Whether 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.