Cub Cadet 439 Lawn Mower User Manual

Safety • Assembly • Operation • Tips & Techniques • Maintenance • Troubleshooting • Parts Lists • Warranty
OPERATOR’S MANUAL
21-inch Rotary Mower — Model 439
IMPORTANT
READ SAFETY RULES AND INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE OPERATION
Warning: This unit is equipped with an internal combustion engine and should not be used on or near any unimproved forest-covered, brushcovered or grass-covered land unless the engine’s exhaust system is equipped with a spark arrester meeting applicable local or state laws (if any).
If a spark arrester is used, it should be maintained in effective working order by the operator. In the State of California the above is required by law
(Section 4442 of the California Public Resources Code). Other states may have similar laws. Federal laws apply on federal lands. A spark arrester
for the muffler is available through your nearest engine authorized service dealer or contact the service department, P.O. Box 361131 Cleveland,
Ohio 44136-0019.
PRINTED IN U.S.A.
CUB CADET LLC, P.O. BOX 361131 CLEVELAND, OHIO 44136-0019
FORM NO. 769-02328
01/09/2006
This Operator’s Manual is an important part of your new lawn mower. It will help you assemble,
prepare, and maintain the unit for best performance. Please read and understand what it says.
Table of Contents
Slope Gauge ....................................................... 3
Safe Operation Practices ................................... 4
Setup and Adjustment ....................................... 6
Operating Your Lawn Mower .............................. 8
Maintaining Your Lawn Mower ......................... 10
Troubleshooting................................................ 12
Safety Labels .................................................... 13
Parts List ........................................................... 14
Warranty ............................................ Back Cover
Finding and Recording Model Number
BEFORE YOU BEGIN ASSEMBLING THIS UNIT, please
locate the model plate on the equipment and copy the information to the sample model plate provided to the right. You can
locate the model plate by standing at the operating position
and looking down at the rear of the deck. This information will
be necessary to use the manufacturer’s web site and/or obtain
assistance from the an authorized service dealer.
Model Number
Serial Number
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 which it was purchased, without first
contacting Customer Support.
If you have difficulty assembling this product or have any questions, choose from the options below:
• Visit www.cubcadet.com for many useful suggestions. Click the Customer Support button.
• Call our Customer Dealer Referral Line, to find a dealer nearest you, at 1-877-282-8684.
• The engine manufacturer is responsible for all engine-related issues with regards to performance, power-rating, specifications, warranty and service. Please refer to the engine manufacturer’s Owner’s/Operator’s Manual, packed separately with
your unit, for more information.
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Use this page as a guide to determine slopes where you may not operate safely. Do not operate
your lawn mower on such slopes.
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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 walkbehind 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.
Operate
WALK-BEHIND
mowers across the
face of slopes, never
up and down slopes.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
Children
6. 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.
7. 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 light-weight
(e.g. canvas) shoes.
8. Do not put hands or feet near rotating parts or under cutting
deck. Contact with blade can amputate hands and feet.
9. A missing or damaged discharge cover can cause blade
contact or thrown object injuries.
10. 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.
11. 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:
a. Step back from mower to fully extend your arms.
b. Be sure you are well balanced with sure footing.
c. Pull the mower back slowly, no more than half way
toward you.
d. Repeat these steps as needed.
12. Do not operate the mower while under the influence of
alcohol or drugs.
13. Do not engage the self-propelled mechanism on units so
equipped while starting engine.
14. The blade control handle 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 handle
must operate easily in both directions and automatically
return to the disengaged position when released.
15. 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.
16. Mow only in daylight or good artificial light. Walk, never run.
17. Stop the blade when crossing gravel drives, walks or roads.
18. If the equipment should start to vibrate abnormally, stop the
engine and check immediately for the cause. Vibration is
generally a warning of trouble.
Tragic accidents can occur if operator is not alert to presence
of children. Children are often attracted to mower and mowing
activity. They do not understand the dangers. Never assume
that children will remain where you last saw them.
1. Keep children out of the mowing area and under watchful
care of a responsible adult other than the operator.
2. Be alert and turn mower off if a child enters the area.
3. Before and while moving backwards, look behind and down
for small children.
4. 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.
5. Keep children away from hot or running engines. They can
suffer burns from a hot muffler.
6. Never allow children under 14 years old to operate a power
mower. Children 14 years old and over should read and
understand operation instructions and safety rules in this
manual and should be trained and supervised by a parent.
General Operation
1. 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. Be completely familiar with
the controls and the proper use of this machine before
operating it. Keep this manual in a safe place for future
and regular reference and for ordering replacement parts.
2. This machine is a precision piece of power equipment,
not a plaything. Therefore, exercise extreme caution at all
times. Your unit has been designed to perform one job: to
mow grass. Do not use it for any other purpose.
3. Never allow children under 14 years old to operate this
machine. Children 14 years old and over should read and
understand the instructions in this manual and should
be trained and supervised by a parent. Only responsible
individuals who are familiar with these rules of safe
operation should be allowed to use this machine.
4. 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.
5. 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.
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19. 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 engine is shut off. Never place any part of the body in
the blade area until you are sure the blade has stopped
rotating.
20. Never operate mower without proper trail shield, discharge
cover, grass catcher, blade control handle 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.
21. Muffler and engine become hot and can cause a burn. Do
not touch.
22. Only use parts and accessories made for this machine by
manufacturer. Failure to do so can result in personal injury.
23. If situations occur which are not covered in this manual,
use care and good judgment. Contact your dealer for
assistance. Telephone 1-877-282-8684 for the name of your
nearest 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 unit on a sloped or hilly
area. If the slope is greater than 15 degrees, do not mow it.
Do:
1. Mow across the face of slopes; never up and down. Exercise
extreme caution when changing direction on slopes.
2. Watch for holes, ruts, rocks, hidden objects, or bumps which
can cause you to slip or trip. Tall grass can hide obstacles.
3. 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 3 seconds.
Do Not:
1. Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches or embankments, you
could lose your footing or balance.
2. Do not mow slopes greater than 15 degrees as shown on
the slope gauge.
3. Do not mow on wet grass. Unstable footing could cause
slipping.
Service
Safe Handling Of Gasoline:
1. To avoid personal injury or property damage use extreme
care in handling gasoline. Gasoline is extremely flammable
and the vapors are explosive. Serious personal injury can
occur when gasoline is spilled on yourself or your clothes,
which can ignite.
2. Wash your skin and change clothes immediately.
3. Use only an approved gasoline container.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Extinguish all cigarettes, cigars, pipes and other sources
of ignition.
8. Never fuel machine indoor because flammable vapors will
accumulate in the area.
9. Never remove gas cap or add fuel while engine is hot or
running. Allow engine to cool at least two minutes before
refueling.
10. Never over fill fuel tank. Fill tank to no more than ½ inch
below bottom of filler neck to provide for fuel expansion.
11. Replace gasoline cap and tighten securely.
12. If gasoline is spilled, wipe it off the engine and equipment.
Move unit to another area. Wait 5 minutes before starting
engine.
13. 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.
14. To reduce fire hazard, keep mower free of grass, leaves,
or other debris build-up. Clean up oil or fuel spillage and
remove any fuel soaked debris.
15. Allow a mower to cool at least 5 minutes before storing.
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Safe
Operation
Practices
General Service:
1. Never run an engine indoors or in a poorly ventilated area.
Engine exhaust contains carbon monoxide, an odorless and
deadly gas.
2. Before cleaning, repairing, or inspecting, make certain the
blade and all moving parts have stopped. Disconnect the
spark plug wire and ground against the engine to prevent
unintended starting.
3. 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!”
4. Mower blades are sharp and can cut. Wrap the blade or wear
gloves, and use extra caution when servicing them.
5. Keep all nuts, bolts, and screws tight to be sure the equipment is in safe working condition.
6. Never tamper with safety devices. Check their proper operation regularly.
7. 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.
8. Never attempt to make a wheel or cutting height adjustment
while the engine is running.
9. 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 safety!”
10. Do not change the engine governor setting or over-rev the
engine. The governor controls the maximum safe operating
speed of the engine.
11. Maintain or replace safety labels, as necessary.
12. Observe proper disposal laws and regulations. Improper
disposal of fluids and materials can harm the environment.
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WARNING
This symbol points
out important safety
instructions, which if
not followed, could
endanger the personal
safety and/or property
of yourself and others.
Read and follow all
instructions in this manual before attempting to
operate this machine.
Failure to comply with
these instructions may
result in personal injury.
When you see this
symbol.
HEED IT’S 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.
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IMPORTANT: This unit is shipped without gasoline or
oil in the engine. Fill up gasoline and oil as instructed
in the accompanying engine manual BEFORE operating your mower.
1. Remove any packing material which may be between
upper and lower handles.
Setup and
Adjustment
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a. Pull up and back on upper handle as shown in
Figure 3-1. Make certain the lower handle is seated
securely into the handle mounting brackets.
b. Tighten star knobs securing upper handle to lower
handle, Figure 3-1. Make sure that each carriage
bolt is seated properly in the handle.
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2. Locate the hairpin clip on the weld pin on each side
lower handle.
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Stand behind the mower
as if you were going to
operate it. Your right hand
corresponds to the right
side of the mower; your
left hand corresponds to
the left side of the mower.
a. Remove hairpin clip from this hole. Using a pair
of pliers, insert hairpin clip into the hole on pin
closest to the bracket, Figure 3-2. Repeat on other
side.
Figure 3-1: Unfold handle and tighten hardware.
b. Insert a carriage bolt from the hardware pack into
the upper hole on the handle mounting bracket,
Figure 3-2. Secure with one plastic wing nut, also
included the hardware pack. Repeat on other side.
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Make sure to route cable
outside the lower handle.
Do not crimp cable while
lifting the handle up.
IMPORTANT
This unit is shipped without gasoline or oil in the
engine. Fill up gasoline
and oil as instructed in
the accompanying engine
manual BEFORE operating your mower.
3. The rope guide is attached to the right side of the
upper handle. Loosen the wing nut which secures the
rope guide, Figure 3-3.
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a. Hold blade control handle against upper handle.
b. Pull starter rope out of the engine. Release blade
control handle.
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c. Slip starter rope into rope guide.
d. Tighten wing nut.
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4. Insert post on cable ties into holes provided on the
lower handle. Pull cable tie tight and trim excess,
Figure 3-4.
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Figure 3-2: Secure lower handle to mounting brackets.
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Figure 3-4: Secure cable to handle using cable ties.
Figure 3-3: Pull recoil starter through rope guide and tighten.
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5. Follow steps below to assemble the grass catcher
(if needed). Make certain bag is turned right side
out before assembling (warning label will be on the
outside).
a. Place bag over frame so that its black plastic side
is at the bottom.
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Setup and
Adjustment
b. Slip plastic channel of grass bag over hooks on the
frame, Figure 3-5. All the plastic channels except
center top of bag attach from outside of bag.
c. Attach center top of bag from inside of bag.
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6. Follow steps below to attach the grass catcher:
a. Lift rear discharge door.
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b. Place grass catcher on the pivot rod. Let go
of discharge door so that it rests on the grass
catcher, Figure 3-6.
7. 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.
Figure 3-5: Assemble the grass catcher.
WARNING
a. On the side of the mower, lift the mulching plug.
Never operate mower
without the mulching plug,
the grass catcher, or the
discharge chute properly
installed.
b. Slide chute hooks under hinge pin on mulching
plug assembly. Lower mulching plug, Figure 3-7.
Do not remove side mulching plug at any time,
even when you are not mulching.
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.
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Adjustments
An adjusting plate and thumb lever at each wheel
provides cutting height adjustment.
1. Depress lever towards wheel.
2. Move it to any one of the positions for desired cutting
height, Figure 3-8. Make sure that each wheel is
positioned at the same height.
Figure 3-6: Attach the grass catcher.
3. Release lever towards mower deck.
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Figure 3-8: Use adjustment levers to change height.
Figure 3-7: Lift mulch plug and install side discharge chute.
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CUTTING HEIGHT
All wheels must be positioned at the same height.
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Operating
Your Lawn
Mower
Know Your Lawn Mower
Blade Control
Recoil Starter
Grass Catcher
Cutting Height Adjustment
Levers (for each wheel)
WARNING
The blade control is a
safety device. DO NOT
bypass its operations.
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.
Keep hands and feet
away from the chute area
on cutting deck. Refer to
warning label on the unit.
Mulch Plug
Side Discharge Chute
Figure 4-1: The main components on the mower.
Now that you have setup your lawn mower, its important to become acquainted with its controls and features.
Blade Control
Recoil Starter
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 recoil starter is attached to the right upper handle.
Stand behind the unit and pull the recoil starter rope to
start the unit.
Side Discharge Chute
WARNING: This blade control is a safety
device. Never attempt to bypass its operations.
Instead of collecting grass clippings in the bag, you may
attach the side discharge chute to expel the clippings.
Gas and Oil Fill-Up
Refer to the engine manual for instructions.
1. Check oil level and add oil if necessary. Follow engine
manual for this.
Cutting Height Adjustment Levers
One adjustment lever is located at each wheel and is
used to adjust the cutting height. All four wheels must
be positioned at the same height to ensure a uniform
cut.
2. Service the engine with gasoline as instructed in the
engine manual.
Mulch Plug
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.
The mulch plug is used only for mulching purposes.
Instead of collecting the grass clippings in a grass
catcher, some mower models have the option of
recirculating the clippings back to the lawn. This is
called mulching.
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4
Starting the 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.
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Refer to engine manual for help with the engine.
1. Place the fuel valve lever found on the left side of the
engine into the ON (OPEN) position, Figure 4-2.
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2. Move the choke lever all the way backward into the
choke position.
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3. Standing behind the mower, squeeze the blade control
Figure 4-2: Starting the mower.
against upper handle, Figure 4-2. The choke will now
begin to slowly return to the off choke position after
Using as Mulcher
activating the blade control. Therefore, quickly move
For mulching grass, remove the grass catcher or side
onto step four below.
discharge chute from the mower. Refer to Setup section
4. Holding these two handles together firmly, grasp recoil for instructions. For effective mulching, do not cut wet
grass. If the grass has been allowed to grow in excess
starter handle and pull rope out with a rapid, continuous, full arm stroke, Figure 4-2. Keeping a firm grip on of four inches, mulching is not recommended. Use the
grass catcher to bag clippings instead.
the starter handle let the rope rewind slowly. Repeat
until engine cranks. Let the rope rewind each time
Using Grass Catcher
slowly.
You can use the grass catcher to collect clippings while
WARNING: Wait for the blade to stop comyou are operating the mower.
pletely before performing any work on the
1. Attach grass catcher following instructions in Setup
mower or to remove the grass catcher.
section. Grass clippings will automatically collect in
the bag as you run the mower. Operate the mower till
the grass bag is full.
1. Release blade control to stop the engine and blade.
2. Stop engine completely by releasing the blade
2. Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and
control. Make sure that the unit has come to a
ground against the engine.
complete stop.
Stopping the Engine
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.
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.
Operating
Your Lawn
Mower
3. Lift discharge door and pull grass catcher up and
away from the mower to dispose of the grass
clippings.
Using Side Discharge Chute
Instead of collecting grass clippings in the bag, you may
attach the side discharge chute to expel the clippings.
Refer to the Setup Section for instructions on attaching
the side discharge chute.
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.
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.
Never operate your mower
without either the rear
door or the entire grass
catcher assembly firmly
secured.
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Deck Care
Clean underside of the mower deck after each use to
prevent build-up of grass clippings or other debris.
1. Disconnect spark plug wire. Drain gasoline from lawn
mower, or place a piece of plastic under the gas cap.
2. Tip mower so that it rests on the housing. Keep the
side with the air cleaner facing up. Hold mower firmly.
Maintaining
Your Lawn
Mower
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.
3. Scrape and clean the underside of the deck with a
suitable tool. Do not spray with water.
Figure 5-1: Areas of lubrication.
WARNING
Always stop engine,
disconnect spark plug,
and ground against engine
before performing any type
of maintenance on your
machine.
General
Recommendations
• Always observe safety rules when performing
any maintenance.
• 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.
• Changing of engine-governed speed will void
engine warranty.
• All adjustments should be checked at least once
each season.
• Periodically check all fasteners and make sure these
are tight.
WARNING: Always stop engine, disconnect
spark plug, and ground against engine
before performing any type of maintenance on your
machine.
Do not use a pressure
washer or garden hose to
clean your unit. These may
cause damage to electric
components, spindles,
pulleys, bearings, or the
engine. The use of water
will result in shortened life
and reduce serviceability.
4. 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
A list of key engine maintenance jobs required for good
performance by the mower is given below. Follow the
accompanying engine manual for a detailed list and
instructions.
• Maintain oil level as instructed in engine manual.
• Service air cleaner every 25 hours under normal
conditions. Clean every few hours under extremely
dusty conditions. Poor engine performance and
flooding usually indicates that the air cleaner should
be serviced. To service the air cleaner, refer to the
engine manual.
• Clean spark plug and reset the gap once a season.
Spark plug replacement is recommended at the start
of each mowing season. Check engine manual for
correct plug type and gap specifications.
• Clean engine regularly with a cloth or brush. Keep the
cooling system (blower housing area) clean to permit
proper air circulation. Remove all grass, dirt and
combustible debris from muffler area.
Lubrication
• Lubricate pivot points on the blade control at least
once a season with light oil. The blade control must
operate freely in both directions, Figure 5-1.
• 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, Figure 5-1.
• Lubricate the torsion spring and pivot point on the
rear discharge door and side mulch plug periodically
with light oil to prevent rust, Figure 5-1.
• Follow the accompanying engine manual for lubrication schedule and instruction for engine lubrication.
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5
Blade Care
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 blade.
Periodically inspect the blade adapter for cracks,
especially if you strike a foreign object. Replace when
necessary. Follow the steps below for blade service.
1. Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug. Turn
mower on its side making sure that the air filter and
the carburetor are up.
Maintaining
Your Lawn
Mower
2. Remove the bolt and the blade bell support which
hold the blade and the blade adapter to the engine
crankshaft, Figure 5-2.
3. Remove blade and adapter from the crankshaft,
Figure 5-2.
4. The blade can be sharpened with a file or on a grinding wheel. Do not attempt to sharpen the blade while
it is still on the mower. When sharpening the blade,
follow the original angle of grind. Grind each cutting
edge equally to keep the blade balanced.
Figure 5-2: Remove the bolt, support, and adapter to access
the blade.
WARNING
5. 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 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 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.
6. Lubricate the engine crankshaft and the inner surface
of the blade adapter with light oil. Slide the blade
adapter onto the engine crankshaft.
7. 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.
8. Place blade bell support on the blade. Align notches
on the blade bell support with small holes in blade.
Figure 5-3: Cut wire to remove rear flap.
Off-Season Storage
9. Replace hex bolt and tighten hex bolt to torque: 450
in. lbs. min., 600 in. lbs. max.
The following steps should be taken to prepare your
lawn mower for storage.
• Clean and lubricate mower thoroughly as described
in the lubrication instructions.
To ensure safe operation of your mower, periodically
check the blade bolt for correct torque.
• Do not use a pressure washer or garden hose to
clean your unit.
Replacing Rear Flap
• Refer to engine manual for correct engine
storage instructions.
1. To remove rear flap, cut off the flat end of the wire rod
which secures it to the deck, Figure 5-3.
• Coat mower’s cutting blade with chassis grease to
prevent rusting.
2. Attach the new flap and new rod to deck, bending the
ends of the new rod over to secure to deck.
• 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.
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An unbalanced blade will
cause excessive vibration
when rotating at high
speeds. It may cause damage to mower, and could
break causing personal
injury.
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Engine fails to start
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Engine runs erratic
1. Spark plug wire loose.
2. Blocked fuel line or stale fuel.
Trouble
Shooting
Blade control disengaged.
Spark plug wire disconnected.
Fuel tank empty or stale fuel.
Fuel valve closed.
Faulty spark plug.
Blocked fuel line.
Engine flooded.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Engage blade control.
Connect wire to spark plug.
Fill tank with clean, fresh gasoline.
Open fuel valve. See engine manual.
Clean, adjust gap, or replace.
Clean fuel line.
Wait a few minutes to restart.
Vent in gas cap plugged.
Water or dirt in fuel system.
Dirty air cleaner.
Carburetor out of adjustment.
1. Connect and tighten spark plug wire.
2. Clean fuel line; fill tank with clean,
fresh gasoline.
3. Clear vent.
4. Drain fuel tank. Refill with fresh fuel.
5. Refer to engine manual.
6. Refer to engine manual.
Engine overheats
1. Engine oil level low.
2. Air flow restricted.
3. Carburetor not adjusted properly.
1. Fill crankcase with proper oil.
2. Remove blower housing and clean.
3. Refer to engine manual.
Occasional skips
(hesitates) at high speed
1. Spark plug gap too close.
2. Carburetor idle mixture adjustment
improperly set.
1. Adjust gap to .030-inch.
2. Refer to engine manual.
Idles poorly
1. Spark plug fouled, faulty or gap too wide.
1. Reset gap to .030-inch or replace
spark plug.
2. Refer to engine manual.
3. Refer to engine manual.
3.
4.
5.
6.
For repairs beyond
the minor adjustments
listed here, contact
an authorized service
dealer.
Remedy
Cause
Problem
2. Carburetor improperly adjusted.
3. Dirty air cleaner.
Excessive Vibration
1. Cutting blade loose or unbalanced.
2. Bent cutting blade.
Mower will not mulch grass
1. Wet grass.
2. Excessively high grass.
3. Dull blade.
Uneven cut
1. Wheels not positioned correctly.
2. Dull blade.
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1. Tighten blade and adapter. Balance
blade.
2. See an authorized service dealer.
1. Do not mow when grass is wet; wait
until later to cut.
2. Mow once at a high cutting height,
then mow again at desired height or
make a narrower cutting path.
3. Sharpen or replace blade.
1. Place all four wheels in same
height position.
2. Sharpen or replace blade.
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Bail Cover
28 736-0270
Bell Washer .265 x .75 x .062
2
746-1130
Control Cable 40-inch
29 710-0654A
TT Sems Screw 3.8-16 x 1.00
3
726-0240
Cable Tie
30 687-02071A
Pivot Arm Assy - RH
4
664-04054
Grass Bag Assembly
687-02070A
Pivot Arm Assy - LH
5
747-04080
Grass Bag Frame
31 732-04175
Spring Lever
6
732-0700
Trailshield Wire
32 710-1652
TT Screw 1/4-20 x .625
7
731-04998
Trailshield
33 714-0104
Int. Cotter Pin .072 dia. x 1.13 lg
8
747-04035
Pivot Rod
34 787-01292
Rear Handle Bracket - RH
9
731-04134A
Rear Door
787-01291
Rear Handle Bracket - LH
35 710-0703
Carriage Screw 1/4-20 x .75
687-02068
Height Adj. Bracket Assy - RH
36 710-04371
Screw HL 1/4-15 x 1.00
11 787-01279
21-inch Deck
37 750-04162
Spacer
12 687-02075A
Hgt. Adj. Assy - LH (8-inch Whl)
38 732-04090A Torsion Spring - RH
687-02074A
Hgt. Adj. Assy - RH (8-inch Whl)
732-04089A Torsion Spring - LH
13 731-1523A
Front End Cover, 21-inch
39 712-0397
Wing Nut
14 782-5002B
Front Baffle
40 731-04150C
Rear Baffle
15 748-04082
Blade Adapter
41 749-0928A
Lower Handle
16 742-0741
21-inch Mulching Blade
42 710-1174
Carriage Bolt 5/16-18 x 2.0
17 736-0524B
Bell Blade Support
43 720-04072
Star Knob
18 710-1257
Hex Bolt 3/8-24 x 2.5
44 720-0279
Handle Knob
19 731-04177
Side Discharge Chute
45 710-1205
Eye Bolt
20 712-04065
Flange Lock Nut 3/8-16
46 749-1092A
Upper Handle
21 787-01290
Height Adjustment Plate
47 747-1161A
Blade Control (Bail)
22 687-02076A
Pivot Arm Assy - RH
48 736-0504
Wave Washer .51 x .75 x .017
687-02077A
Pivot Arm Assy - LH
49 731-0982A
Hubcap
23 734-04226
Wheel 8 x 2.125 COG Idle BB
50 17032A
Chute Deflector Adapter
24 738-0507B
Shoulder Screw .5 x .434
51 732-1014
Torsion Spring .290 ID x 1.68
25 732-0404
Spring Lever
52 747-0710
Hinge Pin
26 720-0426
Height Adjust Knob
53 987-02055
Mulch Plug Assembly
27 710-0599
TT Screw 1.4-20 x .50
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Height Adj. Bracket Assy - LH
Parts List
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To order replacement
parts call our Customer
Dealer Referral Line at
1-877-282-8684 or visit
www.cubcadet.com to
locate a dealer in your
area.
MANUFACTURER’S LIMITED WARRANTY FOR
The limited warranty set forth below is given by Cub Cadet LLC 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 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 materials 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, 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.
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 purchase.
Normal wear parts include, but are not limited to items such as: batteries,
belts, blades, blade adapters, grass bags, rider deck wheels, seats, snow
thrower skid shoes, shave plates, auger spiral rubber and tires.
HOW TO OBTAIN SERVICE: Warranty service is available, WITH
PROOF OF PURCHASE, through your local authorized service dealer.
To locate the dealer in your area, check your Yellow Pages, or contact
Cub Cadet LLC at P.O. Box 361131, Cleveland, Ohio 44136-0019, or call
1-877-282-8684, or log on to our Web site at www.cubcadet.com.
This limited warranty does not provide coverage in the following cases:
a. The engine or component parts thereof. These items may
carry a separate manufacturer’s warranty. Refer to applicable
manufacturer’s warranty for terms and conditions.
b. Log splitter pumps, valves, and cylinders have a separate one year
warranty.
c. 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.
e. Replacement parts that are not genuine Cub Cadet parts.
f. Service completed by someone other than an authorized service
dealer.
g. Transportation charges and service calls.
No implied warranty, including any implied warranty of merchantability of 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, whether written or oral, except as
mentioned above, given by any person or entity, including a dealer
or retailer, 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.
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 damage including, without
limitation, expenses incurred for substitute or replacement lawn care
services or for rental expenses to temporarily replace a warranted
product.
Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or
consequential damages, or limitations on how long an implied warranty
lasts, so the above exclusions or limitations may not apply to you.
In no event shall recovery of any kind be greater than the amount of the
purchase price of the product sold. Alteration of safety features of the
product shall void this warranty. You assume the risk and liability for
loss, damage, or injury to you and your property and/or to others and their
property arising out of the misuse or inability to use the product.
This limited warranty shall not extend to anyone other than the original
purchaser or to the person for whom it was purchased as a gift.
HOW 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.
IMPORTANT: Owner must present Original Proof of Purchase to obtain
warranty coverage.
d. Cub Cadet does not extend any warranty for products sold or exported
outside of the United States, its possesions and territories, except
those sold through Cub Cadet’s authorized channels of export distribution
Cub Cadet LLC, P.O. BOX 361131 CLEVELAND, OHIO 44136-0019; Phone: 1-877-282-8684