RZT SX Mower

RZT SX Mower

Does a ZTR seem like a good choice for your lawn, but the steering system looks too complex? Do you need a mower that’s stable on a wide range of terrain and is still easy to maneuver? The RZT SX comes with Cub Cadet’s Synchro-Steer system, replacing the lap bars with a steering wheel and adding four wheel steering to handle terrain better than other ZTRs. Add in a choice of quality engines and the company’s renowned cut quality, and you have a mower that’s perfect for homeowners with large, obstacle-filled lawns.

Synchro-Steer

Instead of using lap bars that control the wheel motors independently, Synchro-Steer uses a steering wheel and pedals to control both the wheel motors and the front caster wheels. Operation is simple: push the right pedal to go forward, push the left pedal to moves backward, and turn the steering wheel to change direction. Turn the wheel all the way, and the mower will spin in place just like a regular ZTR. This is more than a gimmick to make steering easier for beginners to learn: Cub Cadet offers the same system on their Pro Z models, and their tests show even a trained operator can shave 10% off mowing times.

Cub Cadet recently redesigned the SX’s steering column. It can now tilt to get a comfortable operating position, and it comes with an LED headlight.

Engines and Transmission

Cub Cadet offers this mower with engines from Kohler, Kawasaki and their own engine division.

The 21.5 hp Kawasaki FR651V delivers most of the features of the commercial engines its based on including a metal grass chopper screen over the fan intake and an internally vented carburetor with a solenoid that automatically closes the fuel line when the engine stops. This engine is only available on the RZT SX 54.

Like the Kawasaki, the Kohler 7000 is based on the manufacturer’s commercial engines. Features include the Consistent-Cut system, a governor that quickly adjusts to changes in power demand so the blades can maintain their speed when passing over tall grass. Cub Cadet pairs this engine with every deck.

Cub Cadet also makes their own V-Twin fitted with electronic fuel injection. This provides a better air/fuel mix than a carburetor to get more power out of less fuel. Cold starts are easier, and the engine is less sensitive to stale fuel, so the gas tank doesn’t need to be drained at the end of the season. This engine is available with all decks.

All models use Hydro-Gear EZT 2200 hydrostatic transmissions with cruise control. The maximum speed for these mowers is 7 mph going forward and 3 mph in reverse.

Decks

The RZT is offered with 42, 46 and 50-inch wide decks.
The 42-inch deck is stamped from a single piece of 12 gauge steel. This gives it a rounded shape that hugs the blades for increased vacuum, delivering the best possible finish.

The 46 and 50-inch decks are fabricated using flat pieces of steel. They lose a little in finish quality, but they make up for it through durability, withstanding impacts that will bend a stamped deck.

Accessories

ZTRs aren’t known for their towing ability, but you can add a hitch plate for the SX to pull utility trailers, overseeders and other small, light equipment. The added traction of the Synchro-Steer system also enables the use of a 52-inch wide snow blade.

The mulching kit comes with high lift blades that can cut clippings into small, digestible pieces. Kits for fabric decks include liners that increase vacuum for better performance.

Get Parts and Accessories for Your Cub Cadet

When you need something for your ZTR, visit www.cubparts.com. We’re able to sell OEM parts and accessories for your entire mower because we’re a certified dealer for Cub Cadet, Hydro-Gear, Kohler Engines and Kawasaki Engines USA. Our site even has factory parts diagrams and descriptions built in so you can be sure you’re ordering exactly what you need. We ship across the U.S. and Canada.

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How to Clean with a Pressure Washer

Cub Cadet Pressure Washer 2

Getting a new pressure washer can be exciting, but it can also be dangerous and destructive in the wrong hands. These tips will help you use your Cub Cadet pressure washer to clean effectively and safely.

Staying Safe

Never point the wand at people or pets. Water exits the wand with enough force to penetrate the skin, causing injury and blood poisoning.

Always wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from water, detergent, and dirt.

Never spray closer than 6 feet to power lines or electrical outlets.

If there is a leak in the wand or the high-pressure hose, shut off the pressure washer immediately. These small leaks can become dangerous in hurry. Replace the leaking parts before using your pressure washer.

Water Supply

Before hooking up a garden hose, be sure to check the inlet on the pump. Remove any debris. If the screen is missing, it needs to be replaced before using the washer.

Increasing the length of the hose or decreasing its diameter will reduce flow rate. If you need to work more than 50 feet from a spigot, use a ½ inch diameter hose.

Always purge air from the pump before starting the engine. Once the hose is connected and the spigot is open, hold down the trigger on the gun to let water flow through the pump and hoses. Keep the trigger held down when starting the engine so you don’t have to fight water resistance inside the pump.

Choosing a Spray Tip

Each tip is designed to spray water at a specific angle: a narrow-angle tip will deliver a concentrated, powerful spray while a wide angle tip will spray a wide area for faster cleanup. Using a tip that’s too narrow for the job can damage the surface you’re cleaning. When in doubt, err on the side of caution and use a wider tip.

The red zero degree tip delivers maximum force. This should only be used to remove caked on material stuck to durable surfaces. The yellow tip has a wider spray that can peel off heavy contamination with less danger of damage.

The green tip is good for general purpose cleaning on unpainted surfaces.

The white tip is the widest cleaning tip. It’s gentle enough to use on cars, boats and other painted surfaces.

The blacktip is the only tip that will draw detergent. It has the widest spray, so it’s not effective at cleaning when using plain water.

Using the Wand

When the gun isn’t being used, the pump will heat up as it tries to redirect pressurized water. To extend the life of the pump, never leave the engine idling for more than three minutes. If you need to take a break, shut off the engine. Keep the safety lock engaged when you’re not using the wand.

The nozzle should be kept between 12 and 18 inches from the surface you’re cleaning for the best results.

Approach surfaces from a 45-degree angle. This lets the water peel away dirt and grime. Spraying head-on can force dirt deeper into the surface, especially when working with porous materials like brick and concrete.

To prevent streaking, start from the bottom and work your way up.

Never spray an engine with your pressure washer. This can force water inside which will mix with the oil, turning it into a sticky emulsion that won’t lubricate the motor.

Using Detergents

Only use cleaning chemicals designed specifically for pressure washers. Other cleaning chemicals can damage the pump.

Check the instructions on the bottle: some are pre-mixed so they can be drawn directly into the detergent system, while others need to be diluted with water.

The end of the detergent hose needs to be fully submerged to draw in cleaning chemicals. If you aren’t getting a soapy solution, make sure the hose hasn’t moved out of place. If it is submerged, check the hose filter for debris build-up.

Most cleaning chemicals have a “dwell time.” This is how long the chemical needs to be left on the surface being cleaned to have the greatest effect. If you’re using a product with a dwell time longer than 5 minutes, try to put the object you’re cleaning in the shade to keep the soap from drying up on the surface.

Before switching back to rinsing, let the wand spray until any remaining soap residue has been flushed from the system.

Check your local drainage regulations. In some areas, you may be required to biodegradable detergents, while other areas will require all wastewater to be directed away from storm drains.

Get the Parts You Need for Your Cub Cadet Pressure Washer

Cubparts.com can ship everything you need to keep your Cub Cadet equipment running. We’re a certified dealer for Cub Cadet and their manufacturing partners, so we stock parts for Cub Cadet as well as the Honda engines and AAA pumps used in some models. We ship across the U.S. and Canada.

 

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How to Replace the Drive Belt on a Walk-Behind Mower

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Are you having trouble getting your self-propelled mower to move? Has it been a while since you’ve inspected the drive system? Here’s how you can replace your Cub Cadet’s belt and get it rolling again.

When Do I Need to Do This Repair?

Cub Cadet self-propelled walk behind mowers use a belt to transfer power from the engine’s crankshaft to a rear-mounted transmission. A worn or broken belt will prevent power transfer, turning your self-propelled mower into a push mower. It’s a good idea to check the belt at least once a season, and it should be the first thing you check if the drive system isn’t working.

The belt drive and transmission are covered by an engine baffle and belt cover. Both of these parts and the mower blade need to be removed to access the belt.

Tools Needed

Along with common hand tools, there are a few other things you should have on hand for this repair:

Universal blade removal tool
Fuel container and funnel
A pair of heavy gloves
A spark plug wrench or socket

Optional: a siphon pump to remove fuel from the gas tank

Accessing the Belt

First, a few things need to be done to make it safe to flip the mower up on its side and to make it easier to remove the blade:

1. Disconnect the spark plug wire and remove the spark plug from the engine.
2. Unscrew the fuel tank cap. Drain the tank by pumping the fuel out with the siphon pump or by tipping the mower so that gas flows out of the filler neck into the fuel container. Always keep the air filter facing up to keep fuel from flooding the carburetor.
3. Set the mower on its side with the air filter pointing up.

Next, remove the blade and covers to gain access to the belt:

1. Fit the universal blade removal tool on the deck and blade.
2. Unscrew the blade retaining bolt, then remove the blade.
3. Remove the screws that hold the drive belt cover and engine baffle on the deck. Some models have easy-to-miss screws on the outside of the deck behind the rear wheels. Remove the cover and baffle from the mower.

Changing the Belt

1. Slide the drive belt off of the drive pulley/blade adapter.
2. Slide the belt off of the transmission pulley, working from the back of the mower and around the belt retainers. You should now be able to remove the belt from the deck.
3. Install the new belt, sliding it over the transmission pulley, followed by the engine pulley/blade adapter. It’s normal for the adapter to want to slide off the shaft without the engine baffle in place: just make sure to slide it back on to fit in the keyway on the crankshaft.

Reassembling Your Mower

Follow the previous steps in reverse to put your mower back together. When reinstalling the spark plug, thread it in by hand to make sure it doesn’t cross-thread before tightening it down.

Getting Parts and Tools for Your Cub Cadet

Is it time to replace the drive belt on your walk-behind mower? Do you need specialty tools like a blade remover? You can get everything you need from www.cubparts.com. Our site can show you parts descriptions and diagrams straight from the factory for your Cub Cadet so you can be sure you’re ordering the right part. We can ship your order to your door whether you live in the U.S. or Canada.

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UTV Accessories

UTV Accessories

Cub Cadet’s UTVs are great straight from the factory, but with the right accessories, you can add better weather protection, more utility and increased performance. Here’s what you can add to your vehicle to make it a better fit your needs.

Power Equipment

The bus bar kit makes it easy to access to the electrical system for installing lighting and other power accessories, while the auxiliary power kit to run a switch to the cab. Cub Cadet also makes an accessory wire harness designed to power factory accessories. To help the electrical system keep up, Volunteers that use Kohler engines can be fitted with a heavy-duty alternator.

Want to add a winch? The Challenger can be fitted with one that has a 2,000 lb. limit, while a 4,000 Warn winch can be attached to the Volunteer. While other UTVs use the winch to move their dozer blade, these winches aren’t compatible. Instead, you’ll need an electric blade angle kit to control the blade height.

Safety

The rearview mirror is convex to give a wide view, while side mirrors, turn signals, and brake lights can be added to meet neighborhood vehicle requirements. A reverse backup alarm and horn are available for workplace compliance.

36 watt LED lights can be added to the Challenger 400’s bumper and can be positioned in any direction, giving you more forward or side vision at night. Light bars for other models are available as part of the enclosure accessories.

Suspension and Off-Roading

Your UTV’s suspension and drivetrain can take a beating on rocky terrain, but adding rock sliders will protect the underside of your Challenger 550 or 750 while adding a rear bumper will protect the back end. Fender kits in camo and solid colors help keep mud off of the vehicle and the passengers. Do you frequently use your UTV in wet conditions? Aluminum wheels don’t just look nice, they also don’t rust.

Using your Volunteer in town? The sway bar kit reduces articulation, trading off-road ability for more stability and less body lean on paved and level surfaces.

If you’re using a full cab or a dozer blade with your Volunteer, you can add heavy-duty shocks to restore its handling and ride height.

Comfort

When it comes to enclosures, there are plenty of options. Cub Cadet offers solid glass windshields and polycarbonate windshields that are solid, vented or folding. The back of the cab can be sealed by a rear dust panel or window, while the top of the ROPS can be covered by a soft top or hard roof. Soft doors add the final piece to get a sealed cabin. Want to get everything at once? The soft enclosure kit for Challenger 500 and 700 includes everything except a windshield. Need a windshield wiper? A wiper and light bar kit are available for use with the glass windshield. Operating in cold weather? Cab heaters are available for UTVs equipped with liquid-cooled engines. Want lights, but don’t want the glass windshield? A separate light bar kit is available.

Want more comfort when you’re using your UTV? A grab handle can be added to the roll bar, making it easier to get in and out of the vehicle. The Volunteer can also be fitted with a plush bench seat, but this can’t be installed alongside a roof or rear dust panel. What about cleanup? Add some floor mats and your UTV will be easier to clean and a little quieter. The stealth sound/heat kit insulates the cab, reducing both noise and heat loss. Headrests can be added to the ROPS, and the Challenger 400 can be equipped with the same premium seats used in larger models. Electric power steering is also available for the Challenger 500 and 700 to take the effort out of driving, especially when the rear differential is locked.

Cargo

The Volunteer’s bed can be protected with a heavy-duty bed liner, and operating the dump mechanism can be made easier by adding an electric bed lift. For extra space, add a hood rack: it fits any Volunteer not equipped with a dozer blade.

Add some accessory rack tubes to the back of the ROPS and you can attach a spare tire mount, gun boot or chainsaw mount to the Challenger 550 and 750. The Kolpin Rhino Grip kit has U-shaped rubberized grips that are great for carrying long, awkward objects including rifles, bows, fishing poles and shovels.

Need a little extra space? The 12.5 cubic foot swivel dump cart works with 1 7/8 and 2 inch balls as well as a pin hitch so it can be pulled by just about anything. Want something a little more fun? Cub Cadet makes a 50-quart cooler with optional ice packs that will drop into your UTV’s bed.

Get the Accessories You Want Delivered to Your Home

Getting these accessories is easy: just visit www.cubparts.com. As a certified Cub Cadet dealer, we can ship anything you need to any address in the U.S. or Canada. Our site lets you search by model and serial number so you can be sure you’re ordering accessories that will work with your UTV.

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Z-Force S/SX Series ZTRs

Z-Force S/SX Series ZTRs

No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you: Cub Cadet’s Z-Force S and SX ZTRs really do have steering wheels. This unique control system is easier to learn than lap bar steering, and since it uses four wheel drive, it makes these mowers easier to control on slopes. Combine that with commercial quality components and you have a mower that provides ZTR maneuverability with the traction and power of a lawn tractor.

SynchroSteer Control

Being able to use a steering wheel instead of the tank-like controls of traditional ZTRs is enough reason to choose these mowers, but that’s not the only advantage to Cub Cadet’s SynchroSteer system. Unlike lap bar mowers, the controls don’t just operate the rear wheels. Instead, the mower is fitted with dual hydrostatic transmissions to drive all four wheels, allowing wheel speed to be adjusted at each corner. This gives the S and SX better traction on slopes, letting them tackle lawns that could previously only be handled by lawn tractors.

Speed is controlled by a pair of foot pedals: one to go forward and one to back up. Once underway, the cruise control can be set to keep a steady mowing speed. Turning the wheel automatically adjusts hydraulic pressure left to right to steer the mower. Turn the wheel to full lock, and the mower will spin in place.

Power

S models use a Kohler 7000 Series engine producing either 24 or 25 hp, while SX models are powered by 24 hp Kawasaki FR engines. Both engines are based on their manufacturer’s commercial V-twins, bringing advanced engine governors, cooling systems, and full pressure lubrication systems. The result is excellent performance and reliability.

Cub Cadet pairs these engines with Hydro-Gear hydrostatic transaxles. Kohler-equipped mowers use the ZT-2800, which has a maximum speed of 7 mph going forward and 3 mph in reverse. The Kawasaki-powered SX uses ZT-3100 transaxles, increasing speed to 8 mph going forward and 4 mph in reverse.

Decks

All S and SX mowers come with fabricated decks that use the tool-free QuickAttach system for easy service. Anti-scalp wheels are standard, as is the SmartJet deck washing system. By attaching a garden hose, the mowing chamber can be cleaned out to maintain performance. Deck height can be set from 1-4 inches in ¼ inch increments.

Comfort and Convenience

A 12 gauge, one-piece frame absorbs bumps and vibrations reaching the high backed seat, and the tilt steering column and armrests make these mowers more comfortable than their lap bar competition. An hour meter is included on all models to keep tabs on maintenance.

Models

Force S and SX mowers are largely the same, so choosing a model is a matter of picking the right deck size and engine. The S 48, S 52 and S 60 have 48, 52 and 60-inch decks respectively. The S 48 comes with a 24 hp 7000 Series engine, while the S 52 and S 60 have 25 hp engines. Likewise, the SX comes in 48 KW, 52 KS, and 60 KW versions, each named after their deck size. All SX models are powered by the 25 hp Kawasaki FR Series.

Accessories

The mulching kit takes advantage of the stock deck’s tall mowing chamber, adding baffles and high lift blades for increased vacuum. If you need to collect clippings, you have the option of a standard bagging system, or one with power assist to help draw clippings out of the deck. There’s even a lawn striping kit that shapes the grass as it leaves the deck for a smooth, ballpark-like finish.

Need to change the deck height frequently? The power deck lift kit takes the effort out of making adjustments. The 12-volt outlet kit won’t improve your lawn, but it does let you charge your smartphone while you mow.

Warranty

Both Kohler and Kawasaki offer three-year warranties on their engines, while Cub Cadet guarantees the rest of the mower for three years with no hour limit.

Getting Parts and Accessories for Your Cub Cadet ZTR

Cubparts.com isn’t just a Cub Cadet dealer: we’re also a certified dealer for manufacturing partners including Hydro-Gear, Kohler, and Kawasaki. That means you can get anything you need for your Force ZTR from one place. Ordering is simple thanks to our search engine, which can show you factory information including exploded diagrams and factory descriptions. We ship across the U.S. and Canada.

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Z-Force L/LX Series ZTRs

Z-Force L/LX Series ZTRs

Cub Cadet’s Tank Z-Force L and LX Series brings zero turning radius mowers to homeowners without having to make compromises. Large deck sizes let these mowers cover up to three acres, maneuverability lets them cut grass faster around landscaping obstacles, and a combination of high-quality engines and constructed decks ensure years of trouble-free service.

Comfort

Cub Cadet knows these mowers will be used for large lawns, so they put an emphasis on comfort and ease of use. This starts with the frame. Its single-piece construction helps quell vibrations and impacts, while E-Coat electroplating gives it exceptional corrosion resistance. A high backed seat with armrests and a large foot plate make these mowers comfortable for operators of any size, and the lap bars have oversized padding to reduce fatigue. An electric PTO makes it easy to control the deck, while the parking brake engages automatically when the lap bars are opened. The mower can even charge your smartphone with the addition of a 12-volt outlet kit.

Deck

The Z-Force uses a mid-deck design, placing the deck between the front and rear wheels to keep the mower compact. Cub Cadet fits these models with fabricated decks made out of 11 gauge steel with a 7 gauge reinforcement plate on top to support a set of heavy-duty spindles.

Every deck is fitted with three high lift blades to increase vacuum for a quality finish. The drive belts are exposed with protective covers on the outer pulleys, making it each to check the belt condition and perform maintenance. By connecting a garden hose to the SmartJet deck washing system, grass and debris can be flushed out of the mowing chamber to maintain cutting performance.

The Easy Lift adjuster uses a handle mounted next to the operator with clear marks for deck heights ranging from 1-5 inches. Cub Cadet also offers a kit that adds a power deck lift system.

The decks are set up for side discharge, but they can also be used for other types of mowing by adding accessories. For mulching, there’s a kit that adds a mulch plug over the deck discharge and inner baffles that increase vacuum, letting the blades cut grass into small, digestible pieces. For clipping collection, there’s a kit that directs clippings from the discharge up into a set of rear-mounted bags. Want a ballpark finish> Cub Cadet offers a lawn striping kit that rolls the grass right after it’s cut.

Engines

Z-Force L mowers are powered by Kohler’s 7000 Series PRO, while LX models use Kawasaki’s FR engine.

The 7000 is based on the company’s professional Command Pro engines. It comes with Kohler’s Consistent-Cut governor reacts quickly to shifting load demands, keeping the blades from bogging down when moving into rougher areas. Starting is easy thanks to an automatic choke and an automatic decompression system that takes the load off of the start.

The Kawasaki FR is also based on a commercial engine. Utilizing the same block as their professional V-Twins, it comes with cast iron cylinder liners and a heavy-duty intake screen that keeps debris from gathering on the cooling fins.

Both engines come with a fully pressurized lubrication system that’s kept clean with an automotive-style filter, and both Force L and LX motors are fitted with an hour meter to keep tabs on maintenance.

Models

Unlike Cub Cadet’s lawn tractors, these ZTRs are virtually identical, letting you narrow down your choice to your preferred engine and deck size.

Three deck sizes are available: the 48-inch deck is good for lawns up to two acres, the 54-inch deck for up to three acres, and the 60-inch deck for up to three and a half acres.

The L 48 comes with a 24 hp Kohler engine, while the L 54 and L 60 use a 25 hp engine. The LX 48, LX 54 and LX 60 all use the same 24 hp Kawasaki FR730V.

Warranty

Cub Cadet guarantees the mower for three years, while Kohler and Kawasaki both offer three-year warranties on their engines.

Get the Parts and Accessories You Need for Your Cub Cadet

Where can you get parts for Cub Cadet, Kawasaki and Kohler equipment? www.cubparts.com. As a certified dealer for Cub Cadet and their manufacturing partners, we’re can provide you with accessories and OEM parts for everything on your ZTR. We even have factory information including descriptions and parts diagrams built into our site, making it easy to find what you’re looking for. We ship to both the U.S. and Canada.

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LE 100 Edger/Trencher

LE 100 Edger/Trencher

Are you doing your lawn care yourself, but you can’t get the edge definition you see on professionally maintained lawns? Cub Cadet’s LE 100 Edger/Trencher can cut into the soil at different angles and depths to give your lawn clear transitions and clean edges while still being simple to use and within the reach of a homeowner’s budget.

Power

This edger is powered by a 159cc Cub Cadet OHV engine. Designed and built by Cub Cadet specifically for their own equipment, this engine has proven itself in a range of equipment from lawn mowers to snowblowers. Everything on this motor is built to be as simple to use as possible. Since it has no choke or priming bulb, it will fire up on the first or second pull every time you start it.

Blade Control

A heavy-duty belt drives the blade while absorbing shocks if the blade comes in contact with hard objects. The included 9-inch tri-tip blade is self-sharpening, so it’s always ready to use.

The blade has three angle positions to make different edges. These are set using a small lever next to the engine. Tilted over, it can be used to trim along flower beds, creating a professional-looking beveled edge that defines the border between the flowers and the turf. Uses straight up, it can trim grass next to curbs, sidewalks, and driveways, creating a more even, defined edge than what is possible with a string trimmer. A lever on the handle lets the operator lower the blade to one of 6 depth settings ranging from 1 to 2.25 inches. This lets the trimmer create sharp lines with minimal dirt removal or create long beveled cuts when creating edges around mulch-covered beds.

Movement and Storage

This edger rides on four wheels mounted on ball bearings, making it as smooth rolling as Cub Cadet’s lawn mowers. The front wheels are placed next to each other to support the machine when driving over curbs.

The curb wheel has 5 positions, dropping down to support the outside of the edger when going over curbs. This height adjustment is controlled by a lever that is within reach of the operator’s right foot so the wheel can be dropped and lifted without having to stop the machine.

Setting the blade in the top height position keeps it well above the front wheels for transport. The handle can be folded by loosening two large hand-tighten nuts, making the unit small enough to fit in the back of a car or under a workbench for storage.

Warranty

Cub Cadet guarantees the LE 100 and the engine that powers it for three years of residential use.

Getting Parts for Your Cub Cadet Edger

New or old, if it’s Cub Cadet, you can parts and accessories from www.cubparts.com. We’re a certified Cub Cadet dealer, so we’re able to sell OEM components to replace anything on your equipment. Not sure what you need? You can search for parts based on your model’s name and serial number so you’ll only see compatible parts. With our site’s built-in factory exploded diagrams and descriptions, you can quickly identify what you need. We ship across the U.S. and Canada.

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XT2 Lawn Tractors

XT2 Lawn Tractors

Stamped or constructed deck? Carburetor or EFI? A narrow deck for maneuverability or a wide deck for speed? No matter what you need from a lawn tractor, you can get it with the XT2. Built to handle rougher terrain than the XT1 line, these mowers can tackle large lawns and are compatible with a long list of attachments, making them useful year-round.

Decks

The XT2 is offered with decks in 42, 46, 50 and 54-inch widths that have a cutting height range of one to four inches. Most models come with a stamped deck. Forming the deck out of a single sheet of steel lets it take on a rounded shape that hugs the blades, providing maximum vacuum for the best finish.

The LX 46” EFI uses a fabricated deck. By welding steel plates together, this forms a deck that’s better at withstanding impacts, but its boxy shape reduces vacuum. Cub Cadet adds internal baffles to improve performance, but this deck won’t get the finish of their stamped decks.

Engines

Cub Cadet offers these tractors with a choice of two engines: the Kohler 7000 and the company’s own EFI V-Twin.

Kohler’s 7000 series is a residential engine based on their commercial Command Pro line. The automatic Smart-Choke helps the engine start at any temperatures, while the Consistent-Cut governor reacts swiftly to changing load demands to keep the blades from slowing down when moving into taller grass.

Cub Cadet’s 679cc EFI V-Twin is the first consumer fuel injected small engine on the market, bringing significant improvements in operating cost, performance and maintenance requirements. It uses 25% less fuel than carbureted engines and doesn’t have the issues with aging fuel. That means there’s no need to use fuel stabilizer during the mowing season, while remaining fuel can be treated and left in the tank during storage. It will even run on E15, further reducing fuel costs. Electronic control also delivers faster governor response for the best cutting performance.

Making Maintenance Easier

All XT2 mowers use the QuickAttach system. Both the decks and attachments are designed to be installed and removed without tools, making it easy to switch jobs or perform repairs.

Two of the XT2 models come with Cub Cadet’s new FastAttach blade system, which uses a locking collar to hold the blade in place. The blades can be installed and removed without tools, and since there are no bolts, there’s no need to check torque settings.

Models

Each version of the XT2 is named after its deck size. Here’s the equipment, engine and deck design you’ll get with each model:
LX42”
22 hp Kohler 7000
Stamped Deck

LX46”
24hp Kohler 7000
Stamped Deck

LX46” EFI
Cub Cadet EFI
Fabricated deck

SLX50”
FastAttach blade system
679cc Cub Cadet EFI
Stamped deck with nose roller

SLX50” KH
24 hp Kohler 7000
Stamped deck with nose roller

SLX54″
25 hp Kohler 7000
Stamped deck with FastAttach blade system

This mower comes with Cub Connect. Using your smartphone, you can connect to the hour meter via Bluetooth. From there, the Cub Connect app helps you keep track of maintenance and access information specific to your model including specifications and maintenance instructions.

GX54″ D
26 hp Kohler 7000
Fabricated deck

This model is designed for maximum performance when using accessories. It comes with a differential lock for increased traction, and it’s the only model in the XT2 lineup that works with ground-engaging attachments.

Accessories

Mulching kits are available for all decks. These add high lift blades and a discharge plug to cut clippings into small pieces that fertilize the lawn. Bagging kits are also available to collect clippings.

Cub Connect can be used with any model by adding a Bluetooth-enabled hour meter.

These mowers can also be useful in the winter thanks to a 42-inch three stage snowthrower, while the 42-inch dozer blade is useful for moving snow and dirt.

Need weather protection? The XT2 can be fitted with a sunshade or combination sunshade and snow cab. Need to protect your mower from front impacts? Add a front brush guard.

Cub Cadet makes compatible trailers with utility and dump beds as well as broadcast spreaders for overseeding and fertilizing. The rear cargo tray attaches to the trailer hitch, adding a little extra on-board storage.

Warranty

The chassis, deck shell, and front axle have a limited lifetime warranty, the chassis and front axle are guaranteed for 5 years, and the rest of the XT2 and Cub Cadet EFI engine are guaranteed for three years. Kohler offers their own three-year warranty on the 7000 Series.

Get the Most from Your Cub Cadet Mower

Cubparts.com is a certified dealer for Cub Cadet and Kohler, letting us offer OEM parts and accessories for everything on your mower. Our site has built-in parts diagrams and uses factory descriptions, making it easy to find what you need for your equipment. We ship across the U.S. and Canada.

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Tiller Operating Tips

FT Garden Tillers

Cub Cadet’s tillers are easy to use, but knowing how and when to use them can be downright confusing. Do you really need to dig deep into the soil to get good results? What if you’re tilling ground you’ve planted previously? When is the best time to till? How do you keep your tiller from getting stuck? Here’s what you need to know to get the best results when establishing or reviving a garden plot.

When Should I Till?

The soil should be dry enough that if you pick up a handful and squeeze it, the dirt crumbles. If it forms a ball, it’s too wet. You can also test the soil moisture by pushing down a trowel in an area with unturned soil. If it’s difficult to dig in, the soil is ready to plow.

The soil temperature should be at or above 60ºF. If you don’t have a thermometer handy, you can test the temperature by sticking a finger a few inches into the soil. When the soil is warm enough, you should be able to keep your finger in the soil for a full minute.

If you plan on planting cool weather crops, the ground won’t be warm or dry enough to till when you’re ready to plant. Instead, till in the fall. Placing a layer of cardboard and mulch over the area will prevent weed growth and ready the soil for planting. This same method also works for getting a head start on next season’s bed preparation.

How Deep Should I Till?

For most areas, the tiller needs to dig into the top 6-10 inches of soil when creating a new seedbed. If the ground has been tilled before, the top two to three inches should be tilled to remove weeds and re-establish the plot. When applying fertilizer, limit the tines to the top 6 inches of soil.

In areas with heavy clay soil, it can be helpful to establish the plot with double digging. This improves drainage, although claims about root penetration are questionable. When done by hand, the top level of soil is dug up, then the second layer below it is turned and mixed. This results in a total depth of around 24 inches, or double the standard shovel depth. While your tiller won’t be able to reach that depth, there’s no reason to do everything by hand. Simply till the soil at your tiller’s maximum depth, then finish using a shovel.

How Do I Get the Right Bed Depth?

The depth bar should be lowered to a point that the handles are pointed slightly downward while tilling. If the tiller is moving forward too quickly, push down the handles, digging the depth bar into the soil. When the tiller doesn’t want to move forward, let up on the handlebars and shake them side to side to dislodge the tines. Raise the depth bar if the tiller still doesn’t want to move.

Tips for Getting Better Results

Water the soil a few days prior to tilling to make it softer, but don’t make it so wet that it won’t pass the moisture test. This will make it easier for the tines to dig in.

If you’re busting sod or turning soil that hasn’t moved in a long time, start with a depth of one to two inches for the first pass, then go another one to two inches deeper with every succeeding pass. Let the ground rest for a couple days before making a final deep pass.

Let the machine pull itself along. It should only take light pressure on the handles to keep the tines digging in.

To avoid compaction, walk on the untilled side and make only one pass at a time. Soil that has already been chopped up will compress when making contact with your feet or the tiller’s tines.

Keeping the tiller running at top speed will get the best results on hard soil while slowing down the engine will get better results when digging through loose, shallow or chunky soil.

Where Can I Get Parts for My Tiller?

If you need to do some maintenance to get your Cub Cadet tiller ready for spring, visit www.cubparts.com. As a certified Cub Cadet dealer, we’re able to offer replacement parts and accessories for all of their models past and present. Finding what you need is easy: select your model and serial number, and our site can show you diagrams and descriptions for each system on your equipment. We ship across the U.S. and Canada.

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Preparing Your Lawn for Spring

Cub Cadet ZTT50 Zero Turn Tractor

It takes year-round dedication to get the best looking lawn, but no time is more important to get the lawn you want than spring. Proper application of seed, fertilizer, and herbicides along with proper watering and mowing practices can get your lawn off to a great start this year.

Prepare Your Equipment

There’s not much that you have to do to get your lawn mower running: air up the tires, add fresh fuel and oil, and making sure the cables move freely. While you’re getting your equipment out of storage, pay particular attention to the blades. If the blades are dull, they’ll bruise the top of the grass, leaving it open to infection. With diseases like fairy root and rust popping up in the spring, this is when your lawn will be most susceptible to damage.

Grass should be mulched whenever possible to return nutrients to the soil. Now is a great time to switch to a set of high lift blades to help your mower chop up grass into small, digestible pieces.

Clear the Lawn

Wind, snow, and ice can take down branches, while runoff can expose rocks in the soil. Removing this debris exposes the underlying turf so it can get sunlight, and it protects your equipment.

Get a Soil Test

If you want the best performance from your fertilizer, you need to know what the soil needs to support the grass. Getting the results can take a few weeks, so the sooner you send in the test, the better.

Apply an Herbicide

Pre-emergent herbicides can stop spring weeds from taking root, but they’ll also prevent new grass from sprouting. The more you can separate herbicide applications and overseeding, the better. Fighting crabgrass? The ideal time for application is when temperatures reach 50ºF.

Dethatch and Aerate

These processes do two entirely different things, but since they go hand-in-hand when taking care of lawns, they’re easy to confuse.

Thatch is the layer of decomposing plant matter on the surface of the soil. Some thatch is healthy as it helps fertilize the soil and reduce evaporation. Once it gets to over ½ of an inch thick, it can choke plants and cause them to grow roots over the soil. A dethatcher uses tines to rake the thatch off of the surface.

Compacted soil limits how deep roots can reach and prevents the absorption of rainwater. As the soil is kept cold and wet through the winter, weight from vehicles and foot traffic can tamp down the soil, compacting it. Aerating breaks up the soil using spikes or tines. If you’re using a core aerator, the cores can be broken up by your lawnmower. This will dull the blades, so be sure to sharpen them before you mow.

Fertilize

Using the information from your soil test, you should be able to find the right blend of nutrients for your lawn. When shopping for fertilizer, be sure to look for high levels of phosphorus, listed as “P” on the label, will encourage new growth.

Overseed

If you want a thick lawn, new grass needs to be mixed in with thinner, more mature plants. Ideally, temperatures should stay between 60 and 78 degrees when seeding, but more importantly, there must be no chance of snow or a heavy freeze.

Water

The soil should be kept moist but not saturated while new grass sprouts and older growth comes out of hibernation. Lightly water the soil two to three times a day after overseeding, then gradually shift to fewer waterings with more water applied each time.

Take it Easy on Mowing

After overseeding, wait until the new grass is two inches tall before the next mow. From there, you can mow normally, cutting up to 1/3 of the grass at one time.

Get the Parts You Need for Your Lawn Equipment

Cubparts.com is a certified dealer for Cub Cadet and their manufacturing partners. That means whether your equipment uses a Cub Cadet, Kawasaki, Honda or Briggs & Stratton engine, we have everything you need to keep it running. Looking for OEM accessories like bagging systems or broadcast spreaders? We carry those, too. We ship across the U.S. and Canada.

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