Cub Cadet CC 46 ES Operator`s manual

Safe Operation Practices • Set-Up • Operation • Maintenance • Service • Troubleshooting • Warranty
Operator’s Manual
Self Propelled Mower — Model CC 46 ES
Printed In USA
Form No. 769-05629
(November 4, 2009)
To The Owner
Thank You
Thank you for purchasing a Lawn Mower manufactured by
Cub Cadet. 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. We reserve
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
Assembly & Set-Up................................................... 9
Controls & Features.................................................12
Maintenance & Adjustment..................................14
Troubleshooting..................................................... 20
Engine Operation................................................... 22
Engine Maintenance.............................................. 24
Replacement Parts................................................. 30
Record Product Information
Model Number
Before setting up and operating your new equipment, please
locate the model plate on the equipment and record the
information in the provided area to the right. You can locate the
model plate by standing at the operator’s position and looking
down at the rear of the deck. This information will be necessary,
should you seek technical support via our web site, Customer
Support Department, or with a local authorized service dealer.
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:
Visit us on the web at
Call a Customer Support Representative at (800) 965-4CUB
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
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 fingers, hands,
toes and feet and throwing objects. Failure to observe the following safety instructions could
result in serious injury or death.
General Operation
Read this operator’s manual carefully in its entirety before
attempting to assemble this machine. Read, understand,
and follow all instructions on the machine and in the
manual(s) before operation. Keep this manual in a safe
place for future and regular reference and for ordering
replacement parts.
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 tripped over or picked up
and thrown by the blade. Thrown objects can cause serious
personal injury.
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.
Be completely familiar with the controls and the proper use
of this machine before operating it.
This machine is a precision piece of power equipment,
not a plaything. Therefore, exercise extreme caution at all
times. This machine has been designed to perform one job:
to mow grass. Do not use it for any other purpose.
To help avoid blade contact or a thrown object injury,
stay in operator zone behind handles and keep children,
bystanders, helpers and pets at least 75 feet from mower
while it is in operation. Stop machine if anyone enters area.
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.
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.
Only responsible individuals who are familiar with these
rules of safe operation should be allowed to use this
Wear sturdy, rough-soled work shoes and close-fitting
slacks and shirts. Shirts and pants that cover the arms
and legs and steel-toed shoes are recommended. Never
operate this machine in bare feet, sandals, slippery or lightweight (e.g. canvas) shoes.
Do not put hands or feet near rotating parts or under the
cutting deck. Contact with blade can amputate fingers,
hands, toes and feet.
A missing or damaged discharge cover can cause blade
contact or thrown object injuries.
Many injuries occur as a result of the mower being pulled
over the foot during a fall caused by slipping or tripping.
Do not hold on to the mower if you are falling; release the
handle immediately.
Never pull the mower back toward you while you are
walking. If you must back the mower away from a wall or
obstruction first look down and behind to avoid tripping
and then follow these steps:
Step back from mower to fully extend your arms.
Be sure you are well balanced with sure footing.
Pull the mower back slowly, no more than half way
toward you.
Repeat these steps as needed.
Do not operate the mower while under the influence of
alcohol or drugs.
Do not engage the self-propelled mechanism on machines
so equipped while starting engine.
The blade control is a safety device. Never attempt to
bypass its operation. Doing so makes the safety device
inoperative and may result in personal injury through
contact with the rotating blade. The blade control must
operate easily in both directions and automatically return
to the disengaged position when released.
Never operate the mower in wet grass. Always be sure of
your footing. A slip and fall can cause serious personal
injury. If you feel you are losing your footing, release the
blade control handle immediately and the blade will stop
rotating within three seconds.
Mow only in daylight or good artificial light. Walk, never
Stop the blade when crossing gravel drives, walks or roads.
If the equipment should start to vibrate abnormally, stop
the engine and check immediately for the cause. Vibration
is generally a warning of trouble.
22. Shut the engine off and wait until the blade comes to
a complete stop before removing the grass catcher or
unclogging the chute. The cutting blade continues to
rotate for a few seconds after the blade control is released.
Never place any part of the body in the blade area until you
are sure the blade has stopped rotating.
When starting engine, pull cord slowly until resistance
is felt, then pull rapidly. Rapid retraction of starter cord
(kickback) will pull hand and arm toward engine faster than
you can let go. Broken bones, fractures, bruises or sprains
could result.
28. If situations occur which are not covered in this manual,
use care and good judgement. Contact Customer Support
for assistance or the name of the nearest service dealer.
Slope Operation
Slopes are a major factor related to slip and fall accidents, which
can result in severe injury. Operation on slopes requires extra
caution. If you feel uneasy on a slope, 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, do not mow it.
Mow across the face of slopes; never up and down. Exercise
extreme caution when changing direction on slopes.
Watch for holes, ruts, rocks, hidden objects, or bumps
which can cause you to slip or trip. Tall grass can hide
Always be sure of your footing. A slip and fall can cause
serious personal injury. If you feel you are losing your
balance, release the blade control handle immediately and
the blade will stop rotating within three (3) seconds.
Do Not:
Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches or embankments, you
could lose your footing or balance.
Do not mow slopes greater than 15 degrees as shown on
the slope gauge.
Do not mow on wet grass. Unstable footing could cause
Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to the
presence of children. Children are often attracted to the mower
and the mowing activity. They do not understand the dangers.
Never assume that children will remain where you last saw them.
Keep children out of the mowing area and under watchful
care of a responsible adult other than the operator.
Be alert and turn mower off if a child enters the area.
Never operate mower without proper trail shield,
discharge cover, grass catcher, blade control or other safety
protective devices in place and working. Never operate
mower with damaged safety devices. Failure to do so can
result in personal injury.
Before and while moving backwards, look behind and
down for small children.
Use extreme care when approaching blind corners,
doorways, shrubs, trees, or other objects that may obscure
your vision of a child who may run into the mower.
Muffler and engine become hot and can cause a burn. Do
not touch.
Keep children away from hot or running engines. They can
suffer burns from a hot muffler.
Never attempt to make a wheel or cutting height
adjustment while the engine is running.
Only use parts and accessories made for this machine by
the manufacturer. Failure to do so can result in personal
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 be trained and supervised by an
Section 2 — Important Safe Operation Practices
Check the blade and engine mounting bolts at frequent
intervals for proper tightness. Also, visually inspect blade
for damage (e.g., bent, cracked, worn) Replace blade with
the original equipment manufacture’s (O.E.M.) blade 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 and can cut. Wrap the blade or
wear gloves, and use extra caution when servicing them.
Safe Handling Of Gasoline:
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
Use only an approved gasoline container.
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.
Keep all nuts, bolts, and screws tight to be sure the
equipment is in safe working condition.
Never tamper with safety devices. Check their proper
operation regularly.
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.
After striking a foreign object, stop the engine, disconnect
the spark plug wire and ground against the engine.
Thoroughly inspect the mower for any damage. Repair the
damage before starting and operating the mower.
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.
Never attempt to make a wheel or cutting height
adjustment while the engine is running.
Extinguish all cigarettes, cigars, pipes and other sources
of ignition.
Never fuel machine indoors because flammable vapors will
accumulate in the area.
Never remove gas cap or add fuel while engine is hot or
running. Allow engine to cool at least two minutes before
Grass catcher components, discharge cover, and trail shield
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
Never over fill fuel tank. Fill tank to no more than 1 inch
below bottom of filler neck to provide for fuel expansion.
Replace gasoline cap and tighten securely.
Do not change the engine’s governor setting or over-speed
the engine. The governor controls the maximum safe
operating speed of the engine.
If gasoline is spilled, wipe it off the engine and equipment.
Move machine to another area. Wait 5 minutes before
starting engine.
Check fuel line, tank, cap, and fittings frequently for cracks
or leaks. Replace if necessary.
Do not crank engine with spark plug removed.
Never store the machine or fuel container near an open
flame, spark or pilot light as on a water heater, space
heater, furnace, clothes dryer or other gas appliances.
Maintain or replace safety and instruction labels, as
To reduce fire hazard, keep machine free of grass, leaves,
or other debris build-up. Clean up oil or fuel spillage and
remove any fuel soaked debris.
Observe proper disposal laws and regulations. Improper
disposal of fluids and materials can harm the environment.
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 140 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.
Allow machine to cool at least 5 minutes before storing.
General Service:
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 and all moving parts have stopped. Disconnect the
spark plug wire and ground against the engine to prevent
unintended starting.
Do not modify engine
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.
Section 2 — Important Safe Operation Practices
Notice Regarding Emissions
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), Oxidizing Catalyst (OC), Secondary Air
Injection (SAI) and Three Way Catalyst (TWC) if so equipped.
Spark Arrestor
Warning: This machine 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
nearest engine authorized service dealer or contact the service
department, P.O. Box 361131 Cleveland, Ohio 44136-0019.
Section 2 — Important Safe Operation Practices
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.
Read, understand, and follow all instructions in the manual(s) before attempting to
assemble and operate
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.
Do not mow when children or others are around.
Keep hands and feet away from rotating parts.
Remove objects that can be thrown by the blade in any direction. Wear safety glasses.
Use extra caution on slopes. Do not mow slopes greater than 15°.
Allow the engine to cool at least two minutes before refueling.
Never run an engine indoors or in a poorly ventilated area. Engine exhaust contains carbon
monoxide, an odorless and deadly gas.
Engine parts, especially the muffler, become extremely hot during operation. Allow engine
and muffler to cool before touching.
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.
Section 2 — Important Safe Operation Practices
Section 2 — Important Safe Operation Practices
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° slop
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. Operate walk-behind mowers across the face of slopes, never
up and down slopes.
Use this page as a guide to determine slopes where you may not operate safely.
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or a corner of a building...
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Assembly & Set-Up
Contents of Carton
One Lawn Mower
One Lawn Mower Operator’s Manual •
One Grass Catcher
One Side Discharge Chute
NOTE: This unit is shipped without gasoline or oil in the engine.
Fill up gasoline and oil as instructed in the Engine Operation
section BEFORE operating your mower.
Remove any packing material which may be between
upper and lower handles.
Pull up and back on upper handle as shown in Fig.
3-1. Make certain the lower handle is seated securely
into the handle mounting brackets. Do not crimp
cable while lifting the handle up.
One Bottle of Oil
Insert a carriage bolt found in the manual bag into the
upper hole on the handle mounting bracket. Secure with
one plastic wing nut, also included in the manual bag.
Repeat on other side with remaining hardware. See Fig. 3-2.
Handle Hardware
Carriage Bolts (2)
Wing Nuts (2)
Figure 3-2
Figure 3-1
Tighten star knobs to secure upper handle to lower
handle. Make sure that each carriage bolt is seated
properly in the handle.
The rope guide is attached to the right side of the upper
handle. See Fig. 3-3. Loosen the wing nut which secures the
rope guide.
Slip plastic channel of grass bag over hooks on the
frame. See Fig. 3-4. All the plastic channels except
center top of bag attach from outside of frame.
Figure 3-4
Figure 3-3
Hold blade control against upper handle.
Pull starter rope out of the engine. Release blade
Slip starter rope into rope guide.
Tighten wing nut.
Attach center top of bag from inside of frame.
Follow the steps below to attach the grass catcher:
Lift rear discharge door. See Fig. 3-5.
Insert post on cable tie into hole provided on the lower
handle. Pull cable tie tight and trim excess.
Grass Catcher
Follow steps below to assemble the grass catcher. Make
certain bag is turned right side out before assembling
(warning label will be on the outside).
Place bag over frame so that its black plastic side is
at the bottom.
Figure 3-5
Place grass catcher on the pivot rod. Let go of
discharge door so that it rests on the grass catcher.
WARNING: Never operate mower unless the hooks
on the grass catcher are firmly seated on the pivot
rod and the rear discharge door rests firmly against
top of the grass catcher.
Section 3 — Assembly & Set-Up
Side Discharge Chute
Your mower is shipped as a mulcher. To convert to side discharge,
make sure grass catcher is off of the unit and rear discharge door
is closed.
Cutting Height
On the side of the mower, lift the mulching plug. See Figure
Each wheel has a height adjustment lever to change the cutting
height of the mower.
Depress height adjustment lever towards wheel.
Slide lever to desired position for a change in cutting
height. See Fig. 3-7.
Figure 3-6
Slide two hooks of side discharge chute under hinge pin on
mulching plug assembly. Lower the mulching plug. Do not
remove side mulching plug at any time, even when you are
not mulching.
Figure 3-7
Release lever towards deck.
IMPORTANT: All wheels must be placed in the same
relative position. For rough or uneven lawns, move the
height adjustment lever to a higher position. This will stop
scalping of grass.
Gas and Oil Fill-Up
Refer to the Engine Operation section in this manual for
additional engine information.
Add oil provided before starting unit for the first time out
of the box.
Service the engine with gasoline as instructed in the
Engine Operation section of this manual.
WARNING: Use extreme care when handling
gasoline. Gasoline is extremely flammable and the
vapors are explosive. Never fuel the machine
indoors or while the engine is hot or running.
Extinguish cigarettes, cigars, pipes and other
sources of ignition.
Charge battery as instructed in the Service section of this
manual (Electric Start Units).
Section 3 — Assembly & Set-Up
Controls and Features
Blade Control
Electric Start Ignition Switch
Drive Control
Recoil Starter
Side Discharge
Mulch Plug
Cutting Height
Adjustment Levers
Figure 4-1
Blade Control
Mulch Plug
The blade control is attached to the upper handle of the mower.
Depress and squeeze it against the upper handle to operate the
unit. Release it to stop engine and blade.
The mulch plug is used for mulching purposes. Instead of
collecting the grass clippings in a grass catcher or using the
side discharge chute, some mower models have the option
of recirculating the clippings back to the lawn. This is called
WARNING: This blade control is a safety device.
Never attempt to bypass its operations.
Drive Control
The drive control is located on the underside of the upper handle
and is used to engage the drive. Squeeze it against the upper
handle to engage the drive; release it to slow down or stop
mower from propelling.
The primer is located on the left side of the
engine, behind the air cleaner. Pressing the
primer forces fuel directly into the engine’s
carburetor to aid in starting the engine.
Cutting Height Adjustment Levers
One adjustment lever is located on each wheel and is used to
adjust the cutting height. All four levers have to be at the same
relative position to ensure a uniform cut.
Side Discharge Chute
Your mower is shipped as a mulcher. To discharge the grass
clippings to the side instead, follow the instructions in the
Assembly & Set-Up section to attach the side discharge chute.
Warning: Keep hands and feet away from the
chute area on cutting deck. Refer to warning label
on the unit.
Electric Start Ignition Switch
The ignition switch is located on the left side of the handle panel.
It is used only for the electric starter.
Recoil Starter
The recoil starter is attached to the right upper handle. Stand
behind the unit and pull the recoil starter rope to start the unit.
Starting Engine
WARNING: Be sure no one other than the operator
is standing near the lawn mower while starting
engine or operating mower. Never run engine
indoors or in enclosed, poorly ventilated areas.
Engine exhaust contains carbon monoxide, an
odorless and deadly gas. Keep hands, feet, hair and
loose clothing away from any moving parts on
engine and lawn mower.
Push primer 3 times. Wait about two seconds between each
push. See Fig. 5-1. In temperature below 50°F, prime 5
times. After the engine is warmed up, one prime may be
needed for all temperatures.
Standing behind the mower, squeeze and hold the blade
control against upper handle.
Recoil Start: Pull the recoil starter lightly until resistance
is felt, then pull rapidly to overcome compression, prevent
kickback, and start the engine. Repeat if necessary. See Fig.
Figure 5-1
NOTE: Do not allow the recoil starter to snap back against
the rope guide.
Electric Start: Turn ignition key to the right to start the
engine. Release the key after the engine starts. See Fig. 5-1.
Using as Mulcher
Stopping Engine
For mulching grass, remove the grass catcher and side discharge
chute from the mower. For effective mulching, do not cut wet
grass. If the grass has been allowed to grow in excess of four
inches, mulching is not recommended. Use the grass catcher to
bag clippings instead.
Using Grass Catcher
If engine does not start, it may be necessary to re-prime
the engine.
Release blade control to stop the engine and blade.
WARNING: Wait for the blade to stop completely
before performing any work on the mower or to
remove the grass catcher.
You can use the grass catcher to collect clippings while you are
operating the mower.
Attach grass catcher following instructions in the
“Assembly & Set-Up” section. Grass clippings will
automatically collect in bag as you run mower. Operate
mower till grass bag is full.
Stop engine completely by releasing the blade control.
Make sure that the unit has come to a complete stop.
Lift discharge door and pull grass bag up and away from
the mower to remove the bag. Dispose of the grass
clippings and reinstall the bag when complete.
Using Your Lawn Mower
Be sure lawn is clear of stones, sticks, wire, or other objects
which could damage lawn mower or engine. Such objects could
be accidently thrown by the mower in any direction and cause
serious personal injury to the operator and others.
Once the engine is running, squeeze the drive control
against the upper handle to propel mower.
WARNING: The operation of any lawn mower can
result in foreign objects being thrown into the eyes,
which can damage your eyes severely. Always wear
safety glasses while operating the mower, or while
performing any adjustments or repairs on it.
WARNING: If you strike a foreign object, stop the
engine. Remove wire from the spark plug,
thoroughly inspect mower for any damage, and
repair damage before restarting and operating.
Extensive vibration of mower during operation is an
indication of damage. The unit should be promptly
inspected and repaired.
Maintenance & Adjustments
Lubricate the wheels at least once a season with light oil (or
motor oil). If wheels are removed for any reason, lubricate
surface of the pivot arm and inner surface of the wheel
with light oil. See Fig. 6-1.
General Recommendations
Always observe safety rules when performing any
The warranty on this lawn mower does not cover items that
have been subjected to operator abuse or negligence. To
receive full value from warranty, operator must maintain
the lawn mower as instructed here.
Lubricate the torsion spring and pivot points on the rear
discharge door and side mulch plug periodically with light
oil to prevent rust. See Fig. 6-1.
The transmission is pre-lubricated and sealed at the factory
and does not require lubrication.
Follow the Engine Maintenance section for lubrication
schedule and instruction for engine lubrication.
Changing of engine-governed speed will void engine
All adjustments should be checked at least once each
Deck Care
Periodically check all fasteners and make sure these are
WARNING: Always stop engine, disconnect spark
plug, and ground against engine before performing
any type of maintenance on your machine.
Clean underside of the mower deck after each use to prevent
build-up of grass clippings or other debris. Follow steps below
for this job.
Disconnect spark plug wire. Drain gasoline from lawn
mower or place a piece of plastic under the gas cap.
Tip mower so that it rests on the housing. Keep the side
with the air cleaner facing up. Hold mower firmly.
WARNING: Never tip the mower more than 90º in
any direction and do not leave the mower tipped for
any length of time. Oil can drain into the upper part
of the engine causing a starting problem.
Lubricate pivot points on the blade and drive controls
at least once a season with light oil. These controls must
operate freely in both directions. See Fig. 6-1.
Scrape and clean the underside of the deck with a suitable
tool. Do not spray with water.
IMPORTANT: Do not use a pressure washer or garden hose
to clean your unit. These may cause damage to bearings,
or the engine. The use of water will result in shortened life
and reduce serviceability.
Figure 6-1
Put the mower back on its wheels on the ground. If you
had put plastic under the gas cap earlier, make sure to
remove it now.
Engine Care
Replacing Rear Flap
NOTE: Refer to the Engine Operation and Maintenance sections
in this manual for detailed instructions.
Maintain oil level.
Service air cleaner every 25 hours under normal conditions.
Clean every few hours under extremely dusty conditions.
Clean spark plug and reset the gap once a season.
Clean engine regularly with a cloth or brush. Keep the area
around the top of the engine clean to permit proper air
circulation. Remove all grass, dirt, and combustible debris
from muffler area.
To remove rear flap, lift rear door, and press flap in on
either side to remove from hole. See Fig. 6-2.
Figure 6-2
Remove flap from opposite hole and replace with new flap
in the opposite order and manner of removal.
Section 6 — Maintenance & Adjustments
Blade Care
Periodically inspect the blade adapter for cracks, especially if you
strike a foreign object. Replace when necessary. Follow the steps
below for blade service.
Lubricate the engine crankshaft and the inner surface of
the blade adapter with light oil. Slide the blade adapter
onto the engine crankshaft. Place the blade on the adapter
such that the side of the blade marked “Bottom” (or with
part number) faces the ground when the mower is in the
operating position. Make sure that the blade is aligned and
seated on the blade adapter flanges.
Place blade bell support on the blade. Align notches on the
blade bell support with small holes in blade.
Disconnect spark plug boot from spark plug. Turn mower
on its side making sure that the air filter and the carburetor
are facing up.
Replace hex bolt and tighten hex bolt to torque: 450 in. lbs.
min., 600 in. lbs. max.
Remove the bolt and the blade bell support which hold the
blade and the blade adapter to the engine crankshaft. See
Fig. 7-1.
WARNING: When removing the cutting blade for
sharpening or replacement, protect your hands with
a pair of heavy gloves or use a heavy rag to hold the
To ensure safe operation of your mower, periodically check the
blade bolt for correct torque.
Belt Care
Remove two shoulder screws securing front drive cover to
mower deck. See Figure 7-2. Press inward on sides of front
drive cover and release tabs that secure it to the height
adjuster brackets. Remove drive cover from mower.
Blade Bell
Figure 7-1
Remove blade and adapter from the crankshaft. See Fig.
Remove blade from the adapter for testing balance.
Balance the blade on a round shaft screwdriver to check.
Remove metal from the heavy side until it balances evenly.
When sharpening the blade, follow the original angle of
grind. Grind each cutting edge equally to keep the blade
WARNING: An unbalanced blade will cause
excessive vibration when rotating at high speeds. It
may cause damage to mower and could break
causing personal injury.
Figure 7-2
Loosen screw holding belt tension spring to transmission.
See Figure 7-2 inset. Do not remove screw completely. As
you loosen it, tension on the belt will be released. Push
transmission up a little and slide belt off the transmission
Tip mower on its side with the air filter up to access belt
from underside of mower and remove blade as described
in the previous section. Refer to Fig. 7-1.
Press inward on tab on the engine baffle to release it from
the baffle bracket. See Fig. 7-3.
Replace with new belt, making sure belt is firmly seated on
engine pulley while pulling from the other side and sliding
it around the transmission pulley.
Reattach engine baffle and reassemble blade as described
in the previous section.
Turn mower back over and make sure belt is seated on
the transmission pulley. Tighten screw loosened earlier to
secure belt tension spring to the transmission.
Reassemble front drive cover.
Replacing Battery
WARNING: Batteries contain sulfuric acid which
may cause burns. Do not short circuit or mutilate
batteries in any way. Do not put batteries in fire as
these may burst or release toxic materials.
Loosen star knobs securing upper and lower handles and
carefully fold the upper handle down toward the lower
handle as shown in Fig. 7-5.
Figure 7-3
Slide belt off of engine pulley and thread through the
opening in the deck. See Figure 7-4.
Figure 7-5
Figure 7-4
Remove the two screws securing battery cover to battery
housing and place them to the side. See Fig. 7-5.
Open battery cover, remove positive and negative leads
from battery, remove and replace with new battery.
Connect the positive lead to the positive side of the battery
pack, then connect the negative side.
Section 7 — Service
NOTE: The battery you have may differ slightly from the
one shown in Fig. 7-6. Refer to the Parts List.
Charging Battery
WARNING: The battery contains corrosive fluid
and toxic material; handle with care and keep away
from children. Do not puncture, disassemble,
mutilate or incinerate the battery. Explosive gases
could be vented during charging or discharging. Use
in a well ventilated area, away from sources of
NOTE: The special designed plug on the charger will only fit into
the plug on the battery box.
Plug the battery charger into the port on the underside of
the battery housing. See Fig. 7-7.
Figure 7-6
IMPORTANT: When replacing battery pack in handle panel,
battery pack must be positioned with the positive terminal
to the left side and the negative terminal to the right side
of panel (Positive terminal is closest to the key switch).
See Fig. 7-6. Replacing battery pack incorrectly will cause
serious damage.
Reattach battery cover to battery housing by securing with
the two screws removed earlier, making sure to snap the
wire conduit on the left into place on the housing.
Fold handles back up and tighten star knobs.
Figure 7-7
Insert the battery charger plug into a standard 120 volt
household outlet. Charge battery for 8 to 10 hours before
initial use. Do not charge longer than 12 hours.
NOTE: For optimal engine starting performance and
battery life, charge the battery after every use for 8 to 10
hours or until the green LED light illuminates (If equipped).
Do not charge longer than 12 hours.
After charging, disconnect charger plug from outlet first,
then disconnect charger lead from battery.
IMPORTANT: Do not remove the battery pack from
the electric starter housing for any reason other than
IMPORTANT: Always plug charger lead into battery pack
lead first, and then insert battery charger plug into 120
volt standard household outlet. Follow this order of action
every time you charge the battery.
Section 7— Service
Replacing Fuse
Off-Season Storage
The electric starter circuit and battery are protected by a 40
ampere fuse. If the fuse burns out, the electric starter will not
operate. If the unit fails to start with the electric starter, perform
the following steps to check the fuse inside the battery housing:
The following steps should be taken to prepare your lawn mower
for storage.
Open the battery cover as described in Replacing Battery.
See Fig. 7-5.
Clean and lubricate mower thoroughly as described in the
lubrication instructions.
Remove fuse from socket and inspect as shown in Fig. 7-8.
If it is burned out, replace with standard automotive 40
ampere fuse.
Do not use a pressure washer or garden hose to clean your
Coat mower’s cutting blade with chassis grease to prevent
Refer to Engine Maintenance section for correct engine
storage instructions.
Store mower in a dry, clean area. Do not store next to
corrosive materials, such as fertilizer.
When storing any type of power equipment in a poorly
ventilated or metal storage shed, care should be taken to
rust-proof the equipment. Using a light oil or silicone, coat the
equipment, especially cables and all moving parts of your lawn
mower before storage.
The battery must be stored with a full charge. Extended storage
of a discharged battery will reduce life and capacity of the
Blown Fuse
Figure 7-8
Carefully place wiring back into housing, close battery
cover, and fold upper handle back into place.
NOTE: The engine can be started manually if the fuse burns
Section 7 — Service
Engine Fails to start
1. Blade control disengaged.
1. Engage blade control.
2. Spark plug boot disconnected.
2. Connect wire to spark boot.
3. Fuel tank empty or stale fuel.
3. Fill tank with clean, fresh gasoline.
4. Engine not primed (if equipped with primer).
4. Prime engine as instructed in the Operation
5. Faulty spark plug.
5. Clean, adjust gap, or replace.
6. Blocked fuel line.
6. Clean fuel line.
7. Engine flooded.
7. Wait a few minutes to restart, but do not
8. Fuel valve (if equipped) closed.
8. Open fuel valve. See engine manual.
9. Engine not choked (if equipped with choke).
9. Choke engine. See engine manual.
10.Burnt fuse. (Electric Start only)
10.Replace fuse (see Service Section).
1. Spark plug boot loose.
1. Connect and tighten spark plug boot.
2. Blocked fuel line or stale fuel.
2. Clean fuel line; fill tank with clean, fresh
3. Vent in gas cap plugged.
3. Clear vent.
4. Water or dirt in fuel system.
4. Drain fuel tank. Refill with fresh fuel.
5. Dirty air cleaner.
5. Refer to engine manual.
6. Unit running with CHOKE (if equipped)
6. Push CHOKE knob in.
1. Engine oil level low.
1. Fill crankcase with proper oil.
2. Air flow restricted.
2. Clean area around and on top of engine.
Occasional skips
(hesitates) at
high speed
1. Spark plug gap too close.
1. Adjust gap to .030”.
Idles poorly
1. Spark plug fouled, faulty, or gap too wide.
1. Reset gap to .030” or replace spark plug.
2. Dirty air cleaner.
2. Refer to engine manual.
1. Cutting blade loose or unbalanced.
1. Tighten blade and adapter. Balance blade.
2. Bent cutting blade.
2. See an authorized service dealer.
1. Wet grass.
1. Do not mow when grass is wet; wait until
later to cut.
2. Excessively high grass.
2. Mow once at a high cutting height, then
mow again at desired height or make a
narrower cutting path.
3. Dull blade.
3. Sharpen or replace blade.
Engine runs erratic
Engine overheats
Excessive Vibration
Mower will not
mulch grass
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Uneven cut
Mower will not self propel
1. Wheels not positioned correctly.
1. Place all four wheels in same height position
(if equipped with individual height adjusters).
2. Dull blade.
2. Sharpen or replace blade.
1. Belt not installed properly.
1. Check belt for proper pulley installation and
2. Debris clogging drive operation.
2. Stop engine, disconnect spark plug boot,
and clean out debris.
3. Damaged or worn belt.
3. Inspect and replace belt.
Section 8 — Troubleshooting
Engine Operation
Fuel Cap
Air Cleaner
Oil Fill
Oil Drain
Spark Plug
Figure 9-1
Pre-Operation Check
Oil Recommendations
NOTE: This engine is shipped without gasoline or oil in the
engine. Running the engine with insufficient oil can cause
serious engine damage and void the engine warranty.
Before starting engine, fill with oil. Do not over-fill. Oil
capacity is about 20 oz.
Use a 4-stroke, or an equivalent high detergent, premium
quality motor oil certified to meet or exceed U.S. automobile
manufacturer’s requirements for service classification SG/SF.
Motor oils classified SG/SF will show this designation on the
20w40, 20w50
15w40, 15w50
SAE 10W-30 is recommended for general, all temperature use. If
single viscosity oil is used, select the appropriate viscosity for the
average temperature in your area from the chart to the right.
2 10w40
(ºC) -30º -20º -10º 0º
10º 20º 30º 40º
(ºF) -20º
20º 40º 60º 80º 100º
Ambient Temperature
Single Viscosity
Multi Viscosity
NOTE: Using non detergent oil or 2-stroke engine oil could
shorten the engine’s service life.
Check Oil Level
Check Fuel Level
NOTE: Be sure to check the engine on a level surface with the
engine stopped.
Clean around fuel fill before removing cap to fuel.
Fill tank to approximately 1-inch below lowest portion of
neck to allow for fuel expansion. Be careful not to overfill.
Remove the oil filler cap and wipe the dipstick clean. See
Fig. 9-2.
NOTE: Before refueling, allow engine to cool 2 minutes.
Starting The Engine
WARNING: Always keep hands and feet clear of
equipment moving parts. Do not use a pressurized
starting fluid. Vapors are flammable.
Oil Fill Cap/
Push primer 3 times. Wait about two seconds between
each push. See Fig. 9-3. In temperature below 50°F, prime
5 times. After the engine is warmed up, one prime may be
needed for all temperatures.
Upper Level
Figure 9-2
Insert the dipstick into the oil filler neck, but do not screw
it in.
If the level is low, slowly add oil to the upper limit on the
dipstick. See Fig. 9-2 inset.
Tighten dipstick firmly before starting engine.
NOTE: Do not overfill. Overfilling with oil may cause
smoking, hard starting, spark plug fouling, or oil saturation
of air cleaner.
Fuel Recommendations
Use automotive gasoline (unleaded or low leaded to minimize
combustion chamber deposits) with a minimum of 87 octane.
Gasoline with up to 10% ethanol or 15% MTBE (Methyl Tertiary
Butyl Ether) can be used. Never use an oil/gasoline mixture, dirty
gasoline, or gasoline over 30 days old. Avoid getting dirt, dust, or
water in the fuel tank. DO NOT use E85 gasoline.
Figure 9-3
Standing behind the mower, squeeze and hold the blade
control against upper handle.
Recoil Start: Pull the recoil starter lightly until resistance
is felt, then pull rapidly to overcome compression, prevent
kickback, and start the engine. Repeat if necessary. See Fig.
NOTE: Do not allow the recoil starter to snap back against
the rope guide.
WARNING: Gasoline is extremely flammable and is
explosive under certain conditions. Refuel in a wellventilated area with the engine stopped. Do not
smoke or allow flames or sparks in the area where
the engine is refueled or where gasoline is stored.
Avoid repeated or prolonged contact with skin or
breathing of vapor.
WARNING: Do not overfill the fuel tank (there
should be no fuel in the filler neck). After refueling,
make sure the tank cap is closed properly and
securely. Be careful not to spill fuel when refueling.
Spilled fuel or fuel vapor may ignite. If any fuel is
spilled, make sure the area is dry before starting the
Electric Start: Turn ignition key to the right to start the
engine. Release the key after the engine starts. See Fig. 9-3.
If engine does not start, it may be necessary to re-prime
the engine.
Stopping The Engine
Release the blade control.
Section 9 — Operation
Engine Maintenance
WARNING: Shut off the engine before performing
any maintenance. To prevent accidental start-up,
disconnect the spark plug boot.
IMPORTANT: If engine must be tipped to transport equipment
or to inspect or remove grass, keep spark plug side of engine
up. Transporting or tipping engine spark plug down may cause
smoking, hard starting, spark plug fouling, or oil saturation of air
Periodic inspection and adjustment of the engine is essential
if high level performance is to be maintained. Regular
maintenance will also ensure a long service life. The required
service intervals and the kind of maintenance to be performed
are described in the table below. Follow the hourly or calendar
intervals, whichever occur first. More frequent service is required
when operating in adverse conditions.
WARNING: If the engine has been running, the
muffler will be very hot. Be careful not to touch the
Maintenance Schedule
First 5 Hours
Every Season Every Season Every Season
or 25 Hours or 50 Hours or 100 Hours
Check Engine Oil Level
Change Engine Oil ††
Each Use or
Every 5 Hrs.
Check Air Cleaner
Service Air Cleaner †
Check Spark Plug
Replace Spark Plug
Clean Engine Shroud
Clean around muffler
Replace Fuel Filter
† Service more frequently when used in dusty areas.
†† Every season or 25 hours if operating under heavy load or high ambient temperature.
Oil Service
Air Cleaner Service
Check oil level regularly.
Be sure correct oil level is maintained. Check every five
hours or daily before starting engine. See oil checking
procedure in the Operation section.
Paper filters cannot be cleaned and must be replaced once a year
or every 100 operating hours; more often if used in extremely
dusty conditions.
WARNING: Never use gasoline or low flash point
solvents for cleaning the air cleaner element. A fire
or explosion could result.
Oil Change
IMPORTANT: Be sure to check engine on a level surface with the
engine stopped. Drain the oil while the engine is still warm to
assure rapid and complete draining.
Remove all fuel from tank by running engine until it stops
from lack of fuel.
Remove drain plug and allow oil to drain into a suitable
container. See Fig. 10-1.
IMPORTANT: Never run the engine without the air cleaner. Rapid
engine wear will result.
Oil Fill Cap
Remove the wing bolt and the air cleaner cover. Remove
the elements and separate them. See Fig. 10-2. Replace
paper element when dirty or damaged. Clean foam
element or replace when damaged.
Paper Element
Foam Element
Figure 10-2
Figure 10-1
WARNING: Before tipping engine or equipment to
drain oil, drain fuel from tank by running engine
until fuel tank is empty.
Reinstall the drain plug and tighten it securely.
Refill with the recommended oil (see Operation section)
and check the oil level. See Fig. 10-1.
Reinstall the oil fill cap securely.
To clean foam element, separate it from the paper element
and wash in liquid detergent and water. Allow to dry
thoroughly before using. Do not oil the foam element.
IMPORTANT: Used motor oil may cause skin cancer if repeatedly
left in contact with the skin for prolonged periods. Although this
is unlikely unless you handle used oil on a daily basis, it is still
advisable to thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water as
soon as possible after handling used oil.
NOTE: Please dispose of used motor oil in a manner that is
compatible with the environment. We suggest you take it in a
sealed container to your local service station for reclamation. Do
not throw it in the trash or pour it on the ground.
Section 10 — Engine Maintenance
Spark Plug Service
WARNING: DO NOT check for spark with spark
plug removed. DO NOT crank engine with spark
plug removed.
Measure the plug gap with a feeler gauge. Correct as
necessary by bending side electrode. See Fig. 10-4. The gap
should be set to 0.030 in.
To ensure proper engine operation, the spark plug must be
properly gapped and free of deposits.
Remove the spark plug boot and use a spark plug wrench
to remove the plug. See Fig. 10-3.
Spark Plug
0.030 in.
Figure 10-4
Check that the spark plug washer is in good condition
and thread the spark plug in by hand to prevent crossthreading.
After the spark plug is seated, tighten with a spark plug
wrench to compress the washer.
Spark Plug Boot
Figure 10-3
WARNING: If the engine has been running, the
muffler will be very hot. Be careful not to touch the
Visually inspect the spark plug. Discard the spark plug
if there is apparent wear, or if the insulator is cracked or
chipped. Clean the spark plug with a wire brush if it is to be
Section 10— Engine Maintenance
NOTE: When installing a new spark plug, tighten 1/2 turn
after the spark plug seats to compress the washer. When
reinstalling a used spark plug, tighten 1/8-1/4 turn after the
spark plug seats to compress the washer.
IMPORTANT: The spark plug must be securely tightened.
An improperly tightened spark plug can become very hot
and may damage the engine.
Fuel Filter Service
The fuel filter cannot be cleaned and must be replaced once a
year or every 100 operating hours; more often if run with old
Engines stored between 30 and 90 days need to be treated with
a gasoline stabilizer and engines stored over 90 days need to be
drained of fuel to prevent deterioration and gum from forming
in fuel system or on essential carburetor parts. If the gasoline in
your engine deteriorates during storage, you may need to have
the carburetor, and other fuel system components, serviced or
Remove all fuel from tank by running engine until it stops
from lack of fuel.
Remove c-clamp from fuel line and remove fuel line from
tank outlet. See Fig. 10-5.
Remove all fuel from tank by running engine until it stops
from lack of fuel.
WARNING: Never leave engine unattended while
Figure 10-5
Change oil. See Oil Change section.
Remove spark plug and pour about 1/2 an ounce of engine
oil into cylinder. Replace spark plug and crank slowly to
distribute oil.
Clean debris from around engine, under finger guard, and
under, around and behind muffler. Touch up any damaged
paint, and coat other areas that may rust with a light film
of oil.
Store in a clean, dry and well ventilated area away from any
appliance that operates with a flame or pilot light, such
as a furnace, water heater, or clothes dryer. Also avoid any
area with a spark producing electric motor, or where power
tools are operated.
If possible, also avoid storage areas with high humidity,
because that promotes rust and corrosion.
Keep the engine level in storage. Tilting can cause fuel or
oil leakage.
Pull out old fuel filter from tank outlet. Replace when dirty
or damaged.
Grasp new fuel filter from shouldered end and insert it
completely to the shoulder into the tank outlet. See Fig.
10-5 inset.
Removing From Storage
Replace fuel line and c-clamp.
Clean Engine
If the engine has been running, allow it to cool for at least half
an hour before cleaning. Periodically remove dirt build-up from
engine. Clean finger guard and around muffler. Clean with a
brush or compressed air.
IMPORTANT: Do not spray engine with water to clean because
water could contaminate fuel. Using a garden hose or pressure
washing equipment can also force water into the air cleaner or
muffler opening. Water in the air cleaner will soak the paper
element, and water that passes through the element or muffler
can enter the cylinder, causing damage.
Check your engine as described in the Pre-Operation Check
section of this manual.
If the fuel was drained during storage preparation, fill the
tank with fresh gasoline. If you keep a container of gasoline
for refueling, make certain it contains only fresh fuel.
Gasoline oxidizes and deteriorates over time, causing hard
If the cylinder was coated with oil during storage
preparation, the engine will smoke briefly at startup. This
is normal.
WARNING: Accumulation of debris around muffler
could cause a fire. Inspect and clean before every
Section 10 — Engine Maintenance
The SureStart Guarantee™
Provisions of Your Limited Warranty
In addition to the other terms and conditions of the Limited Warranty
applicable to your new mower, Cub Cadet LLC (“Cub Cadet”) hereby
warrants that your mower’s engine will start on the first or second
attempt by an able-bodied adult (subject to the limitations described
below) for the duration of the manufacturer’s limited warranty
applicable to your product. If the engine on your mower fails to
conform to this limited warranty, Cub Cadet will cover the cost of
parts and labor associated with any adjustments and/or repairs
necessary to return your engine to its warranted condition. In
order to make a claim under these provisions of your warranty, you
must bring the product and proof of purchase to an authorized Cub
Cadet service provider. In many cases, the retailer who sold you
your mower is not equipped to provide warranty service, so please
locate the authorized service dealer nearest you by either calling the
phone number provided in your Operators Manual or looking up an
authorized service dealer on-line at
Items and Conditions Not Covered
The SureStart Guarantee™ does not cover and/or apply to the
• Cost of regular maintenance service or parts, such as filters, fuel,
lubricants, oil changes, spark plugs, air filter, blade sharpening,
worn blades, cable/linkage adjustments, or brake and clutch
• Transportation costs to and from an authorized Cub Cadet service
• Any engine used for commercial, rental, institutional, governmental, or non-residential applications
• Any product or part that has been altered or misused or required
replacement or repair due to misuse, accidents, or lack of proper
• Repairs necessary due to improper battery care, electrical supply
irregularities, or failure to properly prepare the mower prior to any
period of non-use over three months
• Pickup and/or delivery charges
• Operational misuse, neglect, accidents, unauthorized repairs or
attempted repairs of the engine or its components by anyone other
than an authorized Cub Cadet service provider.
GDOC-100165 Rev. B
• Repairs or adjustments to correct starting difficulties due to any
of the following: failure to follow proper maintenance procedures
— rotary mower blade striking an object — contaminants in the
fuel system — improper fuel or fuel/oil mixture (consult your
Operator’s Manual if in doubt) — failure to drain the fuel system
prior to any period of non-use over three months
• Any starting problem which results from the use of inappropriate
fuels, lubricants, or additives
• Special conditions or circumstances that normally require more
than two pulls to start, specifically: 1) First start-up following your
initial purchase, 2) first time starts after extended period(s) of
non-use over one month or seasonal storage, 3) cool temperature
starts such as those found in early spring and late autumn, and 4)
difficult starting that results from the operator’s failure to follow
the proper starting procedures identified in the Operator’s Manual.
If you are having difficulty starting your unit, please check the
Operator’s Manual to ensure that you are using the correct starting
procedures. This can save an unnecessary visit to a Service
Owner Responsibilities
You must maintain your mower (including its engine) by following the
maintenance procedures and starting instructions described in the
Operator’s Manual. Such routine maintenance, whether performed by
a dealer or by you, is at your expense. In addition, please retain your
proof of purchase and service receipts as these may be required to
validate a claim.
General Conditions
An authorized Cub Cadet service provider using approved
replacement parts must perform all repairs covered by the SureStart
Guarantee™. Repair by an Cub Cadet authorized service dealer is
your sole remedy under this warranty. Cub Cadet is not liable for
indirect, incidental, or consequential damages in connection with
the use of the products covered by these warranties, including any
cost or expense of providing substitute equipment or service during
reasonable periods of malfunction or non-use pending completion of
repairs under this warranty.
Some states do not allow exclusions of incidental or consequential
damages, or limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so
certain exclusions and limitations may not apply to you.
Replacement Parts
Part Number and Description
Spark Plug
Air Cleaner Kit
Fuel Cap Assembly
Fuel Filter
Wheel (Front)
Wheel (Rear)
731-04177 Discharge Chute
Mulching Blade
Phone (800) 965-4CUB or 877-282-8684 for your nearest Cub Cadet Dealer 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.
Part Number and Description
Grass Bag
Battery Charger
Phone (800) 965-4CUB or 877-282-8684 for your nearest Cub Cadet Dealer 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.
Section 12 — Replacement Parts
MTD Consumer Group Inc, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and, for those products certified for sale in the state of California, the
California Air Resources Board (CARB) are pleased to explain the emission (evaporative and/or exhaust) control system (ECS) warranty on your outdoor 2006
and later small off-road spark-ignited engine and equipment (outdoor equipment engine) In California, new outdoor equipment engines must be designed, built and
equipped to meet the State’s stringent anti-smog standards (in other states, 1997 and later model year equipment must be designed, built, and equipped to meet
the U.S. EPA small off-road, spark ignition engine regulations. MTD Consumer Group Inc must warrant the ECS on your outdoor equipment engine for the period of
time listed below provided there has been no abuse, neglect or improper maintenance of outdoor equipment engine.
Your ECS 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 outdoor equipment engine at no cost to you including diagnosis, parts and labor.
This emission control system is warranted for two years. If any emission-related part on your outdoor equipment engine is defective, the part will be repaired or
As the outdoor equipment engine owner, you are responsible for performance of the required maintenance listed in your owner’s manual. MTD Consumer Group
Inc recommends that you retain all receipts covering maintenance on your outdoor equipment engine, but MTD Consumer Group Inc cannot deny warranty solely
for the lack of receipts.
As the outdoor equipment engine owner, you should however be aware that MTD Consumer Group Inc may deny you warranty coverage if your outdoor equipment
engine or a part has failed due to abuse, neglect, or improper maintenance or unapproved modifications.
You are responsible for presenting your outdoor equipment engine to MTD Consumer Group Inc’s distribution center or service center as soon as the problem
exists. The warranty repairs should be completed in a reasonable amount of time, not to exceed 30 days. If you have a question regarding your warranty coverage,
you should contact the MTD Consumer Group Inc Service Department at 1-800-800-7310 or via email at
MTD Consumer Group Inc warrants to the ultimate purchaser and each subsequent purchaser that the outdoor equipment engine 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 outdoor equipment engine is delivered to an ultimate purchaser or first placed into service. The warranty period is two
Subject to certain conditions and exclusions as stated below, the warranty on emission-related parts is as follows:
1. Any warranted part that is not scheduled for replacement as required maintenance in the written instructions supplied, is warranted for the warranty period
stated above. If the part fails during the period of warranty coverage, the part will be repaired or replaced by MTD Consumer Group Inc according to subsection
(4) below. Any such part repaired or replaced under warranty will be warranted for the remainder of the period.
2. Any warranted part that is scheduled only for regular inspection in the written instructions supplied is warranted for the warranty period stated above. Any such
part repaired or replaced under warranty will be warranted for the remaining warranty period.
3. Any warranted part that is scheduled for replacement as required maintenance in the written instructions supplied is warranted for the period of time before the
first scheduled replacement date for that part. If the part fails before the first scheduled replacement, the part will be repaired or replaced by MTD Consumer
Group Inc according to subsection (4) below. Any such part repaired or replaced under warranty will be warranted for the remainder of the period prior to the
first scheduled replacement point for the part.
4. Repair or replacement of any warranted part under the warranty provisions herein must be performed at a warranty station at no charge to the owner.
5. Notwithstanding the provisions herein, warranty services or repairs will be provided at all of our distribution centers that are franchised to service the subject
engines or equipment.
6. The outdoor equipment engine owner will not be charged for diagnostic labor that is directly associated with diagnosis of a defective, emission-related warranted part, provided that such diagnostic work is performed at a warranty station.
7. MTD Consumer Group Inc is liable for damages to other engine or equipment components proximately caused by a failure under warranty of any warranted
8. Throughout the off-road engine and equipment warranty period stated above, MTD Consumer Group Inc will maintain a supply of warranted parts sufficient to
meet the expected demand for such parts.
9. Any replacement part may be used in the performance of any warranty maintenance or repairs and must be provided without charge to the owner. Such use will
not reduce the warranty obligations of MTD Consumer Group Inc.
10.Add-on or modified parts that are not exempted by the Air Resources Board may not be used. The use of any non-exempted add-on or modified parts by the
ultimate purchaser will be grounds for disallowing a warranty claims. MTD Consumer Group Inc will not be liable to warrant failures of warranted parts caused
by the use of a non-exempted add-on or modified part.
The repair or replacement of any warranted part otherwise eligible for warranty coverage may be excluded from such warranty coverage if MTD Consumer Group
Inc demonstrates that the outdoor equipment engine has been abused, neglected, or improperly maintained, and that such abuse, neglect, or improper maintenance was the direct cause of the need for repair or replacement of the part. That notwithstanding, any adjustment of a component that has a factory installed,
and properly operating, adjustment limiting device is still eligible for warranty coverage. Further, the coverage under this warranty extends only to parts that were
present on the off-road engine and equipment purchased.
The following emission warranty parts are covered (if applicable):
(1) Fuel Metering System
• Cold start enrichment system (soft choke)
• Carburetor and internal parts (or fuel injection system)
• 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
• Fuel hose clamps
• Tethered fuel cap
• Carbon canister
• Vapor lines
walk-behind 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
and Batteries, as described below) against defects in material and
workmanship for a period of three (3) years, 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
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, engine oil, air
filters, spark plugs and wheels.
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.
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, commercial
use, 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
your local authorized service dealer. To locate the dealer in your area:
In the U.S.A.:
Check your Yellow Pages, or contact Cub Cadet LLC at P.O. Box 361131,
Cleveland, Ohio 44136-0019, call 1-877-282- 8684
or log on to our website at
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
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.
f. Cub Cadet does not warrant this product for commercial use.
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
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.
gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights that
vary in different jurisdictions.
In Canada:
Contact MTD Products Limited, Kitchener, ON N2G 4J1, call 1-800-6681238 or log on to our website at
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
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