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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Selecting Blades for Your Cub Cadet

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Need to put a new blade on your Cub Cadet mower? You may be surprised to find more than one choice for your deck. Which blade will best fit your needs?

How Many Blades Do I Need?

Blades are sold individually. Replacing a single blade on a multi-blade deck is fine as long as it uses the same design as the other blades. If you’re switching between designs, replace all the blades at the same time.

What Type of Blade Do I Need?

Blades can be ordered by model, or by determining what will fit correctly. Blade size is measured from the long end of the blade. This will be slightly less than the deck size on single blade mowers because there needs to be a little clearance between the blade and the mowing chamber. The holes in the blade should also match the blade adapter. Most recent Cub Cadets use a star-shaped mount for the blade to help keep it from turning.

When Do I Need a New Blade?

The blade should be balanced and have an even, flat edge that’s as sharp as a butter knife. If the blade is bent, chipped or too thin to hold the edge, it needs to be replaced. If your mower is leaving an uneven finish or it’s vibrating abnormally, the blades should be checked for damage.

How long will a blade last? That’s hard to say. A new blade can be ruined on its first use if it hits a hard object, and sandy soil can quickly erode the blade’s surface. Depending on the conditions, a residential user may get a couple seasons out of a blade, while a commercial operator may need to replace blades after a couple months.

What’s the Difference Between Blades?

Cub Cadet makes several blade designs. There’s a good chance at least a couple of these designs will come in sizes that fit your mower, whether you have a small push model, a commercial ZTR or anything in between.

The main difference between these designs is lift. If you’re using the side discharge chute, the blade needs to cut the grass and fling it toward the opening in the deck. If you want to mulch, the blade needs to throw the clippings upward as it cuts through the grass. As the clippings fall back down, the blade cuts them again to make them smaller. This recutting also makes the clippings more compact, making them ideal for bagging, but the blade also needs to throw the clippings outward so that they exit the deck opening to gather in the bag. Each blade design is tuned to deliver just the right amount of upward and outward force to work with the deck shape and its intended use.

3-in-1
These provide enough lift to mulch and bag but still work with the side discharge chute. They don’t perform as well as a purpose-built blade for all these activities, but they work well enough that you can switch between modes without having to change the blade.

2-in-1
These blades are built for mulching and side discharge. There really isn’t much difference between these and 3-in-1 blades as far as design; they’re just made for mowers that aren’t designed to bag.

Hi-Lift and Mulching
More lift means better mulching, but these blades don’t work well for side discharge.

Extreme Blade
The toothed edges of this blade increases the cutting surface, which creates a finer mulch, helping it mix in with the turf. This fine cut also results in more compact clippings, letting the bag hold more before needing to be emptied. The unique edges help throw small clippings away from the blade, which means more clippings will end up in the bags than on the ground.

Making Blade Removal Easier

Normally, blade removal involves wedging a piece of wood between the deck and the blade and hoping this keeps the blade from moving while you remove the center bolt. Cub Cadet makes a tool specifically for blade removal that makes the process easier and safer since it won’t slip.

Where Can I Get New Blades?

www.cubparts.com carries everything Cub Cadet including their full line of blades and the company’s own blade removal tool. Our site makes it easy to find compatible blades for your mower by letting you search by model, and we can ship them to any address in the U.S. and Canada.

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Cub Cadet Challenger 750 Utility Vehicle

challenger 750The Cub Cadet Challenger 750 proves that if you want a powerful UTV, you don’t have to break the bank. A big engine and flexible drive system make it useful, but where it really stands out is the included accessories: a windshield, winch and other equipment come standard, which means you don’t have to spend thousands on top of the purchase price to get the vehicle you really want.

Performance

The 750 is powered by a new 735cc fuel injected, liquid cooled engine that produces 37.5 hp, which is enough to propel this UTV to 50 mph. For tough terrain, this vehicle has a selectable four-wheel drive and a locking rear differential. The suspension is fully independent with sway bars on both axle, and Cub Cadet includes the tools needed to adjust the stiffness. Thanks to a 7.6-gallon gas tank, refueling is infrequent.

Power steering is optional, but the manual rack only feels heavy when traveling on sand or trying to change directions with the differential locked. Whether you’ll want to add this feature depends on how and where you’ll use this vehicle.

Cargo and Towing

The dump bed has a 500 lb. capacity and comes with handles on both sides of the vehicle, allowing it to be operated by either the driver or the passenger. At 100 inches long and 46 inches wide, there’s plenty of space, and there are slots formed into the sides to fit plywood boards to create partitions.

A 3,500 lb. winch comes standard, and with hitch receivers on both the front and back of this UTV, you should have no problem pulling trailers out of tight spaces. Towing capacity is 1,200 lbs.

Equipment

The Challenger’s standard equipment is most noticeable from the seats. It comes from the factory fitted with a windshield, roof, and doors. This doesn’t just make riding in this vehicle more pleasant, it also eliminates the need for hip and shoulder restraints which opens up a lot of space. A pair of side mirrors, a tilt steering wheel, and a locking glove box are also included.

On the exterior, Cub Cadet packaged the Challenger with a set of headlights and alloy wheels.

Accessories

As it is, the equipment included on this UTV makes it a lot more usable than competing vehicles straight from the showroom floor, but there’s always room for improvement. Cub Cadet offers a few ways you can outfit your Challenger:

If you want to add more lighting, there are places built into the roof for light bars and cubes, and a buss bar is available to wire them in.

Want more weather protection? The cabin can be fully enclosed by adding windows. Want to stay cool? Folding and vented windshields are available to help bring in more air.

Have something else you want to bring along? Cub Cadet makes accessory tubes that mount over the bed so you can keep it empty while carrying extra equipment.

Getting Parts and Accessories for the Cub Cadet Challenger 750

If it’s from Cub Cadet, you can get everything you need for it at www.cubparts.com. We’re a certified dealer, letting us offer the full line of OEM parts and accessories you need to get the most out of your UTV. Our site has built-in factory diagrams to make it easy to identify the parts you want, and we can ship your order to any location in the U.S. or Canada.

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Cub Cadet Challenger 550 UTV

challenger 550How much does a UTV really cost? Most models are sold with little more than a couple seats, a bed, and an engine. If you want more out of your vehicle, you’ll end up spending well beyond the MSRP to get the features you need. With the new Challenger 550, Cub Cadet includes most of the items you’d want from the start in a flexible, capable package.

Well Equipped from the Factory

Most UTVs come with an open cabin, but the Challenger has an ROPS-mounted roof, a windshield and a pair of doors. The doors are sealed to help keep mud and water out, and they have handles on the inside and outside. Since they come stock, Cub Cadet was able to eliminate hip and shoulder restraints, making the interior more spacious. Dual side mirrors are also included for more visibility. Sit in the driver’s seat and you’ll find a tilt steering wheel, a locking glove box, and some additional open storage.

You’ll find even more equipment on the outside. This model comes with aluminum wheels, turn signals, lights and a front-mounted 3,500 lb. winch.

Performance

This model uses a new 550 cc liquid cooled OHC powerplant. It’s connected to a CVT which can drive either the rear or both axles, propelling this vehicle to a top speed of 45 mph. The rear axle can be locked for traction on extreme terrain, while dual sway bars keep the Challenger planted when taking turns. The shocks can be adjusted using a screwdriver and spanner wrench, which are included with the vehicle. The suspension provides 12 inches of ground clearance.

This UTV can tow up to 1,200 lbs, and it has two-inch receivers on both the front and rear of the vehicle, making it easy to move trailers out of tight spaces. The brakes are fully hydraulic for predictable performance.

Cargo Bed

The dump bed measures 34 x 46 x 100 inches and can carry a maximum of 500 lbs. It has molded vertical slots for 3/4 inch plywood to create partitions and T-slots for tie-downs. Accessory rack tubes can be added to attach extra equipment while keeping the bed empty. There are releases for the bed on both the driver and passenger sides so it can be emptied from either seat.

Accessories

Even with all of its standard equipment, there are plenty of ways to add features to this UTV. Cub Cadet even fitted the roof with a panel designed for accessories including lightbars and cube lights, and a bus bar kit is available to tap into the vehicle’s electrical system.

One thing that seems to be missing from the long list of included equipment is power steering. As it is, the manual rack is light enough that it only becomes a chore to use when the rear diff lock is engaged, but an electrically assisted rack is available.

If you need more ventilation, the standard windshield can be replaced with a vented or folding unit. If you want more protection from the outdoors, the cab can be fully enclosed by adding side and rear windows. Want more visibility? Add a rear view mirror.

Colors

The Challenger 550 is available in Cub Cadet yellow, blue, red or, for an additional charge, camo.

Getting Parts and Accessories for the Cub Cadet Challenger 550

When you need anything for your Cub Cadet UTV, visit www.cubparts.com. We have parts for everything from the company from classic tractors to the latest off-roaders, and we can ship these items to any location in the U.S. and Canada.

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Cub Cadet Pro Z Mowers 900 S and L

Pro ZDo you need to mow a large area quickly, and you want something that can leave a quality finish? Then you need a 900 Series ZTR. The largest mower in Cub Cadet’s Pro Z lineup, it combines top quality components and unique features like the Synchro-Steer system and a reinforced deck to make this one of the best performing zero turn mowers on the market.

Performance

The 900 Series is powered by a Kawasaki FX1000V that produces 35 hp. From built-in cleaning ports to an advanced head design, everything about this engine is designed to deliver the most reliable performance you can get from a lawn mower engine.

Power is sent to a pair of Parker HTG transmissions. Each transmission integrates a 16 cc pump with a 310 cc wheel motor. These commercial grade units use an aluminum case and a built-in fan to help disperse heat to ensure a long life. These motors can propel the 900 Series to a top speed of 14 mph going forward and 7 mph in reverse.

With two tanks carrying a total of 14.9 gallons of fuel, this mower can run a long time before you’ll need to stop for gas. An air suspension seat with adjustable firmness, lumbar support, and angle help you last as long as the fuel.

Want to mow even faster? Cub Cadet’s Synchro-Steer system replaces the lap bars with a steering wheel and adds steering to the front wheels. Turning the wheel and operating the pedals both steers and controls the wheel motor speeds individually, providing unparalleled steering precession. On average, it allows lawns to be mowed 10% faster, but you may see even greater cuts in mowing time in areas loaded with landscaping features and other obstacles.

Deck

Constructed or not, the deck used on these mowers can still deliver the high-quality finish you expect from a Cub Cadet. Instead of using thick metal to resist impacts, Cub Cadet starts with a 7 gauge shell and adds 7 gauge top and bottom reinforcements along with 1/4 inch and 5/16 inch leading edge reinforcements. The result is a low weight deck strengthened at the points that experience the highest stresses, whether they come from impact or the blade spindles. Anti-scalping rollers come built in, while the mowing height can be set to 16 positions ranging from 1 to 5 inches. Power is transferred to the blades via a pivoting front axle, which keeps the deck following the ground for a superior finish.

Models

Cub Cadet makes four versions of the Pro Z 900 series, giving you a choice between deck sizes and control systems:

Pro Z 960L KW – Lap bar control and a 60-inch deck
Pro Z 972L KW – Lap bar control and a 72-inch deck
Pro Z 960S KW – Synchro-Steer control and a 60-inch deck
Pro Z 972S KW – Synchro-Steer control and a 72-inch deck

Accessories

Want to mulch? The deck chamber can be sealed with the mulching kit, while the restrictor kit lets you switch between mulching and side discharge by simply moving a lever. Need to collect clippings? The deck can do that with the addition of the power assist triple bagger. It uses an impeller to help draw clippings from the deck to maintain cutting performance. There’s also a heavy-duty striper kit with wide rollers to get that sports arena finish.

The mower can also be equipped with a lighting kit and a 12-volt power outlet for charging your smartphone, as well as an electric lift for easy blade access.

The 900’s uses can extend beyond mowing. Cub Cadet offers an array of trailers built for hauling cargo, picking up leaves and broadcast seeding. These mowers can even be used in winter with the addition of a snow blade and tires chains.

Warranty

Cub Cadet guarantees 900 Series motors for three years with no limit on operation hours, while Kawasaki provides the same guarantee for the FX Series engine.

Where to Get Parts for Cub Cadet Professional Equipment

www.cubparts.com is a certified dealer for both Cub Cadet and Kawasaki Engines USA, letting us provide you with everything you need for your Pro Z mower. Finding the right part on our site is easy thanks to built-in factory parts diagrams and descriptions, and we can ship whatever you need to any address in the U.S. and Canada.

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