Cub Cadet PRO HW Hydro: Balancing Power and Precision

Cub Cadet PRO HW HydroIt won’t reach dealers until next fall, but we’ve already got a good idea of what to expect from Cub Cadet’s upcoming entry into walk-behind commercial mowers. The PRO HW Hydro will have the performance you expect from a commercial stander or mid-deck ZTR, yet it’s designed for precise control along landscape features, letting it cut in places that would normally require a small walk-behind. Here’s what we know about this addition to Cub Cadet’s professional line based on its debut at the GIE+ Expo.

A Better Control System

That first bit of resistance when using the levers on a stander or hydrostatic walk-behind can make it hard to make fine speed adjustments. This makes tight maneuvers around buildings and sensitive landscape features risky: push a little too hard when trying to overcome lever resistance, and you end up launching the mower into the areas you want to avoid.

Cub Cadet has designed a steering control that uses ball bearings for smooth movement, even in small increments, making it easier to keep the deck trimming close to landscape features without veering into or away from them. This makes the PRO HW a practical alternative to small walk-behind mowers for close-up work while still retaining the speed and power of a wide-area mower.

Precision steering also requires accurate tracking to keep movement consistent whether moving in a straight line or making a turn. To this end, tracking on this mower is adjusted using a single knob that is accessible from the operator’s position.

Deck

These mowers will use a 10 gauge steel cutting deck with 7 gauge reinforcements on the top and bottom. The blades are treated with Fisher Barton’s Marbain process, creating an outer surface that is strong, hard wearing and resistant to abrasion from sandy soil. These blades will be mounted on maintenance-free sealed aluminum spindles. Nothing has been said about mulching, but this seems to be a given due to the blades’ high lift design.

The deck is designed to be set in 7 positions ranging from 1.5 to 4.5 inches. Models will be offered with decks in 36, 48 and 54-inch widths. Low-mounted components and high clearance axles keep the mower maneuverable while being able to roll over almost any curb with the deck in its highest position.

Power

All versions of the HW will be powered by 603 cc Kawasaki engines with outputs ranging from 14.5 to 18.5 hp. An electric start will be standard. The engine model hasn’t been identified, but these specifications match Kawasaki’s new FR Series engines.

This engine is paired with a set of Hydro-Gear ZT2800 hydrostatic transaxles, providing a top speed of 7 mph when moving forward and 3 mph reverse. Expect to see a sulky offered either from the factory or as an accessory so the operator keeps up. Cruise control will also be included.

Other Features

Details are light at this stage, but there are a few more things we know about the HW:

— The operator will be protected from debris by a 7 gauge plate that surrounds the controls.

— The fuel tank used on all models will hold 5 gallons.

— The deck will be connected to the drive system by a Warner electric PTO.

Warranty

Cub Cadet will guarantee these mowers for two years of commercial use with no hour limit. Kawasaki offers a similar warranty on their commercial engines.

Release Date

The PRO HW Hydro should reach dealers this fall.

New or Old, if it’s Cub Cadet, We Carry It

Cubparts.com is a certified dealer for Cub Cadet and their manufacturing partners including Kawasaki Engines and Hydro-Gear, letting us offer the full line of OEM parts for your equipment. We cover all professional and consumer models, and our site has built-in factory diagrams and descriptions so you can easily find the parts you need. We can ship what you need to any address in the U.S. or Canada.

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Cub Cadet’s New RZT L and LX Lawn Tractors

Cub Cadet's New RZT L and LX Lawn Tractors

Zero turning radius mowers were once exclusively used by professionals who could justify the high price tag. Now that same maneuverability is available to the regular consumer thanks to Cub Cadet’s RZT L and LX. Priced competitively with lawn tractors, these ZTRs are perfect for mowing flat terrain, maneuvering around landscape features with ease.

Decks

These mowers use a mid-deck design, placing the mowing deck directly beneath the operator for a compact footprint. Most L models come with a stamped steel deck. This gives the deck a curved shape that hugs the blades, increasing vacuum. This pulls the grass into the mowing chamber, letting the blades get an even cut for an exceptional finish.

The RZT L 54 and all RZT LX models use Cub Cadet’s Aeroforce constructed decks. Welded together from flat plates of 11 gauge steel, these decks can withstand impacts that will bend a stamped deck. Added interior liners help these decks provide high vacuum and reduce clumping.

Engines

The RZT L 34 is powered by Cub Cadet’s own 452cc single-cylinder engine. It’s designed in-house for the needs of their equipment, making it easy to operate and maintain.

LX models are powered by Kawasaki’s FR-series engines. While famous for their motorcycles, Kawasaki’s engines are a staple of the commercial ZTR market. The FR-series is aimed at home use, but it still has most of the features of their commercial engines. This includes a full pressure lubrication system, cast iron cylinder liners, and a grass chopper that helps keep the cooling fins clean.

Like the FR-Series, the 7000 Series is a residential version of Kohler’s Command Pro commercial engines. It has a fully-pressurized lubrication system, an automatic choke, and a Consistent-Cut governor. This makes it easy to start and helps it maintain cutting performance when moving into thicker grass.

Honda’s GXV630 is a commercial V-twin. It’s built with the company’s usual focus on high tech features. It uses forged steel connecting rods and hybrid aluminum/steel pushrods keep reciprocating weight low. This improves performance and significantly reduces noise and vibration.

Built for Easy Use and Maintenance

Yet again, Cub Cadet includes features that were new to professional models not that long ago.

These mowers come with adjustable lap bars and a high-backed seat, making it comfortable for operators of all sizes to operate. All controls are placed next to the bars including a clearly marked height adjustment lever.

Some models come with Cub Connect, a Bluetooth-enabled hour meter. Together with the Cub Connect app, you can keep tabs on maintenance and look up repair procedures on your smartphone.

Models

RZT L

Cub Cadet makes this model in 5 versions with a choice of decks and engines:

34 — Cub Cadet single cylinder 452cc

42 – 23 hp Kohler 7000 V-Twin

42 H — Honda GXV630 V-Twin, Cub Connect

46 – 23 hp Kohler 7000 V-Twin, Cub Connect

54 – 23 hp Kohler 7000 V-Twin, Cub Connect, Aeroforce constructed deck

RZT LX

This series has all the features of the RZT L and come with Aeroforce fabricated decks, Kawasaki FR V-twin engines and a 300 amp Sure Start battery. The only difference between these models is the deck size and power output:

46 – 18 HP

50 – 21.5 HP

54 – 23 HP

Accessories

Kits and blades are available to set up any L or LX for mulching and bagging. Cub Cadet makes several versions sized for a specific deck range, ensuring a perfect fit for each application. Lawn striping kits are also available for 48 and 54-inch decks to get a ballpark finish.

Heavy towing isn’t recommended for ZTR mowers, but a hitch can be added to any model to tow a small utility trailer like the Cub Cadet Hauler.

Warranty

Cub Cadet guarantees their mowers for three years, and they offer a limited lifetime warranty on their constructed decks. Cub Cadet, Kawasaki, Kohler, and Honda guarantee their engines for three years.

Getting Parts for Your Residential ZTR

When you need anything for your Cub Cadet, visit www.cubparts.com. We’re a certified dealer for Cub Cadet, Honda Engines, Kawasaki Engines USA and Kohler Power. This means we can provide parts for everything on your RZT no matter which model you own. Our site lets you see factory parts diagrams and uses factory descriptions, making parts easy to find. We ship across the U.S. and Canada.

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Finding Model and Serial Number on Snowblowers

Cub Cadet 1X Snowblowers

Need some sheer pins for your snow thrower? Is it time to give it a tuneup? Ordering the right parts is easy if you can correctly identify your machine. Here’s how to find the model and serial number for your Cub Cadet snowblower and its engine.

Finding the Model and Serial Number

Since 1997, Cub Cadets have used model and serial numbers that are 11 characters long, and are made up of dashes, letters, and numbers. These numbers are printed on a sticker that also has Cub Cadet’s name, address and a contact number for customer service or finding a dealer. This sticker measures approximately two by three inches and can be found in the following locations:

Single Stage Snowblowers (1X) — On the belt cover on the right side of the auger housing

Two and Three Stage Snowblowers (2X and 3X) — On the frame between the snowblower’s wheels

Cub Cadet Engines — The sticker should be located on the back of the engine shroud on the left side. Older engines may place the information directly below the shroud on the left front side of the engine. If you have an engine made by another manufacturer like Briggs & Stratton, there is usually a standard Cub Cadet sticker on the engine along with the manufacturer’s original label or stamping. Both the model and serial number will be identical on both locations.

Keep in mind that engines and equipment are updated separately, so a specific model of snowblower won’t necessarily come with a specific version of an engine. When ordering engine parts, you’ll need to know exactly what engine model you have.

Decoding the Sticker

Full model and serial numbers are 11 characters long. The third, fourth and eighth characters are always letters.

There are two model numbers. The short number is used for marketing. While this number is typically four characters long, some 3X models have longer names to indicate equipment options, such as the 3X 30” TRAC, which has a 30-inch wide auger and track drive. The longer number is the specific model number, which is changed to reflect running changes during a model’s production. These are usually changed at least once per model year.

Sometimes, smaller changes don’t warrant a new model number, so the serial number is needed to identify the exact version you own. On snow throwers, the serial number will start with “31.”

Identifying Equipment with a Missing Sticker

While Cub Cadet intentionally puts these stickers in areas that aren’t likely to be replaced or damaged, there’s always a chance that they’ll get scraped up, peeled off or rendered unreadable by contact with strong solvents. If that happens, there are a couple ways you can identify your snow blower.

First, look at the owner’s manual: every Cub Cadet manual has an area to write down the model and serial number for easy reference. If it isn’t there, it’s time to gather some information and contact Cub Cadet.

The company’s technical support line can help you identify the model you own so you can order the right parts. They may ask for the following information:

— Purchase date
— Engine size
— Model information including labels on the machine
— Model features
— Parts dimensions

When you call, be close to your machine and have a tape measure handy. In some cases, they may ask you to send photos to help identify your model.

Call Cub Cadet’s support line can be reached at 1-877-428-2349. This line is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 8 pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 8 pm Eastern time. This number is the same for both U.S. and Canadian residents. Cub Cadet will not identify your model using their Internet-based live chat support system due to the sheer amount of information needed.

Getting Parts for Your Cub Cadet Snowblowers

Now that you know what you have, you can order anything you need for your Cub Cadet from www.cubparts.com. Once you select your model and serial number, our site can show you parts that will fit your equipment, along with factory diagrams and descriptions so you know you’re ordering exactly what you want. Since we’re a certified Cub Cadet dealer, you can be sure you’ll always get quality OEM parts. We can ship your order to any address in the U.S. and Canada.

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XT1/XT2 Snowblower Attachment

XT1/XT2 Snowblower Attachment

Want serious snow clearing power, but don’t have the money for a commercial snowblower? Already own an XT1 or XT2 lawn tractor? Cub Cadet makes a 42-inch snowblower attachment that fits these mowers and uses the same snow crushing three stage auger system found in their largest stand-alone models.

Three Stages are Better than Two

This attachment uses the same three-stage system found on Cub Cadet’s 3X models. While a two-stage blower picks up snow and pushes it out of the chute, this type of blower has an intermediate stage that chops up the snow to make it easier to move. On average, this increases output by around 25% without requiring extra power. Since it’s powered by the large engine in your lawn tractor, it can deliver commercial-level performance at the cost of a small residential blower.

The auger housing is 42 inches wide and has an intake height of 23.5 inches, letting it move snow up to 18 inches thick. Once lifted and chopped up by the main augers, the third auger pushes the snow through a high arc steel chute. This chute can rotate up to 180 degrees, which isn’t as much as a stand-alone unit due to interference with the mower cowl, but will still let you spread snow over a wide area to avoid building up snow banks.

This attachment has two control levers that extend to the operator’s position. On the right, there’s a lever to easily lift and lower the unit, letting you drive around without the scraping against cleared pavement. On the left, there’s a crank to change the chute position, a lever to adjust the chute angle, and a switch to start and stop the augers.

Compatibility

This attachment fits 2015 and later XT1 and XT2 lawn tractors. It should be used with a rear weight kit fitted with two 42 lb. suitcase weights and a set of tire chains to help the mower get a grip on icy pavement. These accessories aren’t included with the snowblower itself since these parts can vary model to model and can be used with other accessories, like the dozer blade.

Installation

A carriage assembly attaches to the mower using Clevis pins and lock rods. This assembly replaces the deck and connects the PTO to the auger drive belt. A bumper also needs to be installed to provide slots for the snowblower frame. Once those parts are in place, the snowblower slides into the slots and locks into the carriage assembly. The auger drive belt is then attached to the drive pulley on the carriage assembly.

When it’s time to go back to mowing, the snowblower can be slid out from underneath the mower, and the carriage assembly can be removed and replaced by the deck. The bumper can stay on the mower, although XT2 owners will probably want to refit their stock bumper for added front end protection.

Getting Parts and Accessories for This Attachment

From tire chains to skid shoes, if it fits a Cub Cadet, you can get it from cubparts.com. We’re a certified dealer, which lets us offer the full line of OEM factory parts and accessories. Our site lets you look up your model and see exploded parts diagrams and factory descriptions so you can be sure you’re ordering exactly what you need. We ship across the U.S. and Canada.

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Using a Snowblower

Cub Cadet 2X Snowblowers

Have you had to put extra wear and tear on your snowblower getting through the Bomb Cyclone? Not getting the performance you want out of your Cub Cadet snowblower? These tips will help you resolve common issues and make clearing snow easier.

Warm Up the Engine

The engine needs to be warm before it will produce enough power to run the drive system and augers. Cub Cadet includes a manual choke on their snowblowers to help with this process. Start the engine with the choke fully closed, then gradually open it. Once the engine runs with the choke open all the way, your snowblower is ready to use.

Keeping Warm and Safe

If you’re using a snowblower, you’re out in the winter weather longer than you’re usually used to. Add in the chance of getting snow blown back into your face, and you can get uncomfortable and even dangerously cold in a hurry.

Thicker clothing and reduced skin exposure can keep you comfortable, but it’s also important to wear an outfit needs to be free of any loose items that could get caught in the machinery. Skip the scarf and get a balaclava or wear a jacket with a heavy hood, and make sure any adjustment cords on your coat and hood are out of reach.

A snowblower cab may look like an overgrown umbrella, but it can shield you from wind and snow, dramatically improving your comfort when operating your snowblower. Cub Cadet also offers heated grips on most models to keep the circulation in your hands so you can operate the controls comfortably.

Remove Snow Before the Storm Stops

Using your snowblower to remove snow before accumulation reaches 6 inches will make the job much easier on your machine, let it throw snow farther, and let you cover a wider strip with each pass. In turn, it also reduces the height of snow banks, helping the snow melt faster.

Slow Down

If the snow exiting the chute isn’t making it past your driveway, you’re trying to move more snow than your machine can handle. Increasing the throttle speed, reducing the ground speed and taking on smaller strips of snow with each pass will help. Snow density can vary a lot so a dense snowfall may be a lot heavier than a previous storm that left light, fluffy snow even if the later storm had more accumulation. Whether you’re using a 1X, 2X or 3X, in most cases you should only be using 1/3-1/2 of your auger’s total width at a time.

Check for Newspapers

By now, you’ve made sure that rocks, chains, and other obstacles are out of your driveway, but there’s one obstacle that can surface and quickly jam your machine: a newspaper. If you have a subscription or you end up with a trial copy or a free weekly in your yard now and then, make sure it has been removed before you start clearing snow.

Wait to Refuel

Run out of fuel in the middle of clearing snow? You could go ahead and refill the tank, but doing so means you’re pouring a volatile liquid next to a hot engine. Spill a little, and you’ll end up with a fire. If it’s time for a refuel, take a break and give the engine a few minutes to cool.

Know the Right Way to Clear Jams

There are 6,000 snowblower-related injuries in the U.S. every year, and nearly all of them are caused by operators being careless when clearing a jammed impeller.

Always shut the engine off and wait until the augers come to a complete stop before you try to clear out the housing. Never reach into the housing with your hands: even a stationary impeller is a danger due to its sharp edges and finger-pinching fit inside the housing. If your model doesn’t include a clearing tool, use a broom handle or a shovel to break up the jam.

Sheer pins may look like regular bolts, but they’re made from soft metal that will break if the impellers stop moving. Replacing them with off-the-shelf bolts will maintain the power transfer between the transmission and the auger, which can result in serious damage and injury. If a pin breaks, it’s because something happened that could have broken major components on your machine.

Getting Parts and Accessories for Your Cub Cadet Snowblower

Whether you need some new sheer pins, want to add a cab, or need to do some major work on your snowblower, you can get everything you need from www.cubparts.com. Our site lets you search for parts based on your snowblower’s model and serial number and will show you factory descriptions and diagrams so you can be sure you’re ordering exactly what you need. We’re a certified Cub Cadet dealer, which means we can ship OEM parts across the U.S. and Canada.

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Snowblower Maintenance

Snowblower Maintenance

Like any machine, a Cub Cadet snowblower will only deliver its best performance if you take care of it. Here’s what you need to know about maintaining your X1, X2 or X3 and how you can keep a step ahead of common problems.

Parts You Should Have on Hand

Having shear pins, belts, skid shoes and a fuel filter on hand will let you do common repairs on the spot so you can get your snowblower working again. Why these parts?

When there’s a jam, the shear pins will break, detaching the auger from the drive system to prevent serious component damage, and if there’s a major jam, the belt can snap, protecting the engine. When this happens, inspect the auger housing and chute thoroughly, removing whatever caused the jam.

Skid shoes support the auger housing, scraping against the ground and eventually wearing out. While they won’t suddenly break like a shear pin, it’s good to have some replacements on hand.

Fuel quality is easy to overlook since the weather is unpredictable. If you end up not using your machine for months, the fuel can varnish, clogging the filter.

Skid Shoes and Shave Plate

The shoes and shave plate should be checked before each use. The shoe height may need to be adjusted occasionally to keep the auger housing at the right height above the ground.

To replace the shoes and plate, simply remove the carriage bolts and nuts holding them onto the auger housing and bolt in the new parts. When installing the shave plate, the carriage bolts should be installed so that the heads are on the inside of the housing. Newer models have reversible skid shoes: once one side has worn down, the shoe can be flipped to use the other side.

Auger Control Cable and Drive Control Cable

Over time, these cables can stretch, which can prevent the auger clutch from engaging or the transmission from working correctly. When either cable is released, there should be very little slack in the cable, but it should not be tight.

The cable tension can be adjusted by moving the tensioner, located on the base of the snowblower next to the handle. Loosen the two bolts holding it onto the back plate and move it up or down to get the tension correct, then retighten the bolts.

Check the auger control cable tension by starting the engine and engaging the auger control lever several times, holding it closed for 10 seconds each time. The auger should engage, then disengage immediately after the lever has been released. If the auger is still spinning, shut off the engine and readjust the tensioner.

To test the drive control cable, put the shifter into neutral and start the engine. Push the snowblower forward: it should roll easily. Engage the drive control and push forward again: the snowblower should resist movement. Release the lever and shift the transmission into each gear. The gear lever should move freely. If any of these tests fail, the cable needs to be readjusted.

Gear Shift Cable (Geared Transmission Models)

To adjust the cable, make sure the engine is off and put the transmission in the highest gear. The cable should be tight. If there is slack, loosen the adjustment nut on the cable index bracket, located on the base of the snowblower. Pivot the bracket until the cable is tight, then tighten down the nut.

Gear Shaft (Geared Transmission Models)

This shaft should be lubricated every season or 25 hours of operation. To access it, run the engine until it is completely out of fuel. Carefully tilt the snowblower up and forward so that it’s resting on the auger housing. Remove the frame cover from the underside of the snowblower by taking out the four screws near the middle and back of the plate. The gear shaft is the large hex-shaped shaft running between the wheels.

The shaft should be coated in anti-seize. Be careful not to get this lubricant on the drive plate or friction wheel as this can keep the drive from engaging.

Chute Assembly Preload (Remote Adjustable Models)

If the chute moves around during operation, the preload on the cables needs to be adjusted. The adjustment nut is located on the front of the chute control assembly at the top center of the snowblower. To increase preload, tighten the nut ¼ turn. If moving the chute is difficult, loosen this nut ¼ turn.

Getting Parts for Your Snowblower

Whether you have the smallest 1X or a commercial hydro drive 3X, you can get everything you need for your Cub Cadet snowblower from www.cubparts.com. Our site makes finding parts easy by letting you search for your model and serial number and showing you factory descriptions and parts diagrams. We can ship whatever you need to any address in the U.S. or Canada.

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Snowblower Troubleshooting

Snowblower Troubleshooting

Having trouble with your Cub Cadet snowblower? Here’s what to look for when trying to diagnose common problems on these machines.

Wheels Not Engaging

V-Belt is worn or broken: Check the belt for damage and make sure the clutch pulley
Over time, this belt can stretch out, preventing it from transferring power from the engine to the axle.

Friction wheel is slipping: The friction wheel has a rubber outer ring that engages the drive plate. If there is grease or moisture on this surface, it can keep the plate from engaging. Over time, wear can reduce the diameter of this ring, keeping it from engaging. If this happens, it should be replaced,

Traction control cable: This cable should move freely when closing the lever. If it doesn’t, apply a light oil or silicone spray onto the cable to lubricate it. If the cable is stretched, it won’t be able to move enough to engage the drive clutch and should be replaced.

Hydrostatic transmission: Models engine in “H” use a hydrostatic transmission. While this transmission is maintenance-free, years of use may lead to leaks in the seals, reducing power transfer. If this happens, the transmission will need to be rebuilt or replaced.

Auger Doesn’t Turn or Snowblower not Throwing Snow

Shear pins: These pins go through the auger axle sleeve, connecting it to the drive axle. They’re designed to break off if the auger hits a rock or other obstruction to prevent damage to the auger and drive components. If the pins are broken, remove any objects around the impeller and housing that could cause a jam and install new pins.

Belts: Inspect the belt that runs between the engine and auger gearbox. If it is loose, cracked or broken, it needs to be replaced.

Snowblower Won’t Start

Electrical connection: If the on-board electric starter doesn’t work, make sure it’s connected to a live outlet using an extension cord that can support the power drawn by the starter, typically 14 or 15 amps.

Choke: Make sure the choke is closed during cold starts. If the engine was just running and is up to operating temperature, start with the choke open.

Spark Plug: Check the spark plug gap. If the insulator is cracked or the electrode is damaged, the plug should be replaced.

Carburetor: Most carburetor problems are caused by deposits left by stale fuel. Clean the carburetor and replace the old fuel with fresh, stabilized fuel. Perished seals should be replaced to prevent air from entering the carburetor without passing by the jet.

Engine Starts and then Stalls

Choke: Make sure the choke is closed when starting the engine. This creates a richer air/fuel mixture that helps the engine stay running until it’s up to temperature.

Fuel cap: The cap has holes in it that let air enter the tank as gas flows out into the carburetor. If these are clogged, the pressure inside the tank can drop, keeping fuel from leaving the tank. This leans out the air/fuel mixture, shutting off the engine.

Carburetor: If the float bowl is stuck or the jets are clogged, the carburetor may not be delivering the right amount of fuel to the engine. Clean the carburetor and make sure you’re using fresh, stabilized fuel. In severe cases, the carburetor may need to be rebuilt to get it to add enough fuel to the intake air.

The Snowblower is Leaking Gas

Fuel line: The line may have been pulled off its connections to the fuel tank and carburetor, or it has been damaged.

Carburetor: One of the seals inside the carburetor may have perished. Fuel leakage is typically caused by a bad float bowl gasket, but if this happens, all seals should be replaced.

Snowblower Leaving Behind Snow

Speed and collection rate: Try operating the snowblower at a slower speed or overlap passes more to pick up less snow at a time. Snow density can vary widely, so the volume of snow that your machine can handle will vary between snowfalls.

Skid shoes: Make sure the skid shoes are at the right height, and that both the left and right shoe are at equal heights. These shoes will need to be replaced periodically as they wear.

Auger housing and chute: Make sure there aren’t any clogs in the housing or chute that could prevent snow from being picked up and thrown by the augers.

Getting Parts for Your Cub Cadet Snowblower

From sheer pins to major components, if it’s Cub Cadet, you can get it from www.cubparts.com. We’re not just an online parts warehouse, we’re a certified Cub Cadet dealer, letting us ship the full line of OEM parts currently in production to any address in the U.S. and Canada.

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Cub Cadet 3X Snowblowers

Cub Cadet 3X Snowblowers

Cub Cadet’s 3X series of snowblowers use an extra auger that breaks up snow before pushing it through the chute, helping them deal with hard pack snow better than two stage blowers. With 13 models to choose from, you can get this added effectiveness in a size to fit your needs from home use to commercial duty.

Three Stages are Better than Two

The 3X has a unique impeller design that adds what Cub Cadet calls an “accelerator” auger between the collection and discharge impellers found in a regular two-stage snowblower. This new auger is designed to break up collected snow before it’s pushed out of the chute, helping 3X models handle thick hard pack snow. This lets these models clear snow 50% faster than two-stage 2X snowblowers.

Does it really work? Consumer Reports thinks so: when they tested the 30” PRO H, they gave it the highest score for a snowblower in the organization’s history.

Control

The 3X has a chute that can rotate 200 degrees. Angle and pitch are controlled using two separate levers next to the handles for precise adjustment.

Most models come with a transmission that uses 6 forward and 2 reverse gears, while PRO H models come with a hydrostatic drive similar to what you’ll find on Cub Cadet’s riding mowers. This makes it easy to get just the right balance between snow removal and speed. Either drive can be engaged by moving a small trigger for one-hand operation, letting you make adjustments to the chute while in motion. Heated grips come standard on all 3X models.

Engines

All 3X snowblowers are powered by Cub Cadet’s own engines. They have the same easy-to-use design as the models found in their other equipment, adding a manual choke to help with starts in extreme cold. The starter can be plugged into any household electrical outlet, taking the effort out of turning the engine over without having to deal with batteries.

Three engine sizes are used to match the power demands of the snowblower’s auger: 24” models have a 277cc engine, 26” and 28” models have a 357 cc engine, and 30” and 34” models have a 420 cc engine.

Models

Cub Cadet offers 5 versions of the 3X to fit a variety of use cases:

Standard models have a 21-inch intake height and dual LED work lights on the handle that shine around the chute. Models include the 24”, 26” and 28” versions.

HD models can handle snow up to 23 inches high and add a third LED light directly over the auger housing. Models include the 24” HD, 26” HD, 28” HD and 30” HD.

TRAC snowblowers replace the wheels with a track drive system, providing more traction on hills and slick surfaces. Models include the 26” TRAC and 30” TRAC.

PRO snowblowers add 12 gauge steel side panels and mounts the augers on sealed ball bearings for durability under heavy commercial use. Models include the 30” PRO and 34” PRO.

PRO H snowblowers come with the same features as the PRO, but they use a hydrostatic drive with infinite adjustment, letting the operator get just the right balance between snow removal and speed. The PRO H is available in 30” and 34” versions.

Warranty

Cub Cadet guarantees all models and their engines for 5 years of commercial or residential use.

Parts and Accessories

If you need something for your Cub Cadet 3X, visit www.cubparts.com. As a certified Cub Cadet dealer, we’re able to offer everything you need to maintain your snowblower and the engine that powers it. Our site has built-in factory parts diagrams and descriptions to find what you need, and we can ship your order to any address in the U.S. or Canada.

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Cub Cadet 2X Snowblowers

Cub Cadet 2X Snowblowers

Need a snowblower that can cover a wide area but is still reasonably sized and easy enough to use for large residential driveways and small parking lots? Cub Cadet’s 2X dual stage snowblowers have a separate auger that helps throw snow long distances, and they’re designed with the company’s usual attention to detail when it comes to operation, making them extremely easy to use.

Augers

The auger gearbox is front and center, connecting both the main auger and chute auger to the engine, requiring just one belt to operate the entire snow clearing system. To withstand impacts from snow, ice and debris, it’s built into a cast aluminum case.

The main auger is big enough to handle up to 12 inches of snowfall. As snow is cut, it’s pushed up to a second 12-inch auger that hurls material through the chute. This chute has 200 degrees of rotation and 50 degrees of pitch and can be controlled using a remote overhead crank within easy reach of the handle. If there’s a jam, the clog can be removed using a tool that clips onto the auger housing.

The auger housing rides on a pair of Cool Blue skid shoes. These use a material that’s non-marking, rustproof and extremely slick, making it easy to move the snowblower over pavement, even if it’s dry.

Drive System

The 2X rides on a pair of 16-inch tires with Carlisle’s new X-TRAC tread. It uses thick, hollow lugs to grip slick surfaces without causing surface damage. The wheels are driven by a transmission with 6 forward speeds and two reverse gears, letting you get the blower moving at the highest speed it can handle without bogging down. One hand power steering control engages the drive system while keeping the other hand free to make running adjustments to the chute position and throttle.

Engines

This line of snowblowers uses Cub Cadet’s own engines. Unlike the units found in lawnmowers, these motors have a manual choke and priming bulbs to help with starts in extreme cold. A 110v electric starter motor comes standard: just plug the control box into an outlet and push the button, and the engine should fire up immediately.

One Design in Three Widths

The 2X is available in three auger widths paired with an engine sized to provide consistent performance:

2X 24” — 208 cc engine

2X 26” — 243 cc engine

2X 28” — 277 cc engine

Both the 26” and 28” have dual LED work lights mounted on the handle, while the 24” has a single LED work light.

Accessories

Cub Cadet offers a range of equipment to modify your 2X to best fit your needs:

Need more visibility than the work lights provide? Cub Cadet offers an LED light bar fits over auger housing for more light directly over the snow.

The snow thrower cab clips over the handles and provides a clear shell over the operator for protection from wind and drifting snow. Working in extreme cold? A set of heated grips can be fitted over the handles.

Need to deal with tall snow drifts left on your driveway by snowplows? The drift cutter kit can shave off parts of tall drifts so you can take them out bit by bit, staying within the maximum capacity of the auger.

When it’s time to store your snowblower, pick up an OEM cover. Not only does it provide a perfect fit, it’s made from a breathable fabric to prevent condensation that can lead to rust.

Warranty

Cub Cadet guarantees the snowblower and engine for three years of residential use and one year of commercial use. The auger gearbox has a separate guarantee for 5 years no matter how the snowblower is used.

Getting Parts for Cub Cadet Snowblowers

Cubparts.com has everything you need for your 2X from wear items like skid shoes and belts to major components. Our site can show you factory parts diagrams for your model, making it easy to find exactly what you need, and we can ship your order to any address in the U.S. or Canada.

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Cub Cadet 1X Snowblowers

Cub Cadet 1X Snowblowers

Just because you only need to clear a driveway doesn’t mean you have to suffer with a difficult to use, underpowered snowblower. Cub Cadet’s 1X snowblowers are built to make clearing small areas easy by providing practical design features and a range of engines to fit your needs.

One Stage Simplicity

The 1X uses a single auger to pick up and propel snow through the chute. This auger is 21 inches wide and can remove snow up to 13 inches high. It’s made from a combination of steel and high impact rubber that both cuts into the snow and helps pull the snowblower along the ground, requiring very little effort at the controls. This design reduces the chance of clogging and keeps the drive system simple for easy repairs.

The chute has an adjustable pitch and 190 degrees of rotation. On manual chute models, a large handle on the chute’s base makes it easy to adjust the angle of exiting snow without having to go far from the controls.

Cub Cadet’s characteristic focus on usability can be seen throughout the 1X. Engine controls are placed high on the rear of the snowblower base for easy starting, while everything has been sized to be usable when wearing gloves from the large starter handle to the chunky fuel cap and oil dipstick. Unlike the company’s other engines, the versions fitted in these snowblowers have a manual choke and priming bulb to get the right air/fuel mix for starts in extreme cold.

One Design, Three Models

Cub Cadet uses the basic design of the 1X for three models, each with different features to best fit your snow clearing needs.

The 1X 21 is the most basic and inexpensive model. It uses a 123cc OHV engine and has a manual chute. At 82 lbs, it’s lighter than most walk-behind mowers, making it a great choice if you don’t need to handle large amounts of snow and want something that’s easy to handle. Need a little more power? The 1X 21 HP uses a 179 cc Cub Cadet engine and only weighs a couple pounds more.

The 1X 21 LHP is powered by a 208 cc OHV engine, and it comes with several features that make it more convenient for use in extreme conditions. The remote chute control uses a joystick mounted below the handle to alter angle and pitch, while a built-in headlight below the handle makes it easier to clear snow at night so you can get a head start on winter storms. A built-in AC-powered electric starter eliminates the need for pull starts, but a pull-start backup is still included for use in areas where there aren’t any convenient outlets.

Warranty

Cub Cadet covers the entire 1X including the engine for three years of residential use or one year of commercial use. This does not include regular wear items like auger paddles or shear pins.

Getting Parts for Cub Cadet Snowblowers

Whether you need to have some shear pins and belts on hand for quick repairs after a jam or need to do some maintenance, www.cubparts.com has everything you need for your Cub Cadet equipment. From our site, you can look up parts based on your model and see factory information including parts diagrams and descriptions to find the parts you need to keep your equipment running. We can ship your order to any address in the U.S. or Canada.

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