slopes, never across the face of slopes.
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SECTION 3: SETTING UP THE TRACTOR
Before Assembly
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•
IMPORTANT: Your tractor is shipped with motor oil in
the engine. However, you must check the oil level
before operating. Be careful not to overfill.
If the battery cables are already connected,
proceed to the next set of instructions for set-up.
Any reference here to the RIGHT or LEFT side of
the tractor is observed from operator’s position.
WARNING:
Use extreme care when
handling gasoline. Gasoline is extremely
flammable and the vapors are explosive. Never
fuel machine indoors or while the engine is hot
or running. Extinguish cigarettes, cigars, pipes,
and other sources of ignition.
Attaching Battery Cables
NOTE: The positive battery terminal is marked Pos. (+).
The negative battery terminal is marked Neg. (–).
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•
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Shipping Brace Removal
The positive cable (heavy red wire) is secured to
the positive battery terminal (+) with a hex bolt and
hex nut at the factory. Make certain that the rubber
boot covers the terminal to help protect it from
corrosion.
Remove the hex bolt and wing nut from the
negative cable.
Remove the black plastic cover, if present, from the
negative battery terminal and attach the negative
cable (heavy black wire) to the negative battery
terminal (–) with the bolt and wing nut.
Make certain the hold-down rod is in position over
the battery, securing it in place. See Figure 1.
WARNING: Make sure the tractor engine is
off. Remove ignition key, and set the parking
brake before removing the shipping brace.
•
•
Locate the shipping brace and accompanying
warning tag on the right side of the tractor, between
the discharge chute and the deck. See Figure 2.
While holding the discharge chute with your left
hand, remove the shipping brace with your right
hand by grasping it between your thumb and index
finger and rotating it clockwise.
IMPORTANT: The shipping brace, used for packaging
purposes only, must be removed and discarded before
operating the tractor.
Rubber
Boot
WARNING: The mowing deck is capable of
throwing objects. Failure to operate the tractor
without the discharge cover in the proper
operating position could result in serious
personal injury and/or property damage.
Wing
Nut
Hex Bolt
Hold-Down
Rod
Figure 1
NOTE: If the battery is put into service after the date
shown on top of battery, charge the battery as
instructed on page 21 of this manual prior to operating
the tractor.
Gas and Oil Fill-Up
The gasoline tank is located under the hood and has a
capacity of either two or three gallons. Do not overfill.
Shipping Brace
Service the engine with gasoline and oil as instructed in
the separate engine manual packed with your tractor.
Read instructions carefully.
Warning Tag
Figure 2
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SECTION 4: KNOW YOUR GARDEN TRACTOR
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BATTERY
PTO / BLADE ENGAGE
OIL PRESSURE
HOURS 1/10
PARKING
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NOTE: Steering Wheel not shown for clarity.
Figure 3
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Systems Indicator Monitor/Hour Meter
Throttle Control Lever
Choke Control
Parking Brake Lever
Fuel Tank Cap
Seat Adjustment Lever
PTO (Blade Engage) Knob
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Ignition Switch
Brake Pedal
Drive Pedal
Cruise Control
Deck Lift Lever
Cup Holder
Throttle Control Lever
The throttle control lever is
located on the right side of the
tractor’s dash panel. This lever
controls the speed of the engine.
When set in a given position, the
throttle will maintain a uniform
engine speed.
Drive Pedal
This pedal is located below the
brake pedal on the right front side
of the tractor along the running
board. Depress the upper portion
of the drive pedal forward to
move the tractor forward.
Depress the lower portion of the
drive pedal with the ball of your
right foot (not your heel) to move
the tractor in reverse. Ground
speed is also controlled with the
drive pedal. The further forward
or rearward the pedal is pivoted,
faster the tractor will travel. The pedal will return to its
original position when it is not depressed.
Fast
IMPORTANT: When operating the
tractor with the cutting deck
engaged, be certain that the
throttle lever is always in the
FAST (rabbit) position.
Slow
Choke Control
Choke control can be found on
the left side of the dash panel
and is activated by pulling the
knob outward. Activating the
choke control closes the choke
plate on the carburetor and aids in starting the engine.
Refer to page 11 of this manual for detailed starting
instructions.
IMPORTANT: Always set the parking brake when
leaving the tractor unattended.
PTO (Blade Engage) Knob
To engage power to the cutting
deck or other (separately
available) attachments, pull
outward on the PTO knob. Push
the PTO knob inward to
disengage the power to the
cutting deck.
Brake Pedal
The brake pedal is located on the
right front side of the tractor
above the drive pedal along the
running board. The brake pedal
can be used for sudden stops or
setting the parking brake.
To start the engine, insert the key Start
into the ignition switch and turn
clockwise to the START position.
Release the key into the ON
position once engine has fired.
OFF ON
NOTE: The PTO knob must be in the disengaged
(Blade Stop) position when starting the engine, when
traveling in reverse and if the operator leaves the seat.
Seat Adjustment Lever
NOTE: Brake pedal must be fully depressed to activate
the safety interlock switch when starting the tractor.
Ignition Switch
PTO
To adjust the seat forward or backward on units
equipped with a seat lever, slide the seat adjustment
lever to the left and reposition the seat to the desired
position. Once a comfortable position is found, release
the seat adjustment lever to lock the seat in place.
Refer to page 14 of this manual for more details.
On/Lights
On
Deck Lift Lever
Located on the tractor’s right fender, the deck lift lever
is used to change height of the cutting deck. To
operate, move the lever to the left, then place in the
notch best suited for your application.
The ignition switch is also used to
operate the tractor’s headlights.
Off
To turn on the headlights, simply
keep the key at the On/Lights position indicated on the
switch and in the figure here.
Parking Brake Button
To set the parking brake, fully
depress the brake pedal and
push the parking brake button in.
Hold the button in while taking
your foot off the brake pedal.
Both the parking button and the
brake pedal will then stay
depressed. To release the
parking brake, depress the brake pedal slightly. The
parking brake button will then return to its original
position.
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WARNING: Never leave a running machine
unattended. Always disengage PTO, move
shift lever into neutral position, set parking
brake, stop engine and remove key to prevent
unintended starting.
Cup Holder (if equipped)
The cup holder is located on the fender to the left of the
seat, just to the rear of the parking brake lever.
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System Indicator Lights
NOTE: The parking brake must be set if the operator
leaves the seat with the engine running or the engine
will automatically shut off.
Your tractor is equipped with four indicator lights in the
center of its dash panel. If the brake light or PTO light
illuminates when attempting to start the unit, proceed
as follows:
IMPORTANT: Always set the parking brake when
leaving the tractor unattended.
Indication
Cruise Control Button
The cruise control button is
located on the tractor dash panel
to the left of the ignition switch.
Push the cruise control button
while traveling forward at a
desired speed. While holding the
button in, release pressure from
the drive pedal. This will engage
the cruise control and allow the
tractor to remain at that speed without applying
pressure to the drive pedal. Depress the brake pedal or
the drive pedal to deactivate cruise control. Refer to
page 12 for detailed instructions.
Remedy
Brake light on
Engage the parking brake.
PTO light on
Move PTO knob to the
disengaged(OFF) position.
It is normal for the oil light and the battery light to
illuminate while the engine is cranking, but if either
illuminates while the engine is running, follow the steps
below as per indication:
Indication
NOTE: Cruise control cannot be engaged at the
tractor’s fastest ground speed. If the operator should
attempt to do so, the tractor will automatically
decelerate to the fastest optimal mowing ground speed.
Hour Meter
Located in the center of the tractor’s console, the hour
meter operates whenever the engine is running and
records the actual hours of tractor operation.
Figure 4
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Remedy
Oil light on
Stop the tractor immediately and
check the crankcase oil level as
instructed in the
engine manual. Add oil as
required.
Battery light on
The battery needs charging, or
the engine’s charging system is
not generating sufficient
amperage. Refer to page 21.
SECTION 5: OPERATING YOUR GARDEN TRACTOR
Safety Interlock Switches
•
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 a Cub Cadet dealer. The safety interlock
system prevents the engine from cranking or starting
unless the parking brake is engaged, and the PTO knob
is in the disengaged (OFF) position.
IMPORTANT: Do not hold the key in the START position
for longer than ten seconds at a time. Doing so may
cause damage to your engine’s electric starter.
•
The engine will automatically shut off if
Stopping the Engine
WARNING: If you strike 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 restarting
and operating.
WARNING: Do not operate the tractor if the
interlock system is malfunctioning. This system
was designed for your safety and protection.
Setting the Cutting Height
•
After the engine starts, deactivate the choke control
and place the throttle control in the FAST position.
NOTE: Do not leave the choke control on while
operating the tractor. Doing so will result in a "rich" fuel
mixture and cause the engine to run poorly.
1. The operator leaves the seat before engaging the
parking brake;
2. The operator leaves the tractor’s seat with the PTO
knob in the engaged (ON) position, regardless of
whether the parking brake is engaged; and
3. The PTO knob is moved to engaged (ON) position
with the shift lever in position for reverse travel.
•
Turn the ignition key clockwise to the START
position. After the engine starts, release the key. It
will return to the ON position.
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Select the height position of the cutting deck by
placing the deck lift lever in any of the six different
cutting height notches on the right side of the
fender.
Adjust the deck wheels so that they are between ¼inch and ½-inch above the ground when the tractor
is on a smooth, flat surface such as a driveway.
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If the blades are engaged, place the PTO knob in
the disengaged (OFF) position.
Turn the ignition key counterclockwise to the OFF
position.
Remove the key from the ignition switch to prevent
unintended starting.
Driving The Tractor
WARNING: Keep hands and feet away from
IMPORTANT: Avoid sudden starts, excessive speed and
sudden stops.
the discharge opening of the cutting deck.
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NOTE: The deck wheels are an anti-scalp feature of the
deck and are not designed to support the weight of the
cutting deck.
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Refer to Leveling the Deck on page 15 of this manual
for more detailed instructions regarding various deck
adjustments.
Briefly depress the brake pedal to release the
parking brake. Move the throttle lever into the FAST
(rabbit) position.
To travel forward: Slowly depress the upper
portion of the drive pedal forward until the desired
speed is achieved. See Figure 5.
Starting the Engine
Reverse
NOTE: Refer to page 7 of this manual for gasoline and
oil fill-up instructions.
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Insert the tractor key into the ignition switch.
Place PTO knob in the disengaged position.
Engage the tractor’s parking brake.
Place the throttle control in the FAST (rabbit)
position. Activate the choke if so equipped.
Pull the choke control outward.
Forward
Brake Pedal
Drive Pedal
Fender /
Running Board
Figure 5
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To travel in reverse: Check that area behind is
clear, then slowly depress the lower portion of the
drive pedal with the ball of your foot (not your heel)
until the desired speed is achieved. See Figure 5.
NOTE: The transmission will not engage when the
hydrostatic bypass rod is pulled out. Return the rod to
its normal position prior to operating the tractor.
IMPORTANT: Do not attempt to change the direction of
travel when the tractor is in motion. Always bring the
tractor to a complete stop before pivoting the drive
pedal from forward to reverse or vice versa.
IMPORTANT: Never attempt to move the tractor
manually without first engaging the relief valve. Doing
so will result in damage to the tractor’s transmission.
WARNING: Do not leave the seat of the
Driving On Slopes
tractor without first placing the PTO knob in the
disengaged (OFF) position, depressing the
brake pedal and engaging the parking brake. If
leaving the tractor unattended, also turn the
ignition key off and remove the key.
Refer to SLOPE GAUGE on page 6 to help determine
slopes where you may operate the tractor safely.
WARNING: Do not mow 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.
Using the Parking Brake
To engage:
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Fully depress the brake pedal and hold it while
gently pushing the parking brake button inward.
Hold the parking brake button in while removing
your foot from the brake pedal.
Once engaged, the parking brake button and the
brake pedal will lock in the DOWN position.
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To disengage:
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Slightly depress the brake pedal.
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NOTE: The parking brake must be engaged if the
operator leaves the seat with the engine running,
otherwise the engine will automatically shut off.
Moving the Tractor Manually
Mow up and down slopes, never across.
Exercise extreme caution when changing direction
on slopes. Avoid turns when driving on a slope. If a
turn must be made, turn downwards on the slope.
Watch for holes, ruts, bumps, rocks, or other
hidden objects. Uneven terrain could overturn the
machine. Tall grass can hide obstacles.
Turning upwards on a slope greatly increases the
chance of a roll-over.
Avoid stopping when driving up a slope. If it is
necessary to stop while driving up a slope, start up
smoothly and carefully to reduce the possibility of
flipping the tractor over backward.
Setting the Cruise Control
Your tractor’s transmission is equipped with a relief
valve for occasions when it is necessary to move the
tractor manually. Activating this valve forces the
transmission fluid to bypass its normal route, allowing
the rear tires to "freewheel." To engage the relief valve,
proceed as follows:
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Pull the hydrostatic bypass rod outward, then up, to
lock it in place.
NOTE: The cruise control feature should only be
utilized while traveling in the forward direction.
Engaging Cruise Control
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Locate the hydrostatic bypass rod in the rear of the
tractor. See Figure 6.
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Place the drive pedal in the FORWARD position,
then slowly depress the drive pedal until the desired
speed is achieved.
Lightly depress the cruise control button.
While continuing to hold the cruise button in, lift
your foot from the drive pedal (you should feel the
cruise latch engage).
Once engaged, the cruise control button and the
drive pedal will lock in the DOWN position, and the
tractor will maintain the same forward speed.
NOTE: Cruise control cannot be engaged at the
tractor’s fastest ground speed. If the operator should
attempt to do so, the tractor will automatically
decelerate to the fastest optimal mowing ground speed.
Hydrostatic
Bypass Rod
Disengaging Cruise Control
Choose one of the following two methods:
Figure 6
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Depress the brake pedal to disengage the cruise
control and stop the tractor.
Lightly depress the drive pedal.
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Changing to Reverse When Cruise Control is Engaged
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Depress the brake pedal to disengage the cruise
control and bring the tractor to a complete stop.
Depress the lower portion of the drive pedal with
the ball of your foot to travel in reverse.
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Using the Deck Lift Lever
WARNING: To help avoid blade contact or a
To raise the cutting deck, move the deck lift lever to the
left, then place it in the notch best suited for your
application. Refer to Setting The Cutting Height earlier in
this section.
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.
Engaging the PTO
Mulching
Engaging the PTO transfers power to the cutting deck
or other (separately available) attachments. To engage
the PTO, proceed as follows:
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Your tractor may be equipped with a mulch kit with
special blades to recirculate grass clippings into the
lawn where they act as a natural fertilizer.
Move the throttle control lever to the FAST (rabbit)
position.
Pull the PTO knob outward into the engaged (ON)
position. Keep the throttle lever in the FAST (rabbit)
position for the most efficient use of the cutting
deck or other (separately available) attachments.
To disengage the PTO, push the PTO knob to the
OFF position.
Observe following points for best results in mulching.
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IMPORTANT: The PTO clutch will automatically shut off
if the PTO is engaged with the drive pedal in position for
reverse travel.
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Mowing
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Mowing should always be done with the engine at
full throttle.
Under heavier conditions it may be necessary to go
back over the cut area to get a clean cut.
Do not attempt to mow heavy brush and weeds and
extremely tall grass. Your tractor is designed to
mow lawns, not clear brush.
Keep the blades sharp and replace the blades
when worn. Refer to Cutting Blades on page 20 of this
manual for proper blade sharpening instructions.
Do not mow at high ground speed, especially if a
mulch kit or grass collector is installed.
For best results, cut the first two laps with the
discharge thrown towards the center. Then reverse
direction to throw discharge to the outside.
Do not cut the grass too short. Short grass invites
weed growth and yellows quickly in dry weather.
Never attempt to mulch if the lawn is damp. Wet
grass tends to stick to the underside of the deck
preventing proper mulching.
Do not attempt to mulch more than 1/3 the total
height of the grass or approximately 1-1/2 inches.
Maintain a slow ground speed to allow the grass
clippings more time to effectively be mulched.
Always position the throttle control lever in the
FAST (rabbit) position while mowing. Failing to
keep the engine at full throttle places strain on the
tractor’s engine and does not allow the blades to
properly mulch grass.
NOTE: It is not necessary to remove the discharge
chute to operate the mower with the mulch kit installed.
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To operate the cutting deck without mulching,
simply remove the mulch plug by unthreading the
plastic wing nut which fastens it to the cutting deck.
This will allow clippings to discharge from the side.
SECTION 6: MAKING ADJUSTMENTS
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WARNING: Always disengage PTO, stop
engine and remove key before performing any
adjustments, repairs or maintenance..
NOTE: Threading the ball joints too far onto the drag
links will cause the front tires to "toe-in" too far. Proper
toe-in is between 1/16" and 5/16".
Parking Brake
Front tire toe-in can be measured as follows:
Adjust the brake if:
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1. the tractor does not stop completely when the
brake pedal is completely depressed; or
2. the tractor’s rear wheels roll even with the parking
brake applied.
Locate the brake disc on right of the transmission in the
rear of the tractor and adjust as follows:
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Replace hex nut and lock washer and retighten the
jam nut after proper adjustment is achieved.
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Looking at the transmission from the right side of
the tractor, locate the compression spring and
brake disc.
Loosen, but do not remove, the hex nut found on
the right side of the brake assembly.
Using a feeler gauge, set the gap between the
brake disc and the brake puck at .011".
Re-tighten the hex nut loosened earlier.
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Place steering wheel in position for straight travel.
In front of the axle, measure the distance
horizontally from the inside of the left rim to the
inside of the right rim. Note the distance.
Behind the axle, measure the distance horizontally
from the inside of the left rim to the inside of the
right rim. Note the distance.
The measurement taken in front of the axle should
be between 1/16" and 5/16" less than the
measurement taken behind the axle.
Adjusting Deck Wheels
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Select the height position of the cutting deck by
placing the deck lift lever in any of the six different
cutting height notches on the right fender.
Steering
WARNING: Keep hands and feet away from
Adjust the steering drag links if
the discharge opening of the cutting deck.
1. The tractor turns tighter in one direction than the
other; or
2. While the ball joints are being replaced.
Adjust the drag links so that equal lengths are threaded
into the ball joints on the left and the right respectively.
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NOTE: The deck wheels are an anti-scalp feature of the
deck and are not designed to support the weight of the
cutting deck.
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Loosen the jam nut found on the drag link at the
rear of the ball joint. See Figure 7.
Hex Nut and
Lock Washer
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Pivot Bar
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Drag Link
Jam Nut
Ball Joint
Axle
Figure 7
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Remove the hex nut and lock washer on the top of
ball joint. See Figure 7.
Thread the ball joint toward the jam nut to shorten
the drag link. Thread the ball joint away from the
jam nut to lengthen the drag link.
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Place the tractor on a firm and level surface,
preferably pavement and proceed as follows:
Place the tractor’s deck lift handle in the normally
desired mowing height setting, then check the deck
wheels for contact or excessive clearance with the
surface below.
If the wheels contact the surface adjust as follows:
a. Raise the deck lift handle to its highest
setting.
b. Remove the rear deck wheels by removing
the lock nuts and shoulder screws that
secure them to the deck. See Figure 8.
c. Remove the lock nuts and shoulder screws,
that secure the front deck wheels to the deck.
See Figure 8.
d. Place the deck lift handle in the desired
mowing height setting.
e. Insert the shoulder screw with the rear deck
wheel into the index hole that leaves
approximately 1/2" between the bottom of
the wheel and the pavement.
f. Note the position of the index hole used; then
install the other rear deck wheel and the front
ball wheels into the corresponding index hole
of the other deck wheel brackets
Lock Nut
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Shoulder Screws
Determine the approximate distance necessary for
proper adjustment and proceed to the next step.
Locate the two lock nuts on the opposite side of the
stabilizer bracket. See Figure 9. Tighten the lock
nuts to raise the front of the deck; loosen the lock
nuts to lower the front of the deck
Side to Side
If the cutting deck appears to be mowing unevenly, a
side to side adjustment can be performed. Adjust if
necessary as follows:
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Lock Nut
Figure 8
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If the gauge wheels have excessive clearance with
the surface below, lower the wheels to the index
hole that provides the approximate 1/2" clearance
as described above.
Refer to Leveling the Deck on page 15 of this manual for
more detailed instructions regarding various deck
adjustments.
With the tractor parked on a firm, level surface,
place the deck lift lever in the top notch (highest
position) and rotate both blades so that they are
perpendicular with the tractor.
Measure the distance from the outside of the left
blade tip to the ground and the distance from the
outside of the right blade tip to the ground. Both
measurements taken should be equal. If they’re
not, proceed to the next step.
Leveling the Deck
NOTE: Check the tractor’s tire pressure before
performing any deck leveling adjustments. Refer to
page 20 for information regarding tire pressure.
Front To Rear
The front of the cutting deck is supported by a stabilizer
bar that can adjusted to level the deck from front to rear.
The front of the deck should be between 1/4-inch and
3/8-inch lower than the rear of the deck. Adjust if
necessary as follows:
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Adjustment
Gear
Hex Cap
Screw
Figure 10
With the tractor parked on a firm, level surface,
place the deck lift lever in the top notch (highest
position) and rotate the blade nearest the discharge
chute so that it is parallel with the tractor.
Measure the distance from front of the blade tip to
the ground and rear of the blade tip to the ground.
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Lock Nut
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Deck
Stabilizer
Bracket
Seat
Deck
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Figure 9
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Loosen, but do not remove, the hex cap screw on
the left deck hanger bracket. See Figure 10.
Balance the deck by using a wrench to turn the
adjustment gear (found immediately behind the hex
cap screw just loosened) clockwise/up or
counterclockwise/down.
The deck is properly balanced when both blade tip
measurements, taken earlier, are equal.
Retighten hex cap screw on the left deck hanger
bracket when proper adjustment is achieved.
Move the seat adjustment lever (located under the
seat) to the left and slide the seat forward or
backward. Once the desired position is reached,
release the lever and the seat should lock into one
of the six adjustment positions.
IMPORTANT: The seat must be engaged in the seat stop
for operating the tractor. Stand behind the machine and
pull back on seat until fully engaged into stop.
The first measurement taken should be between
1/4" and 3/8" less than the second measurement.
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SECTION 7: MAINTAINING YOUR GARDEN TRACTOR
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WARNING: Before performing any
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maintenance or repairs, disengage PTO, move
shift lever into neutral position, set parking
brake, stop engine and remove key to prevent
unintended starting.
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Engine
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The engine manual contains instructions for engine
maintenance. Some general recommendations are
listed below. For further details about performing these
tasks, refer to the engine manual.
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NOTE: Maintenance and/or repair of emission control
devices and systems on this tractor, done at customer’s
expense, may be performed by any engine repair
establishment. Warranty-related repairs must be
performed by a Cub Cadet dealer only.
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Head Lamp
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. Allow the tractor to cool and use caution
when changing the lamp bulbs.
Check engine oil level before each use. Fill up as
necessary. Follow instructions below to change oil.
Service pre-cleaner, if so equipped, and cartridge/
air cleaner element as instructed in the engine
manual.
Clean spark plugs and reset the gap once a
season. Spark plug replacement is recommended
at the start of each mowing season. Refer to the
engine manual for correct plug type and gap
specifications.
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Changing Engine Oil
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Push the oil drain hose, originally packed with this
manual, on to the oil drain port. See Figure 11.
Route the opposite end of the hose into an
appropriate oil collection container with minimum
64 oz. capacity.
Push oil drain valve in slightly, then rotate counterclockwise and pull outward to begin draining oil.
Service oil filter as instructed in engine manual.
After the oil has drained completely, disconnect
hose and shut off the cap on the oil drain valve.
Refill engine with fresh motor oil of correct grade.
Re-insert the dipstick and secure the oil fill cap.
Flip the tractor hood back to operating position.
Lift the hood and locate the headlight wire harness
and lamp sockets
To remove the bulb & socket from the reflector
housing, simply grasp the socket and gently rotate
it 1/4 turn clockwise.
After replacing the bulb, align the tab of the socket
with the notch of the reflector and gently rotate it 1/4
turn counterclockwise.
Cleaning Engine and Deck
Raise the tractor’s hood gently.
Unscrew the oil fill cap and remove the dipstick
from the oil fill tube. See Figure 11.
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Oil Fill Cap /
Dipstick
Promptly wipe off any fuel or oil spilled on the
machine.
Do not allow grass, leaves, and dirt to accumulate
around the cooling fins of the engine or on any
other part of the machine, especially the pulleys
and other moving parts.
IMPORTANT: The use of a pressure washer to clean
your tractor is not recommended. Direct water pressure
on electrical components and the engine could reduce
life of the tractor and its serviceability.
Lubrication
Drain Port
WARNING: Before lubricating, repairing, or
inspecting, always disengage PTO, move shift
lever into neutral position, set parking brake,
stop engine and remove key to prevent
unintended starting.
Oil Drain Hose
Engine
Figure 11
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Lubricate the engine with motor oil as instructed in the
engine manual .
Pop open the cap at the end of the oil drain valve
and expose the drain port as shown in Figure 11.
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Pivot Points & Linkage
Deck Spindles
Lubricate all the pivot points on the drive system,
parking brake and lift linkage at least once a season
with light oil.
Grease fittings are located on top of each deck spindle
shaft. Lubricate with 251H EP grease or an equivalent
#2 multi-purpose lithium grease. Using a grease gun,
apply enough grease to flush out the old grease and dirt
out of the spindle shaft. See Figure 12.
Front Wheels
Each front wheel axle and rim are equipped with a
grease fitting. Lubricate these with a grease gun every
25 hours of tractor operation. See Figure 12.
Deck Wheels
Each front deck wheel is equipped with a grease fitting.
Lubricate this with a grease gun every 25 hours of
tractor operation.
Grease Fitting
Grease Fitting
Figure 12
Off-Season Storage
to cool. Extinguish cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and
other sources of ignition prior to draining fuel.
If your tractor will not be used for more than thirty days,
it should be stored properly following instructions
below:
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WARNING: Never store the machine or fuel
container indoors where there is an open
flame, spark or pilot light such as on water
heater, furnace, clothes dryer or other gas
appliance.
Clean and lubricate the tractor as instructed earlier
in this section.
Follow the engine manual for proper engine care
prior to storing your tractor.
Drain fuel only into an approved container
outdoors, away from an open flame. Allow engine
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SECTION 8: SERVICE
Cutting Deck Removal
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To remove the cutting deck, proceed as follows:
• Place the PTO knob in the disengaged (OFF)
position and engage the parking brake.
• Lower the deck by moving the deck lift lever into the
bottom notch on the right fender.
• Remove the PTO belt from around the electric PTO
clutch. Refer to Figure 14.
• Looking at the cutting deck from the left side of the
tractor, locate the deck support pin on the rear left
side of the deck.
• Pull the deck support pin outward to release the
deck from the deck lift arm. See Figure 13.
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Rotate the pin slightly toward the rear of the tractor
and release the pin into the hole provided.
Repeat the above steps on the tractor’s right side.
Move the deck lift lever into the top notch on the
right fender to raise the deck lift arms up and out of
the way.
Gently slide the cutting deck toward the front of the
tractor allowing the hooks on the deck to release
themselves from the deck stabilizer rod.
Gently slide the cutting deck from the right side
underneath the tractor.
Changing the Deck Belt(s)
WARNING: Be sure to shut the engine off,
remove ignition key, disconnect the spark
plug wire(s) and ground against the engine to
prevent unintended starting before removing
the belt(s).
Support Pin
All belts on your tractor are subject to wear and should
be replaced if any signs of wear are present.
IMPORTANT: The V-belts found on your tractor are
specially designed to engage and disengage safely. A
substitute (non-OEM) V-belt can be dangerous by not
disengaging completely. For a proper working machine,
use factory approved belts.
Figure 13
PTO Idler Bracket
(mounted on tractor)
PTO Clutch
Deck Idler Pulley
Left Hand
Double Pulley
Deck belt (Bottom)
PTO belt (Top)
Right Hand
Double Pulley
(beneath belt guard)
Center Pulley
Self-Tapping Screws
NOTE: Left hand belt cover not shown for clarity.
Figure 14
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To change or replace the deck belts on your tractor,
proceed as follows:
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IMPORTANT: The V-belts on your tractor are specially
designed to engage and disengage safely. A substitute
(non-OEM) V-belt can be dangerous by not
disengaging completely. For a proper working machine,
use factory approved belts.
Lower the deck by moving the deck lift lever into the
bottom notch on the right fender.
Remove the belt guards by removing the selftapping screws that fasten them to the deck.
Remove the PTO belt from the electric PTO clutch
and from around the PTO idler pulley, if present.
See Figure 14.
Grasp the deck idler pulley and pivot it toward the
left side of the deck to relieve tension on the belt.
Remove the belt from around all spindle pulleys,
and deck idler pulley(s).
According to your tractor model, route the new belts
as shown in Figure 14.
Remount the belt guards removed earlier.
To change or replace the drive belt on your tractor,
proceed as follows:
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IMPORTANT: When removing the battery, disconnect
the negative (black) wire from its terminal first, followed
by the positive (red) wire. Re-install in reverse order.
NOTE: Proper removal of the drive belt requires the
removal of several tractor components. Read through
the following procedure prior to attempting it; determine
if you can successfully complete it. Otherwise see an
authorized service dealer .
Changing the Transmission Drive Belt
WARNING: Be sure to shut the engine off,
remove ignition key, disconnect the spark plug
wire(s) and ground against the engine to
prevent unintended starting before removing
the belt(s).
IMPORTANT: Note the routing of the lower drive belt
around all the pulleys and the belt keepers (if present)
before performing the following steps.
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All belts on your tractor are subject to wear and should
be replaced if any signs of damage are observed.
Variable-Speed
Pulley
Remove the cutting deck as instructed earlier.
After disconnecting the battery cables, remove the
battery and battery tray from beneath the seat.
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Locate the fixed v-idler pulley found on the left
underside of the frame. See Figure 15.
Grasp the belt on both sides of the pulley and
gently move it toward the left frame rail allowing it to
unseat itself from the fixed v-idler. See Figure 15.
Drive Belt (Lower)
Rear Idler Pulley
Drive Belt (Upper)
Front Idler Pulley
Engine Pulley
Transmission Idler Pulley
Transmission Pulley
Front of Tractor
Figure 15
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Pivot the double-idler bracket forward slightly
before removing the idler extension spring from the
stud and the double-idler bracket itself. Do not
discard the spring.
Roll the drive belt out from around both the v-idler
pulley and the flat idler pulley found on the doubleidler bracket.
Carefully unplug the tractor’s wire harness from the
connector on the electric PTO clutch.
Remove the hex bolt from the center of the electric
PTO clutch. Gently lower it off the engine
crankshaft, making sure not to lose any hardware.
See Figure 15.
The engine pulley is located directly above the
electric PTO clutch. Lower the engine pulley far
enough to be able to remove the upper drive belt
from around it. Be careful not to lose the square key
which acts as a guide for the engine pulley on the
crankshaft.
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Periodically inspect the blade adapter and/or
spindle for cracks or damage, especially if you
strike a foreign object. Replace immediately if
damaged.
The blades may be removed as follows:
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Remove the deck from beneath the tractor, (refer to
Cutting Deck Removal on page 18) then gently flip the
deck over to expose its underside.
Place a block of wood between the center deck
housing baffle and the cutting blade to act as a
stabilizer. See Figure 16.
Hex Flange Nut
Wood Block
IMPORTANT: When remounting the electric PTO clutch
or the engine pulley, as equipped, torque the center hex
bolt to between 38 foot-pounds and 50 foot-pounds.
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Remove the drive belt by feeding it from front to
rear, toward the hydrostatic transmission. See
Figure 15.
Continue removing the drive belt by gently lifting it
off the transmission pulley and over the cooling fan.
Spindle Assembly
Figure 16
IMPORTANT: The fins on the cooling fan are only slightly
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flexible. Be careful not to damage the fan when
removing drive belt from around transmission pulley.
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Reroute the new belt around the pulleys and belt
keepers, if present, exactly as the old one was
routed. Refer to Figure 15.
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Tires
Use a 15/16" wrench to remove the hex flange nut
that secures the blade to the spindle assembly. See
Figure 16.
To properly sharpen the cutting blades, remove
equal amounts of metal from both ends of the
blades along the cutting edges, parallel to the
trailing edge, at a 25° to 30° angle. See Figure 17.
IMPORTANT: If the cutting edge of the blade has already
been sharpened to within 5/8" of the wind wing radius,
or if any metal separation is present, replace the
blades. See Figure 17.
WARNING: Never exceed the maximum
inflation pressure shown on the tire sidewall.
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Refer to the tire sidewall for exact tire manufacturer’s
recommended or maximum psi. Do not overinflate.
Uneven tire pressure could cause the cutting deck to
mow unevenly.
Grind each cutting blade edge equally to maintain
proper blade balance.
WARNING: A poorly balanced blade will
cause excessive vibration, may damage the
tractor and cause personal injury.
Cutting Blades
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WARNING: Be sure to shut the engine off,
remove ignition key, disconnect the spark plug
wire(s) and ground against the engine to
prevent unintended starting before removing
the cutting blade(s) for sharpening or
replacement. Protect your hands by using
heavy gloves or a rag to grasp the cutting
blade.
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Test the blade by balancing it on a round shaft
screwdriver. Grind metal from the heavy side until it
balances evenly.
When replacing the blade, be sure to install the
blade with the side of the blade marked ‘‘Bottom’’
(or with a part number stamped in it) facing the
ground when the mower is in the operating position.
IMPORTANT: Use a torque wrench to tighten the blade
spindle hex flange nut to between 70 foot-pounds and
90 foot-pounds.
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Charging
Blade Separation
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Worn Blade Edge
Wind Wing
5/8"
minim
um
Sharpen edge evenly
Figure 17
WARNING: Before servicing, repairing, or
inspecting, always disengage PTO, move shift
lever into neutral position, set parking brake,
stop engine and remove key to prevent
unintended starting.
If the tractor has not been used for an extended
period of time, use a voltmeter or load tester to
measure the charge. The voltmeter should read
12.6 V or higher for adequate charge. Otherwise,
charge the battery with an automotive-type 12-volt
charger for a minimum of one hour at six amps.
Follow the chart below to charge:
Voltmeter
Reading
State of Charge
(percentage)
Charging Time
(minutes)
12.7
100
0
12.4
75
90
12.2
50
180
12
25
280
WARNING: Batteries give off an explosive
Fuses
gas while charging. Charge the battery in a well
ventilated area and keep away from an open
flame or pilot light as on a water heater, space
heater, furnace, clothes dryer or other gas
appliances.
Two fuses are installed in your tractor’s wiring harness
to protect the tractor’s electrical system from damage
caused by excessive amperage.
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If the electrical system does not function, or your
tractor’s engine will not crank, first check to be
certain that the fuse has not blown. One fuse is
located under the hood mounted behind the top of
the dash panel on the support bar. The other can
be found under the seat mounted to the inside of
the tractor frame next to the battery tray. Pull the
fuse out and inspect it to determine if it is good or
blown. Replace if necessary.
Jump-Starting
IMPORTANT: Do not jump-start a damaged battery.
Before connecting the jumper cables, make sure that
the two equipment are not in contact and their ignitions
are turned off. Follow the sequence described below
very closely.
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IMPORTANT: Always use a fuse with the same
amperage capacity for replacement.
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Battery
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The battery is sealed and is maintenance-free. Acid
levels cannot be checked.
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Always keep the battery cables and terminals clean
and free of corrosive build-up.
After cleaning the battery and terminals, apply a
light coat of petroleum jelly or grease to both
terminals.
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IMPORTANT: Always keep the rubber boot positioned
over the positive terminal to prevent shorting.
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IMPORTANT: If removing the battery for any reason,
disconnect the negative (black) wire from its terminal
first, followed by the positive (red) wire. When reinstalling the battery, always connect the positive (red)
wire its terminal first, followed by the negative (black)
wire. Be certain that the wires are connected to the
correct terminals; reversing them could change polarity
and damage the engine’s alternating system.
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Connect the positive (+) lead of the jumper cable to
the positive (+) post of the discharged battery.
Connect the other end of the positive (+) jumper
cable to the positive (+) post of the good battery.
Connect one end of the negative (-) jumper cable to
the negative (-) post of the good battery.
Connect the other end of the negative (-) cable to
the engine block of the stalled tractor, away from
the battery, and stand back.
Start the stalled tractor and leave it running to
charge the battery.
Disconnect negative (-) jumper cable from tractor.
Disconnect the other end of the negative (-) jumper
cable from the negative (-) post of the good battery.
Disconnect the positive (+) jumper cable from the
positive (+) post of the good battery.
Disconnect the other end of the positive (+) jumper
cable from the formerly dead battery.
Hydrostatic Transmission
The hydrostatic transmission is sealed at the factory
and is maintenance free. The fluid level cannot be
checked nor can the oil be changed. Always keep the
area around the transmission cooling fan free of grass
and debris at all times.
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SECTION 9: TROUBLESHOOTING
Trouble
Possible Cause(s)
Corrective Action
Engine fails to start
PTO knob engaged.
Parking brake not engaged.
Spark plug wire(s) disconnected.
Throttle control lever not in correct
starting position.
Choke not activated
Fuel tank empty, or stale fuel.
Blocked fuel line.
Faulty spark plug.
Engine flooded.
Place PTO knob in disengaged (OFF) position.
Engage parking brake.
Connect wire(s) to spark plug.
Place throttle lever to FAST position.
Unit running with CHOKE applied.
Spark plug wire(s) loose.
Blocked fuel line or stale fuel.
Push CHOKE control in (if equipped).
Connect and tighten spark plug wire(s).
Clean fuel line; fill tank with clean, fresh (less than 30
days old) gasoline. Replace fuel filter, if so equipped.
Clear vent or replace cap if damaged.
Drain fuel tank. Refill with clean, fresh (less than 30
days old) gasoline.
Replace air cleaner cartridge/element or clean precleaner, if so equipped.
Engine runs erratic
Vent in gas cap plugged.
Water or dirt in fuel system.
Dirty air cleaner.
Engine overheats
Engine oil level low.
Air flow restricted.
Pull out the CHOKE control (if so equipped).
Fill tank with clean, fresh (less than 30 days old) gas.
Clean fuel line or replace fuel filter, if so equipped.
Clean, adjust gap or replace plug.
Crank engine with throttle in FAST position.
Fill crankcase with proper capacity and weight of oil.
Clean grass clippings and debris from around the
engine’s cooling fins and blower housing.
Engine hesitates at high RPM Spark plug(s) gap too close.
Remove spark plug(s) and reset the gap to .030” .
Idles poorly
Spark plug(s) fouled, faulty or gap too Replace spark plug(s). Set plug(s) gap to .030” .
wide.
Dirty air cleaner.
Replace air cleaner cartridge/element or clean precleaner, if so equipped.
Excessive vibration
Cutting blade loose or unbalanced.
Damaged or bent cutting blade.
Tighten blade and spindle. Balance blade.
Replace blade.
Mower will not mulch grass
Engine speed too low.
Wet grass.
Excessively high grass.
Dull blade.
Place throttle in FAST (rabbit) position.
Do not mow when grass is wet; wait until later to cut.
Mow once at a high cutting height, then mow again at
desired height or make a narrower cutting swath.
Sharpen or replace blade.
Deck not balanced properly.
Dull blade.
Uneven tire pressure.
Perform side-to-side deck adjustment.
Sharpen or replace blade.
Check tire pressure in all four tires.
Uneven cut
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SECTION 10: SPECIFICATIONS
Capacities
Fuel Tank
Crankcase (approximately)
Hydrostatic Transmission
Make and Model
Gear Ratio
Forward Speed
Reverse Speed
Engine (Air-cooled, 4-cycle)
Make, Model & Type
Cylinders
Bore
Stroke
Displacement
Maximum Power @3600 RPM
Maximum Torque @2400 RPM
Compression Ratio
Engine Speed (governed)
Low Speed
High Speed (no load)
Spark Plug Gap
Armature Air Gap
Electrical System
System Voltage
Battery
Alternator
Fuse (automotive type)
Headlights
Brakes
Turf Tires
Front (inches)
Rear (inches)
Dimensions
Wheelbase
Length, over all
Height, over all
Ground Clearance
Turning Radius
Weight (approximate)
3 gallons (11.4 l)
4 pints / 64 oz. (1.9 l)
Hydro-Gear 311-3000
30.6:1
0 m.p.h. - 5.5 m.p.h.
0 m.p.h. - 2.5 m.p.h.
Briggs & Stratton 40H777-0171
Twin
2.97 in. (75.44 mm)
2.89 in. (73.4 mm)
40.0 cu. in. (656 cc)
22 HP
32.7 lbs. ft. (44.3 Nm)
8.5:1
1200 RPM
3300 RPM (± 100 RPM)
.030 in. (.76 mm)
.008 -.012 in. (.20 -.30 mm)
12-volt Negative Ground
270 CCA (sealed)
16 Amp Regulated
20 Amp
Incandescent
Single Disc (Dry)
16 x 6.5
23 x 9.5
48 in. (121.92 cm)
68.5 in. (173.99 cm)
42 in. (106.68 cm)
6 in. (15.2 cm); Ground Clearance for Deck: 1.75 in. (4.445 cm.)
21 in. (53.34 cm)
529 lb (238.28 kg)
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SECTION 11: ATTACHMENTS
The following attachments are compatible for Model GT 1222. See your Cub Cadet dealer or the retailer from
where you purchased your tractor for information regarding price and availability.
MODEL
Attachments
190-604-101
(CC-)190-671(-100)*
(CC-)190-672(-100)*
(CC-)190-673(-100)*
(CC-)190-674(-100)*
(CC-)190-675(-100)*
190-459-100
190-653-100
190-458-100
190-425-100
DESCRIPTION
Yard-Mate™ Storage Container/Toolbox (mounts on rear of tractor)
Rear Tire Chain Set (20” x 9”)
Front Bumper Kit
42-inch Two-stage Snow Thrower
46-inch Front Dozer Blade
Rear Wheel Weight Set
46" Lawn Sweeper
10 Cu. Ft. Dump Cart 16" Wheels
15 Cu. Ft. Dump Cart 15" x 6" Wheels
17 Cu. Ft. Dump Cart 15" x 6" Wheels
* Attachments purchased through a merchandise retailer may have a “CC” model number prefix.
Attachments purchased through your Cub Cadet dealer may have a “100” model number suffix.
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YOUR NOTES
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CUB CADET LLC.
Manufacturer’s Limited Warranty (Commercial Use)
CUB CADET does not extend any warranty for
products sold or exported outside of the United States
of America, its possessions and territories, except
those sold through CUB CADET’S authorized
channels of export distribution.
The limited warranty set forth below is given by CUB
CADET LLC (“CUB CADET”) with respect to new
merchandise purchased and used in the United States,
its possessions and territories.
CUB CADET warrants this product against defects in
material and workmanship for a period of one (1) year
for commercial users, commencing on the date of
original purchase and will, at its option, repair or
replace, free of charge, any part found to be defective
in material or workmanship. 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.
No implied warranty, including any implied
warranty of merchantability or fitness for a
particular purpose, applies after the applicable
period of express written warranty above. No other
express warranty or guaranty, whether written or
oral, except as mentioned above, given by any
person or entity, including the dealer, with respect
to any product shall bind CUB CADET. During the
period of the Warranty, the exclusive remedy is
repair or replacement of the product as set forth
above. (Some states do not allow limitations on how
long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitation
may not apply to you.)
Batteries and belts are subject to separate terms as
follows:
The provisions as set forth in this Warranty provide
the sole and exclusive remedy arising from the
sale. CUB CADET shall not be liable for incidental
or consequential loss or damages including,
without limitation, to any claim for loss of profits,
loss of savings or revenue, loss of the use of the
equipment or any associated equipment, facilities
or service, downtime, the claims or costs of third
parties including customers, and injury to
property, and further including expenses incurred
for substitute or replacement lawn care services,
for transportation or for related expenses, or for
rental expenses to temporarily replace a warranted
product. (Some states do not allow the exclusion or
limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so
the above exclusion may not apply to you.)
a. Batteries have a one-year prorated limited
warranty 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
sale. Any replacement battery will be
warranted only for the remainder of the
original warranty period.
b. All belts are covered by a one (1) year
limited warranty against defects in material
and workmanship.
HOW TO OBTAIN SERVICE: Warranty service is
available, with proof of purchase, through your local
authorized Cub Cadet dealer. To locate the dealer in
your area, please check for a listing at
www.cubcadet.com, or in the Yellow Pages or contact
CUB CADET by calling 1-877-CUB TOUGH (1-877282-8684) or writing to P.O. Box 361131, Cleveland,
Ohio 44136-0019.
In no event shall recovery of any kind be greater than
the amount of the purchase price of the product sold.
Alteration of the 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 use or
misuse or inability to use the product.
This limited warranty does not provide coverage in
the following cases:
Routine maintenance items such as lubricants, filters,
blade sharpening and tune-ups, or adjustments such
as brake adjustments, clutch adjustments or deck
adjustments; and normal deterioration of the exterior
finish due to use or exposure.
This limited warranty shall not extend to anyone other
than the original purchaser or original lessee.
How State Law Relates to this Warranty: This limited
warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may
also have other rights which vary from state to state.
Normal wear parts or components, including blades,
blade adapters, grass bags, rider deck wheels, seats,
snow thrower skid shoes, shave plates and tires.
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CUB CADET LLC.
Manufacturer’s Limited Warranty (Residential Use)
The limited warranty set forth below is given by CUB CADET
LLC (“CUB CADET”) with respect to new merchandise
purchased and used in the United States, its possessions
and territories.
CUB CADET warrants this product against defects in
material and workmanship for a period of two (2) years for
residential users commencing on the date of original
purchase and will, at its option, repair or replace, free of
charge, any part found to be defective in material or
workmanship. 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.
Batteries and belts are subject to separate terms as follows:
Batteries have a one-year prorated limited warranty 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 sale. Any replacement battery will
be warranted only for the remainder of the original warranty
period.
All belts are covered by a one (1) year limited warranty
against defects in material and workmanship.
3- Year Limited Warranty: PTO Clutch
CUB CADET warrants the power take off (“PTO”) clutch and
mounting hardware against defects in material and
workmanship for a period of three (3) years for Series 1000
products manufactured after August 1, 1997 for residential
users, commencing on the date of original purchase or lease
and CUB CADET will, at its option, repair or replace, free of
charge, any PTO clutch or mounting hardware found to be
defective in material or workmanship provided this product
has been operated and maintained as set forth above.
5-Yr./500-Hr. Limited Warranty: Frame & Front Axle
CUB CADET warrants the frame, and front cast iron pivot
axle on Series 1500 models against defects in material and
workmanship for a period of five (5) years or 500 hours,
whichever occurs first, for residential users, commencing
on the date of original purchase or lease and CUB CADET
will, at its option, repair or replace, free of charge, any part
found to be defective in material or workmanship provided
this product has been operated and maintained as set forth
above. In addition to any other reason set forth herein, 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, through your local authorized Cub
Cadet dealer. To locate the dealer in your area, please
check for a listing at www.cubcadet.com or in the Yellow
Pages or contact CUB CADET by calling 1-877-CUB
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TOUGH (1-877-282-8684) or writing to P.O. Box 361131,
Cleveland, Ohio 44136-0019.
This limited warranty does not provide coverage in the
following cases:
Routine maintenance items such as lubricants, filters, blade
sharpening and tune-ups, or adjustments such as brake
adjustments, clutch adjustments or deck adjustments; and
normal deterioration of the exterior finish due to use or
exposure.
CUB CADET does not extend any warranty for products sold
or exported outside of the United States of America, its
possessions and territories, except those sold through CUB
CADET’s authorized channels of export distribution.
Normal wear parts or components, including blades, blade
adapters, grass bags, rider deck wheels, seats, snow
thrower skid shoes, rubber auger spirals, shave plates and
tires.
No implied warranty, including any implied warranty of
merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose,
applies after the applicable period of express written
warranty above as to the parts as identified. No other
express warranty or guaranty, whether written or oral,
except as mentioned above, given by any person or
entity, including the dealer, with respect to any product
shall bind CUB CADET. During the period of the
Warranty, the exclusive remedy is repair or replacement
of the product as set forth above. (Some states do not
allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so
the above limitation may not apply to you.)
The provisions as set forth in this Warranty provide the
sole and exclusive remedy arising from the sales. CUB
CADET shall not be liable for incidental or
consequential loss or damages including, without
limitation, expenses incurred for substitute or
replacement lawn care services, for transportation or
for related expenses, or for rental expenses to
temporarily replace a warranted product. (Some states
do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or
consequential damages, so the above exclusion or limitation
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 the 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 use or misuse or inability to use the
product.
This limited warranty shall not extend to anyone other than
the original purchaser or original lessee.
How State Law Relates to this Warranty: This limited
warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also
have other rights which vary from state to state.
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