Tips for Using a LS 27 Log Splitter

Cub Cadet LS 27 CCHP Log Splitter

Is it time to get out your LS 27 log splitter and get some wood split for the fire? These tips will help you protect the hydraulic pump, protect yourself and get the best performance from your machine.

Safety

Wear heavy boots, close-fitting clothing, and safety glasses when operating this machine.

Chock both the front and back of the wheels. The force of the wedge breaking through tough bark is enough to make the splitter jump out of place.

Make sure the beam is locked in position before starting the engine.

Stay in the operator zone when using the splitter. With the beam in the upright position, stand directly behind the splitter. When the beam is in the horizontal position, stand on the right side of the splitter next to the controls.

Setting the Beam Position

Cub Cadet recommends using the splitter with the beam in the vertical position when splitting heavy logs. Using the beam in the horizontal position will let split logs fall into the log tray, requiring less bending to stack them.

The LS 27 has two locks to hold the beam in place. The vertical beam lock is on the left side of the beam next to the engine. The horizontal lock is on the right side of the beam next to the beam support latch.

To engage the vertical lock, pull it out and rotate the handle clockwise 180 degrees. The horizontal lock is spring-loaded and will engage automatically.

Hydraulic Fluid

The fluid level needs to be checked before using the splitter. To get an accurate measurement, start the engine and move the wedge all the way out, then all the way in. The dipstick is on top of the hydraulic tank, between the left wheel and the engine. Check the level and add fluid if needed. Extend and retract the wedge 12 more times to purge any air in the system, and check the fluid level again.

Cub Cadet recommends the following hydraulic fluids:

– Shell Tellus S2 M 32 hydraulic fluid
– Dexron III/Mercon automatic transmission fluid
– Pro-Select AW-32 hydraulic oil
– 10WAW-ISO grade 32 hydraulic oil

Shell Tellus is used at the factory and is recommended when you first top off the hydraulic fluid tank. After that, any of these fluids can be used, but they shouldn’t be mixed.

Setting Up the Log Splitter

Apply clean engine oil to the beam where the wedge will slide. Do not use grease: dust and debris will adhere to the surface, increasing friction and wear.

Before starting the engine, the pump needs to be primed. Disconnect the spark plug, then pull the starter handle as far as it can go 10 times.

Reconnect the spark plug wire and start the engine.

Check the hydraulic fluid level (see above).

Splitting

Logs should have square ends. If one side isn’t even, place the log so that the uneven side faces the wedge. Logs with crotches should be placed with the crotch lined up with the wedge. If the splitter is in the vertical position, turn the log until it leans against the beam. Cutting logs to a consistent length will help them age evenly. The standard log length is 16 inches.

Use your left hand to steady the log while you operate the controls with your right hand. Support the side of the log, never the top. Never use your foot. Keep your hands away from splits: if the wedge is dislodged, the wood can close on your fingers. Instead, retract the cylinder until the wood is pushed off of the wedge.

Towing

The LS 27 is mounted on a trailer designed for a maximum speed of 45 mph. The beam must be locked in the horizontal position before towing.

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Tips for Using Your Cub Cadet Chipper/Shredder Vacuum

Cub Cadet Chipper Shredders

Whether you own a CSV 050 or a CSV 070, a Cub Cadet chipper shredder can take a lot of the work out of fall lawn cleanup. These tips will help you get maximum performance and simplify disposal.

Safety

Wear closed toe shoes and close-fitting clothing. Loose clothing can get caught in the nozzles.

Hearing and eye protection is a must, and it’s also a good idea to wear a dust mask, especially if you have trouble with fall allergens.

Always wear thick gloves when using the chipper chute. Branches can kick back as they’re being fed into the blades.

Before you start cleaning up leave and debris, go through your lawn and remove anything that could damage the vacuum. Small branches can be chopped up in your vacuum’s chipper chute when you come to them, but metal, glass, and plastic can do some major damage to the internal components of your equipment, or worse, be ejected from the outlet at high speed. Never operate your vacuum over gravel. Instead, use a rake to move leaves onto the turf for your vacuum to pick up.

Nozzle Height

The nozzle height is set by moving a pair of levers between the nozzle and front wheels. Both levers need to be in the same position. For the best performance, the end of the nozzle should be just above debris, not in them. This allows air to be drawn in with leaves, maintaining vacuum. If the nozzle is completely covered, the leaves can jam, reducing vacuum pressure while straining the engine.

Bag Care

The bag material has small pores that let air through, leaving leaves and debris behind. Over time, dust can clog these pores, reducing vacuum performance. If this happens, wash the bag and let it dry completely before using it.

Using the Hose

The vacuum hose lets you reach into areas that you can’t drive over with the vacuum, which is handy for picking up leaves next to fences and around bushes. It also concentrates the air being moved by the impeller, increasing suction. This makes it perfect for picking up pine cones.

Pick up the end of the hose and aim it toward the ground before switching the nozzle/hose lever on top of the vacuum nozzle. Like the nozzle, the end of the hose should be kept just above the debris you’re picking up.

If there’s a clog, straighten out the hose so it’s stretched out in front of the vacuum inlet. In most cases, this will be enough to pull the leaves into the impeller housing. For more difficult clogs, shut off the engine and wait until the impeller stops moving. Disconnect the hose and pull the clog out by hand.

Dealing with Collected Leaves

As leaves pass through the impeller, they’re chopped up, making them more compact. This reduces the cost of disposal, but this material can also be used as mulch or compost, letting you skip disposal fees entirely.

Compacted leaves will be much heavier than leaves raked by hand. If you’re collecting leaves for disposal, dump them into heavy-duty lawn bags. Standard trash bags will tear if they’re anywhere close to full.

Using the Chipper Chute

Branches fed into the chute should be straight. Trim off any small branches and feed them in separately.

Hold the branch when feeding it into the chute, but don’t push it in. The chipping blades will cut away the branch and pull it in automatically. If the blades aren’t cutting well, they should be sharpened or replaced.

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Servicing the CSV 050 Vacuum

Servicing the CSV 050 Vacuum

Are you having problems with your Cub Cadet CSV 050 shredder vacuum? Do you need to get it ready for fall lawn care? Here’s what you need to know to keep your lawn vacuum ready to cut up branches and leaves.

Before You Begin

The flails and impeller will still spin for a short time after the engine shuts down. Wait until these components come to a complete stop. Disconnect the spark plug wire to prevent an accidental start.

Lubrication

Apply light oil to these points once per season:

— The wheel shoulder screws on the back wheels
— The pivot arms on the front wheels
— The lock rod that holds the bag
— The nozzle/vacuum lever on the top of the nozzle

Chipper Blade Servicing

Along with common hand tools, you’ll need a 3/16 inch Allen wrench a ratcheting wrench with an extension and a universal joint and a torque wrench.

1. Remove the bag or blower chute
2. Remove the three cap screws holding the chipper chute onto the deck.
3. Remove the front right wheel. Start by unscrewing the lock nut on the end of the axle. Slide off the wheel and the wave washer. Next, remove the shoulder screw on top of the pivot arm assembly. Remove the thrust washer, bell washer, adjustment arm, pivot arm assembly and a second bell washer.
4. Remove the four screws that hold the nozzle cover onto the deck. Three of these are on the back edge of the cover and the fourth is behind and to the right of the hose attachment.
5. Tilt the machine back so that it’s resting on its handle with the front facing up. Support the blower so it can’t tilt forward. Take out the three bolts holding the plastic flail housing onto the bottom of the deck. Tilt the housing toward the engine to remove it from the blower.
6. Remove the flat cap screws attaching the chipper blades to the impeller. The screws can be reached through the hole on the top side of the deck where the chipper chute was bolted on, while the nuts can be reached from the underside of the blower.

Depending on their condition, the blades can be sharpened or replaced. Reassemble in reverse order, tightening the blade screws to 210-250 in-lbs. (17.5-21 ft-lbs.) When fitting the wheel, make sure the outer edges of the bell washers are facing toward from the blower.

Flail Screen

If the leaf discharge is clogged, remove and clean this screen.

1. Remove the bag.
2. Remove the two screws that attach the screen to the blower. One screw is on the right side of the blower deck, and the other is between the bag latch and the chipper chute. Remove the bolt on the underside of the deck. This will free the screen.
3. Remove the screen and clean it by washing it in water or scraping off debris.
4. Reinstall in reverse order.

Troubleshooting

Engine Won’t Start

— Make sure the throttle, engine switch and choke are in the correct positions.
— Check the spark plug wire.
— If the engine has a priming bulb, pump it until there is fuel visible inside the bulb.
— Engage the safety switch. If the engine won’t start with the switch closed, check to see if the switch wires are connected to the engine and to the ground on the mounting bracket.
— Use fresh fuel. Gasoline should be used within one month of purchase or within three months if treated with a stabilizer.

Engine Runs Poorly

— The spark plug wire is loose.
— The choke is still on when the engine is warm.
— The throttle needs to be opened.
— The fuel or air filter is dirty.
— The fuel line is blocked.
— The fuel is dirty or contaminated with water.

Bag Not Filling With Debris

— The bag is too full.
— The discharge chute or flail screen is clogged.
— Something is lodged in the impeller.
— The throttle needs to be opened.

Excessive Vibration

— The impeller may be loose or damaged. Shut off the vacuum immediately and have it inspected by a technician.

Vacuum is Slow or Not Chopping Well

— Make sure the engine is running at full throttle.
— The chipper blades are dull and need to be sharpened or replaced.

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Servicing the BB230 Blower

TwServicing the BB230 Blowero-stroke engines may be simple, but they still need some care to keep working. Here’s what you need to know to service your Cub Cadet BB230 blower and solve common problems that can keep it from working effectively.

Maintenance Schedule

Every 10 hours: Clean the air filter
Every 25 hours: Check the spark plug

There’s no oil to change on this blower since it’s mixed with the fuel.

Most problems that aren’t caused by the air filter, spark plug or stale fuel can usually be solved by adjusting the idle speed control. The idle speed doesn’t drift at a consistent rate, so it’s not part of the regular maintenance schedule.

Air Filter

The air filter may need to be serviced more often if you’re working in dusty areas.

1. Open the air filter cover, located directly above the fuel tank, by pushing the tabs on its sides and swinging it left or right.
2. Remove the foam filter. Wash it with water and a mild detergent. Rinse the filter thoroughly and let it dry.
3. Soak the filter in new, clean SAE 30 oil. Squeeze the filter to remove excess oil. To make this job less messy, place the oil and filter in a plastic bag and seal the top.
4. Put the filter back on and snap the cover into place.

Spark Plug

Before servicing the spark plug, make sure the engine is completely cool. If you just finished using the blower, this can take 20 minutes or longer.

1. Disconnect the spark plug wire from the plug.
2. Clean the area around the spark plug with a dry brush to prevent dirt and debris from entering the engine.
3. Unscrew the plug using a 5/8 inch plug wrench.
4. Inspect the spark plug. If it’s damaged, fouled or has worn electrodes, it needs to be replaced.
5. Check the spark plug gap. It should be 0.025 inches.
6. Screw the plug into the engine by hand to prevent cross-threading. Once seated, torque the plug to 110-120 in-lbs. (9-10 ft-lbs.)
7. Reconnect the spark plug wire.

Idle Speed

The idle adjustment screw is located on the top of the blower between the air filter cover and engine cover. It can be turned using a #1 Phillips head screwdriver.

To adjust the idle, start the engine and let it run at high idle to warm up. Move the cruise control lever to “Slow.” If the engine stops, turn the idle screw clockwise 1/8 of a turn. Restart the engine and repeat until the engine runs smoothly. If the engine is idling too fast, turn the screw counterclockwise 1/8 of a turn at a time.

Storage

Do the following if you’re storing this blower for longer than a month:

1. Empty the fuel tank.
2. Start the engine and let it run until it stalls. This removes any residual fuel from the fuel line and carburetor.
3. Let the engine cool completely.
4. Remove the spark plug and add 5 drops of two-stroke oil or regular motor oil to the combustion chamber. Pull the starter handle a couple times to distribute this oil inside the cylinder. Reinstall the plug.
5. Clean the blower using a small brush and a cloth. Check for loose bolts and damaged components.

When taking the blower out of storage, remove the spark plug and pour out the oil inside the combustion chamber.

Troubleshooting

Whether the engine won’t start, idle or has problems speeding up or stalling, it’s usually due to one of 6 causes:

— There’s no fuel in the fuel tank.
— There’s no fuel inside the primer bulb. Slowly press the bulb until fuel is visible.
— The fuel is more than 30 days old, or it wasn’t mixed correctly. The engine uses a ratio of 50:1 gasoline to two-stroke oil. If you aren’t using Cub Cadet oil, you should also add a fuel stabilizer at a 150:1 ratio. That works out to 2.6 oz of oil and 0.8 oz of stabilizer per gallon.
— The spark plug is fouled.
— The air filter is dirty.
— The idle speed isn’t set correctly.

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Setting Up and Using the BB230 Blower

Setting Up and Using the BB230 Blower

Cub Cadet may be phasing out their backpack blowers, but there’s still a lot to like about the BB 230. Here’s what you need to know to set up one of these machines out of the box and get the best use out of it.

Assembly

To assemble this blower, you’ll need a T-20 Torx screwdriver.

Place a hose clamp over one end of the flex tube, then slide the tube over the elbow pipe on the blower. Tighten the clamp.

Slide a hose clamp over the opposite end of the flex tube, then slide the flex tube over the tube with the throttle control. Tighten the clamp.

Slide the throttle control tube over the lower blower tube. Twist the lower tube to the right until it clicks into place. Slide the nozzle over the lower blower tube. Turn the nozzle to the right until it clicks into place.

Loosen the two screws on the bottom of the throttle control. Put the blower on and move the control around until you find a comfortable hand position. Tighten the screws.

Fueling

Cub Cadet recommends using fuel within one month of purchase. Cub Cadet’s own two-stroke oil is recommended, but if it isn’t available, the fuel should be blended with two-stroke oil and a fuel stabilizer.

The engine in this blower needs gas mixed with 2 stroke oil at a ratio of 50:1. That’s equivalent to 2.6 oz. of oil for every gallon of gasoline. Mix the gas and oil in a separate container before adding it to the blower’s fuel tank. If you aren’t using Cub Cadet oil, add 0.8 oz (23 ml) of fuel stabilizer per gallon of gasoline. Always add fuel with the engine off and the blower sitting on a flat, level surface.

Starting

Before starting, check the muffler, air intake, and filter for blockages or debris buildup. This buildup can cause performance problems and may catch fire as the engine warms up.

Press the primer bulb, located just to the left of the starter handle, until fuel is visible inside the bulb. This should take around 10 presses.

Close the choke by moving the choke lever, located above the priming bulb, to the fully closed position.

Turn the cruise control lever on the throttle all the way clockwise to the Fast position.

Crouch next to the blower and hold the top with one hand. With your other hand, pull the starter handle 5 times.

Move the choke lever to the middle position. Pull the starter handle another three to 5 times. If you’re using a drill with the Power Start bit, push the bit onto the bolt at the back of the blower and run the drill in two-second intervals. The engine should start.

If the engine doesn’t want to start, repeat the process, starting with priming the carburetor. After this attempt, if the engine still won’t start, move the choke lever all the way to the right and pull the starter handle or use the Power Start bit until the engine starts.

Once the engine is running, let it warm up for 30 seconds to a minute, then move the choke lever all the way to the right. Let the engine warm up another minute. The blower is now ready to use.

Tips for Using this Blower

The BB 230 is rated at 73dB, which is quiet for a leaf blower but isn’t quiet by any other standard. Even if you don’t have local noise ordinances, it’s a good idea to limit use to daytime hours so as not to annoy your neighbors. This equipment should also be used with hearing protection and a dust mask to protect yourself from noise and dirt particles.

Loosening packed leaves and debris with a rake or broom will make it easier to clean them up with the blower. Slightly dampening dry material will reduce dust.

The cruise control lever can be set for steady power with the throttle trigger being used for quick bursts of air when dislodging leaves. To keep the noise down, keep the throttle open just enough to get the job done.

The nozzle is designed to be used near the ground, skimming the surface of the soil to gently push leaves. Avoid blowing debris at people, animals, open doors and open windows.

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How to Use Your Cub Cadet Pressure Washer

Cub Cadet Pressure Washer

A pressure washer is a useful tool for any homeowner, but it can also be dangerous to you and your property if handled incorrectly. These tips will help you avoid common pitfalls so you can use it to clean safely, quickly and effectively.

Treat Injuries Seriously

Basic pressure washer safety is the same as using any outdoor equipment: use eye and hearing protection, keep people and animals out of the way and wear clothing that won’t restrict movement or cause you to slip on slick surfaces. What isn’t as obvious is the damage that can be done if the stream of water comes in contact with your skin. While the cut this can leave may not seem serious, the water injected into the wound can lead to a serious infection. If you accidentally injure yourself or someone nearby, the wound needs to be inspected and cleaned by a medical professional as soon as possible.

Picking the Right Nozzle

When in doubt, use a wider nozzle than you think you need. Your pressure washer has more than enough power to damage surfaces when used with a narrow-angle nozzle.

The 0-degree red nozzle concentrates the water into an area about the size of a quarter. It’s good for removing tough stains on concrete and bare metal, but it will damage most other surfaces. Even when used properly, the jet must be moved constantly to keep from eroding the surface being cleaned.

The 15-degree yellow nozzle is best used for removing paint and heavy buildup on hard surfaces.

The 25-degree green nozzle can be used as a water-based sweeper, pushing dirt and leaves off of decks and pavement. It’s also safe enough for cleaning cars and boats.

The 40-degree white nozzle is useful for cleaning delicate surfaces like windows.

The black nozzle is the soaping tip. It sprays at 65 degrees, and it’s the only tip that draws from the detergent system. This wide angle is designed to lay down soap quickly and has little cleaning power on its own.

Selecting a Detergent

You should only use detergents made specifically for pressure washers. Other cleaners may be too thick to be drawn through the detergent system, not apply properly, or even damage the pump. Strong bases and acids including bleach and muriatic acid should be avoided.

Most consumer detergents available at your local hardware store can be used straight from the bottle, while professional detergents and detergents shipped by mail are usually concentrated and need to be diluted before use. Check the label for the right ratio of detergent to water.

Look for detergents that are biodegradable. This makes the runoff safer for the environment, and it’s often required in areas with storm drains. These drains go directly to waterways without treatment, which means imperishable detergents can damage aquatic life.

Using the Wand

Start four feet away from the surface you’re cleaning and work your way in until you get the desired cleaning power and spray pattern. Never get closer than two feet from the surface.

Keep the spray at a 45-degree angle from the surface. This helps the water push away dirt. Spraying directly can force dirt into the surface, especially on porous materials like brick and concrete.

When using water, working your way from the bottom to the top of the surface will prevent streaking. When applying soap, start from the top and work your way down.

Tips

Before starting the engine, squeeze the trigger on the gun to let water flow through the pump and wand. This relieves pressure on the pump and will make the engine easier to turn over.

The pump is cooled by the water running through it. If you aren’t going to use the wand for more than two minutes, shut off the engine to keep the pump from overheating.

Many detergents have dwell times: once they’ve been applied, they need to sit for a few minutes to soak in and absorb dirt before being washed off. Check the label for manufacturer recommendations.

When cleaning heavily soiled surfaces, use plain water to sweep off loose dirt and grime before applying detergent.

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Servicing Your Cub Cadet Pressure Washer

Cub Cadet Pressure Washers

Is your Cub Cadet pressure washer not working as well as it used to? Do you want to make sure you get maximum life out of the pump? Here’s what you need to service your pressure washer and keep it running like new.

Pump Oil

Simpson recommends using their Premium Pump Crankcase Oil, but if this isn’t available, 15W40 motor oil can be used. The oil should be changed after the first 50 hours of operation, then every 100 hours or three months after that. AAA pumps are made by Simpson and have the same maintenance requirements.

To check the oil, look at the sight glass on the side of the pump. The oil level should come up the middle of the glass.

To change the oil, remove the oil fill plug on the top of the pump, followed by the drain plug on the bottom of the pump. Collect the oil in a suitable container for recycling. Once the pump is empty, reinstall the drain plug. Add oil through the fill port until it comes up to the middle of the sight glass, then reinstall the fill plug. Oil capacity varies from model to model, but it should need somewhere between 6 and 8 ounces.

Fittings

Connections to pressure washer hoses, the gun, and the spray wand should be cleaned regularly. Apply a light oil or lithium grease to prevent leaks and O-ring damage.

Nozzles

If a nozzle becomes clogged, flow will be restricted and the pump will pulsate. The nozzle should be cleaned immediately to prevent pump overheating.

Shut off the engine and squeeze the gun trigger to relieve any remaining water pressure. Remove the nozzle. Use the cleaning tool included with your pressure washer to push debris out from the outside of the nozzle. Flush the outside opening with water.

Water Inlet Filter

This filter sits inside the fitting that attaches to the garden hose. It should be inspected before each use and cleaned if there is any visible debris.

To clean the filter, pull it out by hand and flush both sides of the screen with water. Reinstall the filter with the screen facing out.

Storage

When storing your pressure washer, be sure the high-pressure hose and wand are free of water.

Simpson recommends using Pump Guard or Powerwasher Protector to protect the pump seals during long-term storage. Set up the bottle according to the instructions on the label and screw it into the pump inlet. With the ignition off, pull the engine starter handle while squeezing the bottle. This is easier if you have one person handle the bottle while another person pulls the starter. Stop once the fluid is coming out of the pump outlet.

Tips for Increasing the Life of Your Pressure Washer

When the engine is on and the wand isn’t being used, the pump is recirculating high-pressure washer. This leads to heat build-up that can cause pump damage. If you won’t be using the pressure washer for more than two minutes, shut off the engine and relieve the pressure by holding down the trigger. It’s normal to see a leak after two minutes of idling. This is the emergency pressure relief valve opening, However, repeated overheating can crack the pump case.

The pump needs a steady supply of water. The recommended flow rate for all models is 20 psi at 5 gallons per minute. Municipal water sources should be at or above this flow rate so long as the hose used is no longer than 50 feet. If you’re drawing from a well, Cub Cadet recommends limiting hose length to 30 feet. If the flow is insufficient, the pump will starve, leading to poor performance and overheating.

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Cub Cadet Chipper Shredders

Cub Cadet Chipper Shredders

Fall is finally here, which means it’s time to clean up leaves and branches to keep your property tidy and prevent issues with drainage and sun exposure that can damage your lawn. Bagging is time-consuming and leaves massive bags of leaves that are expensive to clean up, but with Cub Cadet’s chipper/shredders, you can get the job done quickly while turning piles of debris into compact, nutrient-rich mulch.

Lawn Vacuums

Fall lawn cleanup involves picking up leaves and chopping up fallen limbs, so why not get a machine that does both? Cub Cadet’s vacuums can pick up leaves using either the 24-inch vacuum head for open lawns or a built-in 7-foot hose that’s great for reaching around bushes and other landscape features to pick up hard-to-reach leaves.

Under ideal conditions, the 13.5 inch cast aluminum impeller can chop up leaves, compacting them up to one eighth their original size. The chute next to the engine leads to a set of 6 cast steel flails that can cut limbs up to 1.5 inches thick. The resulting mulch is collected in a two-bushel felt-lined bag.

Cub Cadet offers two models: the CSV 050 is a push vacuum, while the CSV 070 comes with a self-propulsion system. Both come with a 159 cc engine designed and built for Cub Cadet specifically for their equipment, and they ride on ball-bearing mounted wheels, making them easy to roll.

Vertical Chipper Shredders

For big jobs, these chipper shredders come with powerful engines and cutting heads. Small materials can be dumped into the hopper, while the chute leads to a set of flails that can handle thick branches. Unlike most models on the market, these shredders have a bagging system just like the vacuums, making it easier to dispose of debris. The included felt bag can hold up to 5 bushels.

Between the 12-inch shredding blade at the bottom of the hopper and the 12 cast steel flails at the end of the chute, these machines can reduce organic material up to 10:1. The built-in tow bar has a pin hitch so the chipper shredder can be moved using your riding lawn mower.

Cub Cadet offers two vertical chipper shredder models. The CS 2210 is powered by a 208cc Cub Cadet engine and can handle wood up to two inches in diameter. The CS 3310 replaces the Cub Cadet engine with a 250cc Briggs & Stratton 1150. This gives it the power to cut through branches and trunks up to three inches in diameter.

Warranty

All four models of chipper shredders are guaranteed by Cub Cadet for three years of residential use. Cub Cadet offers the same warranty for their engines, while Briggs & Stratton guarantees the 1150 for 24 months of consumer use or 90 days of commercial use.

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BV 428 Blower

BV 428 Blower

If you want a hassle-free handheld blower, it’s hard to beat Cub Cadet’s BV 428. Hate dealing with two-strokes, but need plenty of power? This blower uses a lightweight four-stroke engine that out-powers electric blowers. Want to pick up leaves and debris? The BV 428 includes everything you need to turn it into a vacuum. Find using a blower tiring and uncomfortable? The handle and throttle design reduce hand fatigue.

Power

The blower uses Cub Cadet’s own 25 cc PRO engine. Unlike most engines found in handheld blowers, the PRO is a four stroke. That means it’s quieter, easier to start and has a wider torque band so it won’t bog down when letting up on the throttle. It also keeps the oiling system separate from the fuel. You can use regular gasoline in the fuel tank, and the crankcase just needs a couple ounces of fresh SAE 20 oil after every 40 hours of use.

The 428 can move up to 450 cubic feet of air per minute at a maximum speed of 150 mph, putting it well ahead of any rechargeable blower on the market.

Comfort

Four-stroke engines usually come with a weight penalty, but this blower tips the scales at just 13 lbs or about four pounds more than an equivalent two-stroke. The end of the crankshaft is keyed for a Power Start bit, letting you use a drill to spin the crankshaft instead of relying on the starter handle.

The handle has a variable throttle trigger, letting you use full power when cleaning large areas and low power when gathering leaves into piles for disposal. Gripping the throttle can lead to hand fatigue, so Cub Cadet added cruise control. It uses a thumb throttle lever to fine tune the blower speed and retracts the throttle trigger when in use for a more comfortable grip.

Vacuuming

The BV 428 can be converted into a vacuum for light cleanup of leaves and paper. The impeller that moves the air through the blower has sharp edges that chop up this debris, compacting it as much as 10 to 1 to store more in the bag and save on waste disposal.

Everything needed to make the switch from blowing to vacuuming is included with the blower. By unclipping the impeller shield, the vacuum tube can be fitted over the intake, while the blower tube is replaced by the opening for a bag with a built-in shoulder harness. Thanks to a long connecting tube, you can have the bag over one shoulder while the other arm holds the blower, balancing the weight on your body.

Maintenance and Storage

The only tool needed to take apart the blower for maintenance or switch between blowing and vacuuming is a flathead screwdriver. Both the blower and vacuum tubes are constructed as two interlocking pieces, making the blower more compact when you put it in storage.

Warranty

The entire blower is covered by Cub Cadet for three years of residential use.

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Trimmer Head and Line Replacement

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Having trouble getting new line onto the head of your Cub Cadet string trimmer? Want to swap out the bump head for a blade to do some brush cutting? Here’s everything you need to know to get your trimmer cutting the way you want.

Replacing the Line in Your Bump Head

Check your owner’s manual for the correct line size; most models are designed to use 0.095-inch trimmer line. The head is designed to hold 10 feet of twin strand line or two 10 foot sections of standard line.

1. Unscrew the bump knob. Remove the reel and spring. Set the spring aside.

2. Find the two holes on top of the inner reel. Insert one end of each section of trimmer line into each hole. Pull the lines through until all but two or three inches of line are left on the outside of the hole. Make sure the lines sticking out of the holes are the same length. Slide the short ends of the lines into the opposite inner reel hole. Pull the long ends of the lines to close the loop.

3. Wind both pieces of trimmer line around the reel in the direction of the arrow on the reel’s side. Leave 6 inches of line unwound. Push this loose line into the slots marked with the line size, typically ‘0.95”’. This keeps the line from unwinding while you fit the reel into the head.

4. Put the spring back on the shaft. Feed the trimmer line into the eyelets on the head. Put the reel onto the shaft, lining up the holding slots with the eyelets. Hold the wheel down against the spring and screw on the bump knob.

5. Once everything is in place, pull on both ends of the trimmer line. This will pull them out of the holding slots so more line can be released as you use your trimmer.

Using the Coupler to Switch Attachments

Newer brushcutter models including the BC 280 and BC 490 use separate boom attachments to go between the string trimmer and blade heads.

To remove an attachment:

1. Set the trimmer on a flat surface.
2. Turn the knob on the boom counter-clockwise to loosen it.
3. Push in on the release button opposite of the knob and slide the attachment out of the boom.
4. Put the hanger cap on the end of the attachment.

To install an attachment:

1. Remove the hanger cap from the end of the attachment.
2. Loosen the knob on the boom by turning it counter-clockwise.
3. Align the release button on the attachment with the guide recess hole on the trimmer.
4. Push the attachment into the coupler. It’s in place when the button snaps into the recess hole.
5. Tighten the knob on the boom.

Switching Between Bump Head and Brushcutting Blade on Older Models

On older models, the cutting head screws onto the drive shaft at the end of the boom. This shaft is left-hand threaded. A J-shaped locking rod is needed to keep the shaft from moving when tightening or removing the shaft bolt.

To remove a blade or bump head:

1. Slide the locking rod into the slot on the left side of the cutting head.
2. Hold the rod in place by gripping it against the boom.
3. To remove the bump head, turn it clockwise off of the output shaft. To remove a cutting blade, loosen the nut by turning it clockwise.

To install a cutting blade:

1. Slide the locking rod into the slot on the front left of the cutting head. Hold the rod in place by gripping it against the boom.
2. Place the blade on the driveshaft followed by the blade retainer washer and nut. The cone on the washer should face away from the trimmer head.
3. Turn the nut counter-clockwise to tighten it. If you have a torque wrench, torque the bolt to 27-28 lb-ft. If you don’t, once the nut seats, turn it another ¼ to ½ turn counter-clockwise.

To install a bump head:

1. Slide the locking rod into the slot on the front left of the cutting head. Hold the rod in place by gripping it against the boom.
2. Place the blade retainer washer on the driveshaft with the cone facing away from the head. Turn the bump head counter-clockwise by hand until tight.

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