How to Get Started With Your New Cub Cadet Rider

Cub Cadet RiderIf you just purchased a brand new Cub Cadet Riding Mower, and you need some guidance on where to start, look no further. Outlined below are a few basic things you need to know about the setup and operation of your new Cub Cadet mower. Ensuring you know this information will help you keep your Cub Cadet Riding mower in tip-top shape for years to come.

Set-up of Your Cub Cadet Mower

The first thing you’ll want to do is connect the battery cables. This is what provides power for your mower to operate. Start by removing the red battery cover and connecting the corresponding red cable to the positive terminal. Complete the process by doing the same method with the black battery cover and black cable and connect to the negative terminal. Take extra care to ensure that the connections are solid and won’t be disrupted by any movements of the mower.

Before every use, you will want to check the oil with the dipstick, because having too much or too little oil can be damaging to your engine. Regular oil changes are also highly recommended, cleaning out any dirt or impurities that can also wear your engine down over time. This is especially important to your mower’s longevity and efficiency.

Cub Cadet mowers run on gas, and you surely don’t want to run out of gas while in the middle of mowing your lawn. That’s why it’s important to always check your fuel gauge and have a full tank of gas before you start mowing. To improve gasoline efficiency, mix your gasoline with a fuel stabilizer such as STA-BIL before filling up your Cub Cadet mower. Keeping an extra gas tank on hand for those “just-in-case” moments is a lot better than making an emergency trip to the gas station.

Operation of Your Cub Cadet Mower

To start up your mower, be sure you are on a flat, level surface, like the pavement on the inside of your garage or shed when the doors are open. Sit back far enough in the driver’s seat. If you are too far forward, there is a chance the mower will not start. Move the parking brake forward and activate the choke. You can now insert your key and turn it to the start position. Once the engine starts, release the key and let it return to the on position.

Move the throttle into the rabbit position and push the shift lever forward. Make sure to release the brake pedal to disengage the parking brake before using the gas pedal. Finally, press the gas pedal, and you are now driving your Cub Cadet!

If your Cub Cadet mower is equipped with cruise control, activate it by pressing the cruise control lever down, once you reach your desired speed. Slowly lift your foot off the gas pedal, and your mower will maintain the desired speed.  Only use cruise control when you’re mowing flat, level surfaces.  Never activate cruise around tight curves or on hills.

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