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Want to know more about proper operation, storage, and care of your Cub Cadet? Read on for best
in keeping your Cub Cadet running smoothly and in good working order for years to come.
Make sure to use the right fuels, attachments, and parts for your unit, and you'll always get optimal
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Most likely, the residual snow left on your machine after use is melting from the
warmth of the engine. After the engine cools, and if the unit is stored in an area
where water will freeze, the melted snow will solidify into ice which can interfere
with operation and controls the next time you attempt to use your machine.

To prevent ice from accumulating on your machine during storage, clean as much
residual snow off of the equipment after use. Use a dry method such as a snow
brush or compressed air, before storing a warm machine in an unheated area.

Use the following tips to ensure proper storage of an internal combustion engine
for periods of non-use longer than 30 days. When an engine is stored over a longer
period of time, contamination can result from fuel and oil stratification, which can
then cause fuel system blockage or other engine damage.

  • If the engine is a 4-cycle engine, change the engine crankcase oil with fresh,
    clean oil (follow engine manufacturer's oil service instructions). Properly dispose
    of all old oil.

  • Add a fuel stabilizer to the last tank of fuel.

  • Run engine 5 minutes; let cool.

  • Pump or drain excess fuel from tank. Properly dispose of all old fuel.

  • Start engine, run until out of fuel.

  • Prime or choke and attempt to restart.

  • Repeat until all fuel is used and none is left in fuel lines or carburetion system.

  • Perform routine maintenance for storage of the unit per the Operator's Manual.

  • Store in a dry area.

  • If your machine uses a DC (battery) starter system, remove the battery in
    every cold climates and recharge it approximately every 30 days for optimal
    performance and longevity.

All batteries in Cub Cadet riding mowers operate at a nominal 12 volts. Fully
charging the battery before first use is highly recommended; also, fully charge the
battery anytime it is not used for longer than 30 days.

During periods of non-use, a battery can lose power. Although Cub Cadet riding
mowers do have self-charging systems, the battery will discharge during down time.
This may cause shortened battery life. Charge the battery between 2 to 6 amps per
hour. Do not charge any battery at more than 6 amps per hour.

If you have a battery with removable battery caps, you can use a hydrometer to test
the battery acid. The hydrometer should read a minimum of 1.260 before putting the
battery back into service. Take special care of the battery during any period of
non-use that is expected to last for more than a month (during winter, be sure to
remove the battery and store it in a warm, dry place).

For most outdoor power equipment, summer usage requires SAE30 grade engine
oil (0°C to 40°C) and winter usage requires 5W30 grade oil (-30°C to 10°C). Always
use quality motor oil as indicated by the donut-shaped American Petroleum Institute
(API) service symbol on its container. The API symbol assures quality, and indicates the grade and service rating of the oil.

The "service rating" is the age range of engines for which that oil is appropriate.
The rating is at the top of the "donut" and is indicated by a two-letter combination
(e.g., SN, SM, SL, SJ). The further down the alphabet the second character is (S_),
the more current the rating. SN is the most up-to-date rating.

Although mowing in reverse is not recommended, there may be certain situations
where operators feel they need to do so.

Riding mowers are prohibited by law from mowing continually while the operator is
shifting into reverse. However, manufacturers may allow a riding mower operator to
cut grass in reverse by manually performing a few "acknowledgment controls" that
place the responsibility of mowing in reverse on the operator of the machine.

See your Operator's Manual for specific instructions on how to activate this feature.

This chart approximates the average cutting time required to mow two (2) acres
of lawn with a riding mower under optimum operating and mowing conditions.

Cutting Deck Width Est. Mowing Time -
2 Acres
38" 4 hours
42" 3½ hours
46" 3 hours
50" 2½ hours
54" 2 hours

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