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Operator’s Manual
Z-Force S
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. 769-07672
(March 13, 2012)
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To The Owner
Thank You
Thank you for purchasing a Cub Cadet Zero-Turn Tractor. It was
carefully engineered to provide excellent performance when
properly operated and maintained.
If applicable, the power testing information used to establish
the power rating of the engine equipped on this machine can be
found at www.opei.org or the engine manufacturer’s web site.
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.
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.
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.
Throughout this manual, all references to right and left side of the
machine are observed from the operating position.
Table of Contents
Safe Operation Practices......................................... 3
Assembly & Set-Up................................................... 9
Controls & Features.................................................12
Operation.................................................................15
Maintenance & Adjustment..................................19
Service..................................................................... 25
Troubleshooting......................................................31
Replacement Parts................................................. 32
Attachments & Accessories................................... 34
Warranties.............................................................. 38
Record Product Information
Model Number
Before setting up and operating your new equipment, please
locate the model plate on the equipment and record the
information in the provided area to the right. You can locate the
model plate by standing at the left side of the tractor, pivoting
the seat forward and looking down at the seat frame. This
information will be necessary, should you seek technical support
via our web site or with your local Cub Cadet dealer.
Serial Number
Product Registration and Customer Support
Please register your product on our website, www.cubcadet.com.
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
See How-to Maintenance and Parts Installation Videos at www.cubcadet.com/tutorials
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Call a Customer Support Representative at (800) 965-4CUB
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Locate your nearest Cub Cadet Dealer at (877) 282-8684
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Write to 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.
15.
Do not operate the machine while under the influence of
alcohol or drugs.
16.
Mow only in daylight or good artificial light.
17.
Never carry passengers.
18.
Back up slowly. Always look down and behind before and
while backing to avoid a back-over accident. Be aware
and pay attention to the safety system function that
stops power to the blades when driving in reverse. If not
fuctioning properly, contact an authorized dealer for safety
system inspection and repair.
19.
Slow down before turning. Operate the machine smoothly.
Avoid erratic operation and excessive speed.
20.
Disengage blade(s), set parking brake, stop engine and wait
until the blade(s) come to a complete stop before removing
grass catcher, emptying grass, unclogging chute, removing
any grass or debris, or making any adjustments.
21.
Never leave a running machine unattended. Always turn off
blade(s), place drive control levers in neutral, set parking
brake, stop engine and remove key before dismounting.
22. Use extra care when loading or unloading the machine into
a trailer or truck. This 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, set the parking brake to
the ‘ON’ position.
26. Your machine is designed to cut normal residential grass of
a height no more than 10”. Do not attempt to mow through
unusually tall, dry grass (e.g., pasture) or piles of dry leaves.
Dry grass or leaves may contact the engine exhaust and/
or build up on the mower deck presenting a potential fire
hazard.
27.
Use only accessories and attachments approved for this
machine by the machine manufacturer. Read, understand
and follow all instructions provided with the approved
accessory or attachment.
28. Data indicates that operators, age 60 years and above, are
involved in a large percentage of riding mower-related
injuries. These operators should evaluate their ability
to operate the riding mower safely enough to protect
themselves and others from serious injury.
29.
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If situations occur which are not covered in this manual, use
care and good judgment. Contact your customer service
representative for assistance.
Section 2 — Important Safe Operation Practices
Slope Operation
Slopes are a major factor related to loss of control and tip-over
accidents which can result in severe injury or death. All slopes
require extra caution. If you cannot back up the slope or if you
feel uneasy on it, do not mow it.
For your safety, use the slope gauge included as part of this
manual to measure slopes before operating this 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.
Do:
1.
Mow across slopes, not up and down. Exercise extreme
caution when changing direction on slopes.
2.
Watch for holes, ruts, bumps, rocks, or other hidden
objects. Uneven terrain could overturn the machine. Tall
grass can hide obstacles.
3.
Use slow speed. Choose a low enough speed so that you
will not have to stop while on the slope. Avoid starting
or stopping on a slope. If the tires are unable to maintain
traction, disengage the blades and proceed slowly and
carefully straight down the slope.
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
acceleration or deceleration could cause the front of the
machine to lift and rapidly flip over backwards, which
could cause serious injury.
Do Not:
1.
Do not turn on slopes unless necessary; then turn slowly
uphill and use extra care while turning.
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 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 lose control (e.g.
tractor may speed up, braking and steering ability are
reduced, attachment may jack-knife and cause tractor to
overturn).
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.
b.
c.
d.
e.
f.
g.
2.
Service
Safe Handling of Gasoline:
1.
Keep children out of the mowing area and in
watchful care of a responsible adult other than the
operator.
Be alert and turn machine off if a child enters the
area.
To avoid back-over accidents, always look behind
and down for small children.
Never carry children, even with the blade(s) shut off.
They may fall off and be seriously injured or interfere
with safe machine operation.
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.
Keep children away from hot or running engines.
They can suffer burns from a hot muffler.
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.
Towing
1.
Tow only with a machine that has a hitch designed for
towing. Do not attach towed equipment except at the
hitch point.
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”
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.
k.
To reduce fire hazards, keep machine free of grass,
leaves, or other debris build-up. Clean up oil or fuel
spillage and remove any fuel soaked debris.
l.
Never store the machine or fuel container inside
where there is an open flame, spark or pilot light
as on a water heater, space heater, furnace, clothes
dryer or other gas appliances.
2.
Follow the manufacturers recommendation for weight
limits for towed equipment and towing on slopes.
3.
Never allow children or others in or on towed equipment.
4.
On slopes, the weight of the towed equipment may cause
loss of traction and loss of control.
5.
The maximum weight on the hitch is 50 lbs. and the
maximum towed load is 250 lbs.
6.
Never allow passengers on the towed equipment.
7.
Loss of traction can occur on slopes, 5° (9 %) maximum
grade.
8.
Travel slowly and allow extra distance to stop.
9.
Use caution during turns to avoid jack-knifing.
General Service
10.
Use extra caution when operating in reverse.
1.
11.
Do not modify or repair the hitch, replace the hitch if
damaged.
Never run an engine indoors or in a poorly ventilated area.
Engine exhaust contains carbon monoxide, an odorless,
and deadly gas.
12.
Do not shift to neutral and coast downhill.
2.
Before cleaning, repairing, or inspecting, make certain the
blade(s) and all moving parts have stopped. Disconnect
the spark plug wire(s) and ground against the engine to
prevent unintended starting.
m. Allow a machine to cool at least five minutes before
storing.
Section 2 — Important Safe Operation Practices
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3.
4.
5.
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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 dealer.
Regularly check the safety interlock system for proper
function, as described later in this manual. If the safety
interlock system does not function properly, have your
machine serviced professionally by an authorized dealer.
Check the blade(s) and engine mounting bolts at frequent
intervals for proper tightness. Also, visually inspect blade(s)
for damage (e.g., excessive wear, bent, cracked). Replace
the blade(s) with the original equipment manufacturer’s
(O.E.M.) blade(s) only, listed in this manual. “Use of parts
which do not meet the original equipment specifications
may lead to improper performance and compromise
safety!”
6.
Mower blades are sharp. Wrap the blade or wear gloves,
and use extra caution when servicing them.
7.
Keep all nuts, bolts, and screws tight to be sure the
equipment is in safe working condition.
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.
Section 2 — Important Safe Operation Practices
Do not modify engine
To avoid serious injury or death, do not modify engine in any
way. Tampering with the governor setting can lead to a runaway
engine and cause it to operate at unsafe speeds. Never tamper
with factory setting of engine governor.
Notice Regarding Emissions
Engines which are certified to comply with California and federal
EPA emission regulations for SORE (Small Off Road Equipment)
are certified to operate on regular unleaded gasoline, and
may include the following emission control systems: Engine
Modification (EM) and Three Way Catalyst (TWC) if so equipped.
When required, models are equipped with low permeation fuel
lines and fuel tanks for evaporative emission control. California
models may also include a carbon canister. Please contact
Customer Support for information regarding the evaporative
emission control configuration for your model.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
DANGER— ROTATING BLADES
Never carry passengers. Never carry children, even with the blades off.
DANGER— ROTATING BLADES
To avoid a back-over accident, keep children away from the machine while it is in operation.
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!
Section 2 — Important Safe Operation Practices
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Section 2 — Safe Operation Practices
Figure 1
line
Figure 2
(TOO STEEP)
15° Slope
WARNING! Slopes are a major factor related to tip-over and roll-over accidents which can result in severe injury or death.
Do not operate machine on slopes in excess of 15 degrees. All slopes require extra caution.
Always mow across the face of slopes, never up and down slopes.
To check the slope, proceed as follows:
1. Remove this page and fold along the dashed line.
2. Locate a vertical object on or behind the slope (e.g. a pole, building, fence, tree, etc.)
3. Align either side of the slope gauge with the object (See Figure 1 and Figure 2 ).
4. Adjust gauge up or down until the left corner touches the slope (See Figure 1 and Figure 2).
5. If there is a gap below the gauge, the slope is too steep for safe operation (See Figure 2 above).
ashed
15° d
USE THIS SLOPE GAUGE TO DETERMINE
IF A SLOPE IS TOO STEEP FOR SAFE OPERATION!
(OK)
15° Slope
Slope Gauge
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Assembly & Set-Up
Contents of Crate
•
One Lawn Tractor
•
One Oil Drain Hose (If equipped)
•
One Z-Force S Tractor Operator’s
Manual
•
One Engine Operator’s Manual
•
One Deck Wash Hose Coupler
Tractor Preparation
Steering Wheel
1.
Remove the upper crating material from the shipping pallet,
and cut any bands or tie straps securing the tractor to the
pallet.
1.
Remove the hardware for attaching the steering wheel
from beneath the steering wheel cap. Carefully pry off the
steering wheel cover to remove the hardware.
2.
If the deck is not in the highest mowing position (pushed all
the way forward), use the deck lift pedal to raise the deck to
its highest position. Refer to the Controls & Features section
for instructions on raising and lowering the deck.
2.
With the wheels of the tractor pointing straight forward,
place the steering wheel over the steering shaft.
3.
Place the flat washer and belleville washer over the
steering wheel and secure with the hex screw. See Fig. 3-2.
3.
Disengage the parking brake.
4.
Engage the transmission bypass rods on each side of the
tractor; then carefully roll the tractor off the shipping pallet.
The transmission bypass rods (one for each the RH and LH
transmission) are located on the rear of the tractor, just
inside each rear wheel. Disengage the bypass rods. See Fig.
3-1.
Steering Wheel Cover
Flat Washer
Hex Screw
Belleville Washer
Steering Wheel
Transmission
Bypass Rods
Steering Wheel
Column
Keyhole Slot
Figure 3-2
4.
Place the steering wheel cover over the center of the
steering wheel and push downward until it “clicks” into
place.
Install Operator’s Seat
To install the seat proceed as follows:
Figure 3-1
5.
Remove the deck wash system nozzle adapter and oil drain
tube (if so equipped) from the manual bag and store for
future use.
Steering Wheel Column
The steering wheel column is tilted all the way back for shipping
purposes. To tilt the column forward, press the steering tilt pedal.
Release the steering tilt pedal when the column is in the desired
position.
NOTE: The seat is shipped with the seat switch and seat pan
attached. A second person may be needed to to hold the seat.
1.
Cut any straps securing the seat assembly to the tractor.
Remove any packing material.
NOTE: Be careful not to cut the wiring harness connecting the
seat and the seat switch in the bottom of the seat.
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2.
Remove the two shoulder bolts and lock nuts in the seat
pan as shown in Fig. 3-3.
Adjusting the Seat
To adjust the position of the seat, push the seat adjustment lever
to the left. Slide the seat forward or rearward to the desired
position; then release the adjustment lever. Make sure seat is
locked into position before operating the tractor. See Fig. 3-5.
Figure 3-3
3.
Rotate the seat into position and secure the seat into place
with the previously removed shoulder bolts and lock nuts.
Be careful not to crimp or damage the wire harness while
installing the seat. See Fig. 3-4.
Figure 3-5
Install the Rear Hitch Bracket
1.
Remove the hex flange screws and flange lock nuts that
secure the hitch bracket and muffler mount bracket to the
bumper bracket. See Fig. 3-6.
Flange
Lock
Nuts
Hex Flange Hitch
Bracket
Screws
Figure 3-4
Muffler Mount
Bracket
Figure 3-6
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Section 2— Assembly & Set-Up
2.
Install the hitch bracket and muffler mount bracket as
shown in Fig. 3-7 and secure with the hex flange screws
and flange lock nuts removed in step 1.
Connecting the Battery Cables
CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 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.
CAUTION: When attaching battery cables, always
connect the POSITIVE (Red) wire to its terminal first,
followed by the NEGATIVE (Black) wire.
For shipping reasons, 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:
Flange
Lock
Nuts
Hitch
Hex Flange Bracket
Screws
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.
Muffler Mount
Bracket
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. 3-8.
Figure 3-7
Fuel Fill-Up
Using a good grade of unleaded regular gasoline, fill the tank
(beside the engine on the right side of the mower). When the fuel
tank reaches one inch from the top of the tank, stop, DO NOT
OVERFILL. Space must be left for expansion.
Figure 3-8
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. 3-8.
3.
Position the red rubber boot over the positive battery
terminal to 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 section your Operator’s Manual prior to operating
the tractor.
Section 2 — Assembly & Set-Up
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Controls & Features
Ignition
Switch
Module
Parking Break
Engagement Lever
Hour Meter/
Indicator Panel
PTO Switch
Fuel Tank Cap
Choke Control
Index Plate
Deck Lift Pedal
Throttle Control
Seat Adjustment Lever
Drive Pedal
Reverse Pedal
Figure 4-1
NOTE: References to LEFT, RIGHT, FRONT, and REAR indicate that
Ignition Switch Module
position on the tractor when facing forward while seated in the
operator’s seat.
WARNING! Never
leave a running
Deck Lift Pedal
machine unattended.
Always disengage
PTO, set parking
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8
12
6
brake, stop engine
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4
2
H
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and remove key to
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7
13
5
15
3
prevent unintended
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starting.
The deck lift pedal is located near the front of the tractor on the
To start the engine, insert the key
left of the foot platform and is used to raise and lower the mower into the ignition switch and turn
deck. The deck lift pedal has 17 positions including the transport
clockwise to the START position.
position.
Release the key into the NORMAL MOWING MODE position once
the engine has fired.
Push the pedal forward and rock back to lock into the transport
position, locking behind the notch on the front of the index
To stop the engine, turn the ignition key counterclockwise to the
plate. Remove and replace the lock rod into the desired height
STOP position.
index hole, then push pedal forward and rock forward to unlock
CAUTION: Prior to operating the tractor, refer to
and slowly allow the pedal to move back until it reaches the lock
both
Safety Interlock Switches and Starting The
rod.
Engine in the Operation section of this manual for
detailed instructions regarding the Ignition Switch
Module and operating the tractor in REVERSE
CAUTION MODE.
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PTO (Power Take-Off ) Switch
Indicator Panel Features
The PTO switch is located on the LH console to
the left of the operator’s seat.
Battery Indicator
Illuminates and the battery voltage is displayed briefly when the
ignition switch it turned to the “ON” position.
The PTO switch operates the electric PTO
clutch mounted on the bottom of the engine
crankshaft. Pull the switch knob upward to
engage the PTO clutch, or push the knob
downward to disengage the clutch.
Illuminates to indicate the battery voltage has dropped below
11.5 (+0.5/-1.0) 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.
The PTO switch must be in the “disengaged”
position when starting the engine.
Oil Pressure Indicator (If Engine So Equipped)
The transmission bypass rods (one for each the RH and LH
transmission) are located on the rear of the tractor, just inside
each rear wheel, below the fuel tank and the storage tray.
This warning lamp indicates low engine oil pressure. If the
indicator comes on while the engine is running, stop the engine
immediately and check for possible causes. Do not run the
engine while this indicator is illuminated. Contact your Cub
Cadet dealer to have the tractor and engine inspected.
When engaged, the two rods open a bypass within the
hydrostatic transmissions, which allows the tractor to be pushed
short distances by hand.
NOTE: The oil pressure indicator may illuminate when the
ignition switch is in the ON position, but should turn off when
the engine is started.
Transmission Bypass Rods (Not Visible)
CAUTION: Never tow your tractor. Towing the
tractor with the rear wheels on the ground may
cause severe damage to the transmissions.
Fuel Tank Cap
The fuel tank cap is located on the right console. Turn the fill cap
to remove. Always re-install the fuel cap tightly onto the fuel tank
after removing.
WARNING! Never fill the fuel tank when the engine
is running. If the engine is hot from recently running,
allow to cool for several minutes before refueling.
Highly flammable gasoline could splash onto the
engine and cause a fire.
Hour Meter/Indicator Panel
Hour Meter Features
HOURS 1/10
PTO /
BLADE
PARK
BRAKE
When key is turned to the “ON” position, the battery indicator
light briefly illuminates and the battery voltage is briefly
displayed. The display then changes to the accumulated hours.
This indicator illuminates when the parking brake is in the
DISENGAGED position and the ignition switch is turned to the
“START” position. Check this indicator if the engine will not crank
with the ignition switch in the “START” position. If necessary,
move the parking brake to the ENGAGED position.
This indicator also illuminates when the ignition switch is turned
to the “START” position and the RH and/or LH drive control levers
are in a position other than the fully out in neutral position. Move
the control levers fully outward.
Throttle Control
The throttle control is located on the RH console
to the right of the operator’s seat. When set in a
given position, a uniform engine speed will be
maintained.
Push the throttle control handle forward to increase
the engine speed. The tractor is designed to operate
with the throttle control in the fast position (full
throttle) when the tractor is being driven and the
mower deck is engaged.
W
NOTE: The hour meter is activated whenever the ignition switch
is turned to the “ON” position. Keep a record of the actual hours
of operation to assure all maintenance procedures are completed
according to the instructions in this manual and the engine manual.
Parking Brake Engaged Indicator
S
The hour meter records the hours that
the tractor has been operated in the
digital display (tenths of an hour - right
most digit).
OIL
BATT.
This indicator illuminates when the PTO switch is pulled upward
in the “ENGAGED” position and the ignition switch is turned
to the “START” position. Check this indicator if the engine will
not crank with the ignition switch in the “START” position. If
necessary, move the PTO switch to the “DISENGAGED” position.
FAST
The hour meter/indicator panel is
located on the LH console to the left of
the operator’s seat.
PTO Engaged Indicator
Pull the throttle control handle rearward to decrease the engine
speed.
The Indicator Monitor will also remind the operator of maintenance
intervals for changing the engine oil. The LCD will alternately flash,
“CHG” ; “OIL” and the recorded hours for five minutes after every
50 hours of recorded operation. 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.
Section 4 — Controls & Features
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Choke Control
The choke knob controls the position of the
engine choke and is located on the RH console.
Pull the knob out to choke the engine; push the
knob in to open the choke.
Steering Tilt Pedal
CHOKE
Parking Brake Engagement Lever
The steering tilt pedal is located at the bas of
the steering column. To increase or decrease
the angle of the steering column press down on
the steering tilt pedal, move the steering wheel
column to the desired position and release the
pedal.
REVISIONS
REV DESCRIPTION
T00
Release For Tooling
The parking brake engagement lever is located on the left
of the seat box frame, and is used to engage the parking
brake.
Pull the lever reward to stop the tractor or slow it down.
Pull the lever fully rearward and to the right; then into the
short “J” slot to engage the brake.
Pull the lever up out of the “J” slot and to the left; then
completely forward to disengage the parking brake.
Drive Pedal
The drive pedal is located on the right side
of the tractor, along the running board. Press
the drive pedal forward to cause the tractor to
travel forward. Ground speed is also controlled
with the drive pedal. The further forward the
pedal is pivoted, the faster the tractor will travel. The pedal will
return to its original position when it’s not pressed.
Transmission Oil Expansion Reservoir (Not Shown)
Equipped on Z-Force S60 & Z-Force S54
The transmission oil expansion reservoir is connected by hoses
to the RH and LH transmission assemblies, and is located behind
the seat box. The function of the reservoir is to hold the natural
expansion of transmission oil that occurs as the transmission
warms up during operation. DO NOT FILL THE RESERVOIR.
Under normal operating conditions, no oil should be added
to the reservoir. The COLD oil level should be no higher than
approximately 1⁄4” (the “Full Cold” mark) above the bottom of the
reservoir. See Fig. 4-2.
Reverse Pedal
The reverse pedal is located on the right
side of the tractor along the running board.
Ground speed is also controlled with the
reverse pedal. The further downward the
pedal is pivoted, the faster the tractor will
travel. The pedal will return to its original
position when it’s not pressed.
Cup Holder
The cup holder is located on the LH console to the left of the
operator’s seat.
Storage Tray
The storage tray is located at the rear of the LH console.
Seat Adjustment Lever
The seat adjustment lever is located below the front/left of the
seat. The lever allows for adjustment of the fore to aft position
of the operator’s seat. Refer to the Maintenance & Adjustments
section for instructions on adjusting the seat position.
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Section 4— Controls & Features
Full Cold Line
Figure 4-2
NOTE: Prior to the initial operation of the tractor, the oil level in
the reservoir may be slightly higher than the maximum due to air
in the oil lines. Operation of the tractor will eventually purge the
air from the lines and the oil level will settle to the maximum.
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Operation
General Safety
Before Operating Your Tractor
•
RECEIVE INSTRUCTION — Entirely read this operator’s
manual. Learn to operate this machine SAFELY. Do not risk
INJURY or DEATH. Allow only those who have become
competent in its usage to operate this tractor.
•
Before you operate the tractor, study this manual carefully
to familiarize yourself with the operation of all the
instruments and controls. It has been prepared to help you
operate and maintain your tractor efficiently.
•
Before starting the engine or beginning operation, be
familiar with the controls. The operator should be in the
operator’s seat. The PTO switch must be in the disengaged
position and the parking brake engaged.
•
This engine is certified to operate only on clean, fresh,
unleaded regular gasoline. For best results, fill the fuel
tank with only clean, fresh, unleaded gasoline with a pump
sticker octane rating of 87 or higher.
•
Keep all shields in place. Keep away from moving parts.
•
•
NO RIDERS! Keep all people and pets a safe distance away.
Look behind and down to both sides of the tractor before
and while backing up.
•
DO NOT direct the mower discharge at people.
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.
•
Avoid slopes where possible. Never operate on slopes
greater than 15°. Slopes with a greater incline present
dangerous operating conditions. Tractors can be rolled
over.
•
•
Before leaving the operator’s seat: Shut off the PTO and
engage the parking brake, shut off the engine and remove
the ignition key. Wait for all movement to stop before
servicing or cleaning.
Avoid any sudden movements of the steering wheel when
starting and stopping. Keep a firm grip on the steering
wheel.
•
Be careful when operating near roadways. Stop the tractor
motion and wait for vehicles to pass before operating
along the road.
•
Do not operate the tractor with the mower deck removed.
Removal of the deck will change the balance of the tractor,
and could contribute to a tractor rollover.
•
Avoid operation on traction surfaces that are unstable; use
extreme caution if the surface is slippery.
•
Slow down before turning and come to a complete stop
before any zero turn maneuver.
•
Do not stop the tractor or park the tractor over
combustible materials such as dry grass, leaves, debris, etc.
•
Do not fill the fuel tank when the engine is running or
while the engine is hot. Allow the engine several minutes
to cool before refueling. Tighten the fuel cap securely.
NOTE: Purchase gasoline in small quantities. Do not use
gasoline left over from the previous season, to minimize
gum deposits in the fuel system.
•
Gasohol (up to 10% ethyl alcohol, 90% unleaded gasoline
by volume) is an approved fuel. Other gasoline/alcohol
blends are not approved.
•
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.
•
Check the engine oil level.
•
Clean the air cleaner element if necessary.
•
Check the tire inflation pressures.
•
Adjust the seat for operator’s maximum comfort, visibility
and for maintaining complete control of the tractor.
Safety Interlock Switches
This tractor is equipped with a safety interlock system for the
protection of the operator. If the interlock system should ever
malfunction, do not operate the tractor. Contact your Cub Cadet
dealer.
•
The safety interlock system prevents the engine from
cranking or starting unless the parking brake is engaged,
and the PTO (Blade Engage) knob is in the disengaged
(OFF) position.
•
The engine will automatically shut off if the operator leaves
the seat before engaging the parking brake.
WARNING! Do not operate the tractor if the
interlock system is malfunctioning. This system was
designed for your safety and protection.
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Starting the Engine
WARNING! This tractor is equipped with a safety
interlock system designed for the protection of the
operator. Do not operate the tractor if any part of
the interlock system is malfunctioning. Periodically
check the functions of the interlock system for
proper operation.
WARNING! For personal safety, the operator must
be sitting in the tractor seat when starting the
engine.
NOTE: Refer to the Engine Operator’s Manual for oil fill-up
instructions and refer to the Assembly & Set-Up section for
gasoline fill-up instructions.
1.
Operator must be sitting in the tractor seat.
2.
Engage the parking brake. Refer to Fig. 5-1.
8.
Allow the engine to run for a few minutes at mid throttle
before putting the engine under load.
9.
Observe the hour meter/indicator panel. If the battery
indicator light or oil pressure light come on, immediately
stop the engine. Have the tractor inspected by your Cub
Cadet dealer.
Cold Weather Starting
When starting the engine at temperatures near or below
freezing, ensure the correct viscosity motor oil is used in the
engine and the battery is fully charged. Start the engine as
follows:
1.
Be sure the battery is in good condition. A warm battery
has much more starting capacity than a cold battery.
2.
Use fresh winter grade fuel. Winter grade gasoline has
higher volatility to improve starting. Do not use gasoline
left over from summer.
3.
Follow the previous instruction for Starting the Engine.
Using Jumper Cables To Start Engine
WARNING! Batteries contain sulfuric acid and
produce explosive gasses. Make certain the area is
well ventilated, wear gloves and eye protection, and
avoid sparks or flames near the battery.
Engage the Parking Brake
If the battery charge is not sufficient to crank the engine,
recharge the battery. If a battery charger is unavailable and
the tractor must be started, the aid of a booster battery will be
necessary. Connect the booster battery as follows:
1.
Connect the end of one cable to the disabled tractor
battery’s positive terminal; then connect the other end of
that cable to the booster battery’s positive terminal.
2.
Connect one end of the other cable to the booster
battery’s negative terminal; then connect the other end of
that cable to the frame of the disabled tractor, as far from
the battery as possible.
3.
Start the disabled tractor following the normal starting
instructions previously provided; then disconnect
the jumper cables in the exact reverse order of their
connection.
4.
Have the tractor’s electrical system checked and repaired
as soon as possible to eliminate the need for jump starting.
Figure 5-1
3.
Make certain the PTO switch is in the disengaged (down)
position. Refer to Fig. 5-1.
4.
Pull the choke control upward into the full choke position
NOTE: If the engine is warmed up, it may not be necessary
to place the throttle control in the choke position.
5.
Move the throttle control to midway between its 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.
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, deactivate the choke control.
NOTE: Do NOT leave the choke control on while operating
the tractor. Doing so will result in a “rich” fuel mixture and
cause the engine to run poorly.
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Section 5— Operation
Stopping the Engine
1.
Place the PTO switch in the “OFF” position.
2.
Engage the parking brake.
3.
Move the throttle control to the SLOW position and allow
the engine to idle for about one minute.
4.
Turn the ignition key to the “OFF” position and remove the
key from the ignition switch.
NOTE: Always remove the key from the ignition switch to prevent
accidental starting or battery discharge if the equipment is left
unattended.
Driving The Tractor
Reverse Caution Mode
WARNING! Avoid sudden starts, excessive speed
and sudden stops.
The REVERSE CAUTION MODE position of the key switch module
allows the tractor to be operated in reverse with the blades (PTO)
engaged.
NOTE: Mowing in reverse is not recommended.
1.
Release the parking brake. Move the throttle lever into the
FAST (rabbit) position.
2.
To travel FORWARD, slowly press the drive pedal forward
until the desired speed is achieved. See Fig. 5-2.
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.
To use the REVERSE CAUTION MODE:
NOTE: The operator MUST be seated in the tractor seat.
Travel Forward
1.
Start the engine as previously instructed on the previous
page.
2.
Turn the key from the NORMAL MOWING (Green) position
to the REVERSE CAUTION MODE (Yellow) position of the
key switch module. See Fig. 5-3.
Travel in Reverse
Reverse
Push Button
Indicator
Light
Reverse
Caution Mode
Position
Stop
Position
Figure 5-2
3.
NOTE: The forward and reverse pedals must not be used when
the brake is partially engaged. When the brake is locked in the
“J” the drive belt is disengaged but if the brake is only part way
back then the brakes are engaged but so is the drive belt so
transmission damage will occur if you push forward or reverse.
4.
Start
Position
To stop or slow down the tractor, take your foot off of the
forward or reverse drive pedal. To lock the parking brake,
pull the lever fully rearward and to the right; then into the
short “J” slot to engage the brake. Pull the lever up out
of the “J” slot and to the left; then completely forward to
disengage the parking brake.
Figure 5-3
3.
Press 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. 5-3.
4.
Once activated (indicator light ON), the tractor can be
driven in reverse with the cutting blades (PTO) engaged.
5.
Always look down and behind before and while backing to
make sure no children are around. After resuming forward
motion, return the key to the NORMAL MOWING position.
To travel in REVERSE, check that the area behind is clear
then slowly reverse pedal with the ball of your foot (NOT
your heel) until the desired speed is achieved. See Fig. 5-2.
CAUTION: Do NOT attempt to change the
direction of travel when the tractor is in motion.
Always bring the tractor to a complete stop before
moving the tractor from forward to reverse or vice
versa.
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.
The REVERSE CAUTION MODE will remain activated until:
a.
The key is placed in either the NORMAL MOWING
position or STOP position or
b.
The operator leaves the seat.
Section 5 — Operation
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Driving On Slopes
•
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 attempt to mow heavy brush and weeds or
extremely tall grass. Your tractor is designed to mow lawns,
NOT clear brush.
Keep the blades sharp and replace the blades when worn.
Refer to the SLOPE GAUGE on page 8 to help determine slopes
where you may operate the tractor safely.
WARNING! Do not mow on inclines with a slope in
excess of 15 degrees (a rise of approximately 2-1⁄2
feet every 10 feet). The tractor could overturn and
cause serious injury.
•
Mow across slopes, not up and down.
•
•
Exercise extreme caution when changing direction on
slopes.
Using the Deck Lift Pedal
•
Watch for holes, ruts, bumps, rocks, or other hidden
objects. Uneven terrain could overturn the machine. Tall
grass can hide obstacles.
•
Do not turn on slopes unless necessary; then turn slowly
uphill and use extra care while turning. Turning up a slope
greatly increases the chance of a 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.
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.
The following information will be helpful when using the cutting
deck with your tractor.
Push the pedal forward until it locks into the transport position,
locking behind the notch on the front of the index plate. Remove
and replace the lock pin into the desired height index hole, then
press down on the lift pedal and slowly allow the pedal to move
back until it reaches the lock pin.
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. See Fig. 5-4.
OFF
ON
WARNING! Plan your mowing pattern to avoid
discharge of materials toward roads, sidewalks,
bystanders and the like. Also, avoid discharging
material against a wall or obstruction which may
cause discharged material to ricochet back toward
the operator.
•
Do not mow at high ground speed, especially if a mulch kit
or grass collector is installed.
•
Do not cut the grass too short. Short grass is prone to weed
growth and yellows quickly in dry weather.
•
Always operate the tractor with the throttle lever in the
FAST (rabbit) position while mowing.
Figure 5-4
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) attachments.
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Section 5— Operation
6
Maintenance & Adjustments
Maintenance Schedule
Before
Each use
Every
10 Hours
P
Clean Battery Terminals
P
Lube Front Caster Wheels and Wheel Spindles
Check Engine Cooling Fins for Debris (Clean as
Necessary)
Every
25 Hours
P
P
Lube Deck Spindles
P
Lube Pedal Pivot Points
Maintenance
WARNING! Before performing any maintenance or
repairs, disengage PTO, set parking brake, stop engine
and remove key to prevent unintended starting.
3.
Prior
to Storing
P
P
P
P
P
If your engine has the oil drain valve setup shown if Fig. 6-1,
see the Oil Drain Valve section on page 20.
Oil Fill Cap/Dipstick
Engine
Refer to the Kawasaki Owner’s Manual for all engine maintenance
procedures and instructions.
Oil Filler
NOTE: Maintenance, repair, or replacement of the emission control
devices and systems which are being done at owner’s expense may
be performed by any engine repair establishment or individual.
Warranty repairs must be performed by a Cub Cadet Dealer.
Oil Fill Tube
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.
Oil Drain Valve
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 hose/valve on the right side of the
engine.
Figure 6-1
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4.
If your engine has the oil drain hose setup in Fig. 6-2, see
the Oil Drain Hose section below.
Oil Fill Cap/Dipstick
Oil Filler
Oil Fill Tube
Oil Drain Hose (If equipped)
1.
Remove the hose from the retaining loop-clamp. Route
the free end of the oil drain hose toward an appropriate
oil collection container with at least a 2.5 quart capacity,
to collect the used oil. Remove the oil fill cap/dipstick from
the oil fill tube.
2.
While holding the free end of the oil drain hose over the oil
collection container, unscrew the square head hose plug
from the end of the hose. See Fig. 6-2. Drain the engine oil
into the collection container.
3.
After draining the oil, wipe any residual oil from the oil
drain hose. Thread the square head plug into the drain
hose fitting and fully tighten the plug.
4.
Replace the oil filter, and refill the engine with new oil as
instructed in the Kawasaki Owner’s Manual.
5.
Re-insert hose through the retaining loop-clamp.
Oil Drain Hose
Square-Head
Hose Plug
Battery
CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 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.
Figure 6-2
Oil Drain Valve (If equipped)
1.
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.
2.
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 2.5 quart
capacity, to collect the used oil.
3.
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.
3.
4.
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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.
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.
Replace the oil filter, and refill the engine with new oil as
instructed in the Kawasaki Owner’s Manual.
Section 6— Maintenance & Adjustments
The battery is sealed and is maintenance-free. Acid levels cannot
be checked and fluid can not be added.
•
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.
CAUTION: If removing the battery for cleaning,
disconnect the NEGATIVE (Black) wire from its
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 result in serious damage to your engine’s
alternating system.
Battery Storage
1.
When storing the tractor for extended periods, disconnect the
negative battery cable. It is not necessary to remove the battery.
2.
All batteries discharge during storage. Keep the exterior
of the battery clean, especially the top. A dirty battery will
discharge more rapidly.
3.
The battery must be stored with a full charge. A discharged
battery can freeze sooner than a charged battery. A fully
charged battery will store longer in cold temperatures than hot.
4.
Recharge the battery before returning to service. Although
the tractor may start, the engine charging system may not
fully recharge the battery.
Tractor Storage
Removing The Tractor From Storage
If your tractor is not going to be operated for an extended period
of time (thirty days to approximately six months), the tractor
should be prepared for storage. Store the tractor in a dry and
protected location. If stored outside, cover the tractor (including
the tires) to protect it from the elements. The procedures
outlined below should be performed whenever the tractor is
placed in storage.
1.
Check the engine oil.
2.
Fully charge the battery and inflate the tires to the
recommended pressure.
3.
If drained before storing, fill the fuel tank with clean, fresh
gasoline.
4.
Add clean, fresh fuel.
1.
5.
Start the engine and allow to idle for a few minutes to
ensure engine is operating properly.
WARNING! Never store the tractor with fuel in the
tank indoors or in poorly ventilated enclosures, where
fuel fumes may reach an open flame, spark or pilot
light as on a furnace, water heater, clothes dryer, etc.
6.
Drive the tractor without a load to make certain all the
tractor systems are functioning properly.
2.
Your zero turn tractor is equipped with dual integrated
hydrostatic pumps/transaxles that are sealed and are
maintenance-free. However, the Z-Force S60 and Z-Force S54
are equipped with a transmission oil expansion reservoir. Under
normal operating conditions, the oil level in the expansion
reservoir does not need to be checked and no additional oil is
needed. If checking the reservoir oil level om the Z-Force S60 or
the Z-Force S54, proceed as follows:
Change the engine oil and filter following the instructions
provided in the engine manual packed with this manual.
a.
If storing the tractor for 30 days or more:
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.
WARNING! Fuel left in the fuel tank deteriorates
and will cause serious starting problems.
b.
c.
WARNING! Check the oil level ONLY before
starting the tractor when the transmission oil is fully
cooled.
Using a fuel stabilizer:
•
Read the product manufacturer’s instructions
and recommendations.
•
Add to clean, fresh gasoline the correct
amount of stabilizer for the capacity
(approximately 3 gallons) of the fuel system.
•
Fill the fuel tank with treated fuel and run the
engine for 2-3 minutes to get stabilized fuel
into the carburetor.
1.
Pivot the operator’s seat forward and clean the reservoir
cap and the area around the cap to prevent debris from
contaminating the transmission oil. See Fig. 6-3.
Full Cold Line
Emptying the fuel system:
•
Prior to putting the tractor in storage, monitor
fuel consumption with the goal of running
the fuel tank empty.
•
Run the engine until it begins to stall. Use the
choke to keep the engine running until all fuel
in the carburetor has been exhausted.
•
Referring to the engine manual, drain the fuel
from the carburetor bowl.
3.
Clean the engine and the entire tractor thoroughly.
4.
Fully charge the battery, then disconnect the negative
cable at the battery to prevent possible discharge.
Recharge the battery periodically when in storage.
NOTE: Remove the battery if exposed to prolonged periods
of sub-freezing temperatures. Store in a cool, dry location
where temperatures are above freezing.
5.
Hydrostatic Transmission
Figure 6-3
2.
Turn the reservoir cap counterclockwise to re-move, then
check the oil level in the reservoir. Oil should be visible
at the bottom of the cup, but the oil level must NOT be
above the “FULL COLD” line. See Fig. 6-3. DO NOT FILL THE
RESERVOIR.
3.
If necessary to add oil because of some type of leakage, use
a quality 20W50 motor oil and add only enough oil to bring
the level to the “FULL COLD” line. Reinstall the cap and fully
tighten.
Lubricate all lubrication points.
NOTE: Use a pressure washer or garden hose is not
recommended to clean your tractor. They may cause
damage to electrical components, spindles, pulleys,
bearings or the engine. The use of water will result in
shortened life and reduce serviceability.
Section 6 — Maintenance & Adjustments
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Cleaning the Tractor
Any fuel or oil spilled on the machine should be wiped off
promptly. Do NOT allow debris to accumulate around the cooling
fins of the engine, the transmission’s cooling fan or on any other
part of the machine, especially the belts and pulleys.
Smart Jet™
Your tractor’s deck is equipped with a water port on its surface as
part of its deck wash system.
Use the Smart Jet™ to rinse grass clippings from the deck’s
underside and prevent the buildup of corrosive chemicals.
Complete the following steps AFTER EACH MOWING:
1.
Drive the tractor to a level, clear spot on your lawn, near
enough for your garden hose to reach.
CAUTION: Make certain the tractor’s discharge
chute is directed AWAY from your house, garage,
parked cars, etc.
1.
Disengage the PTO (Blade Engage), set the parking brake
and stop the engine.
2.
Thread the hose coupler (packaged with your tractor’s
Operator’s Manual) onto the end of your garden hose.
3.
Attach the hose coupler to the water port on your decks
surface. See Fig. 6-4.
9.
Turn the ignition key to the STOP position to turn the
tractor’s engine off.
10.
Turn the water off and detach the hose coupler from the
water port on your deck’s surface.
11.
Repeat step 4-10 on the opposite side of the cutting deck.
After cleaning your deck with the Smart Jet™ system, return to
the operator’s position and engage the PTO. Keep the cutting
deck running for a minimum of two minutes, allowing the
underside of the cutting deck to thoroughly dry.
Lubrication
WARNING! Before lubricating, repairing, or
inspecting, always disengage PTO, set parking
brake, stop engine and remove key to prevent
unintended starting.
Front Wheels
Each of the front wheel spindles and rims is equipped with a grease
fitting. See Fig. 6-5. Lubricate with a No. 2 multi-purpose grease
applied with a grease gun after every 25 hours of tractor operation.
Grease
Fittings
Nozzle Adapter
Deck Wash Nozzle
Adapter Lock Collar
Figure 6-5
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.
Figure 6-4
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4.
Turn the water on.
5.
While sitting in the operator’s position on the tractor, start
the engine and place the throttle lever in the FAST (rabbit)
position.
6.
Move the tractor’s PTO (Blade Engage) into the ON position.
7.
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.
Move the tractor’s PTO (Blade Engage) into the OFF
position.
Section 6— Maintenance & Adjustments
Deck Spindle
3.
Grease fittings can be found on top of each spindle bolt. See Fig.
6-6. Lubricate with 251H EP grease or an equivalent No. 2 multipurpose lithium grease. Using a grease gun, apply two strokes
(minimum) or sufficient grease to the spindle shaft.
Loosen, but do NOT remove, the hex bolt on the front left
deck hanger link. See Fig. 6-7.
Adjustment
Gear
Grease Fittings
Hex Bolt
Figure 6-7
Figure 6-6
Tires
WARNING! Never exceed the maximum inflation
pressure shown on the sidewall of the tire.
Refer to the tire sidewall for exact tire manufacturer’s
recommended or maximum psi. Do not overinflate. Uneven tire
pressure could cause the cutting deck to mow unevenly.
Adjustments
NOTE: Check the tractor’s tire pressure before performing
any deck leveling adjustments. Refer to Tires on page 21 for
information regarding tire pressure.
WARNING! Shut the engine off, remove the
ignition key and engage the parking brake before
making adjustments. Protect your hands by using
heavy gloves when handling the blades.
NOTE: The front right deck hanger link is not adjustable
and is used to help adjust the other hanger links.
4.
The deck is properly leveled when both blade tip measurements
are equal. Retighten the hex bolt on the front left deck hanger
bracket when proper adjustment is achieved.
Leveling the Deck (Front To Rear)
NOTE: Check the tractor’s tire pressure before performing
any deck leveling adjustments. Refer to Tires on page 21 for
information regarding tire pressure. Always level the deck side to
side before front to rear.
The front of the deck should be between 1⁄4” and 3⁄8” lower than
the rear of the deck. Adjust if necessary as follows:
1.
Park the tractor on a firm, level surface and place the deck
lift pedal in a middle position.
2.
Rotate the blade nearest the discharge chute so that it is
parallel with the tractor.
3.
Measure the distance from the front of the blade tip to the
ground and the rear of the blade tip to the ground. The
first measurement taken should be between 1⁄4” and 3⁄8” less
than the second measurement.
Leveling the Deck (Side to Side)
NOTE: Check the tractor’s tire pressure before performing any
deck leveling adjustments. Refer to Tires for information regarding
tire pressure. Always level the deck side to side before front to rear.
Using a wrench, raise or lower the left side of the deck by
turning the adjustment gears. See Fig. 6-7.
Determine the approximate distance necessary for proper
adjustment and proceed, if necessary.
NOTE: When leveling the deck side-to-side, make sure the two rear
adjustment gears are set in the middle of the adjustment range.
4.
Loosen, but do NOT remove, the hex bolt on the left and
right rear deck hanger brackets. See Fig. 6-7.
If the cutting deck appears to be mowing unevenly, a side to side
adjustment can be performed. Adjust if necessary as follows:
5.
Using a wrench, raise or lower the left and right side of the
deck by turning the adjustment gears. See Fig. 6-7.
1.
With the tractor parked on a firm, level surface, place the deck
lift pedal in a middle mowing position and rotate both outside
blades so that they are perpendicular with the tractor.
6.
2.
Measure the distance from the outside of the left blade
tip to the ground and the distance from the outside of the
right blade tip to the ground. Both measurements taken
should be equal. If they’re not, proceed to the next step.
The deck is properly leveled when the front tip of the
blade is 1⁄4” lower than the rear tip. Retighten the hex bolt
on the left and right rear deck hanger links when proper
adjustment is achieved.
Section 6 — Maintenance & Adjustments
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Adjusting the Belt Tension
Setting the Deck Wheels
To tighten or loosen the tension on the belt, tighten or loosen
the jam nuts on the U-rod, see Fig. 6-8, until a ten-pound pull
with a spring scale deflects the belt about 1⁄2”.
Move the tractor on a firm and level surface, preferably
pavement, and proceed as follows
1.
Select the height position of the cutting deck by placing
the deck lift pedal in the normally desired mowing height
setting.
2.
Check the deck wheels for contact or excessive clearance
with the surface below. The deck wheels should have
between ¼-½” clearance above the ground.
3.
If the deck wheels have excessive clearance or contact with
the surface, adjust as follows:
a.
Raise the deck lift pedal to its highest setting.
b.
Remove the front and rear deck wheels by removing
the lock nuts and shoulder bolts which secure them
to the deck. See Fig. 6-9.
Deck Wheel
Figure 6-8
Lock Nut
Shoulder Bolt
Figure 6-9
c.
Place the deck lift pedal in the desired mowing
height setting.
d.
Reinsert the shoulder bolts (with each gauge wheel)
into the index hole that leaves approximately
½-inch between the bottom of the wheel and the
pavement.
Parking Brake Adjustment
If the tractor does not come to a complete stop when the brake
lever is completely engaged, or if the tractor’s rear wheels can
roll with the parking brake applied (and the hydrostatic relief
valve open), the brake is in need of adjustment. See your Cub
Cadet dealer to have the brake properly adjusted.
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Section 6— Maintenance & Adjustments
7
Service
WARNING! Before performing any service, place
the PTO switch in the “OFF” position, engage the
parking brake lever, turn the ignition key to the
“OFF” position and remove the key from the switch.
Charging the Battery
Test and, if necessary, recharge the battery after the tractor has
been stored for a period of time.
•
Battery Removal
WARNING! Battery posts, terminals and related
accessories contain lead and lead compounds. Wash
hands after handling.
The battery is located beneath the seat frame. To remove the battery:
1.
Push down and back on the battery hold-down bracket as
shown in Fig. 7-1 to free it from the seat mount frame.
A voltmeter or load tester should read 12.6 volts (DC) or
higher across the battery terminals. See Fig. 7-2.
Voltmeter
Reading
State of
Charge
Charging
Time
12.7
100%
Full Charge
12.4
75%
90 Min.
12.2
50%
180 Min.
12.0
25%
280 Min.
Figure 7-2
•
Charge the battery with a 12-volt battery charger at a
MAXIMUM rate of 10 amps.
Servicing Electrical System
A fuse is installed to protect the tractor’s electrical system from
damage caused by excessive amperage. Always use the same
capacity fuse for replacement. If the electrical system does not
function, check for a blown fuse.
If you have a recurring problem with blown fuses, have the tractor’s
electrical system checked by your Cub Cadet Service Dealer.
Relays and Switches
There are several safety switches in the electrical system. If a
function of the safety interlock system described earlier is not
functioning properly, have the electrical system checked by your
Cub Cadet Service Dealer.
Figure 7-1
2.
Remove the hex cap screw and sems nut securing the black
negative battery lead to the negative battery post (marked
NEG). Move the cable away from the negative battery post.
3.
Remove the hex cap screw and sems nut securing the red
positive battery lead to the positive battery post (marked POS).
4.
Carefully lift the battery out of the tractor.
5.
Install the battery by repeating the above steps in the
reverse order.
WARNING! Always connect the positive lead to
the battery before connecting the negative lead.
This will prevent sparking or possible injury from an
electrical short caused by contacting the tractor
body with tools being used to connect the cables.
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Deck Removal
4.
Remove the mower deck from the tractor as follows:
1.
Move the tractor to a level surface, disengage the PTO, stop
the engine, and set the parking brake.
2.
Place the deck lift pedal in the lowest mowing position and
replace the lock pin in front of pedal in the deck height
bracket and secure by locking the lock pin. See Fig. 7-3.
Pull the cotter pins out of the four deck lift adjustment
brackets. See Fig. 7-5.
Cotter
Pin
Lock Rod
Figure 7-5
Lowest
Mowing
Position
CAUTION: The deck lift helper springs will cause
the deck lift pedal to slam to the highest position if
the click pin is not in front of the pedal.
Highest
Mowing
Position
5.
Figure 7-3
3.
Z-Force S48
Idler Pulley
Bracket
Idler
Assembly
Figure 7-4
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NOTE: It may be easier to place the deck lift pedal in
the transport position when sliding the deck out from
underneath the tractor.
Using a 1⁄2” drive in the idler pulley bracket, turn the wrench
towards the back of the tractor and slide the belt off the
PTO pulley. See Fig. 7-4.
Z-Force S60 &
Z-Force S54
Section 7— Service
Slide the links off the pins.
6.
Jack up the rear-end of the tractor using the rear bumper.
7.
Slide the deck out from underneath the tractor to the right
side.
Deck Installation
5.
Z-Force S60/54
After all four cotter pins are secure, slide the deck forward
and hook the deck to the U-rod.
6.
Route the PTO belt as shown in Fig. 7-8. After routing the
belt around the PTO pulley, use a 1⁄2” drive in the idler pulley
bracket and turn towards the back of the tractor to finish
routing the belt around the idler pulley.
Install the deck on the tractor as follows:
1.
Place the deck lift pedal in the highest mowing position
and secure it by placing the click pin behind the pedal.
Refer to Fig. 7-3.
2.
Slide the deck under the tractor on the right side of the
tractor lining up the deck lift adjustment brackets and the
deck lift brackets on the deck. See Fig. 7-6.
Deck Lift Adjustment Brackets
Deck Belt
PTO Belt
PTO Pulley
Figure 7-8
Deck Lift Brackets
Figure 7-6
3.
Once the deck is under the tractor, move the deck lift pedal
to the lowest mowing position.
NOTE: To make the brackets line up properly it may be
necessary to place a small block of wood under each side
of the deck.
4.
Once the brackets are properly aligned, slide the pin on the
deck lift adjustment bracket into the lift bracket and secure
with cotter pins. See Fig. 7-7.
7.
Place the deck in the highest mowing position by removing
the click pin and push the pedal forward and rock back to
lock into the transport position, locking behind the notch
on the front of the index plate.
8.
Refer to the Maintenance & Adjustments section to level
the deck if required.
9.
Make sure the proper tension is on the belt. To adjust the
tension, refer to “Adjusting Belt Tension” on page 22.
NOTE: Before using the tractor double-check the belt
routing to make sure that the belt has been routed
properly.
Z-Force S48
Install the deck on the tractor as follows:
Bracket Pin
Cotter
Pin
1.
Place the deck lift pedal in the highest mowing position
and secure it by placing the click pin behind the pedal.
Refer to Fig. 7-3.
2.
Slide the deck under the tractor on the right side of the
tractor lining up the deck lift adjustment brackets and the
deck lift brackets on the deck. See Fig. 7-6.
3.
Once the deck is under the tractor, move the deck lift pedal
to the lowest mowing position.
NOTE: To make the brackets line up properly it may be
necessary to place a small block of wood under each side
of the deck.
Figure 7-7
4.
Once the brackets are properly aligned, slide the pin on the
deck lift adjustment bracket into the lift bracket and secure
with cotter pins. See Fig. 7-7.
5.
After all four cotter pins are secure, slide the deck forward
and hook the deck to the U-rod.
Section 7 — Service
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6.
Route the belt as shown in Fig. 7-9. After routing the belt
around the PTO pulley, use a 1⁄2” drive in the idler pulley
bracket and turn towards the back of the tractor to finish
routing the belt around the idler pulley.
Replacing the Deck Belt
Z-Force S60/54
1.
Remove the deck from beneath the tractor, (refer to Deck
Removal on page 24).
2.
Remove the hex washer screws securing the belt covers to
the deck. See Fig. 7-10.
Hex Washer
Screws
Belt Cover
Belt Keeper
Idler
Pulley
PTO Pulley
Figure 7-9
7.
Place the deck in the highest mowing position by removing
the click pin and push the pedal forward and rock back to
lock into the transport position, locking behind the notch
on the front of the index plate.
8.
Refer to the Maintenance & Adjustments section to level
the deck if required.
9.
Make sure the proper tension is on the belt. To adjust the
tension, refer to “Adjusting Belt Tension” on page 22.
Figure 7-10
3.
NOTE: Before using the tractor double-check the belt
routing to make sure that the belt has been routed properly.
Using a 1⁄2” socket breaker bar or socket ratchet insert the
male end into the 1⁄2” square opening in the lower idler arm
assembly/Idler pulley bracket and pull the idler arm/pulley
bracket clockwise. See Fig. 7-11. While holding the idler arm
back, loosen the deck belt from the pulleys and slide the
belt away from the pulley.
Idler Arm
Figure 7-9
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Section 7— Service
4.
Install the new deck belt around the spindle pulleys as
shown in Fig. 7-8 and reinstall the belt covers.
5.
Reinstall the deck following the instructions in Deck
Installation on page 25.
Replacing the Belt
3.
A block of wood may be placed between the deck housing
and the cutting edge of the blade to help in breaking loose
the hex nut securing the blade. To reinstall the blades,
reverse the above process and tighten nut to 100-120 lb ft.
4.
Reinstall the deck (refer to Deck Installation on page 25 ).
Z-Force 48
1.
Remove the deck from beneath the tractor, (refer to Deck
Removal on page 24).
2.
Remove the hex washer screws securing the belt covers to
the deck and loosen the belt keepers enough to slide the
belt off the pulleys. See Fig. 7-10.
3.
Remove the belt from the spindle pulleys. Refer to Fig. 7-9.
4.
Install the new belt around the spindle pulleys as shown in
Fig. 7-9 and reinstall the belt covers.
5.
Reinstall the deck following the instructions in Deck
Installation on page 25.
Replacing the PTO Belt (Z-Force S60/54 only)
NOTE: Add a small amount of multi-purpose grease to the
bolt threads to avoid corrosion and galvanic corrosion.
WARNING!: Never mow with dull blades. Blades
that are bent should be replaced. The cutting blades
are sharp and can cause severe injury. Wrap the
cutting surface of the blade with a rag to avoid injury.
Sharpening the Blades
1.
Remove the deck from beneath the tractor, (refer to Deck
Removal on page 24) then gently flip the deck over to
expose its underside.
1.
Remove the deck from beneath the tractor, (refer to Deck
Removal on page 23).
2.
2.
Replace the PTO belt and reinstall the deck following the
instructions in Deck Installation on page 25.
Clean any debris from the blades. Keep blades sharp and
free of build up at all times.
3.
Sharpen blades evenly at the original 30° angle to maintain
balanced cutting blades. Do not sharpen the underside of
the blades. Use a electric blade sharpener, a conventional
electric grinder or a hand file to sharpen the blades.
4.
Replace any blade with severe nicks or dents that cannot
be removed by filing.
5.
Check the balance of the blade after sharpening by placing
it on a blade balancer. Do not use unbalanced blades.
6.
If the blade dips on one end, file stock off of the cutting
surface on that end.
Mower Blade Care
WARNING! Protect your hands by using heavy
gloves when handling the blades. When servicing
the mower deck, be careful not to cut yourself on
the sharpened blades.
The cutting blades must be kept sharp at all times. Sharpen the
cutting edges of the blades evenly so that the blades remain
balanced and the same angle of sharpness is maintained.
If the cutting edge of a blade has already been sharpened many
times, or if any metal separation is present, it is recommended
that new blades be installed. New blades are available at your
authorized dealer.
NOTE: Replace any blades that cannot be easily balanced.
The blades may be removed as follows.
1.
Remove the deck from beneath the tractor, (refer to Deck
Removal on page 24) then gently flip the deck over to
expose its underside.
2.
Use a 3⁄4” wrench to hold the hex washer screw on the top
of the spindle assembly when loosening the flange lock
nut securing the blade. See Fig. 7-11.
Hex
Washer
Screw
Spacer
Pulley
Hex Screw
Spacer
Spindle Assembly
Spacer
Blade
Flange Lock Nut
Section 7 — Service
Figure 7-11
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Changing the Spindle Assembly
1.
Remove the deck from beneath the tractor, (refer to Deck
Removal on page 25).
2.
Remove the hex washer screws securing the belt covers
to the deck and remove the belt from the spindle pulleys.
Refer to Fig. 7-9.
1.
Remove the drive belts. (See Replacing the Belt)
2.
Remove the blade. (See Mower Blade Care).
3.
Use a 3⁄4” wrench to hold the hex nut on top of the spindle
assembly when loosening the hex nut securing the blade.
A block of wood may be placed between the deck housing
and the cutting edge of the blade to help in breaking loose
the hex nut securing the blade. See Fig. 7-12.
Hex
Washer
Screw
Spacer
Pulley
Hex Screw
Spacer
Spindle Assembly
Spacer
Blade
Flange Lock Nut
Figure 7-12
NOTE: Take note of the order that the parts composing the
assembly are placed.
4.
Using a wrench or socket ratchet remove four hex washer
screws. Remove the spindle assembly. See Fig. 7-10.
5.
Reverse the process to install the spindle assembly.
Changing the Transmission Drive Belt
Several components must be removed and special tools used in
order to change the tractor’s transmission drive belt. See your
Cub Cadet dealer to have the transmission drive belt replaced.
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Section 7— Service
8
Troubleshooting
Problem
Excessive vibration
Uneven cut
Mower will not mulch grass
(If Equipped w/Mulching Kit)
Cause
Remedy
1. Cutting blade loose or unbalanced.
1. Tighten blade and spindle.
2. Damaged or bent cutting blade.
2. 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.
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.
4. Dull blade.
4. Sharpen or replace blade.
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9
Replacement Parts
Component
Part Number and Description
759-3336
Spark Plug
KM-11013-7049 Air Filter
KM-49019-0707 Fuel Filter (Z-Force S48/54)
KM-49040-7008 Fuel Filter (Z-Force S60)
KM-49065-7007 Oil Filter
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754-04044A
Deck Belt (Z-Force S48)
754-04137A
Deck Belt (Z-Force S54)
01005376
Deck Belt (Z-Force S60)
954-04262
PTO Belt (Z-Force S54/60)
754-04250
Drive Belt
02005017
02005017-X
02005018
02005018-X
02005019
02005019-X
Mowing Blade (Z-Force S48)
Xtreme Mowing Blade (Z-Force S48)
Mowing Blade (Z-Force S54)
Xtreme Mowing Blade (Z-Force S54)
Mowing Blade (Z-Force S60)
Xtreme Mowing Blade (Z-Force S60)
Component
Part Number and Description
618-04426
Deck Spindle
734-04155
634-3159
Deck Wheel (Z-Force S48)
Deck Wheel (Z-Force S54/60)
925-1707D Battery
751-12193A
Gas Cap
946-1086
Throttle Control Cable
746-04057
Choke Control Cable
925-2054A
Ignition Key
01006693
Chute Deflector
634-04128
634-04295
Wheel Assembly (Z-Force S48)
Wheel Assembly (Z-Force S54/60)
634-04629
Caster Wheel Assembly
Section 9 — Replacement Parts
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10
Attachments & Accessories
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Part No.
Part
19A70011100
48” Double Bagger (Z-Force S48)
19A70012100
54” Triple Bagger (Z-Force S54)
19A70012100
60” Triple Bagger (Z-Force S60)
19A70016100
Mulch Kit (Z-Force S48)
19A70017100
Mulch Kit (Z-Force S60)
19A70018100
Headlight Kit
19A70025100
Hitch Kit
19A70024100
58” Snow Blade
490-850-0005
Blade Removal Tool
490-850-0008
Oil Siphon
Notes
11
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Section 11— Notes
Section 11 — Notes
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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
Z-FORCE S/Z-FORCE ZERO-TURN RIDING MOWER
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 1-800668-1238 or log on to our website at www.mtdcanada.com.
This warranty is in addition to any applicable emissions warranty
provided with your product.
Cub Cadet warrants this product (excluding its Normal Wear Parts,
Batteries and Attachments as described below) against defects in
material and workmanship for a period of three (3) years or one
hundred eighty (180) 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.
Attachments — Cub Cadet warrants attachments for this product
against defects in material and workmanship for a period of one (1)
year, 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-100090 REV. C
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