How to Split and Stack Wood

firewood-599141_1280Are you ready for next winter’s cold weather? Get a head start by splitting and storing some wood. Properly cut and stacked, this wood should be fully seasoned by the time you need to start up your fireplace.

Understanding Firewood Measurements

Firewood uses measurements that you normally come across with any other material. Typically, it’s stored and sold in two sizes: cords and ricks. A cord is 128 cubic feet, and is usually measured out as 8 feet long, four feet high and four feet deep. When looking at a rick or face cord, sizes will vary. There is no official measurement, but a rick or face cord is about a third of a cord. Continue reading

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Troubleshooting Tips for Cub Cadet Snow Throwers

31ah57sz710_product_listing_flashA winter storm has blown in, and your driveway is covered in snow. You pull out your Cub Cadet snow thrower to clear the way, but it just won’t work. Now what? This guide will take you through the most common problems and their solutions so you can get the snow out of your way.

Stay Safe

It may be tempting to work on your snow thrower inside where it’s warm, but you should always start the engine outside, at least three feet away from buildings to prevent the buildup of deadly carbon monoxide. Continue reading

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Setting Up Your Cub Cadet Snow Thrower

3x-3_625Are you ready to face the snow this season with a new Cub Cadet snow thrower? Here’s what you need to know to get it up and running from assembling it straight out of the box to making adjustments for your local weather conditions.

Before You Begin

The engine is shipped without any oil. Do not attempt to start the snow thrower until oil has been added to the crankcase.

What’s in the Box?

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Which Snow Thrower is Right For You?

With their easy to start engines and high build quality, a Cub Cadet is a great choice when buying a snow blower. However, with over 20 options to choose from, picking the right model for your needs can be a little confusing. Let’s break down these models into their features and how they’ll work to clear snow from your land. Continue reading

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Challenger 750 Crew

Cub Cadet’s Volunteer line of UTVs have been around for quite a while, but the Challenger series is a recent addition, adding some fun and features to the lineup. The 750 Crew is the top model of this new line, providing space for four people and loads of standard equipment.

Powertrain and Drivetrain

Power is provided by a water cooled fuel injected 735cc engine designed and built by Cub Cadet themselves. It’s connected to a CVT with on demand four wheel drive and a low range mode. These turn 26-inch tires from Carlisle Offroad, and the suspension has 11 inches of ground clearance. Continue reading

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Volunteer WT Cab

Do you need a utility vehicle that’s built to haul? Does it need some weather protection? Should it work on a variety of surfaces from pavement to rocky terrain? If so, then Cub Cadet’s Volunteer WT Cab is the perfect vehicle for the job.

What’s the Difference Between the WT Cab and the Regular Volunteer 4×4 EFI?

They may share some parts, but there are several key differences between these two models. Here’s what the WT has in addition to the standard Volunteer:

  • A larger payload capacity
  • An aluminum bed that can be used as a flat bed
  • The ability to disengage the front axle for better handling on pavement
  • Power steering
  • Stronger suspension
  • Multi-surface tires
  • A standard cab
  • The option of adding a winch

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Volunteer 4×4 EFI

Looking for a utility vehicle that can do it all? The Cub Cadet Volunteer 4×4 EFI combines a fuel injected engine, advanced four-wheel drive system and a wide assortment of accessories to make it the perfect machine for a wide range of jobs from plowing snow to towing small equipment.


The Volunteer uses a Kohler Aegis LH775 liquid-cooled V-Twin producing 31 hp and 47.7 ft-lbs of torque. It uses an electronic fuel injection system developed in cooperation with Bosch to match the performance and durability of automotive systems. It also has a full pressure oiling system with a filter and a heavy duty air filter with double the surface area of its competitors. These design features let the engine produce reliable power in a range of conditions and reduce the amount of maintenance required to keep it running. Continue reading

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Challenger 400 and 400LX

Looking for a utility vehicle? Want the quality of a Cub Cadet but don’t want to spend a lot of money? The Challenger 400 and 400LX offer compact platforms with plenty of utility, whether you’re looking for a quick way to travel across your land, a light towing platform, or something to help with groundskeeping.

What is a Challenger 400?

The 400 is the smallest utility vehicle in Cub Cadet’s lineup. At 96 inches long, 50 inches wide and 71 inches tall, it can get into tight spaces yet still provides plenty of performance. In fact, it’s small enough that it can fit in a standard pickup bed, eliminating the need for a trailer to bring it to work sites. Continue reading

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Cub Cadet Chainsaws (511 vs 552)

Cub-Cadet-CS-511Looking for a chainsaw to use around the home? Cub Cadet offers two options: the CS 511 and the CS 552. Built for common residential tasks like cutting limbs, felling small trees, and trimming logs to be made into firewood, these saws are light and easy to use, but they aren’t dumbed down for home users, either. Professional quality motors and clever design features make these Cub Cadets easy to own.

Ease of Use

These models come with an automatic chain oiler, but chain tensioning has to be done manually. Fortunately, the tensioning bolts are exposed on the side of the chainsaw body, making them easy to access.

The choke is integrated into the carburetor, and the engine just needs a few squeezes of the priming bulb before it will fire up. A wide foot handle makes it easy to keep the saw in position when pulling the starter handle. Like other two-strokes, the motors used in the CS 511 and CS 552 are sensitive to fuel age. Cub Cadet doesn’t offer pre-mixed fuel, but they do encourage owners to use a fuel stabilizer and to check the fuel using test swabs. Continue reading

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Which CORE String Trimmer is Right for You?

41AERE6C912_product_detail_largeIn the past, when you bought a string trimmer, you had to choose between the convenience and low maintenance of an electric motor or the power and long run times of a gasoline engine. Thanks to technological advancements, Cub Cadet’s CORE motor and battery system can deliver power and convenience in a single package. If you’re thinking of buying one, you might be wondering: Is it really a good replacement for a gas trimmer? What will it take to keep them running? Should I get the CCT400 or the CCE400?

Let’s find out!

What is CORE, and What Does It Mean for String Trimmers?

CORE is Cub Cadet’s new electric power unit. It’s built around a motor that replaces the wound metal wire stators of a regular brushless motor with a plated circuit board. Paired with an advanced controller, it can deliver an amazing amount of power in a light package while also carefully managing output for maximum battery life. While voltage is normally the best way to compare electric lawn care equipment, this new design is a lot more efficient, which means more power from less voltage. Continue reading

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