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Safe Operation Practices • Set-Up • Operation • Maintenance • Service • Troubleshooting • Warranty
Operator’s Manual
Zero Turn Riding Mower — Model i1050
WARNING
READ AND FOLLOW ALL SAFETY RULES AND INSTRUCTIONS IN THIS MANUAL
BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO OPERATE THIS MACHINE.
FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THESE INSTRUCTIONS MAY RESULT IN PERSONAL INJURY.
CUB CADET LLC, P.O. BOX 361131 CLEVELAND, OHIO 44136-0019
Printed In USA
Form No. 769-06512
(October 1, 2010)
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To The Owner
Thank You
Thank you for purchasing a Cub Cadet Lawn Tractor. It was
carefully engineered to provide excellent performance when
properly operated and maintained.
Please read this entire manual prior to operating the equipment.
It instructs you how to safely and easily set up, operate and
maintain your machine. Please be sure that you, and any other
persons who will operate the machine, carefully follow the
recommended safety practices at all times. Failure to do so could
result in personal injury or property damage.
All information in this manual is relative to the most recent
product information available at the time of printing. Review this
manual frequently to familiarize yourself with the machine, its
features and operation.
Please be aware that this Operator’s Manual may cover a range
of product specifications for various models. Characteristics and
features discussed and/or illustrated in this manual may not be
applicable to all models. We reserve the right to change product
specifications, designs and equipment without notice and
without incurring obligation.
If you have any problems or questions concerning the machine,
phone your local Cub Cadet dealer or contact us directly. Cub
Cadet’s Customer Support telephone numbers, website address
and mailing address can be found on this page. We want to
ensure your complete satisfaction at all times.
Throughout this manual, all references to right and left side of the
machine are observed from the operating position.
Table of Contents
Safe Operation Practices......................................... 3
Assembly & Set-Up................................................... 9
Controls & Features ................................................11
Operation.................................................................14
Maintenance & Adjustment..................................18
Service..................................................................... 24
Troubleshooting..................................................... 29
Replacement Parts ................................................ 30
Attachments & Accessories . ................................. 32
Warranties.............................................................. 34
Record Product Information
Model Number
Before setting up and operating your new equipment, please
locate the model plate on the equipment and record the
information in the provided area to the right. You can locate the
model plate by looking beneath the seat. This information will be
necessary, should you seek technical support via our web site or
with your local Cub Cadet dealer.
Serial Number
Customer Support
If you have difficulty assembling this product or have any questions regarding the controls, operation, or maintenance of
this machine, you can seek help from the experts. Choose from the options below:
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Visit us on the web at www.cubcadet.com
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Locate your nearest Cub Cadet Dealer at (877) 282-8684
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Write us at Cub Cadet LLC • P.O. Box 361131 • Cleveland, OH • 44136-0019
Important Safe Operation Practices
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WARNING! This symbol points out important safety instructions which, if not followed,
could endanger the personal safety and/or property of yourself and others. Read and follow
all instructions in this manual before attempting to operate this machine. Failure to comply
with these instructions may result in personal injury.
When you see this symbol. HEED ITS WARNING!
California Proposition 65
WARNING! Engine Exhaust, some of its constituents, and certain vehicle components
contain or emit chemicals known to State of California to cause cancer and birth defects
or other reproductive harm.
WARNING! Battery posts, terminals, and related accessories contain lead and lead
compounds, chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and reproductive
harm. Wash hands after handling
DANGER! This machine was built to be operated according to the safe operation practices in
this manual. As with any type of power equipment, carelessness or error on the part of the
operator can result in serious injury. This machine is capable of amputating hands and feet
and throwing objects. Failure to observe the following safety instructions could result in
serious injury or death.
General Operation
1.
Read, understand, and follow all instructions on the
machine and in the manual(s) before attempting to
assemble and operate. Keep this manual in a safe place for
future and regular reference and for ordering replacement
parts.
2.
Be familiar with all controls and their proper operation.
Know how to stop the machine and disengage them
quickly.
3.
Never allow children under 14 years of age to operate this
machine. Children 14 and over should read and understand
the instructions and safe operation practices in this manual
and on the machine and should be trained and supervised
by an adult.
4.
Never allow adults to operate this machine without proper
instruction.
5.
To help avoid blade contact or a thrown object injury,
keep bystanders, helpers, children and pets at least 75 feet
from the machine while it is in operation. Stop machine if
anyone enters the area.
6.
Thoroughly inspect the area where the equipment is to be
used. Remove all stones, sticks, wire, bones, toys, and other
foreign objects which could be picked up and thrown by
the blade(s). Thrown objects can cause serious personal
injury.
7.
Plan your mowing pattern to avoid discharge of material
toward roads, sidewalks, bystanders and the like. Also,
avoid discharging material against a wall or obstruction
which may cause discharged material to ricochet back
toward the operator.
8.
Always wear safety glasses or safety goggles during
operation and while performing an adjustment or repair
to protect your eyes. Thrown objects which ricochet can
cause serious injury to the eyes.
9.
Wear sturdy, rough-soled work shoes and close-fitting
slacks and shirts. Loose fitting clothes and jewelry can be
caught in movable parts. Never operate this machine in
bare feet or sandals.
10.
Be aware of the mower and attachment discharge direction
and do not point it at anyone. Do not operate the mower
without the discharge cover or entire grass catcher in its
proper place.
11.
Do not put hands or feet near rotating parts or under the
cutting deck. Contact with the blade(s) can amputate
hands and feet.
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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.
Slopes are a major factor related to loss of control and tip-over
accidents which can result in severe injury or death. All slopes
require extra caution. If you cannot back up the slope or if you
feel uneasy on it, do not mow it.
For your safety, use the slope gauge included as part of this
manual to measure slopes before operating this machine on
a sloped or hilly area. If the slope is greater than 15 degrees as
shown on the slope gauge, do not operate this machine on that
area or serious injury could result.
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.
Do:
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.
1.
Mow up and down slopes, not across. Exercise extreme
caution when changing direction on slopes.
2.
19.
Slow down before turning. Operate the machine smoothly.
Avoid erratic operation and excessive speed.
Watch for holes, ruts, bumps, rocks, or other hidden
objects. Uneven terrain could overturn the machine. Tall
grass can hide obstacles.
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.
3.
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.
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.
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.
22. Use extra care when loading or unloading the machine into
a trailer or truck. This machine should not be driven up or
down ramp(s), because the machine could tip over, causing
serious personal injury. The machine must be pushed
manually on ramp(s) to load or unload properly.
23.
Muffler and engine become hot and can cause a burn. Do
not touch.
24.
Check overhead clearances carefully before driving under
low hanging tree branches, wires, door openings etc.,
where the operator may be struck or pulled from the
machine, which could result in serious injury.
25.
Disengage all attachment clutches, depress the brake
pedal completely and shift into neutral before attempting
to start engine.
26.
27.
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.
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.
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Slope Operation
If situations occur which are not covered in this manual, use
care and good judgment. Contact your customer service
representative for assistance.
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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. Over-speeding
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).
Service
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.
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
path of the machine.
f.
2.
Safe Handling of Gasoline:
1.
To avoid back-over accidents, always disengage
the cutting blade(s) before shifting into Reverse.
If equipped, 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.
Never allow children under 14 years of age to operate this
machine. Children 14 and over should read and understand
the instructions and safe operation practices in this manual
and on the machine and should be trained and supervised
by an adult.
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.
e.
Extinguish all cigarettes, cigars, pipes and other
sources of ignition.
f.
Never fuel machine indoors.
g.
Never remove gas cap or add fuel while the engine
is hot or running. Allow engine to cool at least two
minutes before refueling.
h.
Never over fill fuel tank. Fill tank to no more than ½
inch below bottom of filler neck to allow space for
fuel expansion.
i.
Replace gasoline cap and tighten securely.
j.
If gasoline is spilled, wipe it off the engine and
equipment. Move machine to another area. Wait 5
minutes before starting the engine.
Towing
1.
Tow only with a machine that has a hitch designed for
towing. Do not attach towed equipment except at the
hitch point.
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2.
Follow the manufacturers recommendation for weight
limits for towed equipment and towing on slopes.
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.
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.
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.
5.
Always use extra caution when towing with a machine
capable of making tight turns (e.g. “zero-turn” ride-on
mower). Make wide turns to avoid jack-knifing.
General Service
6.
Travel slowly and allow extra distance to stop.
1.
7.
Do not shift to neutral and coast downhill.
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.
m. Allow a machine to cool at least five minutes before
storing.
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Periodically check to make sure the blades come to
complete stop within approximately (5) five seconds after
operating the blade disengagement control. If the blades
do not stop within the this time frame, your machine
should be serviced professionally by an authorized MTD
Service Dealer.
Do not modify engine
4.
Check brake operation frequently as it is subjected to wear
during normal operation. Adjust and service as required.
Notice Regarding Emissions
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!”
3.
6.
Mower blades are sharp. Wrap the blade or wear gloves,
and use extra caution when servicing them.
7.
Keep all nuts, bolts, and screws tight to be sure the
equipment is in safe working condition.
8.
Never tamper with the safety interlock system or other
safety devices. Check their proper operation regularly.
9.
After striking a foreign object, stop the engine, disconnect
the spark plug wire(s) and ground against the engine.
Thoroughly inspect the machine for any damage. Repair
the damage before starting and operating.
10.
Never attempt to make adjustments or repairs to the
machine while the engine is running.
11.
Grass catcher components and the discharge cover are
subject to wear and damage which could expose moving
parts or allow objects to be thrown. For safety protection,
frequently check components and replace immediately
with original equipment manufacturer’s (O.E.M.) parts only,
listed in this manual. “Use of parts which do not meet the
original equipment specifications may lead to improper
performance and compromise safety!”
12.
Do not change the engine governor settings or over-speed
the engine. The governor controls the maximum safe
operating speed of the engine.
13.
Maintain or replace safety and instruction labels, as
necessary.
14.
Observe proper disposal laws and regulations for gas, oil,
etc. to protect the environment.
15.
According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission
(CPSC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),
this product has an Average Useful Life of seven (7) years,
or 270 hours of operation. At the end of the Average Useful
Life have the machine inspected annually by an authorized
service dealer to ensure that all mechanical and safety
systems are working properly and not worn excessively.
Failure to do so can result in accidents, injuries or death.
To avoid serious injury or death, do not modify engine in any
way. Tampering with the governor setting can lead to a runaway
engine and cause it to operate at unsafe speeds. Never tamper
with factory setting of engine governor.
Engines which are certified to comply with California and federal
EPA emission regulations for SORE (Small Off Road Equipment)
are certified to operate on regular unleaded gasoline, and
may include the following emission control systems: Engine
Modification (EM), Oxidizing Catalyst (OC), Secondary Air
Injection (SAI) and Three Way Catalyst (TWC) if so equipped.
Spark Arrestor
Warning! This machine is equipped with an
internal combustion engine and should not be used
on or near any unimproved forest-covered,
brushcovered or grass-covered land unless the
engine’s exhaust system is equipped with a spark
arrestor meeting applicable local or state laws (if
any).
If a spark arrestor 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 arrestor for the muffler is available through your
nearest engine authorized service dealer or contact the service
department, P.O. Box 361131 Cleveland, Ohio 44136-0019.
Warning! Your Responsibility—Restrict the use of this power machine to persons who read, understand and
follow the warnings and instructions in this manual and on the machine.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS!
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Section 2 — Important Safe Operation Practices
Safety Symbols
This page depicts and describes safety symbols that may appear on this product. Read, understand, and follow all instructions on the
machine before attempting to assemble and operate.
Symbol
Description
READ THE OPERATOR’S MANUAL(S)
Read, understand, and follow all instructions in the manual(s) before attempting to
assemble and operate
DANGER— ROTATING BLADES
Never carry passengers. Never carry children, even with the blades off.
DANGER— ROTATING BLADES
Always look down and behind before and while backing to avoid a back-over accident.
WARNING— ROTATING BLADES
Do not put hands or feet near rotating parts or under the cutting deck. Contact with the
blade(s) can amputate hands and feet.
WARNING—THROWN OBJECTS
This machine may pick up and throw and objects which can cause serious personal injury.
WARNING—THROWN OBJECTS
This machine may pick up and throw and objects which can cause serious personal injury.
BYSTANDERS
Keep bystanders, helpers, children and pets at least 75 feet from the machine while it is in
operation.
WARNING— SLOPE OPERATION
Do not operate this machine on a slope greater than 15 degrees.
WARNING— HOT SURFACE
Engine parts, especially the muffler, become extremely hot during operation. Allow engine
and muffler to cool before touching.
DANGER — ROTATING BLADES
To reduce the risk of injury, keep hands and feet away. Do not operate unless discharge cover
or grass catcher is in its proper place. If damaged, replace immediately.
WARNING— TOWING
Avoid jack-knifing when towing, go slow and make wide turns.
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Section 2 — Important Safe Operation Practices
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WARNING! Do not operate your lawn mower on such slopes. Do not mow on inclines with a slope in excess of 15 degrees
(a rise of approximately 2-1/2 feet every 10 feet). A riding mower could overturn and cause serious injury. Operate riding
mowers up and down slopes, never across the face of slopes.
Use this page as a guide to determine slopes where you may not operate safely.
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Assembly & Set-Up
Contents of Crate
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One Lawn Tractor
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One Oil Drain Tube
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One iSeries Tractor Operator’s
Manual
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One Kohler Engine Operator’s
Manual
Moving the Tractor Manually
Connecting the Battery Cables
California Proposition 65 Warning!
If for any reason the tractor will not drive or you wish to move
the tractor, engage the two hydro transmission bypass rods to
manually move the tractor short distances.
Battery posts, terminals, and related accessories
contain lead and lead compounds, chemicals known
to the State of California to cause cancer and
reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling.
NOTE: Never tow or drag the tractor with the rear wheels on
the ground. Even with the bypass rods engaged. Doing so will
damage the transmissions.
To engage a bypass rod, pull the rod rearward so that the
flange on the rod passes through the larger/rounded part of the
keyhole slot. With the flange of the rod outside (rearward) of the
hitch plate, push the rod inward in the small part of the keyhole
slot so that rod’s flange is locked against the back of the hitch
plate. Repeat to engage the other bypass rod to allow the tractor
to be manually moved. See Fig. 3-1.
Transmission Bypass Rods
One Deck Wash Hose Coupler
Caution: When attaching battery cables, always
connect the POSITIVE (Red) wire to its terminal first,
followed by the NEGATIVE (Black) wire.
For shipping reasons, one or both battery cables on your
equipment may have been left disconnected from the terminals
at the factory. To connect the battery cables, proceed as follows:
NOTE: The positive battery terminal is marked Pos. (+). The
negative battery terminal is marked Neg. (–).
NOTE: If the positive battery cable is already attached, skip
ahead to step 2.
1.
Remove the plastic cover, if present, from the positive battery
terminal and attach the red cable to the positive battery
terminal (+) with the bolt and hex nut. See Fig. 3-2.
Transmission Bypass Rods
Figure 3-1
To disengage, move the rod to align its flange with the larger/
rounded part of the keyhole slot and release the rod back
through the hitch plate.
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.
Opening the Tractor Hood
To attach the battery cables and check the engine oil level the
hood must be open. Locate the hood lift notch (Refer to Fig. 4-1
on page 11) at the front/center of the dash panel. Grasping the
hood at the notch, lift and pivot the hood forward to open.
Figure 3-2
2.
Remove the plastic cover, if present, from the negative
battery terminal and attach the black cable to the negative
battery terminal (–) with the bolt and hex nut. See Fig. 3-2.
3.
Positiontheredrubberbootoverthepositivebatteryterminalto
help protect it from corrosion.
NOTE: If the battery is put into service after the date shown
on top/side of battery, charge the battery as instructed in the
Maintenance & Adjustments section your Operator’s Manual
prior to operating the tractor.
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Gasoline Fill-up
WARNING! Use extreme care when handling
gasoline. Gasoline is extremely flammable and the
vapors are explosive. Never fuel machine indoors or
while the engine is hot or running. Extinguish
cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and other sources of
ignition.
NOTE: Purchase gasoline in small quantities. Do not use gasoline
left over from the previous season, to minimize gum deposits in
the fuel system.
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This engine is certified to operate on unleaded gasoline.
For best results, fill the fuel tank with only clean, fresh,
unleaded gasoline with a pump sticker octane rating of 87
or higher. In countries using the Research method, it should
be 90 octane minimum.
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Unleaded gasoline is recommended because it leaves
less combustion chamber deposits and reduces harmful
exhaust emissions. Leaded gasoline is not recommended
and must not be used where exhaust emissions are
regulated.
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Gasohol (up to 10% ethyl alcohol, 90% unleaded gasoline
by volume) is an approved fuel. Other gasoline/alcohol
blends are not approved.
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Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) and unleaded gasoline
blends (up to a maximum of 15% MTBE by volume) are
approved fuels. Other gasoline/ether blends are not
approved.
The gasoline tank is under the rear fender, with the fuel fill cap
located in the center of the rear fender. The fuel cap is tethered
to the tractor to prevent its loss. Do not attempt to remove the
cap from the tractor.
NOTE: Your tractor is shipped with motor oil in the engine.
However, you MUST check the oil level before operating. Refer
to the engine Owner’s Manual provided with your tractor for
instructions on checking the oil level.
WARNING! The mowing deck is capable of
throwing objects. Never operate the mower deck
without the chute deflector in its down position,
even with the mulching plug installed. Failure to do
so could result in serious personal injury and/or
property damage.
Fully raise and hold the chute deflector; then slide the mulching
plug out of the deck discharge opening. Lower the chute
deflector. See Fig. 3-3.
Chute Deflector
Mulching Plug
Figure 3-3
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Locate the shipping brace and tag, if present, between the
chute deflector and the cutting deck. Holding the chute
deflector fully upward, remove the shipping brace by
grasping it and rotating it. Lower the chute deflector. Refer
to Figure 3-4.
Tire Pressure
WARNING! Maximum tire pressure under any
circumstances is 25 psi. Equal tire pressure should be
maintained at all times.
The tires on your tractor may be over-inflated for shipping
purposes. Reduce the tire pressure before operating the tractor.
Recommended operating tire pressure is approximately 10 p.s.i
for the rear tires & 14 p.s.i. for the front tires. Check sidewall of tire
for maximum p.s.i.
Mulching Plug & Shipping Brace Removal
Shipping Brace
Shipping Tag
WARNING! Make sure the riding mower’s engine is
off, remove the ignition key, and set the parking
brake before removing the shipping brace.
WARNING! The shipping brace, used for packaging
purposes only, must be removed and discarded
before operating your riding mower.
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Section 3— Assembly & Set-Up
Figure 3-4
Store the mulching plug for future use. Refer to “Mulching” in
the “Operation” section for instructions on installing and using
the mulching feature.
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Controls & Features
Systems Indicator
Monitor/Hour Meter
Hood Lift Notch
Throttle Control
Key Switch Module
Choke Control Knob
PTO (Blade Engage)
Control Switch
Brake Pedal
Forward Control Pedal
12V Power Outlet
Reverse Control Pedal
Cargo Net
Parking Brake Lever
Cup Holder
Deck Lift Lever
Seat Adjustment Lever
Fuel Level Window
Fuel Fill Cap
Hydro Transmission
Bypass Rods
Figure 4-1
NOTE: Any reference in this manual to the RIGHT or LEFT side of
The system indicator monitor features are as follows:
the tractor is observed from operator’s position.
LCD Hour Meter Display
Systems Indicator
Monitor/Hour Meter
BATT.
OIL
Your tractor is equipped with a
Systems Indicator Monitor. The
HOURS 1/10
monitor records the accumulated
hours of tractor operation, and
displays the information on the LCD
hour meter display (tenths of an
hour - right most digit). The monitor
also has four indicator lights that show the status of various
functions of the tractor.
PTO /
BLADE
PARK
BRAKE
The hour meter display is activated when the key switch is turned
to either the “NORMAL MOWING” or the “REVERSE CAUTION
MODE” switch positions. When the key switch is turned to an on
position, the battery indicator light briefly illuminates and the
battery voltage is briefly displayed. The display then changes to
the accumulated hours.
NOTE: A record of the actual hours of operation should be kept
to assure maintenance procedures are completed according to
the schedule in this manual.
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 flash as described for five minutes
every time the tractor’s engine is started during this maintenance
interval. Follow the oil change intervals provided in the engine
manual.
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Battery Indicator Light
Illuminates when the ignition switch it turned to an ON position
and the engine is not started.
Illuminates to indicate the battery voltage has dropped below
11.5 (+0.5/-1.0) DC volts (the battery voltage is also displayed
on the hour meter). If this indicator and display come on during
operation, check the battery and charging system for possible
causes and/or contact your Cub Cadet dealer.
Oil Pressure Indicator Light
This warning lamp indicates low engine oil pressure. If this
indicator illuminates, stop the tractor immediately and check the
engine oil level. If the oil level is within the operating range, but
the light remains on, contact your Cub Cadet dealer.
NOTE: The oil pressure indicator may illuminate when the key
switch is turned to an on position, but should turn off when the
engine is started.
PTO Engaged Indicator Light
This indicator illuminates when the key switch is turned to the
“START” position while the PTO switch is in the “ENGAGED”
position. Check this indicator if the engine will not crank with the
key switch in the “START” position. Move the PTO switch to the
“DISENGAGED” position.
Brake Engaged Indicator
This indicator illuminates when the key switch is turned to the
“START” position and the brake pedal is not fully depressed.
Check this indicator if the engine will not crank with the key
switch in the “START” position. If necessary, fully depress the
brake pedal.
Throttle Control Lever
The throttle control lever controls the speed of the
engine. When set in a given position, the throttle will
maintain a uniform engine speed.
NOTE: When operating the tractor with the cutting deck
engaged, the throttle control lever must always be in the
FAST (rabbit) position.
Key Switch Module
The key switch module is used
to start and stop the engine. It is
also used to activate the reverse
caution mode. Insert key into
the key switch module and turn
clockwise to the START position.
Release the key into the normal
mowing position once engine
has started.
To stop the engine, turn the
ignition key counterclockwise to
the STOP position.
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Section 4— Controls & Features
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.
WARNING! Prior to operating the tractor, refer to
both “Safety Interlock System” 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.
WARNING! Never move the key into the Start
position while the engine is running. Doing so may
cause damage to your engine’s starter.
Choke Control
The choke control knob is located on the lower
left side of the dash panel and is activated by
pulling outward. Activating the choke control
closes the choke plate on the carburetor and
aids in starting the engine.
PTO (Blade Engage) Control Switch
To engage the electric PTO and provide power
to the cutting deck, pull outward on the PTO
control switch knob. Push the switch knob
inward to disengage the PTO and stop the
cutting deck.
NOTE: The PTO Control Switch must be in the
disengaged (OFF) position when starting the
engine.
Parking Brake Lever
NOTE: The parking brake must be set if the
operator leaves the seat with the engine running;
otherwise the engine will automatically shut off.
To set the parking brake, fully depress the brake
pedal and push the bottom of parking brake
lever inward. See the image to the right for
parking brake identification. Hold the lever in
while removing your foot from the brake pedal.
Both parking brake lever and brake pedal will stay
depressed.
To release the parking brake, depress the brake pedal slightly.
The parking brake lever will then return to its original position.
WARNING! Always set the parking brake when
leaving the tractor unattended.
Forward Control Pedal
Fuel Fill Cap and Fuel Level Window
The forward control pedal is located on the right side of the
tractor, at the front of the right running board. Depress the
forward control pedal to cause the tractor to travel in the forward
direction. The forward ground speed of the tractor is directly
affected by the distance the pedal is depressed. The further the
pedal is depressed, the faster the tractor will travel. The tractor
will slow and the pedal will return to its original position when
released.
The fuel fill cap is located in the center of the rear fender.
Pivot the seat forward to fully access the fuel fill cap and
fill the fuel tank.
Turn the fill cap approximately 1⁄4 turn and pull upward
to remove. Push the cap downward on the fuel tank fill
neck and turn 1⁄4 turn clockwise to tighten.
The level of fuel in the fuel tank can be viewed through
the fuel level window in the rear hitch plate.
Reverse Control Pedal
Cargo Net
The reverse control pedal is located in the right front running
board rearward of the forward control pedal. Depress the reverse
control pedal to cause the tractor to travel in reverse. The further
the pedal is depressed, the faster the tractor will travel. The
tractor will slow and the pedal will return to its original position
when released.
Conveniently located on the tractor’s dash panel, the cargo net
can be used to store personal items while operating the lawn
tractor.
Brake Pedal
The brake pedal is located at the front of the left running board
and is used for quick stops, or setting the parking brake. This
pedal must be fully depressed to activate the safety interlock
switch when starting the tractor.
Deck Lift Lever
The deck lift lever is located in the right fender and is used
to change the cutting height of the mower deck. The cutting
heights range from 1-1⁄2” to 4”. Each of the six index notches
represent an approximately 1⁄2” adjustment to the deck height.
To use, grasp the lift lever handle and pull slightly upward
(rearward) while pivoting the lever inward and out of its index
notch. Move the lift lever as necessary to place in the notch best
suited for your application.
Hydro Transmission Bypass Rods
The hydro transmission bypass rods are located at the back of the
tractor above the rear hitch plate. When engaged, these levers
open a hydro pump bypass valve in each transmission which
allows the tractor to be manually pushed short distances. See
the “Maintenance & Adjustments” section later in this manual for
instructions.
12V Power Outlet
The 12V power outlet is located below the choke control on
the left side of the dash panel. It is used for the convenience
of plugging in accessories that require a power source with a
maximum load of 5 amps at 12 volts.
After changing the cutting height of the deck, you must check
the position of the deck front gauge wheels. They should be
approximately ½” above the ground when the tractor is on a
smooth, flat surface such as a driveway. Refer to “Maintenance &
Adjustments” later in this manual
Cup Holder
The tractor’s cup holder is located on the fender to the left of the
seat.
Seat Adjustment Lever
The seat adjustment lever is on the left side of the seat. Use this
lever to adjust the seat forward or rearward to a comfortable
operating position. See the “Maintenance & Adjustments”
section later in this manual for instructions.
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5
Operation
WARNING! To Avoid serious injury or death:
— Go up and down slopes, not across.
— Avoid sudden turns.
­— Do not operate the tractor where it could slip or
tip.
— If the 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 the blades off.
— Look down and behind before and while backing.
— Keep safety devices (guards, shields, and
switches) in place and working.
— Remove any objects that could be thrown by the
blade(s).
— Know the location and function of all controls.
— Be sure the blade(s) and engine are stopped
before placing hands or feet near blade(s).
— Before leaving the operator’s position, disengage
the blade(s), place the shift lever in neutral, engage
the brake lock, shut the engine off and remove the
key.
— Read the operator’s manual.
Reverse Caution Mode
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.
The REVERSE CAUTION MODE position of the key switch module
allows the tractor to be operated in reverse with the blades (PTO)
engaged.
WARNING! Mowing in reverse can be extremely
dangerous and is not recommended.
To Use Reverse Caution Mode:
NOTE: The operator MUST be seated in the tractor seat.
1.
Start engine as instructed in the following sub section.
2.
Turn the key from the Normal Mowing (Green) position to the
Reverse Caution Mode (Yellow) position of the key switch
module. See Fig. 5-1.
Headlights
The tractor headlights are turned on whenever the ignition
switch is turned to either of the run positions.
Safety Interlock System
The safety interlock system is designed for safe operation of the
tractor. If this system should ever malfunction, do not operate
the tractor, immediately contact your Cub Cadet dealer.
•
The safety interlock system prevents the engine from
starting unless the parking brake is engaged and the PTO
switch is in the disengaged (OFF) position.
•
The safety interlock system will automatically shut off the
engine if the operator leaves the seat before engaging the
parking brake.
•
The safety interlock system will automatically shut off the
engine if the operator leaves the tractor’s seat with the PTO
(Blade Engage) switch engaged, regardless of whether the
parking brake is engaged.
•
With the ignition key in the NORMAL MOWING position,
the electric PTO clutch will automatically shut off if the PTO
switch is in the engaged (ON) position and the drive pedal
is depressed for Reverse travel.
Figure 5-1
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 Fig. 5-1.
4.
Once activated (indicator light ON), the tractor can be driven in
reverse with the cutting blades (PTO) engaged.
5.
Alwayslookdownandbehindbeforeandwhilebackingtomake
sure no children are around.
WARNING! Tampering with or attempting to
bypass the Safety Interlock Switches in any way will
void your tractor’s warranty. Do not operate the
tractor if the interlock system is malfunctioning.
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6.
After resuming forward motion, return the key to the Normal
Mowing position.
7.
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. Follow the previous
instructions to re-activate.
Driving The Tractor
WARNING! Avoid sudden starts, excessive speed
and sudden stops.
1.
Briefly depress the brake pedal to release the parking
brake. Move the throttle lever into the FAST (rabbit)
position.
2.
Totravelforward:Slowlydepresstheforwarddrivecontrolpedal
until the desired speed is achieved. See Fig. 5-2.
Starting the Engine
WARNING! Do not operate the tractor if the
interlock system is malfunctioning. This system was
designed for your safety and protection.
Brake Pedal
NOTE: Refer to the engine Owner’s Manual for gasoline and oil
fill-up instructions.
1.
Insert the tractor key into the key switch module.
2.
Disengage the PTO (Blade Engage) lever/knob.
3.
Engage the tractor’s parking brake.
4.
Pull the choke control knob outward into the full choke
position (a warm engine may not require choking).
5.
Move the throttle control lever to midway between the
slow and fast positions.
6.
Turn the ignition key clockwise to the START position.
After the engine starts, release the key. It will return to the
Normal Mowing position.
Forward Drive Pedal
Reverse Drive Pedal
Caution: 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.
7.
After the engine starts, gradually push the choke knob fully
inward as the engine warms up.
NOTE: Do not use the choke control to enrich the fuel mixture,
except as necessary to start and warm up the engine.
Figure 5-2
3.
To travel in reverse: Check that the area behind is clear, then
slowly depress the reverse drive control pedal until the
desired speed is achieved. See Fig. 5-2.
4.
Release the depressed drive pedal and depress the brake pedal
to stop the tractor.
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
1.
If the blades are engaged, disengage the PTO.
2.
Move the throttle control lever to midway between
the half and full throttle. Then turn the ignition key
counterclockwise to the OFF position.
3.
Remove the key from the ignition switch to prevent
unintended starting.
WARNING! Do not leave the seat of the tractor
without first placing the PTO/Blade Engage knob in
the disengaged (OFF) position and engaging the
parking brake. If leaving the tractor unattended, also
turn the engine off and remove the ignition key.
Steering the Tractor
Your i1000 series tractor is equipped with an innovative steering
system. Turning the steering wheel not only turns the front
wheels, but also adjusts the position of the drive control linkage
of the two hydro transmissions that drive the tractor. This
steering system allows you to vary the radius of turns from a
normal wide U-turn down to a zero turn. Some practice may be
needed to become accustomed to the steering of your tractor.
The steering works as follows:
•
The steering wheel turns approximately two turns stop
to stop. With the center position being the straight ahead
position.
•
Minor turns of the steering wheel from the center position
(approximately 10º to 15º) turn only the front axles and will
result in wider turns.
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•
Increasing the turn of the steering wheel (beyond 10°15º) results in increasingly tighter turns. As the steering
mechanism turns the front wheels, it also changes the
position of the transmission drive control linkage to slow
down the inner rear wheel in the turn, and adjust the speed
of the outer wheel as necessary to complete the desired
turn. Turn the steering wheel back to the center position as
the turn is completed.
NOTE: It is not necessary to release the drive pedal when
making a turn. The change to the transmission linkage
occurs regardless of how far the drive pedal is depressed.
When the steering wheel is straightened, the tractor will
return to the speed set by the drive pedal.
•
Turning the steering wheel fully to its stop in either
direction will fully turn the front wheels, reverse the
direction of the inner wheel and adjust the outer wheel
speed to execute a zero turn in the chosen direction. Turn
the steering wheel back to the center position as the turn is
completed.
NOTE: As the steering wheel is turned further toward its stop, the
effort needed to turn the steering wheel increases.
6.
To disengage the parking brake, lightly press the brake
pedal .
WARNING! Never leave a running machine
unattended. Always disengage PTO, set parking
brake, stop engine and remove key to prevent
unintended starting
Engaging the PTO
Engaging the PTO transfers power to the cutting deck or other
(separately available) attachments. To engage the PTO:
1.
Move the throttle control lever to the FAST (rabbit)
position.
2.
Pull the PTO/Blade Engage knob outward into the engaged
(ON) position.
NOTE: Always operate the tractor with the throttle lever in the
FAST (rabbit) position for the most efficient use of the cutting
deck or other (separately available) PTO driven attachments.
Mowing
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.
NOTE: Making tight or zero turns on grass will greatly increase
the potential for defacement of the turf.
Driving On Slopes
Warning! Refer to the SLOPE GAUGE on page 8
to help determine slopes where you may operate
the tractor safely.
This tractor is equipped with one of Cub Cadet’s high quality
cutting decks. The following information will be helpful when
using the cutting deck with your tractor.
•
Do not mow at high ground speed, especially if a mulch kit
or grass collector is installed.
•
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.
•
Engaging the Parking Brake
Under heavier conditions it may be necessary to go back
over the cut area a second time to get a clean cut.
•
NOTE: The parking brake must be set if the operator leaves the
seat with the engine running or the engine will automatically
shut off.
Do not attempt to mow heavy brush and weeds and
extremely tall grass. Your tractor is designed to mow lawns,
not clear brush.
•
Keep the blades sharp and replace the blades when worn.
Refer to the “Service” section of this manual for proper
blade sharpening instructions.
•
When stopping the tractor for any reason while on a grass
surface, always
•
Mow up and down slopes, never across.
•
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 downhill on the slope. Turning uphill increases
the possibility of a tractor rollover.
•
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.
To set the parking brake:
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1.
Press the brake pedal completely down with you left foot
and hold it that position.
2.
Push the parking brake lever downward and hold it in that
position.
3.
a.
Place the shift lever in neutral,
Remove your foot from the brake pedal.
b.
Engage the parking brake,
4.
Release pressure from the parking brake lever.
c.
Shut engine off and remove the key.
5.
After completing step 3, the brake pedal should remain
in the down position. If it doesn’t, the parking brake is not
engaged. Repeat steps 1-4 to engage the parking brake.
d.
Doing so will minimize the possibility of having your
lawn ‘‘browned’’ by hot exhaust from your tractor’s
running engine.
Section 5— Operation
Mulching
The i1000 series tractor decks are equipped with a mulching kit.
The mulch kit which incorporates special blades, already on your
tractor, in a process of recirculating grass clippings repeatedly
beneath the cutting deck. The ultra-fine clippings are then
forced back into the lawn where they act as a natural fertilizer.
Observe the following points for best results when mulching:
•
Never attempt to mulch if the lawn is damp. Wet grass
tends to stick to the underside of the cutting deck
preventing proper mulching of the clippings.
•
Do not attempt to mulch more than 1⁄3 the total height
of the grass or approximately 1-1⁄2”. Doing so will cause
the clippings to clump up beneath the deck and not be
mulched effectively.
•
Maintain a slow ground speed to allow the grass clippings
more time to effectively be mulched.
•
Always position throttle control lever in the FAST (rabbit)
position and allow it to remain there while mowing. Failing
to keep the engine at full throttle places strain on the
tractor’s engine and does not allow the blades to properly
mulch grass.
NOTE: It is not necessary to remove the chute deflector to
operate the mower with the mulch plug installed.
•
The mulch plug installed at the factory was removed earlier
in the “Setting up your Lawn Tractor” section. To reinstall
the mulching plug, proceed as follows:
Installing Mulching Plug
Pivot the chute deflector up to access the deck discharge opening.
•
Locate two notches in the chute deflector hinge bracket
above the deck discharge opening.
•
Insert the mulch plug into the deck discharge opening. Make
sure the two tabs on the top of the plug are in the notches of
the hinge bracket. Lightly tap on the plug with your hand to
assure that the tabs fit snugly into the notches.
•
While holding the mulching plug in position, fully lower
the chute deflector. Refer to Fig. 3-3 on page 10.
WARNING! The mowing deck is capable of
throwing objects. Never operate the mower deck
without the chute deflector in its down position,
even with the mulching plug installed. Failure to do
so could result in serious personal injury and/or
property damage.
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6
Maintenance & Adjustments
Maintenance Schedule
Before
Each use
Check Air Filter for Dirty, Loose or Damaged Parts
Every
25 Hours
Every
50 Hours
Every
100 Hours
P
Clean Hood/Dash Louvers
Check Engine Oil Level
Every
10 Hours
P
P
P
P
Clean and Re-oil Air Filter’s Foam Precleaner
P
P
Replace Air Filter Element
Change Engine Oil and Replace Oil Filter
Clean Battery Terminals
P
P
P
P
P
Lube Mid Steering Arms, Pivot Shafts, and Axles
Lube Front Wheel Bearings
Clean Engine Cooling Fins
Lube Front Deck Wheels
Lube Deck Spindles and Idler Bracket
P
Lube Pedal Pivot Points
P
P
Check Spark Plug Condition & Gap
Replace Fuel Filter
Maintenance
Warning! Before performing any maintenance or
repairs, disengage the PTO, move the drive control
levers fully outward in the neutral position, engage
the parking brake, stop the engine and remove the
key to prevent unintended starting.
Engine
Refer to the Kohler Owner’s Manual for all engine maintenance
intervals, procedures, specifications and instructions.
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Prior
to Storing
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
Changing the Engine Oil
Warning! If the engine has been recently run, the
engine, muffler and surrounding metal surfaces will
be hot and can cause burns to the skin. Exercise
caution to avoid burns.
To complete an oil change, proceed as follows:
1.
Run the engine for a short time to warm the engine oil. The
oil will flow more freely and carry away more impurities.
Use care to avoid burns from hot oil.
2.
Locate the oil drain port on the left side of the engine.
3.
Pop open the protective cap on the end of the oil drain
valve to expose the drain port. Refer to Fig. 6-1. Remove the
oil fill cap/dipstick from the oil fill tube.
Dipstick
Oil Fill Cap
Hydrostatic Transmission
The zero turn tractor is equipped with dual integrated
hydrostatic pumps/transaxles that are sealed and are
maintenance-free. Fluid levels cannot be checked and fluid
cannot be added or changed.
Steering Lubrication
The steering arms, pivot shafts, and axles must be lubricated
if ever the steering effort increases, or after every 25 hour of
operation. Lubricate using a pressure grease gun and Cub Cadet
251H EP grease, or an equivalent No. 2 multipurpose lithium
grease.
Oil Fill
Tube
1.
Apply grease through the lube fitting on the RH and LH steering
arms which are located at rearward end of the two steering
drag links. See Fig. 6-2.
Steering
Gear Cover
Oil Drain
Valve
Steering Arm
Lube Fitting
Figure 6-1
4.
5.
Push the oil drain hose (packed with this manual) onto the oil
drain port. Route the opposite end of the hose into an
appropriate oil collection container with at least a 2.0 quart
capacity, to collect the used oil.
Shoulder
Bolt
Hex Screw
The engine is equipped with either a twist-and-pull drain
port or a tabbed drain port. If your engine has the twistand-pull drain go to step a. If your engine is equipped with
the tabbed drain go to step b.
a.
b.
Turn the oil drain valve 1⁄4-turn, then pull outward to
begin draining oil. After the oil has finished draining,
push the end of the oil drain valve back in and turn
1⁄4-turn to secure it back in place. Re-cap the end of
the oil drain valve to keep debris from entering the
drain port.
Pinch the tabs on the oil drain valve, then pull
outward to begin draining oil. After the oil has
finished draining, push the end of the oil drain valve
back in, until the tabs click into place. Re-cap the end
of the oil drain valve to keep debris from entering
the drain port.
3.
After the oil has finished draining, push the end of the oil
drain valve back in, until the tabs click into place. Re-cap
the end of the oil drain valve to keep debris from entering
the drain port.
4.
Replace the oil filter, and refill the engine with new oil as
instructed in the Kohler Engine Owner’s Manual.
Air Cleaner
Service the pre-cleaner and cartridge/air cleaner element as
instructed in the Kohler Engine Owner’s Manual.
Spark Plug
The spark plugs should be cleaned and the gap reset once a
season. Refer to the Kohler Engine Owner’s Manual for correct
plug type and gap specifications.
Cover Tab
Axle Pivot Bar
Lube Fittings
Figure 6-2
2.
Locate the lube for the pivot shaft and axle on the front of one
end of the axle pivot bar. Apply grease through the two
lube fittings, then repeat to lubricate the other end of the
pivot bar. See Fig. 6-2.
Cleaning Steering Gears
Once a year, or if a tight spot is experienced when turning the
steering wheel, remove the steering gear cover on each end of
the pivot bar and clean the two steering gears.
1.
From beneath the cover base plate on each end of the pivot bar,
remove the three hex screws securing the steering gear
cover. Remove the covers and clean the gears. It is not
necessary to lubricate the gears. Refer to Fig. 6-2.
2.
Insert the tab of the LH steering gear cover into the square hole
in the LH base plate, position the cover, and secure with the
three hex screws. Do not over tighten. Repeat to install the
cover on the RH side.
Lubricate Front Wheel Bearings
Lubricate the front wheel bearings with Cub Cadet 251H EP
grease after every 25 hours of operation. The lube fittings are
located in the rim hub inside each front wheel.
Lubricate Deck Spindles and Idler Bracket
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Lubricate the deck spindles and idler bracket with Cub Cadet
251H EP grease after every 10 hours of operation.
4.
The deck spindle lube fittings are in the spindle housings, and
can only be accessed from the underside of the deck. Lubricate
the idler bracket through the lube fitting in the top of the
shoulder bolt. Use a pressure grease gun to lubricate the spindles
and idler bracket.
Pull back the lock collar of the nozzle adapter and push the
adapter onto the deck wash nozzle at the left end of the
mower deck. Release the lock collar to lock the adapter on
the nozzle. See Fig. 6-3.
Lubricate 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.
Lubricate Rear Wheels
The rear wheels should be removed from the axles once a
season. Lubricate the axles and the rims well with an all-purpose
grease before re-installing them.
Tires
WARNING! Never exceed the maximum inflation
pressure shown on the sidewall of tire. Refer to the
tire sidewall for exact tire manufacturer’s
recommended or maximum psi. Do not overinflate.
The recommended operating tire pressure is:
•
Approximately 10 psi for the rear tires
•
Approximately 14 psi for the front tires
Figure 6-3
5.
Turn the water on.
6.
While sitting in the operator’s position on the tractor, re-start
the engine and place the throttle lever in the FAST (rabbit)
position.
7.
Periodically remove the belt covers and remove any accumulated
grass clippings from around the spindle pulleys and the deck
belt.
Move the tractor’s PTO (Blade Engage) into the ON position.
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.
8.
NOTE: The use of a pressure washer to clean your tractor is NOT
recommended. It may cause damage to electrical components,
spindles, pulleys, bearings or the engine.
Movethetractor’sPTO(BladeEngage)intotheOFFposition.Turn
the ignition key to the STOP position to turn the tractor’s
engine off.
9.
Pull back the lock collar of the nozzle adapter to disconnect the
adapter from the nozzle.
Using Deck Wash System™
Adjustments
NOTE: Uneven tire pressure could cause the cutting deck to mow
unevenly.
Cleaning the Tractor and Deck
Any fuel or oil spilled on the machine should be wiped off
promptly. Do NOT allow debris to accumulate around the deck
pulleys or any other part of the machine.
Use the Deck Wash System™ to rinse grass clippings from the
deck’s underside and prevent the buildup of corrosive chemicals.
Your tractor’s deck is equipped with a water nozzle on the left
end of the deck.
Complete the following steps AFTER EACH MOWING:
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.
NOTE: Make certain the tractor’s discharge chute is
directed AWAY from your house, garage, parked cars, etc.
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2.
Disengage the PTO (Blade Engage), set the parking brake,
and stop the engine.
3.
Thread the nozzle adapter (packaged with your tractor’s
Operator’s Manual) onto the end of your garden hose.
Section 6— Maintenance & Adjustments
WARNING! Never attempt to make any
adjustments while the engine is running, except
where specified in the operator’s manual.
Disconnect spark plug wire(s) before performing any
adjustments, repairs or maintenance.
Steering and Transmission Linkage
The steering tie rod and drag links and the related transmission
linkage are set at the factory and should not require further
adjustment. Because of the complex adjustment procedure, the
steering and transmission linkage should only be serviced or
adjusted by a qualified mechanic. If you experience problems
with steering, or with the hydro drive transmissions, contact your
nearest Cub Cadet dealer to have the tractor inspected.
4.
Adjusting the Seat
WARNING! After adjusting the seat or before
driving the tractor, make sure that the seat
adjustment lever is engaged in the seat index plate
and that the seat will not move. Do not adjust the
seat while the tractor is being driven. Adjusting the
seat while the tractor is moving could cause the
operator to lose control of the tractor.
1.
Working from the left side of the tractor, loosen, but do not
remove, the hex cap screw in the left deck adjustment
bracket. See Fig. 6-5.
Adjustment Gear
While sitting in the seat, grasp the seat adjustment lever on the
left side of the seat and pull it upward to disengage from
the seat index plate. See Fig. 6-4.
Hex Cap Screw
Figure 6-5
Figure 6-4
2.
Slide the seat to the desired position. See Fig. 6-4.
3.
Once the desired position is reached, release the seat lever. Slide
the seat slightly fore and aft as necessary to engage the
seat lever into one of the eight adjustment positions in the
index plate. Make certain the seat is locked in position.
Side to Side Leveling the Deck
NOTE: Check the tractor’s tire pressure before performing any
deck leveling adjustments. Refer to “Tires” earlier in this section
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:
1.
With the tractor parked on a firm, level surface, move the
deck to the mid height position (third or fourth notch)
using the deck lift lever. Rotate the left blade so that it is
perpendicular to the tractor frame. Measure and record
the distance from the outside of the left blade tip to the
ground.
2.
Moving to the other side of the tractor, rotate the right blade so
that it is perpendicular to the tractor frame, and measure
the distance from its outer blade tip to the ground.
3.
Both measurements taken should be equal. If they’re not, note
whether the left side of the deck is lower or higher and
proceed to the next step.
5.
To even the deck turn the adjustment gear, located immediately
behind the hex cap screw, clockwise (rearward) to lower
the left side of the deck. Turn the gear counter-clockwise
(toward front) to raise the left side of the deck. See Fig. 6-5.
6.
Thedeckisproperlyleveledwhenbothbladetipmeasurements,
as described earlier, are equal.
7.
Retighten the hex cap screw in the left deck adjustment bracket
when proper adjustment is achieved.
Front To Rear Deck Leveling
The front of the cutting deck is supported by an adjustable front
deck hanger rod. This rod can be adjusted to set the front to rear
pitch of the deck. The front of the deck should be approximately
1⁄4” lower than the rear of the deck. Adjust if necessary as follows:
NOTE: The deck should first be leveled side to side. Check the
side to side level of the deck and adjust if necessary.
1.
With the tractor parked on a firm, level surface, move the deck
to the mid height position (third or fourth notch) using the
deck lift lever. Carefully rotate the RH blade (nearest the
discharge chute) so that it is parallel with the tractor frame.
2.
Measure the distance from the front of the blade tip to the
ground and the rear of the blade tip to the ground. The
front measurement taken should be approximately 1⁄4” less
than the rear measurement. Determine whether the front
of the deck has to be raised or lowered.
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3.
Working at the front of the tractor, loosen the two hex lock nuts
at the front of the deck hanger rod. Thread the lock nuts
away from the hex nuts behind them. Refer to Fig. 6-6.
3.
Remove the flange lock nut and shoulder bolt securing one of
the front ball wheels to the front index bracket. Reposition
the ball wheel to align with the one of five index holes that
places the wheel 1⁄4” to 1⁄2” above the ground. Secure the
ball wheel to the index bracket with the shoulder bolt and
flange lock nut. Note the index hole used and secure the
other ball wheel in the same position. See Fig. 6-7.
Flange
Lock
Nut
Front Gauge
Wheel
Lower Front
of Deck
Raise Front
of Deck
Shoulder
Bolt
Figure 6-6
4.
5.
Use a open end wrench to turn the inner hex nuts to adjust the
front of the deck. Turn the hex nuts clockwise to raise
the front of the deck, or counterclockwise to lower the
front of the deck. Adjust the hex nuts evenly so that the
deck hanger rod is at the front of both slots in the hanger
bracket on the front of the deck. See Fig. 6-6.
Retighten the two hex lock nuts when properly adjusted.
Deck Gauge Wheel Adjustment
NOTE: The deck gauge wheels are an anti-scalp feature of the
deck and are not designed to support the weight of the cutting
deck.
The deck gauge wheels should neither contact the ground, nor
be high off the ground, when the deck is moved to the desired
height setting. If you change your cutting height during the
mowing season, the gauge wheels should be checked and
adjusted as necessary. Adjust the gauge wheels as follows:
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1.
Place the tractor on a flat surface and move the deck to the
desired mowing height using the deck lift lever.
2.
Check gauge wheels distance from the flat surface below. If
the gauge wheels contact the ground, they must be raised.
If the gauge wheels are higher than 1⁄2” above the ground,
they should be lowered.
Section 6— Maintenance & Adjustments
Gauge Wheel
Bracket
Index Holes
Figure 6-7
Deck Rear Roller Adjustment
The rear rollers on the mower deck are not designed to carry
the weight of the deck. The rear rollers should be adjusted to
approximately 1⁄4” to 1⁄2” above the ground when the deck is
moved to the desired cutting height.
Place the tractor on a smooth, flat surface, move the deck to the
desired cutting height, and check the height of the rear rollers. If
contacting the ground, or above 1⁄2” from the ground, adjust the
rear rollers as follows:
The deck roller assembly index bracket has five adjustment
positions holes.
1.
While supporting the roller assembly, remove click pin and
withdraw the clevis pin from both the left and right roller
index brackets. See Fig. 6-8.
Index Bracket
Click Pin
Clevis Pin
Figure 6-8
2.
Positiontherollerassemblysothattherollersare approximately
1⁄4” to 1⁄2” above the flat surface below.
3.
Align the nearest index bracket holes with the holes in the deck
mounting brackets. Insert the clevis pins through the deck
brackets and the index brackets and secure with the click
pins. See Fig. 6-8.
NOTE: The clevis pins should be in the corresponding holes of
both the left and right roller index brackets.
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7
Service
Pivot Bar Adjustment
CAUTION: If removing the battery for any reason,
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 result in damage to
your engine’s alternating system.
If excessive play is experienced in the steering wheel, check the
pivot bar for forward/rearward movement.
1.
Raise the front of the tractor and set it on jack stands, so
the front wheels are suspended above the ground.
2.
Grasping the ends of the pivot bar, attempt to move each
end of the axle forward and rearward to check for side play.
There should be minimal or no side play.
3.
If there is no side play, lower the tractor to the ground
and have the steering linkage inspected by you Cub Cadet
dealer. If there is side play, tighten the pivot bar as follows:
a.
b.
c.
Support the pivot bar, then remove the hex lock
nuts securing the two shoulder bolts that pass
through the pivot bar bracket, the pivot bar, and
frame. Refer to Fig. 6-2.
Slide a half inch flat washer, with a maximum
thickness of .030 inch, onto each shoulder bolt.
Reinstall the shoulder bolts with washers and fasten
with the two hex lock nuts.
Gradually and evenly tighten the hex lock nut
while continuing to check the forward/rearward
movement of the pivot bar. Tighten the lock nuts
until minimum play, without binding the pivot bar’s
up and down movement, is achieved.
Checking Main Harness Fuse
A 20 amp 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.
The fuse can be found inside of the dash panel behind the
battery tray. You may need to remove the battery to gain access
to the fuse. Always use a fuse with the same amperage capacity
for replacement.
Charging the Battery
If the tractor has not been put into use for an extended period of
time, charge the battery with an automotive-type 12-volt charger
for a minimum of one hour at six amps.
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.
Cleaning the Battery
Clean the battery by removing it from the tractor and washing
with a baking soda and water solution. If necessary, scrape the
battery terminals with a wire brush to remove deposits. Coat
terminals and exposed wiring with grease or petroleum jelly to
prevent corrosion.
Battery Failures
Some common causes for battery failure are:
•
Incorrect initial activation
•
Undercharging
•
Overcharging
•
Corroded connections
•
Freezing
These failures are NOT covered by your tractor’s warranty.
Jump Starting
WARNING! When removing or installing the
battery, follow these instructions to prevent the
screwdriver (or other metal tools) from shorting
against the frame.
NOTE: A second fuse holder can be found inside the dash panel.
This fuse holder is used for the optional 12 volt power outlet.
Battery
The battery is sealed and is maintenance-free. Acid levels cannot
be checked.
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•
Always keep the battery cables and terminals clean and
free of corrosive build-up.
•
After cleaning the battery and terminals, apply a light coat
of petroleum jelly or grease to both terminals.
•
Always keep the rubber boot positioned over the positive
terminal to prevent shorting.
NOTE: Never jump your tractor’s dead battery with the battery of
a running vehicle.
1.
Connect end of one jumper cable to the positive terminal
of the good battery, then the other end to the positive
terminal of the dead battery.
2.
Connect the other jumper cable to the negative terminal
of the good battery, then to the frame of the unit with the
dead battery.
WARNING! Failure to use this procedure could
cause sparking, and the gas in either battery could
explode.
Changing Transmission Drive Belt
9.
The PTO belt is captured inside the PTO pulley on the bottom of
the engine by a belt keeper. From beneath the front/left
side of the tractor, locate the hex tapping screw securing
the left side of the belt keeper to the bottom of the tractor
frame. After first noting the frame hole into which right
side of the belt keeper is inserted, remove the hex tapping
screw and belt keeper. Slide the PTO belt off the tractor’s
PTO pulley.
10.
While holding the front deck hanger rod upward to clear the
deck front hanger bracket, carefully slide the deck out from
the right side of the tractor.
Several components must be removed, including transmission
steering linkage which will have to be readjusted, in order to
change the tractor’s transmission drive belt. Contact your Cub
Cadet dealer to have your transmission drive belt replaced.
Hydrostatic Transmission
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 cannot be changed.
Cutting Deck Removal
Cutting Blades
WARNING! Be sure to shut the engine off, remove
ignition key, disconnect the spark plug wire(s) to
prevent unintended starting before removing the
cutting blade(s) for sharpening or replacement.
Protect your hands by using heavy gloves or a rag to
grasp the cutting blade.
To remove the cutting deck, proceed as follows:
1.
Disengage the PTO (Blade Engage) and engage the parking
brake.
2.
Place the deck gauge wheels in their highest setting
(lowest deck setting).
3.
Lower the deck by moving the deck lift lever into the
bottom notch on the right fender.
4.
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. Refer to Fig. 7-1.
The blades may be removed as follows.
1.
Place a block of wood between the center deck housing baffle
and the cutting blade to act as a stabilizer.
See Fig. 7-2.
Deck Support Pin
Figure 7-2
2.
Pull the deck support pin outward to release the deck from
the deck lift arm. Pivot the support pin handle downward
to lock the pin in the disengaged position. Refer to Fig. 7-1.
Use a 15⁄16” wrench to loosen the hex flange nut securing the
blade to the bottom of the spindle assembly. Secure the
spindle by either holding the blade tightly, or by using a
second wrench to hold the nut at the top of the spindle.
3.
6.
Move to the right side of the tractor and repeat the
previous step to release the deck from the RH lift arm.
Continue holding the blade onto the star hub of the spindle, and
remove the flange nut and cutting blade.
4.
Repeat the previous steps to remove the other two blades.
7.
Move the deck lift lever into the top notch on the right
fender to raise deck lift arms up and out of the way.
8.
Carefully slide the cutting deck forward until the front deck
hanger rod can be removed from the slots of the hanger
bracket at the front of the deck.
Figure 7-1
5.
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5.
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.
Changing the Deck Belt
WARNING! Be sure to shut the engine off, remove
ignition key, disconnect the spark plug wire(s) to
prevent unintended starting before removing the
belt(s).
NOTE: If the cutting edge of the blade has already been
sharpened to within 1-5⁄8” from the edge, or if any metal
separation is present, replace the blades with new ones.
See Fig. 7-3.
Blade Separation
WARNING! Avoid the possibility of a pinching
injury. Do not place your fingers on the idler spring
or between the belt and a pulley while removing the
belt.
All belts on your tractor are subject to wear and should be
replaced if any signs of wear are present.
NOTE: Do not use substitute belts. The V-belt found on your
tractor is specially designed for optimal performance and service
life for your deck application. Use only OEM original replacement
belts.
Worn Blade Edge
To change or replace the deck belt on your tractor, proceed as
follows:
Wind Wing
1.
Remove the deck from beneath the tractor (refer to Cutting
Deck Removal on page 19).
2.
Remove the spindle covers by removing the self-tapping
screws that fasten them to the deck. See to Fig. 7-4.
Sharpen Edge Evenly
Spindle Cover
1-5⁄8”
Figure 7-3
6.
It is important that each cutting blade edge be ground
equally to maintain proper blade balance.
7.
A poorly balanced blade will cause excessive vibration and
may cause damage to the tractor and result in personal
injury. The blade can be tested by balancing it on a round
shaft screwdriver. Grind metal from the heavy side until it
balances evenly.
Idler Pulley
Hex Screw
NOTE: When replacing the blades, make certain the side
of the blade marked ‘‘Bottom’’ faces the ground when the
mower is turned to the operating position.
NOTE: Note that the stars of the blades (and spindles)
are not symmetrical. The blade can be installed on each
spindle in only one direction. Carefully align the star hole of
the blade with the star of the spindle shaft when installing
each blade. DO NOT improperly align the blade and spindle
shaft, and attempt to seat the blade onto the spindle by
tightening the hex flange nut.
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8.
Rotate the blade as necessary to align its star hole with the star
of the spindle shaft, then slide the blade onto the spindle
shaft. Thread the hex flange onto the spindle shaft and use
a torque wrench to tighten the hex flange nut to 70 to 90
foot-pounds.
9.
Repeat the above procedure to install the other blade.
Section 7— Service
Hex Screw
Figure 7-4
3.
Loosen the hex screw fastening the idler pulley to the idler arm
as necessary to slide the belt from between the idler pulley
and idler arm. See Fig. 7-4.
4.
Place the new belt between the idler pulley and idler arm. The
backside of the ‘V’ belt should be against the idler pulley.
Tighten the hex screw to secure the idler pulley.
5.
NOTE: References to left and right are from the front of the
tractor in the following instructions.
Route the deck belt around the spindle pulleys and idler
pulleys as shown in Fig. 7-5.
7.
Pull the right side of the belt forward and place the narrow V side
of the belt into the PTO pulley.
8.
While holding the belt and pulley together, rotate the pulley to
the left. Continue holding and rotating the pulley and belt
until the belt is fully rolled into the PTO pulley. See Fig. 7-6.
Idler Pulleys
PTO Pulley
PTO Belt
Spindle Pulleys
Figure 7-5
6.
Reinstall the spindle covers on the deck using the selftapping screws. Do not overtighten the screws.
Reinstalling the Cutting Deck
There are two methods for reinstalling the mower deck on the
tractor. One method involves rotating the PTO belt idler bracket
to relieve enough belt tension to allow the belt to be placed
in either the PTO pulley or the fixed idler pulley. Because that
method is difficult, we recommend using the second method of
rolling the belt onto the PTO pulley.
Install the cutting deck as follows:
Figure 7-6
WARNING! Use caution to prevent pinching your
fingers when rolling the belt onto the PTO pulley.
Off-Season Storage
1.
From the right side of the tractor, slide the deck under the tractor
and align the rear deck hanger brackets with the deck lift
arms.
2.
Slide the deck forward and place the deck front hanger rod into
the slots of the deck front hanger bracket. Then slide the
deck rearward so that the front hanger rod is at the front of
the slots.
3.
Using the deck lift lever, lower the deck lift arms. From either side
of the tractor, pull the support pin in the deck rear hanger
bracket outward, align the deck lift arm hole with the deck
support pin and release the pin so that it goes through
the deck lift arm. Repeat on the other side of the tractor to
secure the deck.
NOTE: Fuel left in the fuel tank during warm weather deteriorates
and will cause serious starting problems.
After first making sure the deck belt is properly engaged in all of
the deck pulleys, route the deck belt forward through the
center of the front deck hanger rod and toward the PTO
pulley on the bottom of the engine.
1.
4.
5.
6.
Using the deck lift handle, raise the deck to the position that
gives you the most horizontal run of the belt between
the deck pulleys and the PTO pulley on the bottom of the
engine.
If the machine is to be inoperative for a period longer than 30
days, the following procedures are recommended:
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.
To prevent gum deposits from forming inside the engine’s
carburetor and causing possible malfunction of the engine, the
fuel system must be either completely emptied, or the gasoline
must be treated with a stabilizer to prevent deterioration.
If using a fuel stabilizer:
a.
Read the product manufacturer’s instructions and
recommendations.
b.
Add to clean, fresh gasoline the correct amount of
stabilizer for the capacity of the fuel system.
c.
Fill the fuel tank with treated fuel and run the engine for
2-3 minutes to get stabilized fuel into the carburetor.
Sitting in front of the tractor, facing rearward, make certain the
belt is not twisted; then reach beneath the tractor to grasp
the belt and pull it toward the PTO pulley.
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2.
If emptying the fuel system:
a.
Do not drain fuel when the engine is hot. Allow the
engine adequate time to cool. Drain fuel into an
approved container outdoors, away from open
flame.
b.
Drain any large volume of fuel from the tank by
disconnecting the fuel line from the in-line fuel filter
near the engine.
c.
Reconnect the fuel line and run the engine until it starts
to falter, then use the choke to keep the engine
running until all fuel in the carburetor has been
exhausted.
d.
Again disconnect the fuel line and drain any remaining
gasoline from the system.
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.
Remove the spark plug and pour one (1) ounce of engine oil
through the spark plug hole into the cylinder. Crank the engine
several times to distribute the oil. Replace the spark plug.
Before storing for an extended period, clean and lubricate the
tractor as instructed in “Maintenance and Adjustments” section.
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Section 7— Service
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Troubleshooting
Problem
Engine fails to start
Cause
Remedy
1. PTO/Blade Engage knob engaged.
1. Place knob in disengaged (OFF) position.
2. Parking brake not engaged.
2. Engage parking brake.
3. Spark plug wire(s) disconnected.
3. Connect wire(s) to spark plug(s).
4. Throttle control lever not in correct starting
position.
4. Place throttle lever to FAST position.
5. Choke not activated
5. Pull the CHOKE control outward.
6. Fuel tank empty, or stale fuel.
6. Fill tank with clean, fresh (less than 30 days
old) gas.
7. Blocked fuel line.
7. Clean fuel line and replace fuel filter.
8. Faulty spark plug(s).
8. Clean, adjust gap or replace plug(s).
9. Engine flooded.
9. Crank engine with throttle in FAST position.
10.Fuse(s) blown.
10.Replace fuse(s).
1. Unit running with CHOKE activated.
1. Push CHOKE control in.
2. Spark plug wire(s) loose.
2. Connect spark plug wire(s).
3. Blocked fuel line or stale fuel.
3. Clean fuel line; fill tank with clean, fresh
gasoline and replace fuel filter.
4. Vent in gas cap plugged.
4. Clear vent or replace cap if damaged.
5. Water or dirt in fuel system.
5. Drain fuel tank. Refill with clean, fresh
gasoline.
6. Dirty air cleaner.
6. Replace air cleaner paper element or clean
foam precleaner.
1. Engine oil level low.
1. Fill crankcase with proper amount and
weight of oil.
2. Air flow restricted.
2. Clean grass clippings and debris from around
the engine’s cooling fins and blower housing.
Engine hesitates at high
RPM
1. Spark plug(s) gap too close.
1. Remove spark plug(s) and reset the gap.
Engine Idles rough
1. Spark plug(s) fouled, faulty or gap too wide.
1. Replace spark plug(s). Set plug gap.
2. Dirty air cleaner.
2. Replace air cleaner element and/or clean
pre-cleaner.
1. Cutting blade loose or unbalanced.
1. Tighten blade and spindle.
2. Damaged or bent cutting blade.
2. Replace blade.
1. Engine speed too low.
1. Place throttle in FAST (rabbit) position.
2. Wet grass.
2. Do not mulch when grass is wet.
3. Excessively high grass.
3. Mow once at a high cutting height, then
mow again at desired height or make a
narrower cutting swath.
Engine runs erratic
Engine overheats
Excessive vibration
Mower will not mulch grass
Uneven cut
4. Dull blade.
4. Sharpen or replace blade.
1. Deck not leveled properly.
1. Perform side-to-side deck adjustment.
2. Dull blade.
2. Sharpen or replace blade.
3. Uneven tire pressure.
3. Check tire pressure in all four tires.
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9
Replacement Parts
Component
Part Number and Description
759-3336
Spark Plug
OCC-32-083-03 Air Filter and Pre-Cleaner
KH-52-050-02-S Oil Filter
OCC-25-050-22 Fuel Filter
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954-04077
Drive Belt
942-04053C
2-in-1 Deck Blade
918-04126A
Deck Spindle
Phone (800) 800-7310 to order replacement parts or a complete Parts Manual (have your full model number and serial number ready).
Parts Manual downloads are also available free of charge at www.mtdproducts.com.
Component
Part Number and Description
734-04155 Deck Wheel
925-1707D Battery
751-11817
Gas Cap
746-04120
Choke Control Cable
746-1100
Throttle Control Cable
925-2054A
Ignition Key
631-04070A
Discharge Chute Assembly
Phone (800) 965-4CUB to order replacement parts or a complete Parts Manual (have your full model number and serial number
ready). Parts Manual downloads are also available free of charge at www.cubcadet.com
Section 9 — Replacement Parts
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Attachments & Accessories
The following attachments and accessories are compatible for Cub Cadet i1050. See your Cub Cadet dealer or the retailer from which
you purchased your tractor for information regarding price and availability.
Model Number
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Description
19A70006100
Twin Rear Bagger Grass Collector for 50" Deck
190-833-000
46” Dozer Blade
19A-102-100
18 Cubic Foot Steel Cart
19A-106-100
10 Cubic Foot Poly Cart
19A-105-100
48" Broadcast Spreader
19A-103-100
42" Sweeper
19A-104-100
25 Gallon Sprayer
19A-107-100
48" Dethatcher
19A-113-100
48" Poly Roller
19A-108-100
48" Plug Aerator
19A-109-100
48" Spike Aerator
19A-107-100
Tow-Behind Dethatcher, 42”
19A-108-100
Tow-Behind Plug Aerator, 40”
19A-109-100
Tow-Behind Spike Aerator, 40”
19A-113-100
Tow-Behind Poly Lawn Roller
Notes
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Where a warrantable condition exists, MTD Consumer Group Inc will repair your outdoor equipment engine at no cost to you including diagnosis, parts and labor.
MANUFACTURER’S WARRANTY COVERAGE:
This emission control system is warranted for two years. If any emission-related part on your outdoor equipment engine is defective, the part will be repaired or
replaced by MTD CONSUMER GROUP INC.
OWNER’S WARRANTY RESPONSIBILITIES:
As the outdoor equipment engine owner, you are responsible for performance of the required maintenance listed in your owner’s manual. MTD Consumer Group
Inc recommends that you retain all receipts covering maintenance on your outdoor equipment engine, but MTD Consumer Group Inc cannot deny warranty solely
for the lack of receipts.
As the outdoor equipment engine owner, you should however be aware that MTD Consumer Group Inc may deny you warranty coverage if your outdoor equipment
engine or a part has failed due to abuse, neglect, or improper maintenance or unapproved modifications.
You are responsible for presenting your outdoor equipment engine to MTD Consumer Group Inc’s distribution center or service center as soon as the problem
exists. The warranty repairs should be completed in a reasonable amount of time, not to exceed 30 days. If you have a question regarding your warranty coverage,
you should contact the MTD Consumer Group Inc Service Department at 1-800-800-7310 or via email at http://support.mtdproducts.com
GENERAL EMISSIONS WARRANTY COVERAGE:
MTD Consumer Group Inc warrants to the ultimate purchaser and each subsequent purchaser that the outdoor equipment engine is: Designed, built and equipped
so as to conform with all applicable regulations; and free from defects in materials and workmanship that cause the failure of a warranted part to be identical in all
material respects to that part as described in MTD Consumer Group Inc’s application for certification.
The warranty period begins on the date the outdoor equipment engine is delivered to an ultimate purchaser or first placed into service. The warranty period is two
years.
Subject to certain conditions and exclusions as stated below, the warranty on emission-related parts is as follows:
1. Any warranted part that is not scheduled for replacement as required maintenance in the written instructions supplied, is warranted for the warranty period
stated above. If the part fails during the period of warranty coverage, the part will be repaired or replaced by MTD Consumer Group Inc according to subsection
(4) below. Any such part repaired or replaced under warranty will be warranted for the remainder of the period.
2. Any warranted part that is scheduled only for regular inspection in the written instructions supplied is warranted for the warranty period stated above. Any such
part repaired or replaced under warranty will be warranted for the remaining warranty period.
3. Any warranted part that is scheduled for replacement as required maintenance in the written instructions supplied is warranted for the period of time before the
first scheduled replacement date for that part. If the part fails before the first scheduled replacement, the part will be repaired or replaced by MTD Consumer
Group Inc according to subsection (4) below. Any such part repaired or replaced under warranty will be warranted for the remainder of the period prior to the
first scheduled replacement point for the part.
4. Repair or replacement of any warranted part under the warranty provisions herein must be performed at a warranty station at no charge to the owner.
5. Notwithstanding the provisions herein, warranty services or repairs will be provided at all of our distribution centers that are franchised to service the subject
engines or equipment.
6. The outdoor equipment engine owner will not be charged for diagnostic labor that is directly associated with diagnosis of a defective, emission-related warranted part, provided that such diagnostic work is performed at a warranty station.
7. MTD Consumer Group Inc is liable for damages to other engine or equipment components proximately caused by a failure under warranty of any warranted
part.
8. Throughout the off-road engine and equipment warranty period stated above, MTD Consumer Group Inc will maintain a supply of warranted parts sufficient to
meet the expected demand for such parts.
9. Any replacement part may be used in the performance of any warranty maintenance or repairs and must be provided without charge to the owner. Such use will
not reduce the warranty obligations of MTD Consumer Group Inc.
10.Add-on or modified parts that are not exempted by the Air Resources Board may not be used. The use of any non-exempted add-on or modified parts by the
ultimate purchaser will be grounds for disallowing a warranty claims. MTD Consumer Group Inc will not be liable to warrant failures of warranted parts caused
by the use of a non-exempted add-on or modified part.
WARRANTED PARTS:
The repair or replacement of any warranted part otherwise eligible for warranty coverage may be excluded from such warranty coverage if MTD Consumer Group
Inc demonstrates that the outdoor equipment engine has been abused, neglected, or improperly maintained, and that such abuse, neglect, or improper maintenance was the direct cause of the need for repair or replacement of the part. That notwithstanding, any adjustment of a component that has a factory installed,
and properly operating, adjustment limiting device is still eligible for warranty coverage. Further, the coverage under this warranty extends only to parts that were
present on the off-road engine and equipment purchased.
The following emission warranty parts are covered (if applicable):
(1) Fuel Metering System
• Cold start enrichment system (soft choke)
• Carburetor and internal parts (or fuel injection system)
• Fuel pump
• Fuel tank
(2) Air Induction System
• Air cleaner
• Intake manifold
(3) Ignition System
• Spark plug(s)
• Magneto ignition system
(4) Exhaust System
• Catalytic converter
• SAI (Reed valve)
(5) Miscellaneous Items Used in Above System
• Vacuum, temperature, position, time sensitive valves and switches
• Connectors and assemblies
(6) Evaporative Control
• Fuel hose
• Fuel hose clamps
• Tethered fuel cap
• Carbon canister
• Vapor lines
GDOC-100223 Rev. A
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.
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.
The limited warranty set forth below is given by Cub Cadet LLC with
respect to new merchandise purchased or leased and used in the United
States and/or its territories and possessions, and by MTD Products
Limited with respect to new merchandise purchased or leased and
used in Canada and/or its territories and possessions (either entity
respectively, “Cub Cadet”).
In Canada:
Contact MTD Products Limited, Kitchener, ON N2G 4J1, call 1-800-6681238 or log on to our website at www.mtdcanada.com.
Cub Cadet warrants this product (excluding its Normal Wear Parts,
Batteries, Frame and Front Axle and Attachments as described below)
against defects in material and workmanship for a period of three (3)
years or one hundred twenty (120) operation hours, whichever comes
first, commencing on the date of original retail purchase or lease and
will, at its option, repair or replace, free of charge, any part found to be
defective in materials or workmanship.
Normal Wear Parts are warranted to be free from defects in material and
workmanship for a period of thirty (30) days from the date of original
purchase or lease. Normal wear parts include, but are not limited to
items such as: belts, blades, blade adapters, grass bags, rider deck
wheels, seats, and tires.
Batteries have a one-year prorated limited warranty against defects in
material and workmanship, with 100% replacement during the first three
months. After three months, the battery replacement credit is based on
the months remaining in the twelve (12) month period dating back to the
original date of original sale or lease. Any replacement battery will be
warranted only for the remainder of the original warranty period.
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.
Attachments — Cub Cadet warrants attachments for this product against
defects in material and workmanship for a period of two (2) years,
commencing on the date of the attachment’s original purchase or
lease. Attachments include, but are not limited to items such as: grass
collectors and mulch kits.
This limited warranty shall only apply if this product has been operated
and maintained in accordance with the Operator’s Manual furnished
with the product, and has not been subject to misuse, abuse, neglect,
accident, improper maintenance, alteration, vandalism, theft, fire, water,
or damage because of other peril or natural disaster. Damage resulting
from the installation or use of any part, accessory or attachment not
approved by Cub Cadet for use with the product(s) covered by this
manual will void your warranty as to any resulting damage. In addition,
Cub Cadet may deny warranty coverage if the hour meter, or any part
thereof, is altered, modified, disconnected or otherwise tampered with.
HOW TO OBTAIN SERVICE: Warranty service is available, WITH PROOF
OF PURCHASE AND APPLICABLE MAINTENANCE RECORDS, through
your local authorized service dealer. To locate the dealer in your area:
Without limiting the foregoing, this limited warranty does not provide
coverage in the following cases:
a. Routine maintenance items such as lubricants, filters, blade
sharpening, tune-ups, brake adjustments, clutch adjustments, deck
adjustments, and normal deterioration of the exterior finish due to
use or exposure.
b. Service completed by someone other than an authorized service
dealer.
c. Cub Cadet does not extend any warranty for products sold or
exported outside of the United States and/or Canada, and their
respective possessions and territories, except those sold through
Cub Cadet’s authorized channels of export distribution.
d. Replacement parts and\or accessories that are not genuine Cub
Cadet parts.
e. Transportation charges and service calls.
There are no implied warranties, including without limitation any
implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular
purpose. No warranties shall apply after the applicable period of
express written warranty above. No other express warranties beyond
those mentioned above, given by any person or entity, including a
dealer or retailer, with respect to any product, shall bind Cub Cadet.
The exclusive remedy is repair or replacement of the product as
set forth above. The terms of this warranty provide the sole and
exclusive remedy arising from the sale and/or lease of the products
covered hereby. Cub Cadet shall not be liable for any incidental or
consequential loss or damage including, without limitation, expenses
incurred for substitute or replacement lawn care services or for rental
expenses to temporarily replace a warranted product.
Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental
or consequential damages, or limitations on how long an implied
warranty lasts, so the above exclusions or limitations may not apply to
you.
In no event shall recovery of any kind be greater than the amount of the
purchase price of the product sold. Alteration of safety features of the
product shall void this warranty. You assume the risk and liability for
loss, damage, or injury to you and your property and/or to others and
their property arising out of the misuse or inability to use the product.
This limited warranty shall not extend to anyone other than the original
purchaser or to the person for whom it was purchased as a gift.
HOW LOCAL LAWS RELATE TO THIS WARRANTY: This limited warranty
gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights that
vary in different jurisdictions.
Cub Cadet LLC, P.O. BOX 361131 CLEVELAND, OHIO 44136-0019, Phone: 1-877-282-8684
MTD Products Limited, Kitchener, ON N2G 4J1, Phone: 1-800-668-1238
GDOC-100014 REV. B
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