Operator`s manual | Cub Cadet SLT1554, SLT1550 Lawn Mower User Manual

Operator’s Manual
SERIES 1500
Hydrostatic Lawn Tractor
Models SLT1550
SLT1554
IMPORTANT: READ SAFETY RULES AND INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY
Warning: This unit is equipped with an internal combustion engine and should not be used on or near any unimproved forest-covered,
brush-covered or grass-covered land unless the engine’s exhaust system is equipped with a spark arrester meeting applicable local or state laws
(if any). If a spark arrester is used, it should be maintained in effective working order by the operator. In the State of California the above is
required by law (Section 4442 of the California Public Resources Code). Other states may have similar laws. Federal laws apply on federal lands.
A spark arrester for the muffler is available through your Cub Cadet dealer or contact the service department, P.O. Box 361131 Cleveland, Ohio
44136-0019.
CUB CADET LLC, P.O. BOX 361131 CLEVELAND, OHIO 44136-0019
PRINTED IN U.S.A.
FORM NO. 769-01651C.fm
(11/3/2005)
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Content
Important Safe Operation Practices
Slope Gauge
Tractor Set-up
Know Your Lawn Tractor
Operating Your Lawn Tractor
Making Adjustments
Maintaining Your Lawn Tractor
Service
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Content
Off-season Storage
Maintenance Schedule
Maintenance Log
Troubleshooting
Attachments & Accessories
Specifications
Replacement Parts
Warranty Information
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FINDING MODEL NUMBER
This Operator’s Manual is an important part of your new lawn tractor. It will help you assemble, prepare and
maintain the unit for best performance. Please read and understand what it says.
Before you start assembling your new equipment, please locate the model plate on the equipment
and copy the information from it in the space provided below. A sample model plate is also illustrated
below. You can locate the model plate by looking at the underside of the tractor‘s seat. This information
will be necessary to use the manufacturer’s web site and/or help from your Cub Cadet dealer.
Copy the model number here:
Copy the serial number here:
CUB CADET LLC
P. O. BOX 361131
www.cubcadet.com CLEVELAND, OH 44136
DEALER LOCATOR PHONE NUMBER: 877-282-8684
CUSTOMER SUPPORT
Please do NOT return the unit to the retailer from which it was purchased, without first contacting Customer Support.
If you have difficulty assembling this product or have any questions regarding the controls, operation or
maintenance of this unit, you can seek help from the experts. Choose from the options below:
Visit www.cubcadet.com for many useful suggestions. Click on Customer Service and help is
immediately available.
To reach the Customer Dealer Referral Line, please call (877) 282-8684.
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SECTION 1: IMPORTANT SAFE OPERATION PRACTICES
WARNING: This symbol points out important safety instructions which, if not followed, could endanger
the personal safety and/or property of yourself and others. Read and follow all instructions in this manual
before attempting to operate this machine. Failure to comply with these instructions may result in personal
injury. When you see this symbol—heed its warning.
DANGER: This machine was built to be operated according to the rules for safe operation in this manual. As with any type of power equipment, carelessness or error on the part of the operator can result in
serious injury. This machine is capable of amputating hands and feet and throwing objects. Failure to
observe the following safety instructions could result in serious injury or death.
California Proposition 65 Warning:
WARNING: Engine exhaust, some of its constituents, and certain vehicle components contain
or emit chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other
reproductive harm.
GENERAL OPERATION
10. Be aware of the mower and attachment discharge
direction and do not point it at anyone. Do not
operate the mower without the discharge cover or
entire grass catcher in its proper place.
11. Do not put hands or feet near rotating parts or
under the cutting deck. Contact with the blade(s)
can amputate hands and feet.
12. A missing or damaged discharge cover can cause
blade contact or thrown object injuries.
13. Stop the blade(s) when crossing gravel drives,
walks, or roads and while not cutting grass.
14. Watch for traffic when operating near or crossing
roadways. This machine is not intended for use on
any public roadway.
15. Do not operate the machine while under the
influence of alcohol or drugs.
16. Mow only in daylight or good artificial light.
17. Never carry passengers.
18. Disengage blade(s) before shifting into reverse.
Back up slowly. Always look down and behind
before and while backing to avoid a back-over
accident.
19. Slow down before turning. Operate the machine
smoothly. Avoid erratic operation and excessive
speed.
20. Disengage blade(s), set parking brake, stop engine
and wait until the blade(s) come to a complete stop
before removing grass catcher, emptying grass,
unclogging chute, removing any grass or debris, or
making any adjustments.
21. Never leave a running machine unattended. Always
turn off blade(s), place transmission in neutral, set
parking brake, stop engine and remove key before
dismounting.
22. Use extra care when loading or unloading the
machine into a trailer or truck. This unit should not
be driven up or down ramp(s), because the unit
could tip over, causing serious personal injury. The
unit must be pushed manually on ramp(s) to load or
unload properly.
1. Read, understand, and follow all instructions on the
machine and in the manual(s) before attempting to
assemble and operate. Keep this manual in a safe
place for future and regular reference and for
ordering replacement parts.
2. Be familiar with all controls and their proper
operation. Know how to stop the machine and
disengage them quickly.
3. Never allow children under 14 years old to operate
this machine. Children 14 years old and over
should read and understand the operation
instructions and safety rules in this manual and
should be trained and supervised by a parent.
4. Never allow adults to operate this machine without
proper instruction.
5. To help avoid blade contact or a thrown object
injury, keep bystanders, helpers, children and pets
at least 75 feet from the machine while it is in
operation. Stop machine if anyone enters the area.
6. Thoroughly inspect the area where the equipment
is to be used. Remove all stones, sticks, wire,
bones, toys, and other foreign objects which could
be picked up and thrown by the blade(s). Thrown
objects can cause serious personal injury.
7. Plan your mowing pattern to avoid discharge of
material toward roads, sidewalks, bystanders and
the like. Also, avoid discharging material against a
wall or obstruction which may cause discharged
material to ricochet back toward the operator.
8. Always wear safety glasses or safety goggles
during operation and while performing an
adjustment or repair to protect your eyes. Thrown
objects which ricochet can cause serious injury to
the eyes.
9. Wear sturdy, rough-soled work shoes and closefitting slacks and shirts. Loose fitting clothes and
jewelry can be caught in movable parts. Never
operate this machine in bare feet or sandals.
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4. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for
wheel weights or counterweights to improve
stability.
5. Use extra care with grass catchers or other
attachments. These can change the stability of the
machine.
6. Keep all movement on the slopes slow and gradual.
Do not make sudden changes in speed or direction.
Rapid engagement or braking could cause the front
of the machine to lift and rapidly flip over backwards
which could cause serious injury.
7. Avoid starting or stopping on a slope. If tires lose
traction, disengage the blade(s) and proceed
slowly straight down the slope.
23. Muffler and engine become hot and can cause a
burn. Do not touch.
24. Check overhead clearances carefully before driving
under low hanging tree branches, wires, door
openings etc., where the operator may be struck or
pulled from the unit, which could result in serious
injury.
25. Disengage all attachment clutches, depress the
brake pedal completely and shift into neutral before
attempting to start engine.
26. Your machine is designed to cut normal residential
grass of a height no more than 10”. Do not attempt
to mow through unusually tall, dry grass (e.g.,
pasture) or piles of dry leaves. Dry grass or leaves
may contact the engine exhaust and/or build up on
the mower deck presenting a potential fire hazard.
27. Use only accessories and attachments approved
for this machine by the machine manufacturer.
Read, understand and follow all instructions
provided with the approved accessory or
attachment.
28. Data indicates that operators, age 60 years and
above, are involved in a large percentage of riding
mower-related injuries. These operators should
evaluate their ability to operate the riding mower
safely enough to protect themselves and others
from serious injury.
29. If situations occur which are not covered in this
manual, use care and good judgment. Contact your
Cub Cadet dealer for assistance.
DO NOT:
1. Do not turn on slopes unless necessary; then, turn
slowly and gradually downhill, if possible.
2. Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches or
embankments. The mower could suddenly turn
over if a wheel is over the edge of a cliff, ditch, or if
an edge caves in.
3. Do not try to stabilize the machine by putting your
foot on the ground.
4. Do not use a grass catcher on steep slopes.
5. Do not mow on wet grass. Reduced traction could
cause sliding.
6. Do not shift to neutral and coast downhill. Overspeeding may cause the operator to lose control of
the machine resulting in serious injury or death.
7. Do not tow heavy pull behind attachments (e.g.
loaded dump cart, lawn roller, etc.) on slopes
greater than 5 degrees. When going down hill, the
extra weight tends to push the tractor and may
cause you to loose control. (e.g. tractor may speed
up, braking and steering ability are reduced,
attachment may jack-knife and cause tractor to
overturn).
SLOPE OPERATION
Slopes are a major factor related to loss of control and
tip-over accidents which can result in severe injury or
death. All slopes require extra caution. If you cannot
back up the slope or if you feel uneasy on it, do not mow
it.
For your safety, use the slope gauge included as part of
this manual to measure slopes before operating this
unit on a sloped or hilly area. If the slope is greater than
15 degrees as shown on the slope gauge, do not
operate this unit on that area or serious injury could
result.
CHILDREN
1. Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not
alert to the presence of children. Children are often
attracted to the machine and the mowing activity.
They do not understand the dangers. Never
assume that children will remain where you last
saw them.
a. Keep children out of the mowing area and in
watchful care of a responsible adult other
than the operator.
b. Be alert and turn machine off if a child enters
the area.
c. Before and while backing, look behind and
down for small children.
d. Never carry children, even with the blade(s)
shut off. They may fall off and be seriously
injured or interfere with safe machine
operation.
DO:
1. Mow up and down slopes, not across. Exercise
extreme caution when changing direction on
slopes.
2. Watch for holes, ruts, bumps, rocks, or other
hidden objects. Uneven terrain could overturn the
machine. Tall grass can hide obstacles.
3. Use slow speed. Choose a low enough speed
setting so that you will not have to stop or shift while
on the slope. Tires may lose traction on slopes
even though the brakes are functioning properly.
Always keep machine in gear when going down
slopes to take advantage of engine braking action.
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e. Extinguish all cigarettes, cigars, pipes and
other sources of ignition.
f. Never fuel machine indoors.
g. Never remove gas cap or add fuel while the
engine is hot or running. Allow engine to cool
at least two minutes before refueling.
h. Never over fill fuel tank. Fill tank to no more
than ½ inch below bottom of filler neck to
allow space for fuel expansion.
i. Replace gasoline cap and tighten securely.
j. If gasoline is spilled, wipe it off the engine
and equipment. Move unit to another area.
Wait 5 minutes before starting the engine.
k. To reduce fire hazards, keep machine free of
grass, leaves, or other debris build-up. Clean
up oil or fuel spillage and remove any fuel
soaked debris.
l. Never store the machine or fuel container
inside where there is an open flame, spark or
pilot light as on a water heater, space heater,
furnace, clothes dryer or other gas
appliances.
m. Allow a machine to cool at least 5 minutes
before storing.
GENERAL SERVICE:
e. Use extreme care when approaching blind
corners, doorways, shrubs, trees or other
objects that may block your vision of a child
who may run into the machine.
f. To avoid back-over accidents, always
disengage the cutting blade(s) before
shifting into reverse. The “Reverse
Caution Mode” should not be used when
children or others are around.
g. Keep children away from hot or running
engines. They can suffer burns from a hot
muffler.
h. Remove key when machine is unattended to
prevent unauthorized operation.
9. Never allow children under 14 years old to operate
the machine. Children 14 years old and over should
read and understand the operation instructions and
safety rules in this manual and should be trained
and supervised by a parent.
TOWING
1. Tow only with a machine that has a hitch designed
for towing. Do not attach towed equipment except
at the hitch point.
2. Follow the manufacturers recommendation for
weight limits for towed equipment and towing on
slopes.
3. Never allow children or others in or on towed
equipment.
4. On slopes, the weight of the towed equipment may
cause loss of traction and loss of control.
5. Travel slowly and allow extra distance to stop.
6. Do not shift to neutral and coast downhill.
1. Never run an engine indoors or in a poorly
ventilated area. Engine exhaust contains carbon
monoxide, an odorless, and deadly gas.
2. Before cleaning, repairing, or inspecting, make
certain the blade(s) and all moving parts have
stopped. Disconnect the spark plug wire and
ground against the engine to prevent unintended
starting.
3. Periodically check to make sure the blades come to
complete stop within approximately (5) five
seconds after operating the blade disengagement
control. If the blades do not stop within the this time
frame, your unit should be serviced professionally
by your Cub Cadet dealer.
4. Check brake operation frequently as it is subjected
to wear during normal operation. Adjust and service
as required.
5. Check the blade(s) and engine mounting bolts at
frequent intervals for proper tightness. Also,
visually inspect blade(s) for damage (e.g.,
excessive wear, bent, cracked).
Replace the blade(s) with the original equipment
manufacturer’s (O.E.M.) blade(s) only, listed in this
manual. “Use of parts which do not meet the
original equipment specifications may lead to
improper performance and compromise safety!”
6. Mower blades are sharp. Wrap the blade or wear
gloves, and use extra caution when servicing them.
7. Keep all nuts, bolts, and screws tight to be sure the
equipment is in safe working condition.
SERVICE
SAFE HANDLING OF GASOLINE:
1. To avoid personal injury or property damage
use extreme care in handling gasoline. Gasoline is
extremely flammable and the vapors are explosive.
Serious personal injury can occur when gasoline is
spilled on yourself or your clothes which can ignite.
Wash your skin and change clothes immediately.
a. Use only an approved gasoline container.
b. Never fill containers inside a vehicle or on a
truck or trailer bed with a plastic liner. Always
place containers on the ground away from
your vehicle before filling.
c. When practical, remove gas-powered
equipment from the truck or trailer and refuel
it on the ground. If this is not possible, then
refuel such equipment on a trailer with a
portable container, rather than from a
gasoline dispenser nozzle.
d. Keep the nozzle in contact with the rim of the
fuel tank or container opening at all times
until fueling is complete. Do not use a nozzle
lock-open device.
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For safety protection, frequently check components and
replace immediately with original equipment
manufacturer’s (O.E.M.) parts only, listed in this
manual. “Use of parts which do not meet the original
equipment specifications may lead to improper
performance and compromise safety!”
12. Do not change the engine governor settings or overspeed the engine. The governor controls the maximum
safe operating speed of the engine.
13. Maintain or replace safety and instruction labels, as
necessary.
14. Observe proper disposal laws and regulations for gas,
oil, etc. to protect the environment.
8. Never tamper with the safety interlock system or other
safety devices. Check their proper operation regularly.
9. After striking a foreign object, stop the engine,
disconnect the spark plug wire(s) and ground against
the engine. Thoroughly inspect the machine for any
damage. Repair the damage before starting and
operating.
10. Never attempt to make adjustments or repairs to the
machine while the engine is running.
11. Grass catcher components and the discharge cover are
subject to wear and damage which could expose
moving parts or allow objects to be thrown.
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.
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF INJURY, DO NOT
OPERATE UNLESS DISCHARGE COVER OR
GRASS CATCHER IS IN ITS PROPER PLACE.
IF DAMAGED, REPLACE IMMEDIATELY.
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SECTION 2: SLOPE GAUGE
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SECTION 3: TRACTOR SET-UP
Gas and Oil Fill-up
Attaching The Steering Wheel
The gasoline tank is located under the fender and has a
capacity of three and-a-half gallons. Unthread the fuel
cap by turning it counterclockwise. Use only clean,
fresh (under 30 days old), unleaded gasoline. Fill tank
to no more than four inches below the top of the filler
neck to allow space for fuel expansion. Do not overfill.
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WARNING: Use extreme care when
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handling gasoline. Gasoline is extremely
flammable and the vapors are explosive.
Never fuel machine indoors or while the
engine is hot or running. Extinguish
cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and other sources of
ignition.
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IMPORTANT: Your tractor is shipped with oil in the
Steering
Wheel Cap
engine. However, you MUST check the oil level before
operating. Refer to Checking the Oil Level on page 19 for
detailed instructions. Be careful not to overfill.
Hex Bolt
& Washer
Shipping Brace Removal
WARNING: Make sure the riding mower’s
engine is off, set the parking brake and
remove the ignition key before removing the
shipping brace.
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The hardware for attaching the steering wheel has
been packed within the steering wheel, beneath
steering wheel cap. Carefully pry off the steering
wheel cap and remove the hardware.
With the wheels of the tractor pointing straight
forward, place the steering wheel over the steering
shaft.
Place the washer (with the cupped side down) over
the steering shaft and secure with the hex bolt. See
Figure 1.
Place the steering wheel cap over the center of the
steering wheel and push downward until it “clicks”
into place.
Steering Shaft
Locate the shipping brace, if present, and warning
tag found on the right side of the cutting deck.
While holding the discharge chute with your left
hand, remove the shipping brace with your right
hand by grasping it between your thumb and index
finger and rotating it clockwise.
Figure 1
WARNING: The shipping brace, used for
packaging purposes only, must be removed
and discarded before operating your riding
mower.
WARNING: The mowing deck is capable of
throwing objects. Failure to operate the riding
mower without the discharge cover in the
proper operating position could result in
serious personal injury and/or property
damage.
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SECTION 4: KNOW YOUR LAWN TRACTOR
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Systems Indicator Monitor/Hour Meter
Throttle Control Lever
Choke Control
Parking Brake Lever
Seat Adjustment Lever
Fuel Tank Cap
Ignition Switch Module
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PTO (Blade Engage) Knob
Brake Pedal
Drive Pedal
Cruise Control Lever
Deck Lift Lever
Cup Holder
NOTE: Any reference in this manual to the RIGHT or LEFT side of the tractor is observed from operator’s position.
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Throttle Control Lever
The throttle control lever is
located on the left side of the
tractor’s dash panel. This lever
controls the speed of the engine.
When set in a given position, the
throttle will maintain a uniform
engine speed.
Ignition Switch Module
Fast
Position
WARNING: Never leave a running machine
unattended. Always disengage PTO, move
shift lever into neutral position, set parking
brake, stop engine and remove key to prevent
unintended starting.
To start the engine, insert the key into the ignition
switch and turn clockwise to the START position.
Release the key into the NORMAL MOWING MODE
position once the engine has fired.
IMPORTANT: When operating the
tractor with the cutting deck
engaged, be certain that the
throttle lever is always in the
FAST (rabbit) position.
To stop the engine, turn the ignition key
counterclockwise to the STOP position. See Figure 3.
Slow
Position
Choke Control
The choke control can be found
on the left side of the dash panel
and is activated by pulling the
knob outward. Activating the
choke control closes the choke
plate on the carburetor and aids
in starting the engine. Refer to
Starting The Engine on page 13 of
this manual for detailed starting
instructions.
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Brake Pedal
The brake pedal is located on the
right front side of the tractor
above the drive pedal along the
running board. The brake pedal
can be used for sudden stops or
setting the parking brake.
Figure 3
IMPORTANT: Prior to operating the tractor, refer to both
Safety Interlock Switches on page 12 and Starting The Engine
on page 13 of this manual for detailed instructions
regarding the Ignition Switch Module and operating the
tractor in REVERSE CAUTION MODE.
NOTE: The brake pedal must
be fully depressed to activate the
safety interlock switch when
starting the tractor.
Drive Pedal
The drive pedal is located on the
right side of the tractor, along the
running board. Depress the
upper portion of the drive pedal
forward to cause the tractor to
travel forward. Depress the lower
portion of the drive pedal with the
ball of your right foot (NOT your
heel) to cause the tractor to travel
in reverse. Ground speed is also
controlled with the drive pedal.
The further forward or rearward
that the pedal is pivoted, the
faster the tractor will travel. The
pedal will return to its original
position when it’s not depressed.
Seat Adjustment Lever
To adjust the seat forward or backward, slide the seat
adjustment lever to the left and reposition the seat to
the desired position. Once a comfortable position is
found, release the seat adjustment lever to lock the seat
in place. Refer to Seat Adjustment on page 18 of this
manual for more detailed instructions.
Deck Lift Lever
Found on your tractor’s right fender, the deck lift lever is
used to change the height of the cutting deck. To use,
move the lever to the left, then place in the notch best
suited for your application.
IMPORTANT: Always set the
parking brake when leaving the
tractor unattended.
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Systems Indicator Monitor / Hour Meter
Electric PTO /
Blade Engage Knob
To engage the power to the
cutting deck or other (separately
available) attachments, pull
outward on the PTO/Blade
Engage knob. Push the PTO/
Blade Engage knob inward to
disengage the power to the
cutting deck other (separately available) attachments.
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NOTE: The PTO/Blade Engage knob must be in the
disengaged (OFF) position when starting the engine.
Cruise Control
Lever
The cruise control
lever is located on
the tractor dash
panel, below the steering wheel. Push the cruise
control lever downward while traveling forward at a
desired speed. While holding the lever down, release
pressure from the drive pedal.
LCD
Located in the center of the tractor’s console, the
systems indicator monitor records, and displays on its
LCD, hours of tractor operation whenever the ignition
key is rotated out of the STOP position.
The Indicator Monitor will also remind the operator of
maintenance intervals for changing the engine oil. The
LCD will alternately flash the recorded hours, “CHG”
and “OIL” for five minutes, after every 50 hours of
recorded operation elapse. The maintenance interval
lasts for two hours (from 50-52, 100-102, 150-152,
etc.). The LCD will also flash as described above for
five minutes every time the tractor’s engine has been
started during this maintenance interval. Before the
interval expires, change the crankcase oil level as
instructed in this Operator’s Manual.
This will engage the cruise control and allow the tractor
to remain at that speed without applying pressure to the
drive pedal. Depress the brake pedal or the drive pedal
to deactivate cruise control. Refer to page 14 for
detailed instructions regarding cruise control.
NOTE: Cruise control can NOT be engaged at the
tractor’s fastest ground speed. If the operator should
attempt to do so, the tractor will automatically
decelerate to the fastest optimal mowing ground speed.
Brake
Parking Brake
Lever
If the Brake light illuminates when attempting to start
the tractor’s engine, depress the brake pedal.
PTO (Blade Engage)
To set the parking
brake, fully depress
the brake pedal and
push the parking brake lever down. Hold the lever down
while taking your foot off the brake pedal. Both the
parking lever and the brake pedal will then stay
depressed. To release the parking brake, depress the
brake pedal slightly. The parking brake lever will then
return to its original position.
If the PTO light illuminates when attempting to start the
tractor’s engine, move PTO lever into the disengaged
(OFF) position.
Oil
It is normal for the Oil light to illuminate while the engine
is cranking during start-up, but if it illuminate’s during
operation, while the engine is running, stop the
tractor immediately and check the crankcase oil level
as instructed in this Owner’s Manual.
NOTE: The parking brake must be set if the operator
leaves the seat with the engine running or the engine
will automatically shut off.
Battery
It is normal for the Battery light to illuminate while the
engine is cranking during start-up, but if it illuminate’s
during operation, while the engine is running, the
battery is in need of a charge or the engine’s charging
system is not generating sufficient amperage. Refer to
the MAINTENANCE section of this manual for the proper
battery charging procedure or have the charging
system checked by your Cub Cadet dealer.
IMPORTANT: Always set the parking brake when
leaving the tractor unattended.
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SECTION 5: OPERATING YOUR LAWN TRACTOR
WARNING: Use extreme caution while
operating the tractor in the REVERSE
CAUTION MODE. Always look down and
behind before and while backing. Do not
operate the tractor when children or others
are around. Stop the tractor immediately if
someone enters the area.
WARNING
AVOID SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH
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GO UP AND DOWN SLOPES, NOT ACROSS.
AVOID SUDDEN TURNS.
DO NOT OPERATE THE UNIT WHERE IT COULD SLIP OR TIP.
IF MACHINE STOPS GOING UPHILL, STOP BLADE(S) AND BACK
DOWNHILL SLOWLY.
DO NOT MOW WHEN CHILDREN OR OTHERS ARE AROUND.
NEVER CARRY CHILDREN, EVEN WITH BLADES OFF.
LOOK DOWN AND BEHIND BEFORE AND WHILE BACKING.
KEEP SAFETY DEVICES (GUARDS, SHIELDS, AND SWITCHES) IN
PLACE AND WORKING.
REMOVE OBJECTS THAT COULD BE THROWN BY THE BLADE(S).
KNOW LOCATION AND FUNCTION OF ALL CONTROLS.
BE SURE BLADE(S) AND ENGINE ARE STOPPED BEFORE PLACING HANDS OR FEET NEAR BLADE(S).
BEFORE LEAVING OPERATOR’S POSITION, DISENGAGE
BLADE(S), PLACE THE SHIFT LEVER IN NEUTRAL, ENGAGE
BRAKE LOCK, SHUT ENGINE OFF AND REMOVE KEY.
To use the REVERSE CAUTION MODE:
IMPORTANT:The operator MUST be seated in the
tractor seat.
1. Start the engine as previously instructed in this
Operator’s Manual.
2. Turn the key from the NORMAL MOWING
(Green) position to the REVERSE CAUTION
MODE (Yellow) position of the key switch module.
See Figure 4.
3. Depress the REVERSE PUSH BUTTON (Orange,
Triangular Button) at the top, right corner of the key
switch module. The red indicator light at the top, left
corner of the key switch module will be ON while
activated. See Figure 4.
4. Once activated (indicator light ON), the tractor can
be driven in reverse with the cutting blades (PTO)
engaged.
5. Always look down and behind before and while
backing to make sure no children are around.
6. After resuming forward motion, return the key to the
NORMAL MOWING position.
READ OPERATOR’S MANUAL
Safety Interlock Switches
This tractor is equipped with a safety interlock system
for the protection of the operator. If the interlock system
should ever malfunction, do not operate the tractor.
Contact your Cub Cadet dealer.
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The safety interlock system prevents the engine
from cranking or starting unless the parking brake is
engaged, and the PTO (Blade Engage) knob is in
the disengaged (OFF) position.
The engine will automatically shut off if the operator
leaves the seat before engaging the parking brake.
The electric PTO (Blade Engage) clutch will
automatically shut off if the operator leaves the
tractor’s seat with the PTO (Blade Engage) knob in
the engaged (ON) position, regardless of whether
the parking brake is engaged.
With the ignition key in the NORMAL MOWING
position, the electric PTO (Blade Engage) clutch
will automatically shut off if the PTO (Blade
Engage) knob is moved into the engaged (ON)
position with the drive pedal in position for Reverse
travel.
IMPORTANT: The REVERSE CAUTION MODE will
remain activated until:
a. The key is placed in either the NORMAL
MOWING position or STOP position.
b. The operator leaves the seat.
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WARNING: Do not operate the tractor if the
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interlock system is malfunctioning. This
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Reverse Caution Mode
The REVERSE CAUTION MODE position of the key
switch module allows the tractor to be operated in
reverse with the blades (PTO) engaged.
IMPORTANT: Mowing in reverse is not recommended.
Figure 4
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Setting the Gauge Wheels
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If the gauge wheels have excessive clearance with
the surface below, lower the wheels to the index
hole that provides the approximate 1/2" clearance
as described above.
Refer to Leveling the Deck on page 17 of this manual for
more detailed instructions regarding various deck
adjustments.
Select the height position of the cutting deck by placing
the deck lift lever in any of the six different cutting height
notches on the right fender.
Adjust the deck wheels so that they are between ¼-inch
and ½-inch above the ground as follows.
WARNING: Keep hands and feet away
Starting the Engine
from the discharge opening of the cutting
deck.
WARNING: Do not operate the tractor if the
Place the tractor on a firm and level surface, preferably
pavement. Refer to Figure 5 and proceed as follows:
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interlock system is malfunctioning. This
system was designed for your safety and
protection.
Place the tractor’s deck lift handle in the normally
desired mowing height setting, then check the
gauge wheels for contact or excessive clearance
with the surface below.
NOTE: Refer to the TRACTOR SET-UP on page 8 of this
manual for Gasoline and Oil fill-up instructions.
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Shoulder Screw
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Lock Nut
Shoulder Screw
Insert the tractor key into the ignition switch
module.
Place the PTO (Blade Engage) knob in the
disengaged (OFF) position.
Engage the tractor’s parking brake.
Activate the choke control.
Turn the ignition key clockwise to the START
position. After the engine starts, release the key. It
will return to the NORMAL MOWING position.
IMPORTANT: Do NOT hold the key in the START
position for longer than ten seconds at a time. Doing so
may cause damage to your engine’s electric starter.
Lock Nut
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After the engine starts, deactivate the choke
control.
NOTE: Do NOT leave the choke control on while
operating the tractor. Doing so will result in a "rich" fuel
mixture and cause the engine to run poorly.
Figure 5
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If the wheels contact the surface adjust as follows:
a. Raise the deck lift handle to its highest
setting.
b. Remove the rear gauge wheels by removing
the lock nuts and shoulder screws which
secure them to the deck.
c. Remove the lock nuts and shoulder screws
which secure the front gauge wheels to the
deck.
d. Place the deck lift handle in the desired
mowing height setting.
e. Insert the shoulder screw with the rear gauge
wheel into the index hole that leaves
approximately 1/2" between the bottom of
the wheel and the pavement.
f. Note the position of the index hole used; then
install the other rear gauge wheel and the
front ball wheels into the corresponding index
hole of the other gauge wheel brackets.
Stopping the Engine
WARNING: If you strike a foreign object,
stop the engine and disconnect the spark plug
wire(s). Thoroughly inspect the machine for
any damage. Repair the damage before
restarting and operating
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If the blades are engaged, place the PTO/Blade
Engage knob in the disengaged (OFF) position.
Place the throttle control near the FAST position
Turn the ignition key counterclockwise to the STOP
position.
Remove the key from the ignition switch to prevent
unintended starting.
Engaging the Parking Brake
•
To engage the parking brake:
•
Fully depress the brake pedal and hold it while
gently pushing the parking brake lever downward.
• Hold the parking brake lever down while removing
your foot from the brake pedal.
• Once engaged, the parking brake lever and the
brake pedal will lock in the “down” position.
To disengage the parking brake:
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IMPORTANT: Do NOT attempt to change the direction of
travel when the tractor is in motion. Always bring the
tractor to a complete stop before pivoting the drive
pedal from forward to reverse or vice versa.
Slightly depress the brake pedal.
Driving On Slopes
NOTE: The parking brake must be engaged if the
Refer to the SLOPE GAUGE on page 7 to help determine
slopes where you may operate the tractor safely.
operator leaves the seat with the engine running or the
engine will automatically shut off.
WARNING: Do not mow on inclines with a
slope in excess of 15 degrees (a rise of
approximately 2-1/2 feet every 10 feet). The
tractor could overturn and cause serious
injury.
Driving The Tractor
WARNING: Avoid sudden starts, excessive speed and sudden stops.
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WARNING: Do not leave the seat of the
tractor without first placing the PTO/Blade
Engage knob in the disengaged (OFF)
position, depressing the brake pedal and
engaging the parking brake. If leaving the
tractor unattended, also turn the ignition key
off and remove the key.
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To travel in REVERSE, check that the area behind
is clear then slowly depress the lower portion of the
drive pedal with the ball of your foot (NOT your
heel) until the desired speed is achieved. See
Figure 6.
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Briefly depress the brake pedal to release the
parking brake. Move the throttle lever into the FAST
(rabbit) position.
To travel FORWARD, slowly depress the upper
portion of the drive pedal forward until the desired
speed is achieved. See Figure 6.
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Mow up and down slopes, NEVER across.
Exercise extreme caution when changing direction
on slopes.
Watch for holes, ruts, bumps, rocks, or other
hidden objects. Uneven terrain could overturn the
machine. Tall grass can hide obstacles.
Avoid turns when driving on a slope. If a turn must
be made, turn down the slope. Turning up a slope
greatly increases the chance of a roll over.
Avoid stopping when driving up a slope. If it is
necessary to stop while driving up a slope, start up
smoothly and carefully to reduce the possibility of
flipping the tractor over backward.
Setting The Cruise Control
Brake Pedal
NOTE: The cruise control feature should only be
utilized while traveling in the forward direction.
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Drive Pedal
Slowly depress the upper portion of the drive pedal
until the desired speed is achieved.
Lightly depress the cruise control lever.
While continuing to hold the cruise lever down, lift
your foot from the drive pedal (you should feel the
cruise latch engage).
Once engaged, the cruise control lever and the
drive pedal will lock in the “down” position, and the
tractor will maintain the same forward speed.
NOTE: Cruise control can not be set at the tractor’s
fastest ground speed. If the operator should attempt to
do so, the tractor will automatically decelerate to the
fastest optimal mowing ground speed.
Figure 6
Disengage the cruise control using one of the following
methods:
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Depress the brake pedal to disengage the cruise
control and stop the tractor.
• Lightly depress the drive pedal.
To change the direction of travel to reverse when
operating with cruise control, depress the brake pedal
to disengage the cruise control and bring the tractor to a
complete stop. Then slowly depress the rear portion of
the drive pedal with the ball of your foot to travel in
reverse.
NOTE: The transmission will NOT engage when the
hydrostatic bypass rod is pulled out. Return the rod to
its normal position prior to operating the tractor.
IMPORTANT: Never attempt to move the tractor
manually without first opening the hydrostatic relief
valve. Doing so will result in serious damage to the
tractor’s transmission.
Using the Deck Lift Lever
Engaging the PTO
To raise the cutting deck, move the deck lift lever to the
left, then place it in the notch best suited for your
application. Refer to Setting The Cutting Height earlier in
this section.
Engaging the PTO transfers power to the cutting deck
or other (separately available) attachments. To engage
the PTO, proceed as follows:
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Operating the Headlights
•
The lamps are ON whenever the ignition key is moved
out of the STOP position.
•
The lamps turn OFF when the ignition key is moved to
the STOP position.
Moving The Tractor Manually
Move the throttle control lever to the FAST (rabbit)
position.
Pull the PTO/Blade Engage knob outward into the
engaged (ON) position. See Figure 8.
Keep the throttle lever in the FAST (rabbit) position
for the most efficient use of the cutting deck or other
(separately available) attachments
IMPORTANT: The electric PTO clutch will automatically
shut off if the PTO is engaged with the drive pedal in
position for reverse travel. Refer to Safety Interlock
Switches on page 12.
Your tractor’s transmission is equipped with a
hydrostatic relief valve for occasions when it is
necessary to move the tractor manually. Opening this
valve permits the fluid in the transmission to bypass its
normal route, allowing the rear tires to "freewheel." To
open the hydrostatic relief valve, proceed as follows:
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Pull the hydrostatic bypass rod outward, then
down, to lock it in place.
Top View
Front View
Locate the hydrostatic bypass rod in the rear of the
tractor. See Figure 7.
PTO
ON
OFF ON
Figure 8
Hydrostatic
Bypass Rod
Figure 7
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OFF
Mowing
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WARNING: To help avoid blade contact or
a thrown object injury, keep bystanders,
helpers, children and pets at least 75 feet
from the machine while it is in operation. Stop
machine if anyone enters the area.
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This tractor is equipped with one of Cub Cadet’s quality
cutting decks. The following information will be helpful
when using the cutting deck with your tractor.
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WARNING: Plan your mowing pattern to
avoid discharge of materials 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.
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Do not mow at high ground speed, especially if a
separately available mulch kit or grass collector is
installed.
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For best results it is recommended that the first two
laps be cut with the discharge thrown towards the
center. After the first two laps, reverse the direction
to throw the discharge to the outside for the
balance of cutting. This will give a better
appearance to the lawn.
Do not cut the grass too short. Short grass invites
weed growth and yellows quickly in dry weather.
Mowing should always be done with the engine at
full throttle.
Under heavier conditions it may be necessary to go
back over the cut area a second time to get a clean
cut.
Do NOT attempt to mow heavy brush and weeds or
extremely tall grass. Your tractor is designed to
mow lawns, NOT clear brush.
Keep the blades sharp and replace the blades
when worn. Refer to Cutting Blades on page 25 of this
manual for proper blade sharpening instructions.
SECTION 6: MAKING ADJUSTMENTS
WARNING: Never attempt to make any
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adjustments while the engine is running,
except where specified in the operator’s
manual.
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Leveling the Deck
Tighten the inner hex nuts front against the front
hanger bracket to raise the front of the deck; loosen
the hex nuts to lower the front of the deck. See
Figure 9.
Retighten the two lock nuts against the inner hex
nuts when proper adjustment is achieved.
Side to Side
NOTE: Check the tractor’s tire pressure before
performing any deck leveling adjustments. Refer to
Tires on page 25 for information regarding tire pressure.
If the cutting deck appears to be mowing unevenly, a
side to side adjustment can be performed. Adjust if
necessary as follows:
Front To Rear
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The front of the cutting deck is supported by a stabilizer
bar that can be adjusted to level the deck from front to
rear. The front of the deck should be between 1/4-inch
and
3/8-inch lower than the rear of the deck. Adjust if
necessary as follows:
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With the tractor parked on a firm, level surface,
place the deck lift lever in the top notch (highest
position) and rotate the blade nearest the discharge
chute so that it is parallel with the tractor.
Measure the distance from the front of the blade tip
to the ground and the rear of the blade tip to the
ground.
The first measurement taken should be between
1/4" and 3/8" less than the second measurement.
Determine the approximate distance necessary for
proper adjustment and proceed, if necessary, to the
next step.
From the front of the tractor, loosen the hex lock nut
on each end of the deck hanger rod, and turn away
from the inner hex nuts. See Figure 9.
Deck Hanger Rod
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With the tractor parked on a firm, level surface,
place the deck lift lever in the top notch (highest
position) and rotate both blades so that they are
perpendicular with the tractor.
Measure the distance from the outside of the left
blade tip to the ground and the distance from the
outside of the right blade tip to the ground. Both
measurements taken should be equal. If they’re
not, proceed to the next step.
Loosen, but do NOT remove, the hex cap screw on
the left deck hanger bracket. See Figure 10.
Lock Nut
Adjustment Gear
Hex Bolt
Figure 10
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Hex Nut
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Lower Front
of Deck
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Raise Front
of Deck
Figure 9
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Level the deck by using a wrench to turn the
adjustment gear (found immediately behind the hex
cap screw just loosened) clockwise/up or
counterclockwise/down.
The deck is properly balanced when both blade tip
measurements taken earlier are equal.
Retighten the hex cap screw on the left deck
hanger bracket when proper adjustment is
achieved.
Parking Brake Adjustment
WARNING: Never attempt to adjust the
brakes while the engine is running. Always
disengage PTO, stop engine and remove key
to prevent unintended starting.
If the tractor does not come to a complete stop when
the brake pedal is completely depressed, or if the
tractor’s rear wheels can roll with the parking brake
applied, the brake is in need of adjustment. The brake
disc can be found on the right side of the transmission
in the rear of the tractor. Adjust if necessary as
follows.
• Looking at the transmission from the right side of
the tractor, locate the compression spring and
brake disc. See Figure 11.
Hex Nut
Drag Link
Ball
Joint
Jam
Nut
Figure 12
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Compression
Spring
Crown Nut /
Cotter Pin
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Thread the ball joint toward the jam nut to shorten
the drag link. Thread the ball joint away from the
jam nut to lengthen the drag link.
Replace hex nut and retighten the jam nut after
proper adjustment is achieved.
NOTE: Threading the ball joints too far onto the drag
links will cause the front tires to "toe-in" too far. Proper
toe-in is between 1/16" and 5/16".
Front tire toe-in can be measured as follows:
Brake Disc
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Figure 11
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Carefully remove the cotter pin from the crown nut
on the right side of the brake assembly.
Using a feeler gauge, check the gap between the
brake disc and the brake puck. Proper gap is .011".
Tighten the crown nut until the proper gap is
achieved.
Insert a replacement cotter pin (part # 714-0111)
into the crown nut.
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Seat Adjustment
WARNING: Before operating this machine,
Steering Adjustment
make sure the seat is engaged in the seat
stop, stand behind the machine and pull back
on seat until fully engaged into stop.
If the tractor turns tighter in one direction than the other,
or if the ball joints are being replaced due to damage or
wear, the steering drag links may need to be adjusted.
To adjust the position of the seat, move the lever to the
left and slide the seat forward or rearward. Make sure
seat is locked into position before operating the tractor.
Adjust the drag links so that equal lengths are
approximately threaded into the ball joint on the left side
and the ball joint on the right side:
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Place the steering wheel in position for straight
ahead travel.
In front of the axle, measure the distance
horizontally from the inside of the left rim to the
inside of the right rim. Note the distance.
Behind the axle, measure the distance horizontally
from the inside of the left rim to the inside of the
right rim. Note the distance.
The measurement taken in front of the axle should
be between 1/16" and 5/16" less than the
measurement taken behind the axle.
Adjust if necessary.
Loosen the jam nut found on the drag link at the
rear of the ball joint. See Figure 12.
Remove the hex nut on the top of ball joint.
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SECTION 7: MAINTAINING YOUR LAWN TRACTOR
NOTE: Refer to Maintenance Chart on page 30 for a
TEMPERATURE / OIL VISCOSITY CHART
reference of recommended maintenance intervals.
WARNING: Before performing any
maintenance or repairs, disengage PTO, set
parking brake, stop engine and remove key to
prevent unintended starting.
10W-30 (Twin Cylinder)
**
5W-20, 5W-30
*
10W-30 (Single Cylinder)
Engine
°F -20
°C -30
Maintenance, repair, or replacement of the emission
control devices and systems, which are being done at
the customer’s expense, may be performed by any
engine repair establishment or individual. Warranty
repairs must be performed by your Cub Cadet
Dealer.
0
-20
20
-10
32
40
0
60
10
80
20
100
30
40
Temperature Change Expected Before Next Oil Change
*Use of synthetic oil having 5W-20 or 5W-30 rating is acceptable,
up to 4°C (40°F).
**Synthetic oils will provide better starting in extreme cold below
23°C (-10°F).
Engine Oil
IMPORTANT: Never operate
The engine-crankcase is filled with 10W-30 ship-away
oil at the factory. This oil may be used for the first 24
hours of engine operation at temperatures between
0°F and 80°F. If temperatures are not within this range,
drain the oil from the oil filter and crankcase and
replace with new oil.
The engine oil must be drained and replaced with new
oil after the initial 24 hours of engine operation and
every 100 hours thereafter. Refer to the Oil Viscosity
Chart to determine the proper oil type.
the engine with the oil level
below the ADD mark or
above the FULL mark on the
dipstick.
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NOTE: To aid starting, the selection of crankcase oil
It is important to check the oil level at least every four
hours of operation. Regular checking during the first 24
hours of operation is especially important. Check the oil
level before each use as follows:
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ADD
If, after checking the oil level,
you find the dipstick reads
ADD, proceed as follows.
Checking the Oil Level
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Operating Range
Adding Oil
should be based on the lowest anticipated
temperatures prior to the next scheduled oil change.
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After checking the oil level (and adding oil, if necessary), reinstall the oil
fill cap/dipstick by inserting it into the oil fill tube.
FULL
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Allow the engine a few minutes to rest after operation. This will give the oil time to drain into the crankcase sump and result in a more accurate dipstick
reading.
Clean the area around the oil fill cap/dipstick to prevent debris from entering the crankcase.
Remove the oil fill cap/dipstick by twisting it out of
the oil fill tube.
Wipe the dipstick clean before inserting it all the
way back into the oil fill tube. Withdraw the dipstick
to check the oil level. Refer to figure at right.
Always keep the oil level at or near the FULL mark
on the dipstick. If the oil is low, add oil of the proper
type up to the FULL mark. Always re-check the oil
level with the dipstick before adding more oil.
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Place the tractor on a level surface and engage the
parking brake. Stop the tractor engine and remove
the ignition key.
Clean the area around the oil fill cap and fill tube to
prevent debris from entering the crankcase.
Remove the oil fill cap/dipstick from the oil fill tube
and SLOWLY pour oil into the oil fill tube. Do NOT
pour more than 6 oz. of oil at a time without first
stopping and re-checking the oil level.
Fill the crankcase until the oil level reaches the full
(F) mark on the dipstick. See Figure above. Refer to
the oil viscosity chart earlier in this section for
information regarding the proper type of oil to add
to the crankcase.
IMPORTANT: The engine (with oil filter) has a capacity of
1.7 liters (57.5 oz.). Never overfill the engine
crankcase.
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IMPORTANT: The engine may overheat and/or damage
may result if the oil level is below the ADD or over the
FULL on the dipstick.
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Oil Fill Cap /
Dipstick
Reinstall the oil fill cap/dipstick securely onto the oil
fill tube.
IMPORTANT: The oil fill cap/dipstick must be installed
securely onto the tube at all times when the engine
is operating. Severe engine damage could result from
failure to do so.
Changing the Engine Oil
The engine oil and oil filter should be changed after the
first 24 hours of operation, and after every 100 hours of
operation thereafter.
WARNING: If the engine has been recently
Drain Port
run, the engine, muffler and surrounding
metal surfaces will be hot and can cause
burns to the skin. Allow the tractor to cool and
use caution when removing
Figure 13
Changing the Oil Filter
After draining the oil, proceed as follows:
IMPORTANT: The oil filter should be changed at every
NOTE: Refer to the Replacement Parts table found on
page 33 of this manual for the proper oil filter.
oil change interval.
To complete an oil change, proceed as follows:
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Draining the Oil
Run the engine for a few minutes to allow the oil in the
crankcase to warm up. Warm oil will flow more freely
and carry away more of the engine sediment which may
have settled at the bottom of the crankcase. Use care to
avoid burns from hot oil.
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Oil Drain Hose
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Pop open the protective cap on the end of the oil
drain valve to expose the drain port. See Figure 13
Remove the oil fill cap/ dipstick from the oil fill tube.
Push the oil drain hose (packed with this manual)
onto the oil drain port. Route the opposite end of
the hose into an appropriate oil collection container
with a capacity great enough to collect the used oil
(approximately 2.5 liters).
Push the oil drain valve in slightly, then rotate
counterclockwise and pull outward to begin
draining oil.
After the oil has finished draining, push the oil drain
valve back in, rotate it clockwise to lock the valve
closed and re-cap the end of the oil drain valve to
keep debris from entering the drain port.
Before removing the old oil filter, clean around its
base to prevent debris from entering the crankcase.
Grasp the oil filter and remove it from the filter
adapter by turning it counterclockwise.
Place a new replacement filter in a shallow pan with
the open end up and pour new oil (refer to viscosity
chart on page 19) in through the threaded center
hole.
IMPORTANT: Stop pouring when the oil reaches the
bottom of the threads and allow a minute or two for the
oil to be absorbed by the filter material.
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Put a drop of oil on your fingertip and apply a light
coating to the gasket of the new oil filter.
Install the replacement oil filter on the engine by
turning it clockwise onto the filter adapter until the
rubber gasket makes contact with the base. Tighten
the filter an additional 1/2 turn after the gasket first
makes contact.
Re-filling the Crankcase with Oil
IMPORTANT: The engine (with oil filter) has a capacity of
1.7 liters (57.5 oz.). Do NOT overfill. Always check the
level on the dipstick as instructed on page 19 before
adding more oil.
IMPORTANT: Always change the oil filter when
performing an oil change on your tractor’s engine.
NOTE: For the proper oil type, refer to the chart on
page 19 of this manual.
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Clean the area around the oil fill tube to prevent
debris from entering the crankcase.
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Service Paper Element
Slowly pour oil into the fill tube. Fill the crankcase
until the oil level reaches the full (F) mark on the
dipstick (Refer to Page 19).
Reinstall the oil fill cap/dipstick securely into the oil
fill tube.
The paper element should be replaced at least every
100 hours of operation. Replace more frequently if the
tractor is operated under extremely dusty conditions.
To replace the paper element, proceed as follows:
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IMPORTANT: The oil fill cap/dipstick must be installed
securely onto the tube at all times when the engine
is operating. Severe engine damage could result from
a failure to do so.
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Start the tractor engine and allow it to run for thirty
seconds, then stop the engine and remove the
ignition key.
Check the oil level and add oil if necessary. Do not
overfill the engine crankcase.
Examine the area around the base of the oil fill
tube, the oil filter adapter, and the oil drain valve for
leaks before operating the tractor.
Pivot the air cleaner cover upward and unhook the
wire latch which secures the element in place.
Remove the air cleaner element with precleaner.
Remove the precleaner from the element and
service as instructed earlier in this section.
IMPORTANT: Do not wash the paper element or use
pressurized air, as this will damage the element.
Examine the element and discard if dirt and/or damage
is present.
NOTE: Handle new elements carefully; do not use if
the sealing surfaces are bent or damaged.
IMPORTANT: If leaks are present, have your engine
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serviced by your Cub Cadet dealer before operating the
tractor.
Air Filter
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The engine is equipped with a replaceable, high density
paper air cleaner element and an oiled, foam
precleaner. Always examine the air cleaner before
starting the engine. Check for a buildup of dirt and
debris around the air cleaner system. Keep this area
clean. Also check for loose or damaged components.
Replace all bent or damaged air cleaner components.
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If any loose dirt or debris fell on the air cleaner base
when the element was removed, carefully remove it
and wipe the base clean. Be careful that none of it
drops into the intake.
Check the air cleaner base. Make sure it is secured
and not damaged. Also check the air cleaner cover
for damage or improper fit. Replace all damaged air
cleaner components.
Install the precleaner over the new paper element
and reinstall the element.
Lower the wire latch to secure the element in place
and pivot the air cleaner cover downward.
Spark Plugs
NOTE: Starting the tractor with loose or damaged air
cleaner components could allow unfiltered air into the
engine causing premature wear and failure.
Every 200 hours of operation, remove the spark plugs,
check condition, and reset the gap or replace with a
new plugs as necessary.
Precleaner
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Wash and re-oil the precleaner every 25 hours of
operation if equipped, (more often under extremely
dusty or dirty conditions).
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Loosen the air cleaner cover knob and remove the
cover.
Remove the precleaner.
Wash the precleaner in warm water with detergent.
Rinse the precleaner thoroughly until all traces of
detergent are eliminated. Squeeze out excess
water (do not wring). Allow the precleaner to air dry.
Saturate the precleaner with new engine oil.
Squeeze out all excess oil.
Reinstall the precleaner over the paper element.
Reinstall the air cleaner cover.
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Lift the tractor’s hood and locate the spark plug wire
on the front, right area of the engine.
Carefully pull the spark plug wire boot off of the
spark plug.
Before removing the spark plug, clean the area
around the base of the plug to keep dirt and debris
out of the engine.
Using a ratchet with a 5/8-inch spark plug socket,
remove the spark plug and check its condition.
Replace the plug if worn, dirty or damaged. Reuse
only after resetting the gap as instructed.
NOTE: Do not clean the spark plug in a machine
using abrasive grit. Some grit could remain in the spark
plug and enter the engine causing extensive wear and
damage.
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1. Drive the tractor to a level, clear spot on your lawn,
near enough to a water sillcock (spigot) for your
garden hose to reach.
Check the gap using a feeler gauge and adjust, if
necessary, by carefully bending the ground
electrode. See Figure 14. Set the spark plug gap to
.76 mm (0.030 in.).
IMPORTANT: Make certain the tractor’s discharge chute
is directed AWAY from your house, garage, parked
cars, etc.
Feeler Gauge
2. Disengage the PTO (Blade Engage), set the
parking brake and stop the engine.
3. Thread the hose coupler (packaged with your
tractor’s Operator’s Manual) onto the end of your
garden hose.
4. Attach the hose coupler to the water port on your
decks surface. See Figure 15.
Spark Plug
Ground Electrode
Gap
Figure 14
•
•
Reinstall the spark plug into the cylinder head.
Torque the spark plug to 38.0/43.4 N·m (28/32 ft.
lb.).
Place the spark plug wire boot over the spark plug
and press until you feel it “click” in place.
Hose Coupler
Fuel Filter
Water Port
WARNING: Do not replace the fuel filter
when engine is hot.
Figure 15
5. Turn the water on.
6. While sitting in the operator’s position on the
tractor, start the engine and place the throttle lever
in the FAST (rabbit) position.
7. Move the tractor’s PTO (Blade Engage) into the ON
position.
8. Remain in the operator’s position with the cutting
deck engaged for a minimum of two minutes,
allowing the underside of the cutting deck to
thoroughly rinse.
9. Move the tractor’s PTO (Blade Engage) into the
OFF position.
10. Turn the ignition key to the STOP position to turn
the tractor’s engine off.
11. Turn the water off and detach the hose coupler
from the water port on your deck’s surface.
12. Repeat step 4- step 11 on the opposite side of the
cutting deck.
The engine is equipped with an inline fuel filter located
on the right side of the engine.
Visually inspect the filter periodically for a build-up of
residue inside the filter body, and for a dirty element
which can be indicated by discoloration. Replace the
fuel filter when dirty.
Cleaning the Engine And Deck
Any fuel or oil spilled on the machine should be wiped
off promptly.
Do NOT allow debris to accumulate around the cooling
fins of the engine or on any other part of the machine,
especially the belts and pulleys.
Smart Jet™
Your tractor’s deck is equipped with a water port on its
surface as part of its deck wash system.
Use the Smart Jet™ to rinse grass clippings from the
deck’s underside and prevent the buildup of corrosive
chemicals. Complete the following steps AFTER EACH
MOWING:
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Lubrication
Carburetor
WARNING: Before lubricating, repairing, or
inspecting, always disengage PTO, set
parking brake, stop engine and remove key to
prevent unintended starting.
NOTE: Carburetor adjustments should be made only
after the engine has warmed up.
The engines on Cub Cadet Series 1500 tractors are
equipped with a fixed main jet carburetor.
Engine
Carburetors are equipped with a idle speed adjustment
screw and a low idle fuel mixture screw.
Refer to Engine on page 19 for instruction regarding all
engine-related lubrication.
•
•
The Fuel Mixture Screw is the uppermost screw.
The Idle Speed Adjustment Screw is the lower
screw.
The carburetor is designed to deliver the correct fuel-toair mixture to the engine under all operating conditions.
The main fuel jet is calibrated at the factory and is not
adjustable. The low idle fuel mixture screw is also set at
the factory and normally does not need adjustment.
Front Wheels
Each of the front wheel axles and rims is equipped with
a grease fitting. See Figure 16. Lubricate with a No. 2
multi-purpose grease applied with a grease gun after
every 25 hours of tractor operation.
If the engine is hard to start, runs roughly, or stalls at
low idle speed, it may be necessary to adjust or service
the carburetor.
Axle Grease Fitting
Turning the low idle mixture screw in (clockwise)
decreases the supply of fuel to the carburetor. This
gives a leaner fuel-to-air mixture. Turning the mixture
screw out (counterclockwise) increases the supply of
fuel to the carburetor. This gives a richer fuel-to-air
mixture. Setting the screw midway between the lean
and rich position will usually give the best results.
Troubleshooting
If engine troubles are experienced that appear to be
fuel system related, check the following areas before
adjusting the carburetor.
Rim Grease Fitting
•
Make sure the fuel tank is filled with clean, fresh
gasoline.
• Make sure the fuel tank cap vent is not blocked and
that it is operating properly.
• If the fuel tank is equipped with a shut-off valve,
make sure it is open.
• Make sure that the in-line fuel filter is clean and
unobstructed. Replace the filter if necessary.
• Make sure fuel is reaching the carburetor. Check
the fuel lines and fuel pump for restrictions or faulty
components, replace as necessary.
• Make sure the air cleaner element is clean and all
air cleaner element components are secure.
If, after checking the items listed above, the engine is
hard to start, runs roughly, or stalls at low idle speed, it
may be necessary to adjust or service the carburetor.
Figure 16
Pivot Points & Linkage
Lubricate all the pivot points on the drive system,
parking brake and lift linkage at least once a season
with light oil.
Deck Wheels
Each of the tractor deck’s front gauge wheels is
equipped with a grease fitting. Lubricate with a No. 2
multi-purpose grease applied with a grease gun after
every 25 hours of tractor operation
Deck Spindles
Grease fittings can be found on the front of each deck
spindle shaft. Lubricate with 251H EP grease or an
equivalent No. 2 multi-purpose lithium grease. Using a
grease gun, apply two strokes (minimum) or sufficient
grease to the spindle shaft.
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Adjustment
Lean
NOTE: Engines may have a fixed idle or limiter cap on
the idle fuel adjusting screw. Step 2 can only be
performed within the limits allowed by the cap.
Adjust to Midpoint
1. Start the engine and run at half throttle for five to 10
minutes to warm up. The engine must be warm
before performing steps 2 and 3.
2. Low Idle Fuel Screw Setting: Place the throttle
into the “idle” or “slow” position. Turn the low idle
fuel mixture screw out (counterclockwise) from the
preliminary setting until engine speed decreases
(rich). Note the position of the screw. Now turn the
mixture screw in (clockwise). The engine speed
may increase, then it will decrease as the screw is
turned in (lean). Note the position of the screw. Set
the adjusting screw midway between the rich and
lean settings. See Figure 17
3. Low Idle Speed Setting: Place the throttle control
into the “idle” or “slow” position. Set the low idle
speed to 1200 RPM (± 75 RPM) by turning the low
idle speed adjusting screw in or out. Check the
speed using a tachometer
Rich
Figure 17
NOTE: To ensure best results when setting the low
idle fuel Screw, the low idle speed must not exceed
1200 RPM (± 75 RPM) .
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SECTION 8: SERVICE
Tires
•
WARNING: Never exceed the maximum
inflation pressure shown on the sidewall of the
tire.
Place a block of wood between the center deck
housing baffle and the cutting blade to act as a
stabilizer. See Figure 18.
Hex Flange Nut
Wood Block
The recommended operating tire pressure is
approximately 10 psi for the rear tires and 14 psi for the
front tires.
Refer to the tire sidewall for exact tire manufacturer’s
recommended or maximum psi. Do not overinflate.
Uneven tire pressure could cause the cutting deck to
mow unevenly.
Fuse
A fuse is installed in your tractor’s wiring harness to
protect the tractor’s electrical system from damage
caused by excessive amperage.
If the electrical system does not function, or your
tractor’s engine will not crank, first check to be certain
that the fuse has not blown.
Spindle Assembly
Figure 18
•
Use a 1-1/8" wrench to remove the hex flange nut
that secures the blade to the spindle assembly. See
Figure 18.
To properly sharpen the cutting blades, remove equal
amounts of metal from both ends of the blades along
the cutting edges, parallel to the trailing edge, at a 25°
to 30° angle.
It is located under the hood mounted behind the top of
the dash panel on the support bar.
IMPORTANT: Always use a fuse with the same
amperage capacity for replacement.
WARNING: Before servicing, repairing, or
inspecting, always disengage PTO, set
parking brake, stop engine and remove key to
prevent unintended starting.
IMPORTANT: If the cutting edge of the blade has already
been sharpened, or if any metal separation is present,
replace the blades with new ones.
Cutting Blades
It is important that each cutting blade edge be ground
equally to maintain proper blade balance. A poorly
balanced blade will cause excessive vibration and may
cause damage to the tractor and result in personal
injury.
WARNING: Be sure to shut the engine off,
remove ignition key and disconnect the spark
plug wire(s) before removing the cutting
blade(s) for sharpening or replacement.
Protect your hands by using heavy gloves
when grasping the blade.
The blade can be tested by balancing it on a round
shaft screwdriver. Grind metal from the heavy side until
it balances evenly.
WARNING: Periodically inspect the blade
IMPORTANT: When replacing the blade, be sure to
adapter and/or spindle for cracks or damage,
especially if you strike a foreign object.
Replace immediately if damaged.
install the blade with the side of the blade marked
‘‘Bottom’’ (or with a part number stamped in it) facing
the ground when the mower is in the operating position.
IMPORTANT:Use a torque wrench to tighten the blade
The blades may be removed as follows.
•
spindle hex flange nut to between 70 lbs-ft and 90 lbs-ft.
Remove the deck from beneath the tractor (refer to
Cutting Deck Removal on page 26), then gently flip the
deck over to expose its underside.
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Battery
Cutting Deck Removal
The battery is sealed and is maintenance-free. Acid
levels cannot be checked and fluid can not be added.
To remove the cutting deck, proceed as follows:
• Place the PTO/Blade Engage knob in the
disengaged (OFF) position and engage the parking
brake.
• Lower the deck by moving the deck lift lever into the
bottom notch on the right fender.
• Remove the deck belt from around the tractor’s
electric PTO clutch (refer to Changing the Deck Belt).
• Looking at the cutting deck from the left side of the
tractor, locate the deck support pin on the rear left
side of the deck.
• Rotate the pin slightly toward the rear of the tractor
and release it.
• Pull the deck support pin outward to release the
deck from the deck lift arm. See Figure 19.
•
•
•
Always keep the battery cables and terminals clean
and free of corrosive build-up.
After cleaning the battery and terminals, apply a
light coat of petroleum jelly or grease to both
terminals
Always keep the rubber boot positioned over the
positive terminal to prevent shorting.
IMPORTANT: If removing the battery, disconnect the
NEGATIVE (Black) wire from it’s terminal first, followed
by the POSITIVE (Red) wire. When re-installing the
battery, always connect the POSITIVE (Red) wire its
terminal first, followed by the NEGATIVE (Black) wire.
Be certain that the wires are connected to the correct
terminals; reversing them could change the polarity and
cause damage to your engine’s alternating system.
Jump Starting
WARNING: Never jump start a damaged or
frozen battery. Be certain the vehicles do not
touch, and ignitions are off. Do not allow cable
clamps to touch.
•
•
•
•
Connect positive (+) cable to positive post (+) of
your tractor’s discharged battery.
Connect the other end of the cable to the (positive
+) post of the jumper battery.
Connect the second cable (negative –) to the other
post of the jumper battery.
Make the final connection on the engine block of
the stalled tractor, away from the battery. Attach to
a unpainted part to assure a good connection.
Support Pin
Figure 19
IMPORTANT: If the jumper battery is installed on a
vehicle (i.e. car, truck), do NOT start the vehicle’s
engine when jump starting your tractor.
•
•
•
•
•
•
Start the tractor (as instructed on page 13).
Set the tractor’s parking brake before removing the
jumper cables, in reverse order of connection.
Allow the tractor’s engine to run in the FAST
position for at least 15 minutes to allow the
alternating system time to charge the battery.
•
Repeat the above steps on the tractor’s right side.
Move the deck lift lever into the top notch to raise
the deck lift arms up and out of the way.
Gently slide the cutting deck toward the front of the
tractor allowing the hooks on the deck to release
themselves from the deck stabilizer rod.
Gently slide the cutting deck (from the right side)
out from underneath the tractor.
Changing The Transmission Drive Belt
Charging
If the unit has not been put into use for an extended
period of time, charge the battery with an automotivetype 12-volt charger for a minimum of one hour at a
maximum of six amps.
NOTE: Several components must be removed and
special tools (i.e. air/impact wrench) used in order to
change the tractor’s transmission drive belt. See your
Cub Cadet dealer to have your drive belt replaced.
WARNING: Batteries give off an explosive
gas while charging. Charge battery in a well
ventilated area and keep away from an open
flame or pilot light as on a water heater, space
heater, furnace, clothes dryer or other gas
appliances.
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Hydrostatic Transmission
substitute (non-OEM) V-belt can be dangerous by not
disengaging completely. For a proper working machine,
use factory approved belts.
Keep the area around the transmission cooling fan free
of grass and debris at all times. The hydrostatic
transmission is sealed at the factory and is
maintenance free. The fluid level cannot be checked
and on most models, cannot be changed.
To change or replace the deck belt on your tractor,
proceed as follows:
•
IMPORTANT:Several tractor components and parts
•
(pedals, seat, fender, fuel tank, etc.) must be removed
in order to refill the transmission after draining it.
•
If your tractor is equipped with a transmission drain plug
(see Figure 20), exposed to extreme conditions (hilly
terrain, towing, etc.) and you choose to change the
hydrostatic fluid, do so after the tractor’s initial 50 hours
of operation and every 100 hours of operation
thereafter.
Lower the deck by moving the deck lift lever into the
bottom notch on the right fender.
Remove the belt guards by removing the selftapping screws that fasten them to the deck.
To ease in removing the belt in later steps, loosen,
but do not remove, the bolt which secures the
pivoting idler pulley to the idler bracket.
See Figure 21.
Pivoting Idler Pulley
Idler Bracket
Belt Guard
3/8” Square Hole
Drain Plug
Spring
Figure 21
NOTE: View shown from beneath tractor.
Figure 20
After draining the oil, refill the transmission with 76 oz.
(to the top of the fill hole found on the transmission’s
surface) with any SAE 20W 50 motor oil.
Idler Pulley
Changing the Deck Belt
WARNING: Be sure to shut the engine off,
remove ignition key, disconnect the spark
plug wire(s) and ground against the engine to
prevent unintended starting before removing
the belt(s).
WARNING: Avoid the possibility of a
3/8” Square Hole
pinching injury. Do not place your fingers on
the idler spring or between the belt and a
pulley while removing the belt.
Figure 22
•
All belts on your tractor are subject to wear and should
be replaced if any signs of wear are present.
IMPORTANT:The V-belts found on your tractor are
specially designed to engage and disengage safely. A
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Insert a 3/8”-drive ratchet wrench (set to tighten,
Model SLT 1550 or set to loosen, Model SLT 1554)
into the square hole found in the idler bracket on
the left side of the deck’s surface. See Figure 21
(Model SLT 1550) or Figure 22(Model SLT 1554).
•
•
NOTE: The idler pulley(s) may have to be loosened,
but not removed, in order to remove the belt from
around them.
Grasp the ratchet’s handle and pivot it to relieve
tension on the belt.
With belt tension relieved, carefully remove the
belt from around the left-hand spindle pulley.
•
IMPORTANT: Carefully allow the ratchet to pivot
rearward before removing it from the square hole.
•
•
Route the new belts (deck belt first) as shown on
the following page.
Remount the belt guards removed earlier.
Remove the deck belt from around all pulleys,
including the deck idler pulley(s) and the electric
PTO clutch.
SLT1550
SLT 1554
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SECTION 9: OFF-SEASON STORAGE
Clean and lubricate the tractor as instructed in Section 7:
MAINTAINING YOUR LAWN TRACTOR on page 19 of this
manual before storing for an extended period.
To empty the system, run the engine until the tank
and system are empty.
WARNING:
Drain fuel only into an
approved container outdoors, away from an
open flame. Allow engine to cool. Extinguish
cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and other sources of
ignition prior to draining fuel.
Engine
If the engine will be out of service for two months or
more, use the following storage procedure:
•
•
•
Clean the exterior surfaces of the engine.
Change the oil and filter while the engine is still
warm from operation. Refer to Changing the Engine OIl
on page 20.
The fuel system must be completely emptied, or the
gasoline must be treated with a fuel stabilizer such
as STA-BIL to prevent deterioration. If you choose
to use a stabilizer, follow the manufacturers
recommendations, and add the correct amount for
the capacity of the fuel system. Fill the fuel tank with
clean, fresh gasoline. Run the engine for 2-3
minutes to get stabilized fuel into the carburetor.
•
•
Remove the spark plug. Add one tablespoon of
engine oil into the spark plug hole. Install the plug,
but do not reconnect the plug wire. Crank the
engine two or three revolutions.
Store the engine in a clean, dry place.
WARNING: Never store the machine or
fuel container indoors where there is an open
flame, spark or pilot light such as on water
heater, furnace, clothes dryer or other gas
appliance.
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SECTION 10: MAINTENANCE CHART
Before
Each Use
After Initial
24 Hours
Every
10 Hours
Clean Hood/Dash Louvers
Check Engine Oil Level
Clean and Re-oil Air
Filter’s Foam Precleaner
Replace Air Filter Element
Change Engine Oil & Filter
Clean Battery Terminals
Lube Front Axles and Rims
Clean Engine Cooling Fins
Lube Front Deck Wheels
Lube Deck Spindles
Lube Pedal Pivot Points
Check Spark Plug
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Every
25 Hours
Every
100 Hours
Every
Season
Prior
to Storing
SECTION 11: MAINTENANCE LOG
Please keep a record of the maintenance performed on your tractor.
Date
Hour Meter
Maintenance
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Performed by
SECTION 12: TROUBLESHOOTING
Trouble
Possible Cause(s)
Corrective Action
Engine fails to start
PTO/Blade Engage knob engaged.
Parking brake not engaged.
Spark plug wire(s) disconnected.
Throttle control lever not in correct
starting position.
Choke not activated
Fuel tank empty, or stale fuel.
Blocked fuel line.
Faulty spark plug.
Engine flooded.
Unit running with CHOKE activated.
Spark plug wire(s) loose.
Blocked fuel line or stale fuel.
Place knob in disengaged (OFF) position.
Engage parking brake.
Connect wire to spark plug.
Place throttle lever to FAST position.
Engine runs erratic
Vent in gas cap plugged.
Water or dirt in fuel system.
Dirty air cleaner.
Engine overheats
Engine oil level low.
Air flow restricted.
Engine hesitates at high RPM Spark plug gap too close.
Idles poorly
Spark plug fouled, faulty or gap too
wide.
Dirty air cleaner.
Excessive vibration
Mower will not mulch grass
Uneven cut
Cutting blade loose or unbalanced.
Damaged or bent cutting blade.
Engine speed too low.
Wet grass.
Excessively high grass.
Dull blade.
Deck not balanced properly.
Dull blade.
Uneven tire pressure.
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Pull out the CHOKE control.
Fill tank with clean, fresh (less than 30 days old) gas.
Clean fuel line or replace fuel filter.
Clean, adjust gap or replace plug.
Crank engine with throttle in FAST position.
Push CHOKE control in.
Connect and tighten spark plug wire(s).
Clean fuel line; fill tank with clean, fresh (less than 30
days old) gasoline. Replace fuel filter, if so equipped.
Clear vent or replace cap if damaged.
Drain fuel tank. Refill with clean, fresh (less than 30
days old) gasoline.
Replace air cleaner paper element or clean foam
precleaner.
Fill crankcase with proper capacity and weight of oil.
Clean grass clippings and debris from around the
engine’s cooling fins and blower housing.
Remove spark plug and reset the gap.
Replace spark plug. Set plug gap.
Replace air cleaner cartridge/element or clean
pre-cleaner.
Tighten blade and spindle. Balance blade.
Replace blade.
Place throttle in FAST (rabbit) position.
Do not mow when grass is wet; wait until later to cut.
Mow once at a high cutting height, then mow again at
desired height or make a narrower cutting swath.
Sharpen or replace blade.
Perform side-to-side deck adjustment.
Sharpen or replace blade.
Check tire pressure in all four tires.
SECTION 13: ATTACHMENTS & ACCESSORIES
The following attachments and accessories are compatible for Series 1500 Lawn Tractors. See your Cub Cadet
dealer or the retailer from which you purchased your tractor for information regarding price and availability.
NOTE: Cub Cadet Series 1500 lawn tractors are NOT designed for use with any type of ground-engaging
attachments (e.g. tiller or mulboard plow). Use of this type of equipment WILL void the tractor’s warranty.
Attachments
190-217B
Mow-N-Vac Debris Collection System
190-425
17 cu. ft. Dump Cart
190-458
15 cu. ft. Dump Cart
190-653
10 cu. ft. Dump Cart
190-459
46-inch Lawn Sweeper
190-190
Triple Bagger Grass Collector (For 50-inch Decks)
190-285
Triple Bagger Grass Collector (For 54-inch Decks)
190-671
Rear Tire Chain Set (20” x 9”)
190-032
42-inch Two-stage Snow Thrower
190-672
Front Bumper Kit
190-674
46-inch Front Dozer Blade
190-675
Rear Wheel Weight Set
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SECTION 14: REPLACEMENT PARTS
NOTE: Download a complete Cub Cadet Series 1500 Parts Manual free of charge at www.cubcadet.com
or phone (800) 800-7310 to purchase a Parts Manual (Form No. 769-01652C).
SLT1050
RC12YC
32-083-03-S
32-083-05-S
52-050-02-S
25-050-22-S
754-0461
754-04077
742-04053A (Qty. 3)
618-04126
734-04155
734-0973
725-1750
734-04140
734-04139
731-3020
751-3124B
746-1085A
746-1100
Champion Spark Plug(s)
Kohler Air Filter (Paper Element)
Kohler Air Filter (Precleaner)
Kohler Oil Filter
Kohler Fuel Filter
Drive Belt (Transmission)
Drive Belt (Mowing Deck)
Deck Blades
Deck Spindles
Deck Wheels (Front)
Deck Wheels (Rear)
Battery
Tire (Front)
Tire (Rear)
Hub Cap
Fuel Tank Cap
Choke Control/Cable
Throttle Control/Cable
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SLT1554
RC12YC
32-083-03-S
32-083-05-S
52-050-02-S
25-050-22-S
754-0461
754-0642
742-0677 (Qty. 3)
618-04126
734-04155
734-04155
725-1750
734-04140
734-04139
731-3020
751-3124B
746-1085A
746-1100
SECTION 15: SPECIFICATIONS*
SLT1550
SLT1554
Capacities
Fuel Tank
13.2 liters (3.5 gallons)
13.2 liters (3.5 gallons)
Engine Crankcase (w/ filter)
1.7 liters (57.5 oz.)
1.7 liters (57.5 oz.)
Transmission
2.25 liters (76 oz.)
2.25 liters (76 oz.)
Make and Model
Hydro-Gear 0510
Hydro-Gear 0510
Gear Ratio
22.2:1
22.2:1
Hydrostatic Transmission
Forward Speed
0 m.p.h. - 5.2 m.p.h.
0 m.p.h. - 5.2 m.p.h.
Reverse Speed
0 m.p.h. - 2.3 m.p.h.
0 m.p.h. - 2.3 m.p.h.
Make
Kohler Courage
Kohler Courage
Model
SV730
SV740
Cylinders
Twin
Twin
Bore
83 mm (3.27 in.)
83 mm (3.27 in.)
Stroke
67 mm (2.64 in.)
67 mm (2.64 in.)
Displacement
725 cc (44.2 cubic in.)
725 cc (44.2 cubic in.)
Engine (Air-cooled, 4-cycle)
Power @3600 RPM
18.6 kW (25 HP)**
20.1 kW (27 HP)**
Maximum Torque
63.2 Nm (46.6 ft. lb.)
@ 2000 RPM
61.2 Nm (45.2 ft. lb.)
@ 2000 RPM
Compression Ratio
9:0:1
9:0:1
Engine Speed (governed)
3375 RPM
3375 RPM
Low Speed
1200 RPM (± 75 RPM)
1200 RPM (± 75 RPM)
Spark Plug Gap
.76 mm (.030 in.)
.76 mm (.030 in.)
12-volt Negative Ground
12-volt Negative Ground
Electrical System
System Voltage
Battery
235 CCA (sealed)
235 CCA (sealed)
Alternator
15 Amp Regulated
15 Amp Regulated
Fuse (automotive type)
20 Amp
20 Amp
Headlights
Incandescent
Incandescent
Single Disc (Dry)
Single Disc (Dry)
Front (inches)
15 x 6 x 6
15 x 6 x 6
Rear (inches)
20 x 10 x 8
20 x 10 x 8
Cutting Width, Deck
50 in. (127.0 cm)
54 in. (137.2 cm)
Wheelbase
46 in. (116.8 cm)
46 in. (116.8 cm)
Length, over all
68 in. (172.7 cm)
68 in. (172.7 cm)
Width, over all
54 in. (137.2 cm)
60 in. (152.4 cm)
Brakes
Turf Tires
Dimensions
Height, over all
43 in. (109.2 cm)
43 in. (109.2 cm)
Ground Clearance
4.5 in. (11.4 cm)
4.5 in. (11.4 cm)
Turning Radius
18 in. (46 cm)
21 in. (53.3 cm)
Weight (approximate)
525 lb. (238 kg.)
529 lb. (240 kg.)
* Cub Cadet reserves the right to change product specifications, design, and standard equipment without notice and without incurring obligation
** Kohler’s horsepower ratings exceed Society of Automotive Engineers Small Engine Test Code J1940. Actual engine horsepower is lower and
affected by, but not limited to, accessories (air cleaner, exhaust, charging, cooling, fuel pump, etc.), application, engine speed and ambient
operating conditions (temperature, humidity, and altitude).
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NOTES
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CALIFORNIA EMISSION CONTROL WARRANTY STATEMENT
YOUR WARRANTY RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS
The California Air Resources Board and Cub Cadet LLC are pleased to explain the evaporative emission control system warranty on your 2006 lawn mower. In
California, new lawn mower must be designed, built and equipped to meet the State’s stringent anti-smog standards. Cub Cadet LLC must warrant the EECS on
your lawn mower for the period of time listed below provided there has been no abuse, neglect or improper maintenance of your lawn mower.
Your EECS may include parts such as the carburetor, fuel-injection system, the ignition system, catalytic converter, fuel tanks, fuel lines, fuel caps, valves,
canisters, filters, vapor hoses, clamps, connectors, and other associated emission-related components.
Where a warrantable condition exists, Cub Cadet LLC will repair your lawn mower at no cost to you including diagnosis, parts and labor.
MANUFACTURER’S WARRANTY COVERAGE:
This evaporative emission control system is warranted for two years. If any evaporative emission-related part on your equipment is defective, the part will be
repaired or replaced by Cub Cadet LLC.
OWNER’S WARRANTY RESPONSIBILITIES:
As the lawn mower owner, you are responsible for performance of the required maintenance listed in your owner’s manual. Cub Cadet LLC recommends that you
retain all receipts covering maintenance on your lawn mower, but Cub Cadet LLC cannot deny warranty solely for the lack of receipts.
As the lawn mower owner, you should however be aware that Cub Cadet LLC may deny you warranty coverage if your lawn mower or a part has failed due to
abuse, neglect, or improper maintenance or unapproved modifications.
You are responsible for presenting your lawn mower to Cub Cadet LLC’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 your
local Cub Cadet dealer. To reach the Cub Cadet Customer Dealer Referral Line, please call (877) 282-8684.
GENERAL EMISSIONS WARRANTY COVERAGE:
Cub Cadet LLC warrants to the ultimate purchaser and each subsequent purchaser that the lawn mower is: Designed, built and equipped so as to conform with all
applicable regulations; and free from defects in materials and workmanship that cause the failure of a warranted part to be identical in all material respects to that
part as described in Cub Cadet LLC’s application for certification.
The warranty period begins on the date the lawn mower is delivered to an ultimate purchaser or first placed into service. The warranty period is two years.
Subject to certain conditions and exclusions as stated below, the warranty on emission-related parts is as follows:
1. Any warranted part that is not scheduled for replacement as required maintenance in the written instructions supplied, is warranted for the warranty period
stated above. If the part fails during the period of warranty coverage, the part will be repaired or replaced by Cub Cadet LLC 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 Cub Cadet LLC according to subsection (4) below. Any such part repaired or replaced under warranty will be warranted for the remainder of the period prior to the first scheduled
replacement point for the part.
4. Repair or replacement of any warranted part under the warranty provisions herein must be performed at a warranty station at no charge to the owner.
5. Notwithstanding the provisions herein, warranty services or repairs will be provided at all of our distribution centers that are franchised to service the subject
engines or equipment.
6. The lawn mower owner will not be charged for diagnostic labor that is directly associated with diagnosis of a defective, emission-related warranted part,
provided that such diagnostic work is performed at a warranty station.
7. Cub Cadet LLC is liable for damages to other engine or equipment components proximately caused by a failure under warranty of any warranted part.
8. Throughout the lawn mower warranty period stated above, Cub Cadet LLC 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 Cub Cadet LLC.
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. Cub Cadet LLC will not be liable to warrant failures of warranted parts caused by the use
of a non-exempted add-on or modified part.
WARRANTED PARTS:
The repair or replacement of any warranted part otherwise eligible for warranty coverage may be excluded from such warranty coverage if Cub Cadet LLC
demonstrates that the lawn mower has been abused, neglected, or improperly maintained, and that such abuse, neglect, or improper maintenance was the direct
cause of the need for repair or replacement of the part. That notwithstanding, any adjustment of a component that has a factory installed, and properly operating,
adjustment limiting device is still eligible for warranty coverage. The following emission warranty parts are covered: Fuel Line and Fuel Line Clamps.
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KOHLER CO.
FEDERAL AND CALIFORNIA EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEMS
LIMITED WARRANTY
UTILITY AND LAWN AND GARDEN ENGINES
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the California Air Resources Board (CARB), and Kohler Co. are pleased to explain the Federal
and California Emission Control Systems Warranty on your small off-road equipment engine. For California, engines produced in 1995 and later must
be designed, built and equipped to meet the state’s stringent anti-smog standards. In other states, 1997 and later model year engines must be
designed, built and equipped, to meet the U.S. EPA regulations for small non-road engines. The engine must be free from defects in materials and
workmanship which cause it to fail to conform with U.S. EPA standards for the first two years of engine use from the date of sale to the ultimate
purchaser. Kohler Co. must warrant the emission control system on the engine for the period of time listed above, provided there has been no abuse,
neglect or improper maintenance.
The emission control system may include parts such as the carburetor or fuel injection system, the ignition system, and catalytic converter. Also
included are the hoses, belts and connectors and other emission related assemblies.
Where a warrantable condition exists, Kohler Co. will repair the engine at no cost, including diagnosis (if the diagnostic work is performed at an
authorized dealer), parts and labor.
MANUFACTURER’S WARRANTY COVERAGE
Engines produced in 1995 or later are warranted for two years in California. In other states, 1997 and later model year engines are warranted for two
years. if any emission related part on the engine is defective, the part will be repaired or replaced by Kohler Co. free of charge.
OWNER’S WARRANTY RESPONSIBILITIES
The engine owner is responsible for the performance of the required maintenance listed in the owner’s manual. Kohler Co. recommends that you
retain all receipts covering maintenance on the engine. But Kohler Co. cannot deny warranty solely for the lack of receipts or for your failure to assure
that all scheduled maintenance was performed.
(a) Be aware, however, that Kohler Co. may deny warranty coverage if the engine or a part has failed due to abuse, neglect, improper
maintenance or unapproved modifications.
(b) For warranty repairs, the engine must be presented to a Kohler Co. service center as soon as a problem exists. Call 1-800-544-2444,
or access our web site at: www.kohlerengines.com, for the names of the nearest service centers. The warranty repairs should be
completed in a reasonable amount of time, not to exceed 30 days.
If you have any questions regarding warranty rights and responsibilities, you should contact Kohler Co. at 1-920-457-4441 and ask for an Engine
Service representative.
COVERAGE
Kohler Co. warrants to the ultimate purchaser and each subsequent purchaser that the engine will be designed, built and equipped, at the time of
sale, to meet all applicable regulations. Kohler Co. also warrants to the initial purchaser and each subsequent purchaser, that the engine is free from
defects in material and workmanship which cause the engine to fail to conform with applicable regulations for a period of two years.
Engines produced in 1995 or later are warranted for to years in California. For 1997 and later model years, EPA requires manufacturers to warrant
engines for two years in all other states. These warranty periods will be begin on the date the engine is purchased by the initial purchaser. If any
emission related part on the engine is defective, the part will be replaced by Kohler Co. at no cost to the owner. Kohler Co. is liable for damages to
other engine components caused by the failure of a warranted part still under warranty.
Kohler Co. shall remedy warranty defects at any authorized Kohler Co. engine dealer or warranty station. Warranty repair work done at an
authorized dealer or warranty station shall be free of charge to the owner if such work determines that a warranted part is defective.
Listed below are the parts covered by the Federal and California Emission Control Systems Warranty. Some parts listed below may require
scheduled maintenance and are warranted up to the first scheduled replacement point for that part. The warranted parts are:
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Oxygen sensor (if equipped)
• Intake manifold (if equipped)
Exhaust manifold (if equipped)
• Catalytic muffler (if equipped)
Fuel metering valve (if equipped)
• Spark advance module (if equipped)
Crankcase breather
• Ignition module(s) with high tension lead
Gaseous fuel regulator (if equipped)
• Electronic control unit (if equipped)
Carburetor or fuel injection system
• Fuel lines (if equipped)
Air filter, fuel filter, and spark plugs (only to first scheduled replacement point)
LIMITATIONS
This Emission Control System Warranty shall not cover any of the following:
(a) repair or replacement required because of misuse or neglect, improper maintenance, repairs improperly performed or replacement
not conforming to Kohler Co. specifications that adversely affect performance and/or durability and alterations or modifications not
recommended or approved in writing by Kohler Co.,
(b) replacement of parts and other services and adjustments necessary for required maintenance at and after the first scheduled
replacement point,
(c) consequential damages such as loss of time, inconvenience, loss of use of the engine or equipment, etc.,
(d) diagnosis and inspection fees that do not result in eligible warranty service being performed, and
(e) any add-on or modified part, or malfunction of authorized parts due to the use of add-on or modified parts.
MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS REQUIREMENTS
The owner is responsible for the proper use and maintenance of the engine. Kohler Co. recommends that all receipts and records covering the
performance of regular maintenance be retained in case questions arise. If the engine is resold during the warranty period, the maintenance records
should be transferred to each subsequent owner. Kohler Co. reserves the right to deny warranty coverage if the engine has not been properly maintained; however, Kohler Co. may not deny warranty repairs solely because of the lack of repair maintenance or failure to keep maintenance records.
Normal maintenance, replacement or repair of emission control devices and systems may be performed by any repair establishment or individual;
however, warranty repair must be performed by a Kohler authorized service center. Any replacement part or service that is equivalent in performance and durability may be used in non-warranty maintenance or repairs, and shall not reduce the warranty obligations of the engine manufacturer.
CUB CADET LLC
MANUFACTURER’S LIMITED WARRANTY FOR
SERIES 1000 & SERIES 1500 TRACTORS
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.
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.
The limited warranty set forth below is given by Cub Cadet LLC with respect to
new merchandise purchased or leased and used in the
b. Service completed by someone other than an authorized service dealer.
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”).
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.
Cub Cadet warrants this product (excluding its Normal Wear Parts, Batteries,
and Frame and Front Axle as described below) against defects in material
and workmanship for a period of three (3) years or one hundred twenty (120)
operation hours, whichever comes first, commencing on the date of original
retail purchase or lease and will, at its option, repair or replace, free of charge,
any part found to be defective in materials or workmanship.
d. Replacement parts and\or accessories that are not genuine Cub Cadet
parts.
Normal Wear Parts are warranted to be free from defects in material and
workmanship for a period of thirty (30) days from the date of original purchase
or lease. Normal wear parts include, but are not limited to items such as: belts,
blades, blade adapters, grass bags, rider deck wheels, seats, and tires.
Batteries have a one-year prorated limited warranty against defects in material
and workmanship, with 100% replacement during the first three months. After
three months, the battery replacement credit is based on the months remaining
in the twelve (12) month period dating back to the original date of original sale
or lease. Any replacement battery will be warranted only for the remainder of
the original warranty period.
Frame and Front Axle — Cub Cadet warrants the frame, and front cast iron
pivot axle against defects in material and workmanship for a period of five (5)
years or 500 hours, whichever occurs first, commencing on the date of original
purchase or lease.
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 OF
PURCHASE AND APPLICABLE MAINTENANCE RECORDS, through your
local authorized service dealer. To locate the dealer in your area:
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 you.
In no event shall recovery of any kind be greater than the amount of the
purchase price of the product sold. Alteration of safety features of the
product shall void this warranty. You assume the risk and liability for loss,
damage, or injury to you and your property and/or to others and their property
arising out of the misuse or inability to use the product.
This limited warranty shall not extend to anyone other than the original
purchaser or to the person for whom it was purchased as a gift.
HOW LOCAL LAWS RELATE TO THIS WARRANTY: This limited warranty
gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights that vary in
different jurisdictions.
In the U.S.A.:
Check your Yellow Pages, or contact Cub Cadet LLC at P.O. Box 361131,
Cleveland, Ohio 44136-0019, call 1-877-282- 8684
or log on to our website at www.cubcadet.com.
In Canada:
Contact MTD Products Limited, Kitchener, ON N2G 4J1, call 1-800-668-1238
or log on to our website at www.mtdcanada.com.
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
CUB CADET LLC, P.O. BOX 361131 CLEVELAND, OHIO 44136-0019
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