When it comes to tackling some of the most demanding lawn cleanup, few blowers compared to Cub Cadet’s JS1150, a wheeled model that bests handheld leaf blowers with a larger engine, increased air volume, and excellent portability. The JS1150 packs a serious amount of power, which means that safety and maintenance are important for operators who wish to stay free from injury while maximizing the value of their investment in this particular piece of equipment. When getting started with this model, it’s important to understand basic operational procedures as well as some basic maintenance requirements that enhance the JS1150’s longevity. These basic tips, tricks, and guidelines will make cleanup that much easier while increasing peace of mind among homeowners.
Stay Safe: Remember Basic Safety Guidelines for Operating the Cub Cadet JS1150 Leaf Blower
To reduce the risk of injury while operating the blower or performing regular maintenance, make sure that bystanders and pets are indoors and away from the blower’s range. The equipment should also be inspected prior to operation to ensure that it has proper levels of fuel and gasoline, and is free of defects and damage. Make sure that the blower discharge chute isn’t facing homes, vehicles, or other objects that could get damaged by projectiles, and wear proper attire while using the blower so that arms and legs are covered. With these precautions in place, safe operation can proceed.
First Things First: Starting and Stopping the Engine
Cub Cadet’s various wheeled blowers each use a different type of engine, with some engines supplied by Cub Cadet and others originating from third-party suppliers like Kohler and Briggs and Stratton. The procedure required when starting the leaf blower will vary based on the engine paired with each model, and instructions will be found in a separate user manual. Across all models, a few guidelines should be followed.
First and foremost, ensure that the engine’s fuel tank is full and that it has sufficient oil to operate safely and without damage. Next, make sure the fuel valve is on and use the starter grip to start the engine. Adjustments to throttle speed, and thus wind speed, may also be needed after the blower is turned on.
Adjusting the Blower’s Discharge Chute Direction
The JS1150 leaf blower has a multi-directional discharge chute that allows air to be discharged straight ahead, at an upward angle, or at a downward angle. Adjustment to the discharge chute’s direction should be made before starting the engine. To perform this adjustment, start by pulling the blower’s direction lever out and away from the blower housing. Next, move the lever so that it adjusts the discharge chute appropriately. Moving the lever to the left will will direct air downward, while moving it to the right will direct air upward. Finally, release the lever and allow it to return to its standard position near the housing. This will lock the discharge direction into place while the blower is being used.
Maneuverability: Locking the Caster Wheel in Place
The blower’s caster wheel can either operate freely, for easy maneuverability in all directions, or be locked into place so that the equipment travels straight ahead. To lock the caster wheel into place, lift the lock pin located atop the caster wheel assembly and turn it toward the rear of the equipment. Release the lock pin into the larger hole to lock it into place and set the caster wheel straight ahead. To unlock the caster wheel, lift the lock pin and rotate it toward the front of the equipment. Drop the pin into the smaller hole, giving the wheel full maneuverability to travel in any direction.
Maintenance Concerns: Cleaning and Lubricating the Blower
Fuel and oil should be cleaned off of the blower housing immediately. Failure to clean away any fuel and oil could result in safety hazards or corrosion of the blower’s surfaces. Debris should be cleaned off regularly, especially around the engine cooling fins and fan intake. A spray lubricant should be used on each of the blower’s wheels at least once per season. For maximum safety, perform this maintenance only once the engine has been turned off and the equipment has been given a brief period of time to cool off after any period or recent use.
CubParts.com has OEM Replacement Parts for Regular Maintenance and More
Regular maintenance and cleanup are the keys to keeping a leaf blower like the JS1150 in great condition over the course of many years. CubParts.com can help leaf blower owners find the OEM parts that best fit their model. Using an online parts search tool, it’s easy to find OEM replacement parts and sort them by part number, leaf blower model number, and engine type. Sorting parts this way ensures that parts are perfectly compatible with the leaf blower, while their OEM nature makes them just as durable and high-quality as any Cub Cadet leaf blower itself.
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