Cub Cadet CC 30 Rider

Cub Cadet CC 30 Rider

Cub Cadet’s CC 30 Rider is the best selling rear engine riding mower on the market, and it’s easy to see why when Consumer Report has praised it for its excellent clipping dispersal, clump-free mulching and general ease of use. What makes this tiny riding mower such a great choice for small lawns?

Operating Simplicity

Whether you’re new to riding mowers or you can operate a lap bar ZTR like a pro, there’s a lot to like about the CC 30’s design. The overall layout is similar to a mid-deck ZTR with the operator sitting directly above the deck, letting them get a clear view of obstacles before they reach the blade.

Although it does have a turning radius like a lawn tractor, the controls are identical to the Synchro-Steer system Cub Cadet uses in their professional mowers. The direction is controlled by a steering wheel, while a pair of pedals let the operator go forward or reverse while offering fine adjustment to get just the right speed. This makes it far easier to control than a standard riding mower.

Other smaller features help make the mower simple and comfortable to use. The steering column telescopes and the fuel level can be checked by looking straight down at a slot in the frame that exposes the translucent gas tank. The CC 30 is about the same size as a walk-behind mower, so it’s easy to store.

Performance

This mower is built for one purpose: cut one acre of suburban lawn. That means an emphasis on maneuverability and cut quality.

This starts with a 14 gauge steel stamped deck that provides Cub Cadet’s characteristic high vacuum for a superior finish. Inside this shell, there’s a single 30-inch blade riding on a spindle supported by ball bearings. This deck can be set to one of 5 cutting heights ranging from 1.5-4 inches, and it has the same Smartjet deck washing system found on other Cub Cadet mowers, making cleaning as simple as hooking up a hose.

The CC 30 is powered by Cub Cadet’s single cylinder 382 cc engine. While it may be small, it still has a full pressure oil system with an automotive-style filter to give it the same wear protection as a commercial motor. Likewise, the company went with a hydrostatic transmission from Hydro-Gear, a company that supplies equipment for a wide range of commercial mowers. The T2HP unit used in the CC 30 is designed to be maintenance free and has a built-in cooling fan. Together, the motor and transmission propel the mower to a top speed of 4.25 mph when going forward and 4.35 mph in reverse.

Warranty

Whether you choose the base CC 30 or go with the LED headlight-equipped CC 30 H, Cub Cadet will guarantee the mower for three years or 120 hours of residential use.

Parts

When you need to service the CC 30, visit www.cubparts.com. We’re a certified Cub Cadet dealer, so we carry everything you need for your mower from blades to belts. Our site has factory diagrams built into its search engine, making it easy to identify the part you need. We have a massive parts stock for fast shipping, and we can have your order delivered anywhere in the U.S. and Canada.

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How Can a Volunteer UTV Help My Landscaping Business?

How Can a Volunteer UTV Help My Landscaping Business

Cub Cadet makes all kinds of equipment for lawn care professionals from top quality ZTRs to the state-of-the-art RG3 robotic golf course mower. In amongst these lawn-specific devices are two of their Volunteer UTVs. What does a vehicle usually used for driving around in the woods have to do with landscaping and groundskeeping? Thanks to the way Cub Cadet builds and outfits these vehicles, they can be just as useful taking care of a manicured lawn as they are fun to drive around in the wilderness.

Models

Cub Cadet makes two versions of the Volunteer specifically for professional use: the 4×4 EFI and the WT Cab. Both have the same basic construction, but the WT Cab includes a cab, lights, side mirrors and other accessories that are optional on the 4×4 EFI. It also has a cargo area with sides that can be folded down to be converted into a flatbed, while the 4×4 EFI has a standard UTV dump bed.

Power

Both the Volunteer EFI and WT are powered by a 747cc Kohler Aegis V-Twin. This advanced engine is fuel injected for easy starts in any weather and liquid cooled to handle the most severe heat. These features also increase engine life and reduce maintenance requirements.

Payload and Towing

The WT Cab can carry up to 1,200 lbs, while the Volunteer EFI has a payload capacity of 1,400 lbs. When it comes to towing, the WT Cab pulls ahead, being able to handle up to 1,700 lbs. to the EFI’s 1,400. This lets these vehicles haul anything from bags of fertilizer to generators and tools to the work site.

Both side-by-sides have a Class 1 two inch receiver hitch. That means they can pull overseeders, aerators and other gear that doesn’t require a PTO so your mowers and tractors can be free for other work. If you just want to haul more stuff, Cub Cadet makes a trailer with a 12.5 cubic foot capacity.

Traction

A low center of gravity keeps the vehicle stable while making it easy to get in and out of. The Volunteer’s design provides 11 inches of ground clearance, yet there are just 12 inches from the ground to the cab floor.

Working in an area with difficult terrain? The Hilliard traction system provides true four wheel drive and the rear axle can be locked for extra grip. It can also ford up to 22 inches of water, but that’s probably not a feature you’ll put to the test very often.

Attachments

Just like a tractor, this UTV’s true abilities come into play when you start adding equipment. Cub Cadet makes 40 attachments that let you outfit these vehicles to best fit your needs:

The WT comes with a cab, but you can also add one to the regular Volunteer, as well as outfit both side-by sides with full-size doors. There’s also a heater available that taps into the engine’s coolant supply.

Install a speedometer, backup alarm, turn signals and brake lights to meet your workplace safety requirements or to get the UTV qualified as a Low-Speed Vehicle (LSV) so it can be driven on the street.

Add a light bar to illuminate your work area, or use the wiring kit to add all the powered accessories and lighting you want.

Need to drag out large branches and other awkward objects? Install a 4,000 lb. Warn winch. Use the dump bed constantly? Install an electric lift for easier unloading. Need to move that dirt around once it has been dropped off? A 72-inch dozer blade can be attached to the front.

Sourcing Parts and Accessories

Getting parts and accessories for these vehicles is easy: just visit www.cubparts.com. As a certified dealer for Cub Cadet and Kohler, we can provide you with everything you need for your professional UTV. Our search engine has built-in factory diagrams to make it easy to identify parts, and we can ship them anywhere in the U.S. and Canada.

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Cub Cadet’s New EFI V Twin Engine

EFI_EngineCub Cadet brought EFI engines to the consumer market last year with the introduction of their new XT1 lawn tractors, and now they’re adding a significant boost in power with the XT2 LX42’s new V-twin. This is the first time in the industry that a fuel injected V-twin has been offered in a lawn tractor, bringing significant improvements in efficiency, power, and ease of use compared to its carbureted competitors.

A First for the Industry

Fuel injected small engines have been around for a few years, but their use has been limited to high-end commercial equipment. Cub Cadet spearheaded the introduction of consumer EFI engines last year with a new 547cc single cylinder used in the XT1 LT42 and LT46 FAB, and now they’re expanding their offerings with a bigger engine that competes with the carbureted twins at the heart of the market.

With this new 679cc motor, consumers can finally get a mower with a fuel injected V-twin that doesn’t have a price you’d expect to see on a nice used car. In fact, the XT2 LX42 EFI is the first lawn tractor in the industry to be offered with an EFI V-Twin.

Why EFI?

Carburetors use a needle that dribbles out fuel which is mixed with incoming air using a Venturi to cause a sudden drop in air pressure. Even at the best of times, this isn’t an efficient way to mix fuel, and it can’t be adjusted to deal with different conditions like altitude and temperature changes without swapping out some parts.

With a closed-loop electronic fuel injection system like the one used in this new engine, a sensor tells the computer how much air is passing into the engine. Using this data, it fires an injector which sprays a fine mist of fuel to get the exact ratio of fuel and air needed by the motor. This spraying action is more effective at mixing the fuel for better combustion, and changes to the mixture can be made on the fly to fit operating conditions, helping the motor run in any weather. This fine control and improved mixing offers several benefits:

Fuel consumption is reduced by up to 25% compared to carbureted motors.

Fuel freshness is less of an issue, so there’s no need to worry about adding stabilizers during the mowing season. When the mower is put in storage, the fuel tank doesn’t need to be drained as long as it has been treated with a stabilizer.

This engine was designed from the start to run fuel blends containing up to 20% ethanol, so there’s no reason to go out of your way to buy ethanol-free fuel. It can also run just fine on E15, which is usually less expensive than regular unleaded.

Since the fuel mix is always correct, the engine runs a lot cleaner. This not only reduces emissions, it extends the life of the oil so it needs to be changed less often.

Is this New Engine Safe to Buy?

Cub Cadet did their homework to ensure the teething problems of this design will be minimal. Bench testing was used to simulate wear and tear until the design could regularly last twice as long as a carbureted engine. Pre-production engines were then field tested in locations ranging from Alaska to Arizona to ensure these motors will work in extreme cold and heat using a variety of fuel blends to ensure they’d run well with commonly available pump gas. Add in features like a fully pressured oiling system, and you get an engine that is sure to be every bit as reliable as anything else from Cub Cadet.

Where Can I Get Parts?

Www.cubparts.com is a certified Cub Cadet dealer, so we carry parts for everything the company has built from classic tractors to this new lawn tractor engine. Our site has factory diagrams and descriptions built into the search system, making it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for, and we can ship your order to any address in the U.S. and Canada.

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Edging Tips

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By using the right techniques, edging your lawn creates well-defined boundaries between the turf, the surrounding pavement and landscape features to give your yard a beautiful finish. These tips will help you create well-defined edges on your property using your Cub Cadet string trimmer, edger, or a combination of the two.

Should I Use an Edger or String Trimmer?

Ask ten different lawn care professionals about the best way to edge and you’ll get ten different opinions. Some will only use a string trimmer, others will insist on using an edger, and some use a combination of the two. Each tool has its own advantages and disadvantages.

An edger can cut a deep, even trench into the soil, creating a clean edge that lasts a long time. In most cases, it will only need to be used every third or fourth time the lawn is mowed. On models that can tilt the blade, like the Cub Cadet LE100, it can also be used to get a finished surface around flower beds without resorting to hand edging.

A string trimmer is great for touching up a previously cut edge, and there’s no chance of cutting too far into the soil, guaranteeing a good finish around concrete. However, the line can’t dig that far into the dirt, so it doesn’t take long for grass to pop back up. Some professionals choose to work exclusively with a string trimmer because it means there’s one less piece of equipment they have to deal with, and they’ll already be using the trimmer for cutting around buildings and fence lines

Before and After Edging

Low voltage wire for outdoor lighting and lawn irrigation systems are usually deep enough to be well below the cutting edge of the blades, but underground pet fence can be as little as an inch from the surface, posing a major hazard. Make sure you know whether this wire has been buried and where it’s located before edging to prevent damage to the wire and your equipment.

If you edge the lawn before mowing, the mower can be used to pick up and remove loose dirt and grass clippings to get the best finish.

Edging with a String Trimmer

The trimmer should be held so that the head is perpendicular to the ground and the gas cap is pointing up. The engine is designed to work at any angle, and both the throttle handle and loop handle are designed to be used in this position.

Start by lowering the head toward the ground to create a thin trench. Once the string is cutting through the soil at the desired depth, start walking backward: as you cut, the line will spin down toward the soil, keeping the grass and dirt from being thrown into the air while creating an even cut.

Edging with a Blade Edger

Start by tilting the edger so that the blade is in the air. Engage the clutch and lower the blade into the soil until the front wheels are on the ground.

As the blade spins and cuts through the soil, it will gently pull the edger forward. Let this action do most of the work, pushing the edger forward only when the soil has been cleared from the cut. If the blade rides up over a tough spot, pull the edger back and roll over it again.

If you’re having trouble getting a clean cut next to concrete, lower the cutting height a little. By making the blade bite into more soil, it will track the edge of the pavement better.

Using the blade in the fully upright position provides a clearly defined line around pavement, but making a straight cut around landscaping features and flower beds will leave an unfinished-looking edge. To get a professional finish, go around the border with the blade straight, then make a second pass over the feature or bed with the blade angled out to the edge of the first cut. This will make the soil slope down toward the grass for a more natural look.

Keep Your Equipment Ready to Edge

When you need to service or repair your Cub Cadet, visit www.cubparts.com. We’re a certified dealer with a wide range of OEM parts in stock ready to be shipped across the U.S. and Canada. Our site makes it easy to find what you need by integrating factory parts diagrams and descriptions into our search system so you can see exactly what you’re ordering.

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Making and Using Your Own Wood Mulch

A big part of lawn care is gathering up and disposing of dead limbs, leaves and grass clippings. Normally, this material ends up in the trash, but it’s not hard to turn it into mulch that can be used to protect and fertilize plants that are in your garden or integral to your landscaping.

What’s the Difference Between Mulch and Compost?

Both mulch and compost are decomposed organic matter; the difference comes from how much they’ve decomposed. While nutrients from mulch aren’t instantly available like they are with compost, it’s great for ground cover, stopping weeds from growing around plants. Since it doesn’t break down as much before it’s used, mulch doesn’t stink like compost does during its later stages of development, and it’s a lot less finicky when it comes to composition.

What Materials Can Be Used for Mulch?

– Chopped hay and straw

– Leaves

– Grass clippings: Using the mulching mode on your Cub Cadet mower is the most effective way to use clippings as mulch. However, you may want to bag clippings to halt the spread of weeds or when the grass is too wet to be processed. Putting these clipping on your mulch pile lets you return their nutrients to the soil.

– Wood: Twigs can be put directly into the mulch pile, while larger branches and bark need to be chopped up into small pieces. A Cub Cadet chipper/shredder creates chips that are the perfect size for mulching.

– Sawdust: This needs to be from untreated wood since the same agents used on lumber to protect it from rot and weather will also keep microorganisms from breaking it down.

– Pine needles: These are acidic, so they should only be used in small quantities unless the mulch will be applied to plants that thrive in acidic soil like rhododendrons and dogwood trees.

Building a mulch pile can be a near-year-round process. You can start in the summer with grass clippings, then move on to leaves in the fall. When you trim trees and branches during the start and end of the growing season, that wood can be chipped and added to the pile.

Create a Site for Your Mulch Pile

The mulch pile will kill any ground covering, so it’s best to locate it somewhere that will be out of sight. The pile itself just needs something to give it structure, like a ring made of snow fence or chicken wire held up with small fence posts. Covering the pile with a tarp or sheet of plastic will help hold heat and moisture in, increasing decomposition.

Turning Waste into Mulch

The best results are achieved by using a variety of waste sources to create the mulch: by mixing materials, you’ll create a finished product that will have a varied consistency that will be less likely to blow or wash away. Starting the mulch pile with a layer of wood chips and twigs will help with drainage and aeration, but it isn’t required to get good results.

When you add new material or the pile starts to smell, turn the mulch with a garden fork. This will help oxygen reach the microorganisms in the mulch so they can do their job.

Using Mulch

When can you use your mulch? The longer it has to decompose, the more accessible the nutrients will be to your lawn, but even relatively fresh material can be used for ground cover. Keep in mind that new mulch with a high proportion of wood could leach nitrogen from the soil.

Using it around trees, shrubs, and gardens will help manage heat reflected toward the plants in the summer, and it can keep moisture from evaporating. The mulch layer should be three to four inches thick, and some space should be made between the mulch and the plants you want to grow. Worried about dormant weeds sprouting from your mulch? Lay down some newspaper to act as a barrier. It will prevent the seedlings from taking root and will decompose alongside the mulch, integrating into the soil.

If winter temperatures are on their way, wait to apply mulch until after the first freeze. The mulch can act as a blanket, shielding root systems from temperature changes which may keep plants from going into hibernation early enough to protect themselves from the cold. After the freeze, mulch application can help prevent frost heaving.

Where to Get Parts for Your Cub Cadet Equipment

www.cubparts.com is a certified Cub Cadet dealer. That means we carry OEM replacements for everything they make including the mowers, leaf blowers and wood chippers you need to manage your lawn. Our site is built to make it easy to find what you need, letting you view factory parts diagrams and descriptions to correctly identify parts. We ship across the U.S. and Canada.

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Summer Mower Maintenance

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While you may be taking care of most maintenance when you store your equipment in the winter and get it out in the spring, there are still a few things that need to be done during the season. These tips will help you keep your Cub Cadet mower running at its best from the first time you start the motor to the first snowfall.

Oil

Before starting the engine, check the oil level. Air-cooled engines depend on the oil to both lubricate internal components and move heat from the combustion chamber to the rest of the engine, increasing the effective cooling surface to keep temperatures under control. Some oil consumption is normal on these motors, which means the oil level can drop to a point that will lead to overheating before a full oil change is needed.

Mower Decks and Blades

Wash the deck after each use. Riding and wide deck motors come with a washout port that attaches to a garden hose to clean the deck. If you have a walk behind mower, tip the deck so that the carburetor is facing up to access the deck for washing or blade maintenance. Excessive buildup can be removed by scraping off the deck surface with a putty knife.

Inspect and sharpen the blades. Blades should be replaced if they’re cracked, bent or heavily worn. A dull blade is harder to push through grass, putting a strain on the engine, and it can tear the tips of the grass, opening them up to infection.

On riding mowers and wide walk behind mowers, the blades connected to the engine by a series of belts. These should be inspected and replaced if they show signs of wear including cracking and stretching. The spindles that connect the belts to the blades also need to be greased occasionally.

Air Filters

Depending on your engine, the air filter will use a paper element, a foam element or both.

Paper elements are designed to trap fine particles of dirt in their fibers while maintaining air flow, but surface dirt can cover the surface, restricting air flow. Tapping the filter against a hard surface will loosen this dirt so air can pass through the filter again.

Foam elements use oil to trap dirt. To clean them, the foam needs to be soaked in a non-flammable solvent or washed in a mild detergent. After the filter has dried, it should be soaked in engine oil, then any excess oil should be squeezed out before re-installation. The type of oil doesn’t matter so long as it’s clean.

When cleaning the filters, remember to wipe out any dirt inside the filter housing. Buildup can block the entrance of air which can keep the engine from running at peak performance.

Fuel

Modern fuel doesn’t age well, which can lead to power reduction and starting issues in small engines. While ethanol is blamed for a lot of fuel problems, it also acts as a solvent, inhibiting the formation of gums inside the fuel. That means even if you buy ethanol-free gas, you can still end up having problems due to varnishing inside the fuel system.

For most equipment, fuel should be used within 30 days of purchase or within 90 days if it has been treated with a fuel stabilizer. This includes fuel injected engines: they may not need the same after season maintenance as carbureted motors, but they still need fresh fuel.

Spark Plugs

Having trouble starting the engine? Check the spark plug for carbon buildup and electrode wear. While the plug should last through the season, problems with the oil and fuel systems can lead to premature wear.

Vibration

Over time, engine vibration can literally shake your equipment apart. Checking the tightness of the bolts on your equipment, particularly around the handle, will keep you from losing them when you’re mowing.

Ensure Reliability with Genuine OEM Parts

www.cubparts.com is a certified dealer for Cub Cadet as well as the manufacturers of engines used in their professional models including Kawasaki and Honda so we can provide you with everything you need to keep your equipment running this summer. Our site has built-in factory parts diagrams and descriptions to make it easy to find what you’re looking for, and we can ship those parts to any address in the U.S. and Canada.

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How to Stop your Mower’s Engine from Surging

14B-3GE-010_product_listing_flashWhen the engine in your Cub Cadet can’t hold a steady speed, it can be difficult or impossible to use. Fortunately, while there are several possible causes that can result in surging, these are easy to identify and remedy. Here’s what you need to look at to get your equipment to run like it should.

What is Surging?

Surging happens when the engine isn’t getting enough fuel or air to run at full speed, but it can still get enough to run at a lower speed. When air and fuel are limited, the engine speed drops, it runs better, and then it accelerates until it hits this limit again. This causes a cycle of fluctuating engine speeds which makes it difficult and sometimes dangerous to operate equipment. Fixing this problem requires inspecting and remedying problems across the entire intake including the fuel system, filter, carburetor, and governor.

Air Filter Issues

A dirty filter can keep the engine from drawing in the air it needs to run at full speed, but still provide enough air at lower RPM.

Paper filters can be cleaned by tapping them against a hard surface to knock free any loose dirt. Foam filters can be cleaned in water and a mild detergent or with a non-flammable solvent. After cleaning, the foam needs to be soaked in clean motor oil and any excess oil should be squeezed out before reinstalling. Paper filters should be replaced if they’re saturated with dirt and all filters should be replaced if they are damaged. When cleaning the filters, remember to wipe out the filter housing and make sure it hasn’t been damaged, which can let the filter flex under load and restrict airflow.

Fuel System Problems

As gas leaves the fuel tank, air is needed to replace it. This air enters through small holes in the gas cap. If those holes are clogged, the pressure inside the tank will drop, keeping the fuel from being drawn through the fuel line.

Lines and filters should be inspected for clogs and cracks to ensure the fuel leaving the tank makes it to the carburetor.

If you have old fuel, it may not want to burn. As a general rule, when powering a four stroke engine, gasoline should be used within one month of purchase, and within three months if it has been mixed with a fuel treatment. Fuel injected engines can usually run on older gas, while two-stroke engines are much more sensitive to stale fuel. Carburetor jets can clog if dirty or old fuel passes through them, particularly ethanol-free fuel, which will gum up as it ages. Fuel containing ethanol is less likely to turn sticky, but it will draw water from the surrounding air, making it harder to burn. In either case, the old fuel should be drained and replaced with fresh fuel.

Vacuum leaks

As the piston moves down during the intake stroke, that space expands, drawing air through the filter and mixing it with fuel from the carburetor or injector before it enters the combustion chamber. However, if there are any leaks, the engine can draw in outside air that hasn’t had fuel added to it, leaning out the mixture.

Start by tightening all the bolts around the carburetor: these can work loose after being subjected to engine vibration, letting the carburetor separate from the head. If the engine is still surging, inspect the gaskets between the carburetor and the head to ensure they’re creating a tight seal.

Governor Issues

Cub Cadet engines use a pneumatic governor to control engine speed. The flywheel has fan blades on it that move air across the engine for cooling. The governor has a small air vane next to the flywheel that changes position based on how much air passes it. It’s linked to the throttle by a spring: once the engine is up to speed, the air pushes on the vane and it pulls on the spring, closing the throttle. A bent spring can keep the vane from reacting quick enough to the control the throttle, while vane damage and dirt around the flywheel can cause turbulence that can keep the governor from working effectively.

Fix Your Cub Cadet the Right Way with OEM Parts

www.cubparts.com is a certified Cub Cadet dealer so we can supply you with the right parts for your equipment whether you have an old tractor or a new string trimmer. Our site lets you see where parts fit on factory diagrams and list items using factory descriptions so you can be sure you’re ordering exactly what you need. Best of all, we can ship your order to any address in the U.S. and Canada.

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Cub Cadet ST100 Wheeled String Trimmer

Cub Cadet ST100Not long ago, wheeled string trimmers were strictly the domain of professionals, packing big power in an easy to manage package for quickly trimming along fences and landscape features. With the ST 100, Cub Cadet is able to offer this convenience in a piece of equipment sized for homeowners who want a faster, more consistent cut than a hand-held trimmer.

Why Wheeled?

With a hand-held string trimmer, the operator swings the head along the ground in a circular motion to get the most coverage. This makes it awkward to cut along flat areas near walls, and it can be difficult to keep the spindle parallel to the ground and at an even height for a good finish. Add in the difficulties of starting a two-stroke engine and getting the line out of a bump head, and using one of these trimmers quickly becomes a nuisance when dealing with larger lawns.

A wheeled trimmer is rolled along like a walk-behind lawn mower. Since it doesn’t have to be carried, the engine can be a lot bigger, increasing cutting force. This allows it to use thicker, longer lasting line which is twisted into holes on the spindle. When cutting, the spindle stays level as the trimmer is pushed along for a consistent finish. The end result is faster cutting with better results and less time messing with the engine or the line. It may not have all the features of a pro model, but the ST 100 is perfect for those with a half acre lawn looking for an alternative to hand-held trimmers.

Assembly and Use

The ST 100 is powered by a 159cc engine built by Cub Cadet and used in a wide range of products including several of their lawn mowers. Setup is simple: just pull the device out of the box, bolt on the top part of the handle, attach the pull starter and add some oil and gas. The engine uses an automatic choke and requires no priming so it can be started by closing the bail on the handle and pulling the starter handle. 14-inch wheels make this trimmer easy to maneuver, while ball bearing mounts keep it rolling smoothly. Need to take the ST 100 somewhere? The handle folds down for easy transport.

Spindle and Line

The spindle can be moved after loosening a couple wing nuts. This gives the St 100 a cutting height ranging between 2.375 and 4.375 inches. This deck is offset to the left so it can get a clean cut next to walls and fences without having to move back and forth using the front of the cutting edge.

The spindle is designed to use 0.155 inch (0.39 cm) trimmer line and can cut a swath up to 22 inches wide. Cub Cadet designed the head to use standard square line or twisted Xtreme line for cutting woody growth. The lines attach using a single bend: just fold it in half and push it through the loop, and the end will catch on a hook. When it wears out, the line can be pushed back through without using a set of pliers. Unlike professional models, this trimmer can’t be used with a brushcutter blade, but that’s only an issue for owners who have lots of land or live on the edge of a wooded area. Need to cut on hills? The deck is balanced to allow this trimmer to work on a 15-degree incline.

Getting Parts for the Cub Cadet ST 100

When you need anything Cub Cadet, visit www.cubparts.com. We’re a certified Cub Cadet dealer with a massive parts stock, letting us rapidly ship whatever you need for your equipment from spindles to spark plugs. Our site makes finding parts easy with built in factory diagrams and descriptions, and we can ship your order to any address in the U.S. and Canada.

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Which Cub Cadet Mower is Right for You?

cub cadet mowersWhich Cub Cadet is right for you? With models built for users ranging from homeowners with small lawns to landscaping professionals, there are a lot of options to consider. Here’s what you need to know to find the right mower for your needs.

Walk Behind vs. Riding

While deck width gets the most attention, speed is key when determining how much turf you can mow. Walk-behind mowers are limited by the speed you can walk, which means they cover a lot less ground than a riding mower, even if they have the same deck size.

Cub Cadet makes wide walk-behind mowers with riding-mower sized decks. While they can’t move as fast as a riding mower, they provide an inexpensive alternative for mid-sized lawns. While regular walk-behinds are only good for ¼-1/2 acres lawns, these can handle up to two acres. If you have anything bigger, you’ll need a riding mower to get the job done in a reasonable amount of time.

Stamped vs. Constructed Decks

A stamped deck is formed from a single piece of metal. Its curved shape provides steady vacuum across the mowing chamber to get a smooth cut and excellent mulching performance. A constructed deck is made from several flat, thick steel plates. This creates stagnant areas inside the mowing chamber that reduce performance, but the heavier construction can withstand heavy wear and impacts.

Lawn Mower vs. Garden Tractor

A lawn mower is just built to mow and pull a small trailer. A garden tractor has a stronger frame and can handle heavier loads as well as attachments including snow blades. When choosing between the two, take into consideration which accessories you may want to use.

Riding Mower vs. Zero Turning Radius Mower

A standard riding mower is built like a small tractor with a steering rack and solid rear axle for the drive system. These are easy to learn since they drive like a car, but the limited turning circle makes it difficult to maneuver around obstacles. A ZTR uses a tank-like steering system, using a pair of hydraulic transmissions to vary the speeds of the drive wheels independently, letting it take sharp turns and even spin in place. Learning to steer using lap bars can take a while, but Cub Cadet also offers steering wheel-based systems that are easy to learn and provide even greater accuracy.

Riding mowers are much better at handling steep inclines, and they work great for wide open areas. ZTRs are more expensive, but the added maneuverability makes them excellent at tackling yards with trees and landscaping.

Deck Sizes

When sizing a mower, this formula can be used to calculate the acres it can cover per hour: (Deck width in inches x MPH x 0.8)/100. This assumes 80% efficiency to account for overlap and turning. How fast does a mower go? Assume 3 mph for push mowers, 4 mph for self-propelled walk-behind mowers, and the maximum speed stated for riding and ZTR mowers. For example, let’s say you’re looking at a Pro Z 148S EFI. It can go up to 9.5 mph and has a 48-inch deck. Using the formula, we get (48×9.5×0.8)/100 = 3.65 acres per hour. Of course, your experience may vary: you may need to slow down to improve cut quality or deal with difficult terrain, while features like Synchro-Steer can increase your efficiency, letting you cut more without increasing the size of the mower.

When choosing a deck, make sure it will go through the gates on your property. The quoted deck size is for the area the blades cut, while the full width of the deck will be a little larger. Keep in mind that while the mulching plug won’t extend past the deck and the chute can be lifted up, bagging systems are difficult to remove and will need to be accounted for when measuring the mower’s total width.

Engine

Cub Cadet extensively tests engines to find the right model and size for their mowers and even builds their own engines to fit their needs, which makes this the least important factor when choosing a mower. Unless you’re a professional who wants to stick with the same engine manufacturer across your fleet, you should concentrate more on the mower’s cutting abilities.

Sourcing Parts

Whether you end up with a small push mower or a commercial ZTR with a 72-inch deck, you can get everything you need to maintain your Cub Cadet from www.cubparts.com. We’re a certified dealer for Cub Cadet as well as the companies they work with to build their equipment including Honda, Kawasaki, Briggs & Stratton, Kohler and Hydro Gear. Our site can help you find the right part by letting you see factory parts diagrams and descriptions when you search, and we can ship what you need anywhere in the U.S. and Canada.

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Cub Cadet and Advanced Turf Technology: Coming to a Sports Arena Near You

unit--infinicut--shadowed--posterized-compressedCub Cadet made their name by building top quality mowers and equipment for residential users, and in recent years they’ve extended their reach into professional landscaping. With the recent purchase of Advanced Turf Technology, they’re expanding into the sports turf market. If past mergers are anything to go by, we should see some amazing equipment coming out of this venture.

How Well Do These Partnerships Work? Just Ask Golf Landscapers.

To see what we can expect from this new acquisition, we just need to look at the company’s purchase of Precise Path Robotics. PPR had developed a self-driving mower for golf courses that uses a navigation system that’s more precise than GPS and can track every motion so it won’t mow the same way twice. When Cub Cadet took over the company, they upgraded the deck with their own technology for a greatly improved finish. The result is the RG3, a mower that is so effective at improving turf performance, reducing manpower requirements and stopping grounds creep that most operators have been able to upgrade their course’s classification without increasing their budget.

Advanced Turf Technology: Meeting the Demands of Professional Sports

When the greatest athletes in the world are playing on your grounds with huge numbers of spectators watching, you want everything to look and perform perfectly. Taking care of this turf is a careful balancing act between durability, performance and appearance, pushing grass maintenance well beyond simple cutting, seeding and weeding. UK-based ATT’s advanced turf mowers are built for each step in this carefully managed process. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, wining over landscapers at premier golf, tennis and cricket clubs.

Cub Cadet purchased the company in January and is just starting to integrate Advanced Turf Technology’s equipment into their lineup. In the future, you can expect to see improvements to these turf tools, and there will likely be a turf mower built around the TMSystem cassettes. Add in Cub Cadet’s creep-stopping TruEdge system, and these mowers could deliver a new level of perfection.

TMSystem Smart Cassettes

Central to ATT’s turf performance is their unique reel cassette system. The cassettes mount onto a universal carrier using a set of four bolts, making it easy to switch between jobs. Once attached, the roller height can be adjusted in the field using two knobs.

ATT makes nine interchangeable roller cassettes that aerate, brush, dethatch, groom, level, scarify and top dress the grass and soil. With these tools, the turf can be set up for everything from withstanding the quick movements of tennis and football players to ensuring fast ball speeds on golf greens. From grooming the surface to prevent visible footsteps to using static to work sand into the soil, the system offers an unparalleled level of control over the grass and the soil and thatch beneath it.

The Cub Cadet Infinicut

The first product of this partnership is the Infinicut reel mower. This walk behind unit has a removable power system that allows the operator to switch between a Honda GX120 gas engine and battery pack to power the electric traction and reel motors.

The reel mounts to a dynamic floating head that maintains even weight distribution regardless of the turf angle, while the collection bucket is frame-mounted to keep the weight over the reel from fluctuating. Clip rate and mower speed can be adjusted independently to get the perfect finish.

Support for Cub Cadet Equipment

If you use anything with a Cub Cadet logo on it from the smallest string trimmer to the most complex professional equipment, you can get parts for it at www.cubparts.com. Our site shows you factory parts diagrams and descriptions so you can easily identify what you need, and we can ship your order to any address in the U.S. and Canada.

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