How to Replace Cub Cadet Trimmer Line

HOW TO REPLACE CUB CADET TRIMMER LINE

Traditional bump-head string trimmers are a great tool to keep your yard looking great. Cub Cadet trimmers work by feeding plastic string out of the cutting head. There’s no blade to sharpen so these trimmers are easy to use and maintain. Simply bump the cutting head against the ground while it’s spinning to release the trimmer line. When you run out of trimmer line, use our experts’ instructions to learn how to quickly replace trimmer line in your bump-head trimmer.

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

Begin by cutting 10 feet of new trimmer line. (Either 10 feet of twin-strand split line, or two ten-foot lengths of .095″ trimmer line should work.) Check your owner’s manual to find out exactly what kind of trimmer line to use for your bump-head string trimmer.

Then unscrew the bump knob and remove the inner wheel and spring. Set aside the spring for now.

Install the trimmer line. To do so, locate the two holes on the top of the inner reel and insert one end of each length of trimmer line into one of the holes. Pull them through so that the ends match up, and two to three inches of trimmer line remain.

Insert the short ends of the trimmer line into the other inner reel hole. Then pull the long end of the string to close the loop.

Follow the direction of the arrow on the top of the wheel, and tightly wind the trimmer line around the spool. When 6 inches of string remain, push the ends into the holding slots marked 0.95.

Last, reassemble the string trimmer bump head. Locate the spring you set aside earlier. Replace the spring on the shaft. Locate the eyelets on the spring head and feed the trimmer line through.

Place the wheel back on the shaft, and line up the holding slots with the eyelets on the cutter head. Hold down the wheel to compress the spring, and then screw the bump knob into the head.

Gently pull both ends of the bump-head trimmer line to make sure it’s been released from the holding slots.

Use our illustrated parts diagrams to locate any replacement parts you may need for maintenance for your Cub Cadet trimmer.

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Cub Cadet Baggers

CUB CADET BAGGERS

For doing your fall cleanups, baggers are a great tool and save a lot of time and effort. There are several different Cub Cadet bagger options available. Let’s discuss some of the different features and benefits.

Cub Cadet Tractors

Different Cub Cadet tractors have different grass collection systems. All of them will have a front counterweight, to add weight to the front end of your machine to accommodate the weight of attachments.

As your bagger fills up you have more weight in the back, making the front-end lighter which makes for an unsafe condition. Thus, the counterweight is extremely important. All counterweights are quick detach and some have pins or a couple bolts so you can take that weight off when you’re not using the bagger.

Like the weights, baggers are very easy to take on and off as well.

Cub Cadet tractors support two bag systems and three bag systems. Something relatively new from Cub Cadet is a 25-bushel capacity so this will give you 2 ½ to 3 ½ times the capacity of typical grass collection systems. This is designed more for leaf cleanup. If you’re picking up leaves, those bags will fill up quick. This is a much higher capacity.

Cub Cadet also offers dump carts, which can be purchased with or without a bagger.

Cub Cadet Zero Turn Riders

Cub zero turn riders require counterweight because there is more weight on the rear of the machine due to the engine, versus lawn tractors which have more weight on the front.

Cub Cadet two bag systems have a flip up and some have a nice little site door so you can look from the driver’s seat to see if it’s full. The bags will slide out very easily when it’s time for dumping them.

Depending on the model, the mower can have a two-bag or three-bag system. The three-bag system is typically found on your larger mower decks. The larger mower decks have more capacity so the two-bag system will fill up quicker, so typically on the 48 inch or larger decks you’ll see a three-bag system to pick up 50% more capacity. Cub Cadet offers three bag systems on their larger decks.

Use our illustrated parts diagrams to locate any replacement parts you may need for your Cub Cadet riding lawn mower.

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Cub Cadet Pressure Washers

CUB CADET PRESSURE WASHERS

The Cub Cadet line of power washers starts with model CC3000. This is powered by a Honda GCB160 engine and features nice big wheels that make it easy to maneuver. It comes standard with a 25-foot hose and four different nozzles for different pressure washer patterns. This is a very economical pressure washer. If you have some basic pressure washing to do this gives you enough power at 3000 psi and 2.4 gallons per minute. This has a built-in soap tank so if you have detergents to use, fill it right in.

The next model in the lineup is the CC3400. This features pneumatic wheels, a little heavier duty pump, and still uses the same 25-foot hose as the CC3000. This comes with five different nozzles instead of four and has the rotary brush which is optional on other washers. This is a spinning brush so if you’re cleaning a driveway, it does an excellent job cleaning without leaving those spray lines from having a straight pattern.

Moving into the commercial grade pressure washers, the CC3700 is powered by the Honda GX series which is the Honda’s commercial grade engine. The pump goes into a full brass head, both the pump head and the regulator for extra durability.

The CC3700 is equipped with a commercial grade spray wand and the longer flex hose which is a braided hose so it’s a heavier duty hose for commercial applications. This goes to a 50 foot, this is 2 ½ gallons per minute at 3700 psi.

The Cub Cadet CC4000 is the other commercial washer. This is a 4400 psi but more importantly it jumps up to 4 gallons per minute.

There’s always the question of what’s more important – gallons per minute or pressure? Both.

You must have the pressure to get the cleaning but if you don’t have enough water, you’re going to be out there forever to do the job. You can’t have a lot of gallons without pressure and the gallons move up as your pressure moves up so the CC4000 delivers extremely fast cleaning. If you’ve got some heavy work this is really for our commercial users so you got a lot of gallons and a lot of water and then they also go into larger diameter hose, so you don’t lose that pressure volume as it goes through the hose.

You still get the same five cleaning nozzles, just a larger, heavier duty system.

Use our illustrated parts diagrams to locate any replacement parts you may need for your Cub Cadet pressure washer.

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What to Look for When Buying a Cub Cadet Riding Lawn Mower

What to Look for When Buying a Cub Cadet Riding Lawn Mower

Thinking of buying a Cub Cadet Riding Lawn Mower?

There are several Cub Cadet riding lawn mowers that have been developed throughout the years, including the new Ultima Series, as well as new XT2 Enduro Series models. Thanks to a range of features that are key to a great looking lawn, there are many Cub Cadet options to choose from. It can be difficult to decide which model is right for you so before making any purchasing decisions, you should first ask yourself the following questions.

How large is the area that I want to mow?

To make sure you can get the most out of your mower, you must take the size of your home or property into account. This will have an impact on the features you want and the level of power you will need.

What size mower deck do I want?

Lawn mowers with larger cutting widths and more horsepower will get the job done faster. However, smaller mowers allow you to work in more areas with limited access, such as backyards obstructed by narrow gates, that larger mowers cannot fit through.

What type of terrain will I be facing?

Understanding your terrain is critical in deciding how much horsepower you need. Homeowners that work on flat, less challenging terrain can choose a tractor with the least amount of horsepower, while those that work with slopes and hills will require a mower with more horsepower and stability.

How many obstacles will I need to mow around?

The more obstacles within a space, the tighter turning radius you will need. Cub Cadet zero turn riders tend to have a smaller turning radius than tractors. Theses zero turns are designed to help you cut grass faster with fewer twists and turns.

Use our illustrated parts diagrams to locate any replacement parts you may need for your Cub Cadet riding lawn mower.

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How to Change the Oil on a Cub Cadet XT2 Tractor

How to Change the Oil on a Cub Cadet XT2 Tractor

Regular oil changes are crucial to keeping your Cub Cadet XT2 tractor’s engine in top shape and prolonging the life of your machine.

Before performing any maintenance on your Cub Cadet XT2 tractor, refer to your owner’s manual for recommended maintenance and safety information. Maintenance instructions vary by model, so depending on your tractor model our instructions may vary slightly. Check your owner’s manual to get instructions specific to your model.

Park your Cub Cadet on a flat, level surface. Turn the engine off and allow it to cool. Remove the ignition key, disconnect the spark plug wire to prevent accidental starting, and engage the parking brake.

Here is how to change the oil on a Cub Cadet XT2 tractor.

Place a piece of cardboard under the work area to catch oil drips and use an oil basin to catch the used oil as it is drained from the engine. Use a rag to clean around the oil fill and drain areas to prevent debris from entering the engine.

Remove the dipstick. The oil drain on this engine is on the opposite side of the engine (right side). Pop the black cap off and use the drain tube that was supplied in your owner’s manual bag. Push the tube on the end of the oil drain and into your oil drain pan.

On the oil drain itself, turn it to the left or counterclockwise, and carefully pull it out towards yourself. That will allow the oil to drain. Allow the engine oil to completely drain.

Once the oil is drained, push in the connector and turn to the right or clockwise to stop the oil drain. Remove the dipstick and oil filter.

Clean off the surface of the engine and install the new oil filter. Make sure when changing the oil filter, you remove the dust cap from the filter. We are using the supplied 10w30.

When installing the oil filter, add a little oil to the seal of the new oil filter – this helps with the install. Do not use any mechanical tools, reinstalling by hand is good enough.

Refill the engine oil. Use the oil recommended by the engine manufacturer. Fill to the recommended levels. Reinsert the Dipstick. Check the engine for proper oil levels.

Run the engine five minutes, allow it to warm up and allow the oil to get through the oil filter. Recheck the dipstick and add more oil as necessary. Reconnect the spark plug ignition wires.

Use our illustrated parts diagrams to locate any replacement parts you may need for maintenance for your Cub Cadet XT2 tractor.

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Cub Cadet Snow Blower Common Problems and Solutions

Cub Cadet Snow Blower Common Problems and Solutions

Snow blower problem? We have the solution.

Snow Blower Not Blowing Snow

If your Cub Cadet snow blower is not blowing snow it’s essentially useless. This issue can be a result of a number of things including snow build-up in the machine, worn scraper bar or paddles, or a defective impeller.

A build-up of snow in the discharge chute is a common snow blower problem. However, snow build-up can prevent snow from blowing. To resolve this issue, shut off your snow blower and clear any snow buildup in the chute. If the chute is clear, check the augers and auger drive system for problems.

Worn scraper bar or paddles is an issue common among single stage snow blowers. A worn scraper bar no longer clears snow as well as it did before. If this is the case with your snow blower, replace your scraper bar. If snow is going in and coming back out of your machine, replace the paddles.

Your snow blower paddles have wear indicator holes on them so look at the wear indicator holes, and when the rubber paddles are worn to the holes it is time to replace the paddles.

Your snow blower’s impeller propels snow through the chute. If the impeller is broken or jammed the snow blower won’t blow the snow. If your impeller is broken, replace it.

Snow Blower Not Starting

If your snow blower isn’t starting, it could be a result of a few things. For starters, your machine could contain a defective spark plug. Check your spark plug for any deposits, cracks or other damage. If the spark plug is damaged or not getting a sufficient spark, replace the spark plug.

If you have old fuel resting in your snow blower, this could be the cause of your machine not starting. Drain any old fuel by disconnecting the fuel line between the fuel tank and carburetor. Any residual fuel in the carburetor should be drained by removing the carburetor bowl. Clean the bowl and replace the bowl gasket.

A clogged carburetor is usually the result of leaving fuel in your snow blower for an extended period. Old fuel can result in fuel evaporation, which may leave behind a thick, sticky substance. The sticky fuel can clog the carburetor and prevent the engine from starting. If your carburetor is clogged, clean it with carburetor cleaner. If that doesn’t work, you need to rebuild or, in some cases, replace the entire carburetor.

Snow Blower Leaking Gas

If fuel is leaking from the bottom of the carburetor, the carburetor gasket may be dried out or missing. Try replacing the carburetor gasket. Another result of fuel leaking from the bottom of the carburetor is a dried out or missing carburetor bowl gasket. If that’s the case, replace the carburetor bowl gasket

To solve this issue, check the connections to the fuel filter and the filter housing. If it is cracked do not try to fix it. Replace it completely. If any fuel lines are cracked, replace them as well.

Snow Blower Auger Not Turning

If the auger on your Cub Cadet snow blower is not turning, one of the following could be the issue.

  1. If the auger cable on your snow blower is broken, the auger won’t turn. Inspect the auger cable; if it’s broken replace it.
  2. Check the auger blades on your snow blower. If the blades are bent or damaged, replace them. If the auger assembly is worn, replace the entire thing.
  3. The shear pin and bolt are designed to break if your snow blower’s auger hits a large rock or chunk of ice to protect the engine from damage. If the shear pin or bolt breaks, the auger is unable to turn. Check to see if the pin or bolt is broken and replace it if necessary.
  4. The cogged belt or V-belt make the connection between the engine and gearbox so if either belt is damaged or broken, your snow blower’s auger won’t turn. Inspect each belt for wear and tear, and if it is broken or worn out it should be replaced.

Snow Blower Wheels Not Turning

Inspect the wheels of your snow blower before each use. If you spot a flat tire, repair or replace it. If the wheel rim is damage, you should replace it as well.

If the wheels on your Cub Cadet snow blower are not turning, a defective cogged or V-belt could be the issue. The cogged belt and V-belt make the connection between the engine and gearbox so if either belt is damaged or broken your snow blower’s wheels won’t turn. Inspect each belt for wear and tear, and if it is broken or worn out it should be replaced.

You could also be facing an issue with a defective drive disk. The drive disk has a rubber outer layer that grips and turns the drive plate. If the drive disk is worn or greasy it will slip and the drive plate won’t turn, and your snow blower wheels won’t turn. Clean the drive disk if it is wet or greasy, but if it’s worn out replace it.

Lastly, a broken cable control could be the culprit of your snow blower wheels not turning. Make sure the control cable on your snow blower is not broken. Make sure the cable moves freely, if not apply a small amount of oil to the cable. If lubricating is ineffective, replace the control cable.

Use our illustrated parts diagrams to locate any replacement parts you may need for maintenance for your Cub Cadet snow blower.

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Cub Cadet Snow Blower not Blowing Snow?

Cub Cadet Snow Blower not Blowing Snow?

Occasionally your snow blower will have an issue that a pre-snow tune-up or end-of-season repair won’t fix. It’s normal for your machine to have a hiccup every now and again. If your Cub Cadet snow blower is not blowing snow there are a couple of things to check to resolve this issue.

Check the wear on the scraper bar or paddles.

This issue is common among single stage snow blowers. The scraper bar on the bottom of the housing serves as a protection for the housing and will also aid in picking up the snow. A worn scraper bar no longer clears snow as well as it did before. If this is the case with your Cub Cadet snow blower it’s time to replace your scraper bar.

If snow is going in and coming back out of your machine, it’s time to replace the paddles. Your snow blower paddles have wear indicator holes on them, making it easy to keep track of their wear. Look at the wear indicator holes, and when the rubber paddles are worn to the holes it is time to replace the paddles. Check the scraper bar for wear. Paddles and scraper bars usually wear at the same rate so get in the habit of replacing both at the same time.

Check the belt wear and tension.

Depending on the model of your Cub Cadet snow blower, there may be a cable that connects to the auger engagement handle. This handle might have different positions for the cable to connect to, thus making the cable and belt tension tighter. You can also remove the side plate of the snow blower to access the belt and check for tension and wear.

Defective impeller.

Your snow blower’s impeller propels snow through the chute. If the impeller is broken or jammed your Cub Cadet won’t blow the snow. If your impeller is broken, replace it.

Build-up of snow in discharge chute.

Snow build-up can prevent snow from blowing, so shut off your snow blower and clear any snow build-up in the chute.

Use our illustrated parts diagrams to locate any replacement parts you may need for your Cub Cadet Ultima zero turn rider.

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How to Change the Blades on a Cub Cadet Ultima

How to Change the Blades on a Cub Cadet Ultima

Over time, the blades on your Cub Cadet Ultima zero turn rider can become worn out or dinged. The gradual damage of the mower blades can reduce the effectiveness of your mower. Check the blades on your mower at least twice a year, at the beginning and middle of the mowing season. Check the blades more often if you mow more frequently. Here’s how to change the blades on a Cub Cadet Ultima.

Before performing any maintenance on your Cub Cadet Ultima, refer to your operator’s manual. It lists required maintenance, safety information, and instructions for your machine. Maintenance instructions vary by model, so depending on your model our instructions may vary slightly.

Begin by parking your zero turn on a flat, level surface. Turn the engine off and allow it to cool, remove the ignition key, disconnect the spark plug ignition wire to prevent accidental starting, and engage the parking brake.

Set the deck height on your Ultima to the lowest setting. Use a 3/8-inch socket or wrench to remove both belt covers from the deck.

Remove the access panel. Use the panel access tool included on Cub Cadet Ultima mowers to remove the bolt from the panel.

Remove the belt from the spindle pulleys. Use a 9/16-inch socket or wrench to pull the idler pulley arm back to release the belt tension.

Remove the belt from the idler pulleys and PTO clutch. Use both a 9/16-inch socket and wrench to loosen the idler pulley bolts.

Remove the cotter pins and deck pins from the deck. Slide the deck out from under your Cub Cadet mower. Flip the deck over to access the blades. Wear gloves for protection when working with blades.

Remove the blades. Use a block of wood and wedge it between the blade and the frame of your machine to stop the blades from rotating. Use a 15/16-inch socket or wrench to loosen the blade nuts.

Replace the blades on your Ultima and tighten the nuts. Make sure the word “bottom” or the blade part number is facing the ground when installing the blades.

Flip the deck over and slide the deck back into place under the mower. Reattach the deck and slide the deck pins back into place. Reconnect the cotter pins.

Reinstall the belt. Route the belt around the PTO clutch. Route the belt through the idler pulleys.

Use both a 9/16-inch socket and wrench to tighten both idler pulley bolts. Route the belt around the spindle pulleys. Use a 9/16-inch socket or wrench to release the tension and finish routing the belt.

Reinstall both belt covers and then reinstall the access panel and bolt. Reconnect the spark plug wires and start your Cub Cadet mower.

Use our illustrated parts diagrams to locate any replacement parts you may need for your Cub Cadet Ultima zero turn rider.

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Troubleshooting Tips for Cub Cadet Lawn Mowers

Troubleshooting Tips for Cub Cadet Lawn Mowers

If you want your Cub Cadet lawn mower to work effectively each time you start it, there are certain maintenance steps to take to ensure your machine is in great condition. Maximize the life of your mower with these troubleshooting tips.

Tip #1 – Keep up with routine maintenance

Stay on top of routine maintenance. This will increase the performance and life span of your Cub Cadet lawn mower. Your lawn mower is most likely the most frequently used piece of outdoor power equipment so perform the proper maintenance to maximize life and efficiency.

Tip #2 – Check spark plugs and carburetors

Clogged air filters, fouled spark plugs, and flooded carburetors are common problems that can affect the starting and performance of your Cub Cadet lawn mower.

Replacing the spark plug can make a huge difference in the performance of your mower. To combat a flooded carburetor, you need to drain the carburetor and put new fuel in it.

Tip #3 – Utilize new fuel and air filters

Fresh fuel and a clean air filter will help prevent lawn mower problems. Use fresh, mid-grade fuel with no higher than E10 Ethanol rating, stored in a clean, sealed container.

To clean your air filter, tap it to remove loose dirt and debris. Hold your filter to the light. If you see the light, the air filter is okay to use. If there is no light, replace the old air filter with a new one.

Tip #4 – Keep a sharp lawn mower blade

Look at the blade on your Cub Cadet lawn mower. Dull lawn mower blades trim grass unevenly and leave the tips of your grass torn and not cleanly sliced.

Tip #5 – Check bolts, wheels, cables and belts

Tighten all bolts on your Cub Cadet lawn mower and check to make sure that the wheels, cables and belts are not overly worn. This can cause problems when mowing.

Use our illustrated parts diagrams to locate any replacement parts you may need for your Cub Cadet lawn mower.

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How to Change the Air Filter on a Cub Cadet Lawn Mower

How to Change the Air Filter on a Cub Cadet Lawn Mower

The longevity of your Cub Cadet lawn mower depends on the maintenance you provide. Changing the air filter regularly will keep dirt and debris out of the engine and keep your mower running efficiently.  We recommend changing or replacing the engine air filter every 50 operating hours. In dry, dusty conditions this should be done more frequently.

Before performing any maintenance on your 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.

Before changing the air filter on your mower, disconnect the spark plug wire to prevent accidental starting. Clean the engine of your mower and remove any dirt and debris. Remove the air filter cover and remove the air filter from the housing.

Check and clean the air filter. Remove the foam pre filter. Check for any rips or damage to the air filter. Clean the paper element filter by tapping gently to remove any dust or debris. If the paper element is very dirty or damaged, replace it with a new one.

Wash the foam pre filter using mild detergent and warm water. Allow the pre filter to dry completely. Never use gasoline or low flash-point solvents for cleaning the air filter elements.

Reinstall the air filter and pre filter. Install the air filter cover and reconnect the spark plug ignition wire.

Use our illustrated parts diagrams to locate any replacement parts you may need for your Cub Cadet lawn mower.

The air filter on your mower provides proper air induction into the engine and allows the engine to run a lot cleaner. If you have a plugged air filter, dirt can get sucked into the engine or the machine won’t run correctly or run too rich. It’s important to replace the air filter regularly to keep you machine up and running all season long.

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