Signature Cut Series Self-propelled Lawn Mowers

12ACC6S6710_product_detail_largeWant the look of a professionally mowed lawn but don’t want the expense and size of a commercial lawn mower? Cub Cadet’s Signature Cut self-propelled mowers deliver the same finish that has made the brand the favorite of professionals in a package that fits your lawn and budget.

A Pro Finish from a Small Mower

These mowers use Cub Cadet’s Signature Cut design. Its low leading edge increases vacuum, pulling up blades of grass so they all get cut to the same length. The deck is set up for bagging, mulching, and side discharge, letting the owner choose the right mode for the current lawn conditions. Continue reading

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Is a Zero-Turn Mower Worth It?

d19475c4-daa1-4b0a-9e83-ec156c9286a2_1000Can a ZTR really cut your mowing time in half? Is it worth the extra cost? Is there anything that a lawn tractor can do better? Here’s everything you need to know to decide if a Cub Cadet ZTR is right for you.

What is a ZTR?

A Zero Turning Radius (ZTR) mower has two drive wheels and two or more wheels mounted on casters. Instead of a direct connection between the wheels and the engine, the motor drives a hydraulic pump, and the pressure from this pump is used to drive two hydraulic motors, one for each drive wheel. Power reaching each wheel can be varied, so the mower can be turned by making one wheel go faster than the other. Set one wheel to go forward and the other in reverse at the same speed, and the mower can spin in place.

What Should I Look at When Considering a ZTR?

There are two major types of ZTR: front deck and mid deck. A front deck mower places the deck ahead of the frame, giving a clear view of the area being mowed and can be pushed into corners, reducing the need to trim. A mid deck mower places the deck beneath the operator like a lawn tractor, making the mower more compact and maneuverable. It’s also easier to build a floating deck on a mid mount, which helps the deck follow the contours of the soil for a better finish. Currently, Cub Cadet only makes mid deck mowers. This design lets them deliver the best finish possible.

Decks can be stamped or constructed. Stamped decks are pressed from a sheet of steel and have a rounded mowing chamber with minimal turbulence. This provides increased vacuum, pulling grass toward the blades for the best mowing finish. Constructed decks are made by welding together several pieces of thick steel, reducing vacuum and finish quality in exchange for increased durability.

ZTR’s can be controlled with lap bars or a steering wheel. Lap bars are levers that let you control each wheel motor independently. These “tank” controls can take a while to learn. Some new mowers like Cub Cadet’s S Series use a steering wheel with a pair of pedals, one to go forward and one for reverse. These are as easy to learn as a lawn tractor, and they’re easier to handle when mowing on slopes.

What Can a ZTR Do that a Lawn Tractor Can’t?

The steering system on a ZTR makes it easy to line up for overlapping passes, mowing the lawn without leaving strips. It’s also possible to get the deck much closer to trees, fences and other obstacles, cutting the amount of trimming that will need to be done after the mow. This can mean major time savings when mowing heavily landscaped lawns.

What Can a Lawn Tractor Do that a ZTR Can’t?

Since they don’t have the complicated drive system of a ZTR, a tractor is far less expensive, especially compared to steering wheel-controlled models. That complexity also means maintenance and repair costs are also higher on a ZTR than a tractor. If you don’t need the added maneuverability to get around trees and other objects, it may not be worth the extra cost.

Lawn and garden tractors can handle much heavier attachments, and they usually don’t need ballast weights. If you need to use heavy equipment like snow plows or tillers, a garden tractor may be the best choice regardless of price.

Where Can I Get Parts for Cub Cadet Mowers?

www.cubparts.com is a certified Cub Cadet dealer, carrying all the parts for their ZTR, riding and walk-behind mowers as well as other equipment ranging from tractors to leaf blowers. Our site can show you factory parts diagrams and descriptions, making it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for. We can ship anything you need to any address in the U.S. and Canada.

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How High Should You Mow Your Grass?

Grass-HeightHow tall should your grass be? While it may be tempting to set your deck to the lowest height to cut more at a time, that’s not the best strategy if you want a healthy lawn. Here’s what you need to know about cutting heights to keep your lawn looking lush while reducing weeding and other maintenance.

The Importance of Grass Height

It seems logical that you would want to cut the grass as low as possible and let it grow as much as possible to save labor. However, doing so can harm the grass, leading to more work patching bald spots and removing weeds. Keeping grass at the right height can save work in the long run.

If the grass is too long, it provides a habitat for undesirable animals including mice, snakes, voles and mosquitoes. Once you do mow, the added length of the grass will stress your mower, often to the point that mulching will be impossible. This means clippings will need to be bagged, removing nutrients from the soil.

If the grass is too short, it can’t put down a solid root system to keep out weeds. It also reduces ground cover, increasing the amount of sunlight reaching the soil. In turn, the water will evaporate from the soil faster during droughts and severe heat, drying out the grass.

Grass Heights by Type

These are general guidelines, with varieties of grasses responding better to specific heights within these ranges. When in doubt, ask a seed supplier about their recommendations.

  • 0.25-0.75 inches : Bentgrass
  • 0.5-1.5 inches: Bermuda, zoysia
  • 1.5-2.5 inches: centipede, fine fescue, Kentucky bluegrass, ryegrass
  • 2-3 inches: bahia, buffalograss, tall fescue
  • 2-4 inches: St. Augustine

Mowing Through the Season

When first mowing in the spring, cutting near the lower limit will help remove dead blades of grass.

During droughts, cut the grass to the maximum height to help resist heat and hold in moisture.

Increased grass height can help protect the grass from snow and frost. For the best results, aim for a height of three inches for your final mow, regardless of the type of cold season grass on your lawn.

Mowing Frequency

It takes the grass some time to recover after having parts of the blades sliced off, so care should be taken to make this process as gentle as possible. As a general rule of thumb, no more than 1/3 of the grass height should be removed in a single mow. Once the grass is at the right height, wait until the grass has grown a third before cutting it again. During peak growth, this means mowing will need to be done about once a week. If you’ve let the grass get too high, mow no more than every 4-5 days to bring the grass back to the desired height. This gives the grass some time to recover.

Dealing with Thatch

If you’ve been cutting your lawn too short before, you probably haven’t had to deal with thatch. Grass clippings, stems, and other lawn debris can build up, creating a layer over the soil that can block water and oxygen from reaching the roots. With thicker grass, this underlying layer will need to be removed once per season. Cub Cadet makes dethatching attachments for their garden tractors and mowers so you can do this yourself.

Where to Get Parts for Your Cub Cadet

www.cubparts.com is a certified Cub Cadet dealer carrying all the parts you need to maintain your equipment and accessories from early tractors to the newest riding mowers. Our search engine has factory diagrams and parts descriptions built into it so you can quickly find the right parts for your mower, and we can ship your order anywhere in the U.S. and Canada.

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Signature Cut Series Push Lawn Mowers

11A-B92J710_product_detail_zoomWant to bring a professional finish to your small lawn or to areas you can’t reach with a riding mower? Cub Cadet’s Signature Cut push lawn mowers give you the same finish as their riding lawn mowers. This makes them a great choice for residential owners with small lawns yet they’re tough enough for professional landscapers who need something that can be used in heavily landscaped areas.

What is the Cub Cadet Signature Cut?

If you’ve looked at riding mowers and tractors, you’ll know that stamped decks provide the best finish because their curved shape improves suction, drawing the grass to the blades and keeping clippings in the mowing chamber longer for finer mulching. Cub Cadet takes this a step further with decks designed with a lower leading edge that increases vacuum, ensuring every blade of grass is cut to the same length. Continue reading

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Wide-Cut Walk-Behind Mowers

12ACW62R710_product_listing_flashNeed to mow a large area but don’t want the expense or complexity of a riding mower? Cub Cadet’s line of wide deck mowers are built to be as easy to use as a small walk-behind mower while delivering the power and cutting capacity to handle large lawns.

The Wide Cut Difference

Most walk behind mowers have a maximum deck size of 21 inches, but Cub Cadet’s wide cut mowers use 28-33 inch wide decks, reducing mowing times by 33% or more. The decks use two cutting blades to deliver a high quality finish and have a SmartJet deck washing system that lets you clean the deck by connecting a water hose, just like Cub Cadet’s riding lawnmowers. Continue reading

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Your Lawn Care Calendar

wakefield-lawncare-gardening-servicesAerating, mowing, watering, fertilizing – there are a lot of jobs to keep track of if you want a perfect lawn. And when should you do them? This maintenance calendar gives you a run-down month by month so you can be sure you’re right on schedule.

This calendar applies for most areas, but your local conditions might be a little different. For the best results, heed the notes on temperature and weather conditions as they apply to your area. Continue reading

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How to Properly Store Your Snowblower

cub_cadet_snow_blowerSpring will be here before you know it, and that mean an end to snow. Before you store your Cub Cadet snowblower for the season, there are a few things you should do to ensure it’s ready to run next winter.

Remove the Fuel

Gasoline breaks down as it ages, becoming less combustible and leaving deposits that can clog your snowblower’s fuel system. Before storing, all fuel should be removed. Gasoline can be moved from the fuel tank to a gas can using a siphon hose. Some engines have a drain plug on the float bowl to remove the last bit of fuel from the carburetor and fuel line. If your engine doesn’t have this feature, let it run until it’s completely out of fuel.

What should you do with this scavenged fuel? Pour it into the gas tank of your car. When mixed with fresh fuel at the pump, it will work fine with your vehicle’s engine. Continue reading

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Replacing a Snow Blower Sheer Bolt

Top-3-Best-Heavy-Duty-Snow-Blowers-Picture-1You’re removing snow with your Cub Cadet snowblower and suddenly the auger quits spinning. Maybe you’ve hit a rock or slid off the driveway so the blade hit the pavement, but one thing is certain — you’ve just broken a sheer bolt. Now what? This guide will walk you through replacing this bolt so you can get back to work.

What is a Sheer Bolt?

A sheer bolt is what engineers call a “sacrificial part.” If something goes wrong, the force is exerted on this part, causing it to break. This in turn protects more costly components. In the case of your snowblower, the sheer bolt connects the auger to the drive system. If something gets jammed in the mechanism, the force snaps the sheer bolt, cutting the transfer of power from the engine to the auger. This in turn saves the auger, engine, driveshaft, and pulley system from damage. Continue reading

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Should You Be Using Cub Connect?

iphone-6-lg-@1xShould you be using Cub Connect? You don’t have to, but this app can make it a lot easier to maintain your equipment, keeping it running reliably for years to come.

How Does It Work?

Some Cub Cadet models now have a built-in Smart Hour Meter. When the ignition is on, this meter can transfer information to your smartphone using Bluetooth. Your equipment does not connect directly to the Internet — it just passes usage information to your phone.

This information is accessed using the Cub Connect app, which is available for Android on the Google Play store and iOS from the App Store. Launch the app, input the model and serial number by typing them in or scanning the barcode on the information tag, and it will connect with your Cub Cadet. From then on, you’ll be able to use the app’s functions to maintain your mower, and it will automatically gather information from your equipment each time it connects to the Smart Hour Meter.

Don’t want to use the Cub Connect app? The Smart Hour Meter still has a digital display, so you can keep track of your mower’s use and maintain it the old fashioned way.

What Does Cub Connect Do?

This app has several features built into it to make it easier to maintain your mower.

Easy product registration: Registering your Cub Cadet with the company can be done from your device. Instead of having to type in the model and serial number, you can simply scan the barcodes on your equipment using your phone.

Maintenance reminders: The app keeps track of the hours of operation on your equipment and notifies you when it will need maintenance. The dashboard lets you see how long parts are expected to last so you can plan ahead, ordering parts before you need them. When you service your equipment, it can be logged in the system, letting you keep tabs on what you’ve done.

Do It Yourself: Want to do maintenance yourself? The app has step-by-step instructions and videos to show you how.

Access operator’s manuals: The manuals for your equipment and its engine are available to view from your smartphone.

One tap calling to Customer Service: Have a problem? This feature lets you talk to someone at Cub Cadet without having to look up the service number.

Find service centers: Have a major problem? The app can find a certified service center nearby that can fix your equipment.

Which Models Can Use Cub Connect?

Currently, there are six models of riding mowers that are compatible with this system:

RZT S46
RZT L46
RZT S 54 KW
XT1 LT54
XT1 GT50
GX 54 FAB

Cub Cadet plans on adding Smart Hour Meters to their commercial equipment in the near future.

Where Can I Get Parts for my Cub Cadet?

Whether you have a classic tractor or a Bluetooth-enabled mower, you can get everything you need for your Cub Cadet at cubparts.com. We’re a certified Cub Cadet dealer, and our site has factory diagrams and descriptions built-in to make it easy to identify the parts you want to order. We can ship the parts and accessories you need anywhere in the U.S. and Canada.

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Understanding the Fuel/Oil Ratio in Two Stroke Engines

cub-cadet-logoWhy do two stroke engines need oil mixed with the fuel? How do fuel/oil ratios affect performance? Let’s take a look at how these motors work, and what you need to do to keep the two stroke motor in your Cub Cadet running right.

Why Do Two Strokes Need Oil in their Fuel?

Four stroke engines, like the ones found in cars and larger lawn care equipment, have valves at the top of the cylinder head that stay closed during the compression and ignition strokes to contain the explosion and make power. This is followed by two more strokes, the exhaust and intake strokes, which use the pumping motion of the piston to push out exhaust gases and pull in fresh air and fuel. Each time fuel is ignited, the piston has to move up and down twice for a total of four strokes, hence the name. Continue reading

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