Get to Know Your Cub Cadet Riding Lawn Mower
If you’ve just purchased a new Cub Cadet riding lawn mower and you aren’t sure where to start, here is a quick overview of lawn mower basics to get you going. You’ll also find helpful lawn mower tips to keep your machine running strong through the years. Before beginning any maintenance on your Cub Cadet lawn mower, ensure your mower is on a flat, level surface.
Step 1. Connect the battery cables on your Cub Cadet lawn mower
Remove the red battery terminal cover from the red terminal and attach the red cable to the positive terminal. Next, remove the black battery terminal cover from the black terminal and attach the black cable to the negative terminal. Once both cables are attached, place the red cap on the positive terminal. Do not allow the wrench the come in contact with any metal.
Step 2. Check the oil on your riding lawn mower before each use
Check your engine’s oil level with the dip stick before every use since too little or too much oil can damage your engine. You should also examine the oil quality every so often to know when it will need to be changed.
Step 3. Fill the fuel tank
Using gasoline mixed with a stabilizer like STA-BIL, to extend the shelf-life of the gas, fill the fuel tank before each use so you don’t run out while mowing. If you do run out, wait until the engine cools before adding fresh fuel.
Step 4. Know lawn mower basics before starting your riding lawn mower
To start the mower, be sure you are seated back in the seat. If you are too far forward, the mower may not start. Engage the parking brake. Check to be sure the PTO lever is in the off position and activate the choke.
Step 5. Start your riding lawn mower
Turn the key to the start position. Once the mower has started, release the key and allow it to return to the on position.
Step 6. Operate your mower with our lawn mower help tips
To begin driving your mower, move the throttle to the rabbit position. Move the shift lever to forward, press the brake pedal to release the parking brake, and press the drive pedal to increase your speed.
Step 7. Activate cruise control (on appropriate models)
Your LTX 1040 riding lawn mower is equipped with cruise control. Once you achieve a desired mowing speed, lightly press the cruise control lever downward and hold it in that position. Slowly release your foot from the drive pedal and then release the cruise control lever. You cannot engage cruise control in the fastest drive speed. Never attempt to engage cruise control while in reverse.
Step 8. Release cruise control for complicated turns, smaller yards or when anyone is nearby
To disengage the cruise control on your riding lawn mower, simply press either the drive pedal or brake pedal.
Step 9. Engage lawn mower blades
To engage the blades, be sure that your throttle or choke is in the rabbit position. Then, push the PTO or blade engage lever forward into the on position.
Step 10. Learn how to operate your riding lawn mower in reverse
Properly operating your machine in reverse is one of the most important lawn mower basics. To set the mower in reverse mode, come to a complete stop and turn the blades off. Depress the brake pedal and move the shift lever into reverse position. Finally, turn the key to the reverse/caution mode. Push the PTO/blade lever to the on position to engage the blades. Before pressing the drive pedal, check the area down and behind your riding lawn mower to make sure there are no objects in your path.
Step 11. Perform proper lawn mower maintenance
Before each time you mow, check your air filter for dirty, loose or damaged parts. It is highly recommended that the air filter, spark plugs, oil and oil filter are replaced every year when you prepare your mower for off-season storage.
Find other tools and accessories that help you do more with your riding lawn mower
There are many attachments and accessories available to help keep a beautiful lawn. For example, bagging is a highly recommended method of helping maintain a healthy lawn be reducing thatch build-up, increasing oxygen and nitrogen absorption and encouraging grass to grow in the bare areas of your yard. You can find baggers, plow attachments, utility carts, spreaders and sweepers for your Cub Cadet lawn mower in the operator’s manual or online.
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Cub Cadet CC 30 H Riding Mower
The Cub Cadet CC30 H is powered by a Cub Cadet certified 382cc engine with auto choke. 30-inch stamped, 14-gauge, single blade side discharge mowing deck with mulch kit included. Ideal for mowing up to 1 acre of mostly flat terrain and a few obstacles. LED headlight for extended life and enhanced visibility.
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One stacked deck.Experience a cutting system that features stamped and fabricated options built with the best materials to ensure a consistent quality cut every time.
Total comfort. Mow after mow.Each XT Enduro Series lawn tractor is built for comfort, with adjustable seating, comfort-grip steering and overall ergonomics designed for the rider.
Exceptional corrosion protection.Only Cub Cadet offers automotive-grade corrosion resistance to protect against wear and tear.
Responsive handling.The XT Enduro Series steering system delivers optimized command and control at every turn.
- Engine Brand. Briggs Stratton
- Engine Model. Powerbuilt
- Engine Model Number. 21R707-0145
- Engine Displacement. 344cc
- Engine Output. 10.5HP
- Starter Type. Electric
- Fuel Tank Capacity. 1.3 gal. US (4.92 L )
- Cylinders. Single
- Engine Start. Ignition Key
- Engine Oil Capacity. 1.5 qt. US (1.42 L)
- Lubrication. Fully pressurized
- Charging System. 3.75 amp regulated
- Fuel Gauge. No
- Governor. Mechanical
- Choke. Choke-a-matic
- Air Filter. Single element
- Oil Filter. Yes
- Fuel Delivery. Carburetor
- Transmission. Hydro-Gear T2HP
- Forward Speed. 4 MPH / 6.4 km/h
- Reverse Speed. 2 MPH / 3.2 km/h
- Rear Axle. 3/4″
- Drive System. Hydrostatic
- Transmission Control. Foot Pedal
- Transmission Housing. Aluminum
- Rear Differential Lock. No
- Deck Cutting Width. 30 in
- Deck Wash. Yes
- Deck Material. 14-gauge steel
- Deck Engagement (PTO). Manual
- Deck Construction. Stamped
- Blade(s). One
- Deck Lift. Manual
- Cutting Height Range. 1.5″. 4″
- Anti-Scalping. No
- Deck Positions. 5
- Frame. Robotically welded
- Turning Radius. 18″
- Bumper. Steel tube
- Rear Tow Hitch. Yes
- Corrosion Protection. Yes
- Front Pivot Bar. 14-gauge steel
Cub Cadet introduces electric riding mowers
The agronomic geniuses at Cub Cadet know, probably better than any of us, the pain of struggling to get the mower to start in the spring, after it has spent the winter with the ethanol-blended gasoline turning to gum in the carburetor, ensuring an incorrect fuel mixture on that brisk-but-dry spring day when the grass has gotten too long to continue ignoring and is also dry enough to cut.
That’s why they’ve brought the miracle of lithium-ion battery electric power tools and cars to the garden tractor arena, with the introduction of the LT42 e electric garden tractor-style mower, which joins the CC 30 e electric riding mower and the RZT S Zero electric zero-turning radius riding mower in Cub Cadet’s family.
The 3,999 LT42 e features a 3 kilowatt-hour battery pack that powers the mower for an hour and a half of cutting time over as much as two acres of land. The twin blade cut a 42-inch swath and the mower’s top speed (probably not while mowing) is 5.5 mph.
Cub Cadet recommends that you keep the LT42 e plugged in over the winter so it is ready to go in the spring, but you needed to keep your electric-start gas-powered riding mower plugged in to the battery tender over the winter anyway, if you wanted it to start after sitting all winter.
The 240-volt Rapid Recharge system can refill the battery pack in four hours, and you can also charge it using a regular 120-volt wall socket if that’s all that is available.
The LT42 e has a low-battery warning that provides time to disengage the mowing blades and drive straight back to the garage for a charge, so you aren’t faced with pushing the 420-lb. mower to the nearest electric outlet.
“The Cub Cadet LT42 e combines the newest in battery technology with the high-level performance Cub Cadet is known for,” said Trevor Oriold, business segment director for Cub Cadet. “From superior cut quality in a powerfully quiet package to the low-maintenance upkeep, it’s innovation without compromise in a way that will change how you mow.”
If it can do this without running out of juice 90 percent of the way through the job like my line trimmer always seems to do, it will be a welcome innovation to lawn care.
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Cub Cadet engineers, designs and builds outdoor power equipment using high-quality components sourced locally and globally. Through a dedicated and extensive network of dealers and retailers, Cub Cadet delivers a full line of high-performance power equipment and services that cover all aspects of grounds care for professionals and homeowners. Its products include four-wheel-steer zero-turn riders, lap-bar zero-turn riders, utility vehicles, lawn and garden tractors, specialty turf products, battery- and gasoline-powered handheld and chore products, snow blowers and more. Based in Valley City, Ohio, Cub Cadet is recognized worldwide for its legacy in engineering excellence and its dedication to designing for the people who depend on the company’s equipment.
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I’ve had this mower new from the dealership and with only 40 hours not one but all 3 deck spindles are completely shot along with both of the pivot wheel bearing. And typical of everything now you have a warranty but they aren’t covered. So the dealership wants you to pay almost 900 with tax to just buy them without being installed. None of these are made serviceable. Along with, without having a mechanical background and tools you won’t even be able to rebuild them. Me being an equipment mechanic I was able to rebuild mine and make them serviceable but this just shows how cheap even a 10,000 mower is. I bought into the hype and reviews but I will not be buying another cub. Lastly, I posted this review on Cub Cadet. Within minutes it was removed for not meeting their guidelines. This fully explains why there is only good reviews for this mower
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This is the worst mower I have ever owned. The ignition coil went bad twice and have only used 3 times. Also there is no choke or primer bulb on this MTD engine and is very hard to start. No one at Cub Cadet or Tractor Supply offers any solutions.
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Sent me defective equipment list 400 dollars in taxes and never got a replacement and they had a terrible attitude. Never buying from that again. Don’t bother bringing your money to this company. It’s not worth the time, effort and money.
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I have had a cub cadet 50-inch riding mower for 8 years. I mow 12 acres with it. I have abused this mower, and pushed it further than it should have went. Thank you for making a quality product that last.
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I purchased a Cub Cadet ProZ 160s The S means it has a steering wheel instead of lap bars. Bought it brand new and as it is advertised it will mow over just about any hillside you would need it to. BUT it just will not mow the grass. From the start it would leave about a 2 to 3 inch strip of grass every where you mowed. It just would not cut the grass where the front wheels would run over it first. I took probably a hundred picture of this and after 5 different service shops and each shop saying the deck was not leveled correctly just one mowing after the previous shop leveled it and then replacing blades 3 times and raising the speed of the mower it stills leaves the same strip of grass.
Cub Cadet refuses to repair or replace it and even lied and said the came to my home and test mowed with at my home and found no problem. Now this was a customer service rep that said this. No has been to my home. Next step will be legal action I guess. Now let’s keep in mind all this above listed work was performed in one season and the mower was new. Save yourself the headache and aggravation. Don’t buy this product. They will not stand behind their warranty and lie when approached about it. I bought this mower from Solid Rock Lawn and Garden in Kentucky (run from this place). Don’t buy anything from them. You will be sorry.
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I bought a CC30H riding lawn mower and the steering started slipping after 2 years of using this mower. I bought this mower from my friend, his father owned it and passed away 1 month after he purchased it so I did not get a warranty. When I went to the dealer they said that you need to buy a kit to fix the steering because it was a poor design. The kit was only 65 but that is besides the point. If you have a poor design then have a recall to fix the problem, stand behind your product. Any company that won’t stand behind their product will not get my business again. I wish a lawyer would look into this issue and go after them with a class action lawsuit.
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Transmission failed just 2 months after 3 year mark. Year 1 had tires leaking air and blades failing after 10 hours of use. Year 2 had metal shield falling off. Year 3 I thought all was well until just now when the transmission no longer engaged. I have about 50 hours of use on it. Now have to find a repair shop.
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The mower is great for me and my brother’s company, we have been using it every day for almost 2 years now. The mower has had some problems as such we need to fire it up with starting fluid but all together as long as you keep it in good condition it will stay good for you. I would really suggest if you’re using it as much as I am to keep the blades nice and sharp then it will do an amazing job. And the mower has gotten me good stripes and 10x better at striping lawns, the stripes are beautiful and it’s super easy to use. Thanks Cub Cadet!!
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If you are looking for an electric riding lawn mower with all the power of a gas model without the fumes and lots of helpful features, the RYOBI 80V HP Brushless 42 in. Battery Riding Lawn Tractor is our top pick. According to the manufacturer, it has the equivalent of a 21-horsepower engine. We love that its three 80V 10Ah batteries allow you to cut up to 2 acres on a single charge (about 60 minutes of runtime) and quickly recharge in less than 2.5 hours thanks to the onboard charger. In fact, you can even use the RYOBI Riding Mower app to check if the batteries are ready to go, for added convenience. You can also keep tabs on the charging status, as well as battery level, and runtime on the LCD screen that’s on the mower itself. Other extra features we appreciate include LED lights, front and back storage compartments, two tow hitches, a hitch for RYOBI-compatible attachments, cup holders, and 2 USB ports to charge your phone.
Aside from the power and features this tractor provides, it will leave your lawn looking great. This riding tractor has four steel blades with 13 different cutting height positions to choose from (within 1.5 to 4.5 inches), so you can really fine-tune the look of your lawn. You also have three options for grass clippings: bag, side discharge, or mulch (although the bagger and mulching kit are sold separately). This is a powerful, feature-packed riding lawn tractor so it comes at a bigger price tag than other picks. If you don’t need all of these features, you may want to choose a more budget-friendly model. However, we think if you are looking for a great electric riding mower with all of the features and power you need, this is your best bet.
Price at time of publish: 5,000
Cutting Width: 42 inches | Power Type: Battery | Weight: 557 pounds | Cutting Options: Bag, mulch, side-discharge | Size of Yard: 1 to 2 acres