Convert Your Cub Cadet Tractor To a Snow Blower

Convert Your Cub Cadet Tractor To a Snow Blower

We know many of you dread clearing snow during the winter. We also know that maneuvering your shovel or snow blower through heavy, wet snow can be exhausting. If you own a Cub Cadet tractor, you have an alternative way to remove snow this year.  You can convert your tractor into a snow blower, avoiding the need to shovel or purchase a snow blower. Our experts explain what you need to convert your Cub Cadet tractor into a snow blower this winter.

Attachments and accessories vary by model. Different attachment and accessory models are compatible with different snow blower models. Refer to your owner’s manual or contact us for information on attachment and accessory compatibility.

Snow blower attachment

To convert your Cub Cadet tractor into a snow blower, you need a snow blower attachment to remove the snow from your drive and walkways. These attachments have the capacity to handle big snow removal jobs and work well in all snow conditions.

With this attachment, all you need to do is start up your tractor, get on, and let it do all the heavy lifting.

Plow blade attachment

If you prefer to push snow instead of throw it, there is an assortment of Cub Cadet tractor mounted plows to help clear snow from your driveway. Plow blades get closer to the pavement than blowers, leaving you with little to no snow on your pathways.

Tire chains

When using your Cub Cadet tractor in the snow, your tractor tires may not have the stability and traction needed to remove snow. When the pavement is covered by snow or is icy, you can increase the traction by using tractor tire chains.

Tire chains are also beneficial when working on steep terrain and narrow roads. To maintain traction, make sure you have tire chains on your tires. They will make your snow removal tasks safer and more productive.

Wheel weights

Similar to tire chains, wheel weights provide extra traction when working on snowy or icy terrain. Weight wheels are also recommended when adding attachments to the front of your Cub Cadet tractor. Apply these wheels to the rear tires to help weigh down the back end of your machine and press down so the tires grip better.

For even better traction you can apply both tire chains and wheel weights to your mower.

Cast-iron weights

Cast-iron weights are a great accessory when it comes to adding attachments to the front end of your tractor. These weights counterbalance heavy attachments and provide better traction and stability.

Some tractors have built-in front and/or rear weight brackets to hang the cast-iron weights on. Other tractors require a weight bracket. Refer to your owner’s manual to determine what your tractor has and/or needs.

 Snow cab

In addition to snow, winter brings freezing temps and harsh winds so add a snow cab to your Cub Cadet tractor for extra protection from these elements.

It’s important to know your options when it comes to snow removal. Consider converting your tractor into a snow blower this year because it’s a great alternative to shoveling and snow blowing. With these attachments and accessories you can work comfortably and efficiently, while remaining protected from the frigid cold.

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How to Clean a Cub Cadet Snow Blower Chute

How to Clean a Cub Cadet Snow Blower Chute

When winter’s worst conditions appear, for most of us, our Cub Cadet snow blowers are our best defense. Snow blowers are meant to make your life easier, but a clogged chute will make the job more difficult. Your Cub Cadet snow blower will become clogged when ice or sticky snow build up around your machine’s auger or the top of your chute where the snow is discharged. This build up in your snow blower prevents snow from exiting your machine as it normally would. Here’s what to do when your Cub Cadet snow blower chute is clogged.

Before performing any maintenance on your Cub Cadet blower, refer to your owner’s manual for maintenance instructions and safety information. Maintenance instructions vary by model, so depending on your snow blower model our instructions may vary slightly.

Never use your hands to clear a clogged chute assembly.  Shut off the engine and remain behind the machine until all moving parts have stopped before working to unclog.

To clean a clogged snow blower chute, release the Auger Control and the Drive Control. Stop the engine by removing the ignition key.

Many Cub Cadet two-stage snow blowers are designed with a convenient chute clean-out tool that is fastened to the front of the auger housing with a mounting clip. Some snow blowers are designed with the clean-out tool at the back of the machine.

If snow and ice get lodged in the chute assemble during operation, use the clean-out tool to safely clean the chute assembly and chute opening.

Refasten the clean-out tool to the mounting clip and reinsert the ignition key and start the snow blower.

While standing behind your Cub Cadet blower, engage the Auger Control for a few seconds to clear any remaining snow and ice from the chute assembly.

How to prevent snow blower clogs

A good method to prevent snow blower clogs is the use of a nonstick snow blower spray. This will help keep the surfaces inside your machine slippery, making it difficult for the snow and ice to build up and attach itself to your snow blower. Spray the chute and auger before use to shield the metal so snow passes through without sticking or clogging.

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Fall Lawn Care Tips

Fall is here, though some of us are still experiencing periods of warm temperatures. While we still have some warm weather left, this is the perfect time to prepare your yard for fall and winter.

Keep the grass tall

Tall grass helps keep moisture during warmer temperatures. Mowing high also decreases turf damage from mowing too short, the grass is more drought tolerant, and more weed and grub tolerant.

Trim and edge

Hedge trimmers and pruners are great lawn care tools. Fall is the perfect time to handle overgrown bushes and shrubs and these tools do just that. Note that cutting old and thick branches promotes the growth of new stems.

Edgers, string trimmers, or brushcutters are also great tools. They enhance the look of your yard and add new definition to the area. They can help stop the entrance of plant roots in your sidewalk and driveway. Once winter is over, it will be easier to reestablish a beautiful lawn.

Fertilize

While there are a variety of blended fertilizers in stores, fertilizing starts with you and your mower. Mow your lawn as you normally would and leave the finely chopped grass clippings on your lawn as mulch. Mulching allows the grass to naturally decompose while allowing nutrients to reach your soil and improve the health of your lawn.

Overseed when needed

Soon your lawn will be covered in leaves, and shortly after covered in snow once winter hits. You don’t want bald spots on your lawn when fall ends so it’s a good idea to overseed now.

If you are overseeding, do not mow high. Instead cut the grass at your mower’s lowest height and bag the mower clippings instead of using them as mulch. This way, the seeds will get maximum contact with the soil and new grass will grow.

Dethatch the lawn

The thatch layer is the layer of dead grass, roots, and debris that accumulate on the surface of the soil. Over time, a thick mat forms and this prevents air and water from reaching the soil. Therefore, your lawn is more susceptible to diseases and pests.

If the thatch layer is over a half inch thick, it should be removed. Most lawns need dethatching once a year. To check if it’s time, work your fingers into the grass and take note of the thatch layer. To remove thatch from your lawn, use a dethatching rake or power dethatcher.

Aerate compacted soil

Lastly, consider aeration. Aerating entails punching holes into the lawn to allow oxygen, water, and nutrients to reach the soil. The goal of aeration is to loosen compacted soil and is needed for lawns that suffer from heavy foot traffic and construction.

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Fuel Recommendations for your Cub Cadet Snow Blower

Fuel Recommendations for your Cub Cadet Snow Blower

The fuel system in your Cub Cadet snow blower is designed for years of use. However, if you are not mindful of the fuel in your machine and allow it to go bad this can cause starting or running problems and damage to the fuel system. Here’s how to avoid most fuel-related problems in your snow blower.

1 – Do not use gasoline containing more than 10% ethanol.

Gasoline containing higher levels of ethanol is corrosive and attracts water, which can cause starting or running problems and damage to your snow blower’s fuel system. Engines produced for use in outdoor power equipment are not designed for gasoline with more than 10% ethanol.

Read your owner’s manual for information on the proper fuel to use in your snow blower.

2 – Remove fuel from your snow blower for summer storage.

When you’re finished using your snow blower for the season, drain the fuel out of your machine. There may still be fuel in the fuel line and carburetor so start your blower and allow it to run until no fuel is left in the machine.

Make sure there is no old fuel resting in your snow blower. Old fuel left in your snow blower during the off-season will deteriorate and cause problems for your machine. Your blower may not start or run properly and, in some cases, there will be damage to the fuel system.

3 – If you use your snow blower infrequently during the winter, add a fuel stabilizer to your fuel storage container.

Untreated gas left in your snow blower can deteriorate quickly, causing problems for your machine and the fuel system. By ensuring that the fuel in your snow blower is stabilized, you can minimize the chances of deterioration and damage.

4 – Store fuel properly.

Store your fuel in a clean, plastic, sealed container approved for fuel storage. This will help prevent rust and metallic contaminants from entering the fuel system. Close the vent, if equipped, when not in use and store the container away from direct sunlight. Fuel will deteriorate faster when exposed to air and sunlight.

If it takes longer than 30 days to use the fuel in the container, add a fuel stabilizer when you fill the container.

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Tips to Prepare your Snow Blower for Winter

Tips to Prepare your Snow Blower for Winter

Whether you’re prepping your snow blower for another year of snow removal or getting your new machine ready for its first winter, these snow blower maintenance tips will help ensure you’re prepared for snow this winter.

Tip #1

Change the oil in your snow blower. This should also be done after the first five hours of use this winter and after every subsequent season.

Old oil can cause problems for your machine’s engine, making it hard to start. If there is old oil, dispose of it properly. There is an oil drain plug in the back of your snow blower. Use a wrench to remove the plug and drain the oil into a container.

Tip #2

Drain old fuel and replace with fresh fuel. Old fuel can cause problems for your blower’s engine, making it hard to start.

Also, consider adding a fuel stabilizer so your fuel stays fresh even if you don’t need to use your snow blower.

Tip #3

Install a new spark plug, if necessary. Check your spark plug at the start of each season.

Disconnect the spark plug lead from the spark plug. Remove the spark plug with a spark plug socket wrench and remove debris from around the spark plug. Examine your spark plug and check for any damage. If there is damage, rust or corrosion on your snow blower’s spark plug, replace the spark plug.

Tip #4

Make sure all parts are moving smoothly. Make sure you tighten loose nuts and bolts. Your snow blower may vibrate during operation, causing nuts and bolts to loosen. Tighten those up to prevent them from falling off when your snow blower is in use.

Additionally, check to make sure belts and cables are in good condition. If you spot any damage, replace them. Any significant wear and tear call for a replacement to avoid the danger of a belt breaking during use.

After your snow blower is prepared for winter, start it up and let it run for a few minutes in a well-ventilated area to be certain everything works properly. Consider starting your machine every so often if it sits for an extended period.

Note: Not all snow blowers are the same. Different snow blowers utilize different types of fuel, oil and screws so consult your owner’s manual before repairing your equipment.

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How to Clean a Lawn Mower Deck

How to Clean a Lawn Mower Deck

Keeping the underside of your Cub Cadet lawn mower clean plays a huge role in the performance of the machine. Grass clippings and other debris cling to the underside of the lawn mower each time you mow, affecting airflow under the deck. Clean your mower deck soon after you’re done mowing. Don’t wait until grass clippings dry and become difficult to remove. Here’s how to clean a  lawn mower deck.

Before performing any maintenance on your Cub Cadet lawn mower, refer to your owner’s manual for maintenance instructions and safety information. Maintenance instructions vary by model, so depending on your lawn mower model our instructions may vary slightly.

Some Cub Cadet mowers have washout ports that make cleaning the bottom of the deck easy. If your mower has a washout port, park the machine on a flat, paved surface and lower the cutting height to the cutting setting. Remove the bag and attach a garden hose to the washout port.

Turn the hose on, start the lawn mower engine and stand behind the machine while you engage the mower blades. Run the mower until no more clippings come out from under the lawn mower deck. When the deck is completely clean, stop the lawn mower engine, shut off the garden hose, and disconnect it from the washout port.

Start the engine again, and stand behind the mower while engaging the mower blades.  Engage the blades for a few minutes to dry off the underside of the mower.

If your mower does not have a washout port, you can still clean the mower deck. Park the machine on a flat surface, shut off the engine, and lower the cutting height. Use your garden hose and aim it in front of the right rear wheel, right in the pavement.

Wait a few seconds then top the hose and engage the mower blades. Run the machine until no more clippings disperse from underneath the mower. Once you’re completely done with the garden hose, run the mower again for a few minutes to dry the underside of the deck.

You can also clean the lawn mower deck by scraping the underside. To scrape the underside of your mower, use a scraper or putty knife.

Make sure the engine is off and all moving parts have stopped before you begin scraping the deck. When you tip the mower on its side to access the underside of the deck, make sure the air filter side is up. This will prevent oil from flowing into the air filter and carburetor, which will prevent your mower from running.

Note: never use a pressure washer to clean your lawn mower deck. The pressure washer can force water into important areas of the mower that should not get wet.

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Cub Cadet Enduro XT1 and XT2 Tractors

Cub Cadet Enduro XT1 and XT2 Tractors

Cub Cadet redesigned their Enduro XT1 and XT2 tractors from the ground up for exceptional strength, durability and operator comfort.

Cub Cadet Enduro XT1 Lawn Tractors

Some of the differences on the XT1 are they start with a 42-inch deck with a single cylinder engine where from this model forward they go into a twin cylinder. You get smoother operation and increased torque with a twin cylinder engine but the single cylinder engine for a smaller lawn will perform and do a great job.

Other Enduro tractors come with a five-year frame and front axle warranty and they’re able to do that because they’ve gone to a cast iron front axle. This cast iron versus stamped out hollowed steel axle is exceptionally durable. There’s not going to be any breakage with this heavy cast iron front axle. Cub Cadet also redesigned the ergonomics of the tractor, so some nice features include ease of getting on and off the tractor, a lever to slide your seat back and forth, and as the seat slides back it also goes up so to accommodate a taller operator and offer increased legroom.

All your controls are easily accessible. Cub Cadet Enduro tractors feature a key switch, throttle positioning, and brake and transmission operation pedal. The transmission operation pedal is a hydrostatic drive transmission which is a fluid drive system so it’s like an automatic transmission in the car. The way this is designed, the further you push forward on the pedal the faster the machine goes. When you release the pedal, it will return to neutral, and for reverse you push on the opposite pedal.

Cub Cadet also added a nice feature of cruise control. Push the pedal, push down on your cruise control lever and it’ll lock in that position so if you have a lot of straight areas and don’t want to hold your foot on the pedal you can lock the cruise. Release the cruise either by tapping the pedal or you can just tap your brake pedal.

There are controls for your height of cut. Your height of cut is adjustable from one to four inches. It has a spring assisted lever so with one finger you can raise your mower deck up and down. You can set the height in quarter inch increments.

Cub Cadet Enduro XT2 Lawn Tractors

The XT1 and XT2 lawn tractors are on the same chassis. The key difference when you go into the XT2 series, from the front you’ll notice the front bumper is standard. It gives you added protection if you hit something and protects the front grill and front hood. The XT2 tractors go to a turf master tire. This will give you increased traction and durability. Cub Cadet upgraded the battery on the XT2 models for longer life and better cold-weather starts, and in your front axle they use a bearing which is typically found on much higher priced tractors. This bearing in the front axle will give you much longer life. The bushing on the XT1 models is easily replaced but this bearing really should last for the life of the tractor.

Cub Cadet also added armrests. These can be added to XT1 models but is standard for XT2 tractors to give you a little added comfort. The XT2 models have larger engines so you have an increase in performance. Another nice feature is the easy maintenance. Cub Cadet has a color-coded oil drain plug and a color-coded dipstick for checking your oil; it’s easy to spot. When you need change that oil, there’s no tools required. Just push the hood forward, pop the cap off the oil drain, twist the yellow part, and the oil will drain.

The engines on the Cub Cadet Enduro tractors are all protected by an oil filter. This oil filter is easy to access, you don’t have to remove anything because it’s right out in the open.  These tractors are available in 42, 46, 50, and 54-inch deck sizes. As you go into the 46 inch and larger another feature Cub Cadet added is electric PTO clutch. Other models have a lever to push to engage the mower, but these tractors have a switch. Just pull the switch to engage the mower and push to disengage. The key advantage is you get longer belt life.

Cub Cadet offers some enhanced engine and deck features such as an electronic fuel-injected engine or EFI for short. The electronic fuel injection gives you enhanced features including a little better fuel economy and better cold weather starts.

Cub Cadet has what they call SLX which stands for “super lawn tractor.” This is available in 54-inch mower decks and the first thing to note is the much larger tires. Typically, this tire size is found on a garden tractor. The advantage you have with this is if you have rough terrain, those bigger tires give you a little smoother ride. If you’re planning on adding a snow blade or snow blower it gives you better traction with the larger tires. To handle the larger tires Cub Cadet upgraded the transmission for a longer life and you still get that tight turning radius and exceptional performance.

Cub Cadet Enduro XT2 lawn tractors are very easy to operate. To round out the XT2 line Cub Cadet has the GX series. The GX is a garden tractor and the advantage you have with the garden tractor is an upgraded transmission. The garden tractor is designed for heavier use. The GX54 comes with a differential lock. To engage, just push down on the pedal with the heel of your foot. This will lock both wheels together. Differential lock is very useful in snow conditions, it gives you increased traction. Additionally, if you have some areas that are a little slippery on your lawn and you need to increase traction to eliminate that tire slip that’s where differential lock comes in handy. This feature is available on the GX models in the XT2 line.

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Cub Cadet Ultima Series

Cub Cadet Ultima Series

Cub Cadet Ultima Series Zero Turn Riders are built with a two by two frame for structural strength typically found on a lot of commercial mowers, and the unique style really stands out.

Some nice features on the Cub Cadet Ultima Series are larger front and rear tires, large grips for comfort, and, instead of foam, a nice, heavy padded grip on the lap bar for a real positive feel. The lap bars are adjustable and will easily adjust for operator comfort. The padded comfort seats also maximize comfort.

The control panel makes it very easy to view your keypad, hour meter, PTO and control system. For your height of cut adjustment, the Cub Cadet Ultima Series did a nice job for your mower deck lift. Instead of a hand lift there is a foot pedal with a simple knob. The presets are easy to view for what height you want. Adjustments are made in quarter inch increments.

There are two mower series in the Cub Cadet Ultima Series. The ZT1 series mowers are powered by EZT 2200 series engines. The ZT1 uses primarily Kohler engines but there is one model with a Kawasaki engine. The ZT2 is the other series and these mowers are on the same chassis, but Cub Cadet upgraded the transmission to a EZT 2800 series. ZT2 mowers have larger front and rear tires for less turfing and better flotation. The EZT  2800s will give you a longer life. You also pick up about a half mile an hour speed, so you go from 7 mph to 7.5 mph. Armrests also come standard on ZT2 mower models.

On both the Cub Cadet ZT1 and ZT2 LED headlights and rear tow hitches some standard. The Kawasaki FR691V Series engine comes standard on all ZT2 series mowers as well as the ZT1 50-inch mower.  The FR691V delivers 23 horsepower, which is a nice upgrade over some of the base engines available in this size mower.

The ZT1 series mowers are available with a 42, 46, 50 and 54 inch cutting width while the ZT2 mowers are available with a 46, 50, 54, and 60 inch cutting width.

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How to Change the Spark Plug on Your Cub Cadet Lawn Tractor

How to Change the Spark Plug on Your Cub Cadet Lawn Tractor

The spark plug on your Cub Cadet equipment should be replaced at least once a year of after 100 hours of use. Spark plugs provide an ignition source for your machine’s engine to power your Cub Cadet lawn tractor. When they go bad, mowing your lawn becomes a challenge. Change the spark plug on your Cub Cadet lawn tractor regularly to keep your mower up and running throughout the whole season.

Before performing any maintenance on your Cub Cadet lawn tractor, refer to your owner’s manual for maintenance instructions and safety information. Maintenance instructions vary by model, so depending on your lawn mower model our instructions may vary slightly.

Before working on your Cub Cadet mower, follow these safety precautions:

  • Shut off the engine
  • Allow the engine to become cool to the touch
  • Disconnect the spark plug wire to prevent accidental starting
  • To carry out this task, you’ll need these tools:
  • 5/8 deep well socket
  • Wrench
  • Extension

To change the spark plug on your Cub Cadet lawn tractor:

  • Locate the spark plug on the side of the engine.
  • Use your socket to loosen the spark plug. Loosen it and grab the spark plug on the end, and give it a couple more turns.
  • Install the new spark plug.
  • Replace the old spark plug with a manufacturer approved replacement part (refer to your Cub Cadet owner’s manual).
  • Hold the spark plug on the end and stick it into the proper hole on the tractor.
  • Turn the spark plug to the left to make sure that it is starting to thread in properly, but turn it to the right to tighten it.
  • Tighten the spark plug by hand. By doing this, you can tell if the threads are going in correctly and won’t strip the threads out of the head of the engine. Tighten as much as you can and then put your socket back on the spark plug to tighten it all the way down. Give it an extra snug turn.
  • If you are working with a twin-cylinder engine, repeat the same steps to change the spark plug on the other side of the machine. Once the spark plugs have been changed, reconnect the spark plug wire.

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Cub Cadet Engine Oil Maintenance

Of all the maintenance done to your Cub Cadet equipment, engine oil maintenance is the most important. Checking, changing and using the proper crankcase oil are extremely important to the life and performance of your machine. Failure to use the correct oil and keep it clean can affect engine life and reliability.

The most important scheduled oil change over the life of an engine is the first one. Most manufacturers recommend performing the oil change after the first 5-10 hours of use. This helps flush out small particles that accumulate naturally during the break-in period.

Refer to your Cub Cadet owner’s manuals for viscosity, grades and time intervals for oil changes. Different machines require different oil and it is important to pay special attention to those recommendations in small engines.

A small engine uses engine oil to help keep it cool in high temperatures, so pay attention to maintenance when operating in those conditions. Check the engine oil before each use, checking for both proper oil level and for color.

Be sure to use high-quality detergent oil that has the American Petroleum Institute (API) rating. When changing engine oil allow ample time for a complete drainage.

When engine oil is new, it has a golden amber color. Over time, heat and dirt particles cause the oil to darken. Combustion byproducts, contaminants, and oxidized lubricant build up to form sludge, which will cause the oil color to darken. Dark oil is a good indicator for an oil change.

Engine oil maintenance is not the only maintenance that keeps your Cub Cadet equipment in working condition.

Other important maintenance includes air filter maintenance, gasoline maintenance, and spark plug maintenance. If you want your Cub Cadet lawn mower, snow blower, and other outdoor power equipment to operate properly for years, stay on top of regular maintenance.

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