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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Do You Really Need a Fuel Additive?

1280px-gasolinecontainerLook at the manual for any small engine equipment, Cub Cadet or otherwise, and you’ll see the manufacturer recommending the use of a fuel stabilizer. Is this really necessary? Why is it recommended for small equipment and not automobiles?

Why Doesn’t Fuel Last?

Small engine equipment uses fuel more slowly than a car or truck, and this equipment is run off of fuel stored in containers rather than bought fresh from a gas station. That means this fuel tends to be older than what you find in your car. Modern gasoline ages pretty quickly, resulting in starting problems and other issues, although the root cause of this aging varies depending on the fuel formulation. Continue reading

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How to Find Your Snowblower’s Serial and Model Numbers

31bh55tu710_product_listing_flashWhether you need a shear pin or an auger, you need to have the model and serial number on hand to get the right parts for your Cub Cadet snowblower. Where do you find this information, and what can you do if you can’t find it?

Finding the Identification Tag

On all Cub Cadet products, the serial number, model number, and other information is printed on a 2×3 inch white sticker.

On single stage (1X) models, this sticker is on the right side of the frame, next to the belt cover.

On two and three stage (2X and 3X) models, the sticker is located on the main gear housing or frame cover, which is between the rear wheels.

Reading the Identification Tag

Cub Cadet products have two model numbers. Under “Model Number,” located on the left side of the sticker, you’ll see the full model number and a short number below that. The short number is the number the model is marketed under, i.e. “21 HP.” This number identifies the general design, which may be in production for years. The long number is the specific model you own, indicating any minor running changes. These are usually issued for a single production year.

Unfortunately, even with the long model number, you may not have all the information needed to correctly identify your snowblower when buying parts. Small changes may be made during production years, so some parts may only work for specific serial number ranges. The serial number, located on the right side of the tag, is specific to your blower.

If the label is partly damaged or faded, there are some formatting rules used for these numbers that will help you determine what the characters are. Cub Cadet products built after 1996 use full model and serial numbers that are both 11 characters long. This can be any combination of letters, numbers and dashes.

Full snowblower model names always start with “31.” This name will be a combination of numbers or dashes (represented by 0’s) and letters (represented by X’s) in this order: 00XX000X000.

The second through fifth characters of the serial number indicate the manufacturing date:

  • The second digit will be a letter. Its alphabetical order indicates the month, so an “E” shows it was manufactured in the fifth month, May.
  • The next two digits are the day of manufacture.
  • The last digit is the year. This rolls over each decade, so a “3” could be 2013 or 2003.

The Identification Tag is Missing or Damaged. Now What?

First, check the owner’s manual. There’s a space to write down these numbers in the front or back of the manual. If you’re lucky, you or someone who owned the snowblower before you may have filled out this section. If you still don’t have the model and serial numbers, it’s time to talk to Cub Cadet.

Gather as much information as you can about your snowblower, including the purchase date, engine size, features, and other identifiers. Grab a measuring tape, get to a place where you have access to both the snowblower and your phone, and call Cub Cadet tech support. If you live in the U.S. or Canada, they can be reached at 1-877-428-2349. This line is open from 8 am. to 10 pm. Eastern Standard Time, 7 days a week. They will be able to identify your model using Cub Cadet’s archives, but be prepared for a lengthy phone call as they work through model details to determine exactly what you have. You may need to measure some parts, and in some cases the company may even need photos to help identify your blower.

Getting the Parts You Need for Your Snowblower

www.cubparts.com is a certified Cub Cadet dealer, so we carry all the OEM parts you need to maintain your snowblower. Select your blower’s model and serial number using our advanced search engine, and you’ll be shown factory parts diagrams and descriptions, making it easy to identify the part you need to order. Best of all, we can ship your order to any address in the U.S. and Canada.

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Log Splitter Safety and Operation

30243Any device that can put enough pressure on a chunk of wood to make it split is bound to do some serious damage if used incorrectly, and in some cases, the possible causes of injury aren’t obvious. These tips will help you use your Cub Cadet log splitter safely when you get firewood ready this winter.

Use Square Pieces of Wood

The logs need to be flat on the top and bottom to be steady on the bed and when the wedge first makes contact. When you cut the firewood, make straight cuts against the grain to get the right surface for the splitter. Continue reading

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Maintain Your Course with the RG3

rg3-unit-2016-updateWhen it comes to groundskeeping at a golf course, your best friend may be a robot. The Cub Cadet RG3 doesn’t just mow and roll, its precision allows it to do these jobs better than any other method while freeing up your staff to do other tasks to improve the overall quality of your course.

Saving Labor with Automation

Courses that have added this mower to their equipment have seen labor productivity increase by at least 50%. The chassis has built-in rollers to finish the grass as it mows, cutting and rolling in a single step, and it requires no operator intervention. Once the mower is set up, it can handle these tasks by itself day after day. Continue reading

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Learn How to Prune

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALopping off tree limbs may sound like it would damage trees, but done correctly, it can help them grow and reduce the chance of property damage and injury. This guide will help you use your Cub Cadet pole saw effectively to keep your trees trimmed and healthy.

Why Prune?

There are three reasons to prune: to remove damaged and diseased branches in order to keep the tree healthy, to control the shape of the tree, and to remove unproductive growth to help keep the available nutrients going to the productive parts of the tree.

When Should I Prune?

Ideally, pruning should be done at the end of winter or the beginning of spring when there isn’t any fruit or leaves in the way and the tree will more readily seal off cuts as it comes out of dormancy. Additional pruning may be needed during the summer to remove damaged or diseased branches. Continue reading

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