Oil and Your Cub Cadet’s Engine

Cub Cadet Push Mower

What’s the difference between gas, diesel and non-detergent oil? How do you check the oil on a small engine? Why does it need to be checked before starting the engine? Here’s what you need to know to keep your Cub Cadet lubricated.

What Does Oil Do?

Oil does more than lubricate. It also suspends dirt, which keeps it from acting as an abrasive on internal components. If the oil is black, it’s dirty, but that means it’s doing its job.

Oil also transfers heat away from components. Most heat is generated around the combustion chamber where the fuel is burned. The oil absorbs this heat and transfers it to the rest of the engine where it can be removed by the cooling system.

How Does Oil Move Around?

Splash lubrication keeps the oil in the crankcase, letting the crankshaft spin through it. This throws the oil around the inside of the crankcase, lubricating the engine’s internal components. Some engines have a small rod called a “dipper” that extends into the oil to help sling it around the crankcase.

Some older engines combined splash lubrication with an oil pump that brought oil to the valvetrain. Newer commercial engines use a full pressure lubrication system that pumps oil to components from the crankshaft to the valve guides.

Types of Oils

The American Petroleum Institute (API) issues standards for lubricants based on their function. These standards are updated occasionally to meet new wear requirements, and each new standard is backward compatible.

The oil weight is based on how it flows at 212°F (100°C.) Most oils used also have a “W” rating for winter use. This is how fast the oil flows at 32°F (0°C.) These oils coat the engine faster when warming up and make the engine easier to start.

Motor oil is designed to withstand heat and acidic compounds inside the engine. Manufacturers of gasoline engines used in Cub Cadets recommend oil with an API Service Category of SJ or later. Any new bottle of oil you buy off the shelf today will meet this requirement. ILSAC GF-5 is equivalent to API SN, making it safe to use.10W-30 is recommended for gasoline engines of all makes under most operating conditions. Cub Cadet recommends 5W-30 for use in their own engines when operating at temperatures consistently below freezing.

Unlike gas engines, API service categories for obsolete diesels are still available, but nearly all off-the-shelf oils will fall under CJ-4, CK-4 or FA-4 categories which are compatible with any diesel used in Cub Cadet’s tractors. Recent Yanmar and Kubota diesel engines use 15W-40, while some older engines need SAE 30 diesel engine oil.

There are also a few other non-engine lubricants you may need for your equipment:

Gear oil is formulated to adhere to gears, even when at high pressures. Oil with an API service category of GL-4 or GL-5 is recommended. Recent equipment including tiller transmissions use 85W-140 gear oil.

SAE 30 non-detergent oil is used as a gear oil in low-pressure applications and is recommended as a lubricant for pivot points including the handle and cable anchors on Cub Cadet equipment. While detergents are good for keeping engines clean, they can leave a sticky residue on parts that operate in low-stress conditions. This oil will either have no API certification or be SA certified, which means it’s additive free. Diesel SAE 30 should not be used in place of non-detergent, and vice versa.

Hydraulic fluid is a standard oil formulation designed to transfer force through a hydraulic system. This is a standard formula, but some manufacturers also make their own oils designed to get the best performance and wear from their pumps and hydrostatic motors.

How Do I Check the Oil?

On all engines over 50cc, there is a dipstick/filler cap located on the engine opposite of the exhaust. This cap will either be yellow or have an oil can symbol on the top. Make sure the engine is level, then remove the dipstick and wipe off the oil. On Briggs & Stratton engines and Cub Cadet engines with a screw-in filler neck, insert the dipstick without pushing it in. On all other engines, screw or push the dipstick in all the way. Remove the dipstick and check where the oil clings between the marks. It should be above the low mark, and if you just changed the oil, it should be at the full mark. Some oil loss is normal on all small engines, so it’s best to check the oil before each use.

Where Can I Get OEM Lubricants and Filters?

If you’re looking for genuine Cub Cadet oil, filters or anything else for your equipment, visit www.cubparts.com. We’re a certified dealer for Cub Cadet and the manufacturers of the engines that power them so we can provide you with everything you need. We ship across the U.S. and Canada.

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Tiller Maintenance

Overview of Cub Cadet Garden Tillers

Have you spent the winter planning out this year’s garden? Now that spring is here, you can finally start turning the soil to make new seed beds and clean out planting rows to get a fresh start. Make sure your Cub Cadet tiller is ready with these maintenance tips.

Maintenance Schedule

Before each use or every 5 hours of operation: Check oil level, clean engine
First two hours of use: Check nuts, bolts and drive belts for tightness, change engine oil and check transmission oil level
Every 10 hours: Check nuts, bolts and drive belts for tightness, change the engine oil and lubricate the foam air filter element, if equipped.
Every 30 hours: Check transmission oil, tire air pressure, and tine wear.

Engine Oil

The Honda GC 190 comes with Oil Alert, which will shut off the engine if the oil level is too low. If you’re having trouble starting the engine, you may need to add more oil to the crankcase.
The 29cc Cub Cadet engine does not have a dipstick. When changing the oil, use exactly 3.04 oz (90 ml) of oil. Oil burn off should be minimal between oil changes.
To check the oil level on other models, make sure the engine is cool and sitting level on the ground. Set the tiller upright and remove the filler cap/dipstick from the oil filler neck. The method for getting an accurate reading will depend on your engine:
— On Honda engines and Cub Cadet 208cc engines with a quarter turn locking dipstick, screw the dipstick into the filler neck.
— On Briggs & Stratton engines and Cub Cadet 208cc engines with a threaded filler neck, push the dipstick cap in flush with the filler neck, but do not screw it in.

The drain plug for the 29cc engine is located in front of the cylinder. On all other engines, the plug is on the base of the crankcase to the left of the oil filler neck. Cub Cadet recommends disconnecting the spark plug wire and draining the fuel tank before tipping the engine to drain the oil.

SAE 30 is recommended for the 29cc Cub Cadet used in the CC 148. 10W30 is recommended for all other engines, but synthetic 5W30 can also be used in Cub Cadet 208cc and Briggs & Stratton engines.

Transmission Oil

If your tiller has a drive system, it will have a separate transmission with its own gear oil. Check the oil when the tiller is cool and sitting level. The fill cap is located on the tiller frame directly above the wheel axle. When the tiller is level, the oil should cover half of the main drive shaft. GL-4 rated SAE 140 or 85W-140 is recommended. SAE 80W90 can be used to top up the transmission.


Lubricate the handlebar hardware, tine shaft, wheel shaft and depth regulator lever. The tines and wheels will need to be removed to get full access to the shafts they’re mounted on. Cub Cadet recommends using any clean lubricating oil or multi-purpose grease.

Air Filter

To clean paper a paper air filter, simply hit it against a hard surface to remove any loose dirt.

If your engine has a foam filter element, clean it with a non-flammable solvent or water and a mild detergent, then let it dry completely. Honda filters should be soaked in clean engine oil, then squeezed out to remove any excess oil. Do not oil Briggs & Stratton foam filters.

Spark Plug

Replace the plug if it is fouled or the electrode or insulator is damaged. Set the plug gap according to your engine model:
Cub Cadet 29cc — 0.020 inches (0.5 mm)
Briggs & Stratton and Cub Cadet 208cc — 0.030 inches (0.76 m)
Honda — 0.028-0.031 inches (0.70-0.80 mm)

Cleaning the Engine

Let the engine cool for at least a half hour after use. Remove the cover. Use a damp cloth to wipe down the engine and inside of the cover. Clean out the cooling fins with a dry, stiff brush. Do not use a pressure washer: this can force water into the engine, contaminating the oil.

Tire Air Pressure

Recommended tire air pressure will be listed in your owner’s manual and on the tire sidewall. If you’re having problems with the tiller pulling in one direction, make sure the air pressure is the same in both tires.

Getting the Parts You Need for Your Tiller

Cubparts.com has the OEM parts you need for your Cub Cadet, including factory parts from Honda and Briggs & Stratton. Our site can show you factory diagrams and descriptions to help you find exactly what you need, and we can ship your order to any address in the U.S. or Canada.

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FT Garden Tillers

FT Garden Tillers

If you have a garden, you probably find yourself needing tillers of different sizes through the season. In the early spring, the soil needs to be broken with a large tiller to create a bed, but after that, you need a narrow tiller to clean up the soil between rows. With Cub Cadet’s FT tillers, you can do it all with one machine. Its unique removable tine design lets it operate with a range of tilling widths without having to sacrifice power.

Getting Help from the Engine

Cub Cadet calls these “front tine” tillers, hence the “FT” model names. However, their design is more like a mid-tine tiller. The engine is almost directly above the tine reel to help push the tines into the ground. This makes it easier to keep the tines digging into the soil than a true front tine design, nearing the performance of a rear tine tiller without the added size, weight and cost.

The Right Size for Any Job

Usually, getting a tiller is a compromise: either buy something big enough to till anything and plant wide rows or get a small tiller for getting between narrow rows and rent a big tiller to turn the soil before the start of each season. With the FT, you can set it up for both jobs.
The tine stars on these models are held on by clevis pins, making them easy to remove. Depending on the number of stars installed, the tilling width can be 13, 22 or 24 inches. That size range overlaps with both mini and full-size commercial tillers.


These tillers are powered by Cub Cadet’s own 208cc engine. By designing a powerplant specifically for their products, they’re able to offer something that’s built for real-world use. That includes an automatic decompression system that decreases pull effort and easy-to-access service ports for simpler maintenance. Like the version found in the company’s snow blowers, this engine is fitted with a manual choke. This makes it easier to start in cold weather so you can start working the soil before weeds have a chance to take hold.


The FT is designed to till up to 7 inches deep. An adjustable depth stake limits tilling depth for consistency. When it’s time to move to a new area, the tiller can be tilted back onto a transport wheel, keeping the tines from scraping the ground.

End caps are included with this tiller. When installed, they deflect dirt as it flies off of the tines. This reduces the amount of cleanup needed after tilling near pavement and keeps dirt off of nearby plants.


Cub Cadet makes two versions of the FT. The FT 24 is little more than an engine and tine reel. The unit is pulled along by the action of the forward-rotating tines. The FT 24R adds a chain drive system with forward and power reverse gears. Since it doesn’t depend on the tines to move it along, it can move slower than the FT 24, cutting more times for each foot traveled. This makes it a better choice for tough soil.

Getting Parts for Cub Cadet Tillers

If it’s Cub Cadet, you can get the parts you need from www.cubparts.com. We’re a certified dealer, letting us provide OEM parts for both the FT and the engine that powers it. Our site lets you find parts based on your model and can show you factory parts diagrams and 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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RT Garden Tillers

RT Garden Tillers

When you need to do some serious tilling, nothing beats a rear tine tiller. Cub Cadet’s RT garden tillers give buyers a choice of engines, tines and drive systems to fit any need, yet even the biggest model can still be used for cleaning up rows.

Designed for Maximum Performance

“RT” stands for “Rear Tines.” While smaller models use the tines to pull them along, these tillers have a drive system to turn the wheels, letting the tines concentrate on digging. If you hit a tough spot, you can disengage the drive system and let the tines cut as many times as needed to break up soil. When you’re dealing with compacted clay, rocks and small roots, nothing can beat this design. With engines normally seen in walk-behind lawn mowers, these tillers pack some serious punch, making the RT series perfect for creating new garden beds. All models have a maximum cutting depth of 7.5 inches.

RT tillers are also narrow enough to be used for removing weeds between rows through the growing season. By slowing the tine speed, they can cut through problem areas without digging and throwing soil over adjoining plants.


Cub Cadet offers these tillers with two tine designs:

Counter-rotating tines have two blade sets on each side spinning in opposite directions, giving them the best overall soil cutting performance.

Dual direction tines can operate in either direction. Having them spin in the same direction as the wheels lets them fly through loose ground while spinning against the drive direction helps them dig in, cutting through the hardest soil.


Powerplants aren’t just sized for the application: Cub Cadet offers several options so you can get an engine that best fits your operating conditions.

The 208 cc Cub Cadet engine is built in-house specifically for their products. It’s built with an automatic decompression system and choke, making it easy to start.

The Kohler Courage SH265 has a low oil alert system, dual oil fills and drains to check and change the oil from either side of the engine and a dual ball bearing-supported recoil starter to make it easy to fire up the engine.

The Briggs & Stratton 1150 comes with a dual element filtration system, keeping dust at bay when working on sandy soil.

Honda’s GC 190 has innovative features including an internal timing belt and resin camshaft that reduce noise and vibration significantly.

Drive Systems

These tillers use a direct drive system, so wheel speed is always matched to engine speed. The most basic models have a single forward gear. To move backward, the drive system is engaged so the operator can roll the tiller. A power reverse uses an extra gear to switch the direction of rotation. This delivers the same gear ratio in either direction. Transmissions with forward and reverse gears use different gear ratios, moving slower when in reverse for easier maneuverability.


Picking the right tiller for your needs is simply a matter of finding the model with the features you want:

RT 35 – 208 cc Cub Cadet, forward drive only, counter-rotating tines, 16-inch tilling width

RT 45 – 208 cc Cub Cadet, forward and power reverse, counter-rotating tines, 18-inch tilling width

RT 65 – 196cc Kohler SH265 or 208cc Cub Cadet, forward and reverse, dual direction tines, 18-inch tilling width

RT 65 H – Honda GC 190, forward and reverse, dual direction tines, 18-inch tilling width

RT 75 – 250cc Briggs & Stratton, counter rotating tines, 18-inch tilling width


No matter which model you have and which engine it uses, you can get everything you need for your RT tiller from www.cubparts.com. We’re not just a Cub Cadet dealer, we’re also a certified dealer for their manufacturing partners including Kohler, Honda Engines and Briggs & Stratton. Finding what you need is easy: our site has built-in factory exploded parts diagrams and descriptions for Cub Cadet equipment and the engines that power them. We can ship your order to any address in the U.S. or Canada.

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XT1 Enduro Garden Tractors

XT1 Enduro Garden TractorsWhich XT1 Enduro models are garden tractors? All of them. Thanks to powerful engines and a heavy-duty frame shared across the line, every model from the LT42” to the GT54” D can handle trailers and attachments. To get the most out of these features, Cub Cadet makes a variety of accessories for the XT1 including tools for landscaping, lawn care and even snow clearing so you can use your mower all year round.

Blurring the Line Between Lawn and Garden Tractors

Garden tractors are suited to trailer and attachment use because they use strong frames designed to handle extra weight and withstand forces put on the front and rear end. When Cub Cadet updated their residential lawn and garden tractors, they created a single frame that works with every engine and deck combination in the XT1 and XT2 lines. That means there’s no strict “lawn” or “garden” category for these tractors, and if you choose a smaller engine, you won’t be stuck with a weaker frame.


Even the smallest model in the lineup, the LT42”, is suitable for use with attachments thanks to a new 18 hp Kohler 5000 engine. Cub Cadet also offers Kohler 7000 Series engines with up to 25 hp as well as their own in-house designed powerplant. The 547 CC Cub Cadet engine is a great choice for winter use because it comes with electronic fuel injection, making it easier to start in cold weather.


Power is sent to the Tuff Torq K46 transmission. It’s the most popular integrated hydrostatic transaxle on the market, refined over years of production. This unit is maintenance free and has a built-in wet disc brake.

The GT54” D adds a differential lock, keeping both wheels spinning at the same speed for more traction. This is handy if you plan on using your XT1 with earth and snow-moving attachments.

XT1 vs XT2

If the XT2 has the same frame, what’s the difference between it and the XT1? The XT2 has ball bearing-mounted front wheels, a larger battery (300 vs 230 cold crank amps), a higher output alternator and some minor comfort improvements. Cub Cadet only sells the XT2 through their main dealer network, while the XT1 is also available through hardware and farm supply stores. All XT1 models are the same no matter where they came from. While the XT2’s features are nice to have, you shouldn’t miss them if you only have to take care of a lawn that’s between ½ and 4 acres in size.

What Can You Do with an XT1?

Strength and power are only good if you can use them. Fortunately, Cub Cadet makes a range of accessories to handle common landscaping jobs.

The disc cultivator can be used straight or at a 10 or 20-degree angle for a working width between 30 and 38 inches. It cuts through the ground with 8 11 inch powder-coated discs, readying it for gardening. Once the ground has been broken, the XT1 can pull a 42-inch wide box scraper leveling and backfilling, and the 46-inch all-season plow can smooth out surfaces. A long handle lets the operator control the plow angle from the tractor seat.

In the fall, the lawn sweeper can be used to picks up leaves, pine cones, and other lawn debris for fast cleanup. When winter comes, the 46-inch dozer blade can pull double duty, moving snow and materials. For serious snow removal, Cub Cadet offers a snowthrower that uses their three-stage auger system. It uses a center auger to chop up snow so it can be thrown further, and it has controls that can be operated from the tractor seat.

Cub Cadet offers several trailers. There’s an 8 cubic foot poly cart and a 12 cubic foot steel cart for moving tools and materials, as well as a 12.5 cubic foot dump cart which is perfect for dropping off soil and ground cover. The Hauler is a 10 cubic foot poly dump trailer that can be tilted by pushing down on a foot lever mounted at the tongue. The panels on this trailer also fold inward, creating a flat bed for carrying large materials.

The Fastattach 100 cubic inch electric rear spreader is designed to mount and unmount without requiring tools. This includes a quick connect for the battery to operate the spinner. If you want to haul more material at a time, there’s also a broadcast spreader trailer that holds up to 175 lbs.

Getting Parts and Accessories for Your Garden Tractor

You can find anything you need for the XT1 at www.cubparts.com. We’re a certified dealer for Cub Cadet and Kohler, letting us provide accessories as well as parts for tractors, engines, and add-ons. Not sure if something is compatible? Our site can search for parts by model, and we have factory parts diagrams and descriptions built into our search results. This lets you see where the part fits on your equipment so you can be sure it’s what you need. We ship across the U.S. and Canada.

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XT1 Enduro Lawn Tractors

XT1 Enduro Lawn Tractors

Advancements in mowing technology have started to blur the line between residential and commercial mowers. Nowhere is that more evident than Cub Cadet’s XT1 Enduro lawn tractors. Steering improvements and high quality construction make it a great choice for homeowners. Options including fuel injected engines, constructed decks and Bluetooth integration make the XT1 one of the best mowers on the market.


Some updates to this model are immediately obvious. All models come with a hydrostatic transmission, providing infinite speed adjustment. This also eliminates throttle adjustment, so the blades are always at maximum speed. The redesigned steering system uses a wide front axle, giving the wheels space for extremely sharp angles.

Less obvious, but just as important is a new electrocoating process that fuses powdered paint to the frame. This results in an even coat that’s almost as hard wearing as electroplating.


Cub Cadet offers a choice of three engines in this line:

The 5400 is a new single-cylinder engine from Kohler that brings the design up to par with their larger engines. Noise and vibration have been significantly reduced and serviceability has improved. The oil filter is top-mounted, making replacement mess-free, while the air box opens without tools. This engine comes with an automatic choke and Consistent-Cut governor, features previously found only on Kohler’s V-twins.

The Kohler 7000 is a V-twin based on their renowned Command Pro commercial engines. Most of the Pro’s features carry over including a fully pressurized lubrication system.

Rounding out the lineup is Cub Cadet ‘s own EFI V-twin. It delivers higher fuel efficiency, easier starting and lower fuel sensitivity than carbureted engines. Fuel doesn’t need to be treated before use during the mowing season, and the remaining fuel can be treated instead of drained when it’s time to store the mower for the winter. It can even run on E15, which is often cheaper than regular gasoline.


The XT1 is available with 42, 46, 50 and 54-inch stamped decks as well as 46, 50 and 54-inch fabricated decks. Stamped decks have rounded mowing chambers that stay close to the blades, providing maximum vacuum. This keeps grass straight as it’s cut for the best possible finish. Fabricated decks are made by welding steel plates together, making them durable and resistant to impacts. Cub Cadet builds baffles into these decks to improve vacuum. While they won’t perform as well as their stamped counterparts, they still deliver a quality cut.

Cub Connect

Having an hour meter is handy for keeping up with maintenance, and it’s even easier if it’s integrated into an app. Some XT1 models come with Cub Connect, which lets owners connect their lawn tractor to their smartphone via Bluetooth. From there, Cub Cadet’s app can keep track of maintenance and display repair instructions.


Cub Cadet guarantees XT1 mowers and their EFI engine for three years. Kohler also guarantees their engines for three years.


There are 9 versions of the XT1, each with a different set of features.

LT 42” : Kohler 5400
LT 42” EFI : Cub Cadet EFI
LT 46” : 22 hp Kohler 7000
LT 46” EFI FAB: Cub Cadet EFI, fabricated deck
LT 50” : 24 hp Kohler 7000
ST 54” : 24 hp Kohler 7000, fabricated deck, Cub Connect
GT 50” : 25 hp Kohler 7000, Cub Connect
GT 54” : 25 hp Kohler 7000, fabricated deck, Cub Connect
GT 54” D : 25 hp Kohler 7000, fabricated deck, Cub Connect, works with ground-engaging attachments


As expected, there are kits available for mulching and bagging, as well as trailer and overseeders that attach to the trailer hitch.

These mowers can be used to clear snow by adding a plow, suitcase weights, and tire chains. For major winter cleanup, there’s a snow thrower attachment that uses Cub Cadet’s three-stage system. The extra stage breaks up snow picked up by the main augers, increasing throwing distance.

If you buy a model without Cub Connect, it can be added by installing a Bluetooth-enabled hour meter.

Getting Parts and Accessories for Your Cub Cadet

Whether you’re getting an XT1 Enduro or you need to work on your current lawn tractor, you can get everything you need from www.cubparts.com. We’re a certified dealer for Cub Cadet and Kohler, and our site has built-in factory parts diagrams so you can find exactly what you need. We ship to the United States and Canada.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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


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


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.


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.


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.


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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